This is my first foray into the blogosphere..via my recent introduction to being homeless. However, to be more accurate, I am "addressless", meaning I currently have a "home" of sorts....a conversion van. So I do have a roof...bed....power...etc. Just nothing the USPS can use to get mail to me.
This is my 2nd stint being a vanabond (Get it, vagabond...vanabond....) Did this once before when I separated from the una-ex...unabomber + ex_from_hell= una-ex. She blew up my life.
Anyhow....I lived in this same van and learned a lot of tricks...methods...savings..etc. that serve me well now. And over the course of time, I'll pass these on to you all.
The face of homelessness has changed recently. No longer just the realm of addicts...mentally ill...and other castaways of the world. Now it's folks who worked and paid their bills and mortgages and rents, It's just that now...they can't.
You brought your laptops with you. And now have started to find the free WiFi spots. At libraries, parking lots of restaurants and motels, etc. You seek employment, information, help...anything you think the Internet can offer you in your current situation. And I hope I can offer you ideas and tips that can help you along until this mess we are in really starts to recover.
As I learn more, you learn more. As I recall more of the things I did the first time vanning it...I will share that with you. And when I shoot some video to illustrate something more fully, I will embed it here. You have something to share..email it to me, I will try it myself, and post if it works and is useful.
I am typing this from the front yard of a friend's home using his electricity and the WiFi of the guy across the street. If I can do this, you will find a way to read it. And if you know someone about to become homeless...lead them to this blog.
In closing for now....look here weekly and see what I post. Email comments to me. And in the words of Sgt. Phil Esterhaus from "Hill Street Blues"...
"..HEY..Let's be careful out there!"
Until next time.....