I have a plan and a goal. Now Its time to start making moves. Will I make it or will I fail? I have no idea. Just got to keep the faith and find out. Last night I found a good spot to sleep. however I'm loosing a lot of sleep the last few days. I guess that's OK for now. But if I start falling asleep in random places I'm going to have to do something about that. The place i found was in a sort of office building. It had a very small lobby and I stayed on the small love seat they had for people waiting. The windows where tinted so no one could see me. Also, I was inside and the noise was limited. There where security cameras there but I doughty anyone will ever look at the tapes. Why would someone wast there time if nothing got broken into. I'll avoid going there for a few days and hit it aging if I still can. Its always good to have a few spots like that when your homeless on the streets. I also found a good place to stash my stuff..... well, if its still there I should say, LOL! I'll check on it I'm a day or so and make sure. If its still there then great!
I do want to take a second to say something about yesterdays "homeless tip". There is one good reason to talk to homeless people. If you find you are in a bit of a jam this something, like your hungry, ask a homeless person. They are a wealth of info when it comes to state programs, food banks, Salvation Amy's and any other thing you might need to get you through the day. But leave it alone after you get the info. Remember you where asking to survive NOT make a new friend. Also I think every state offers 411 for help.
Today was spent trying to put my plan together. Its going to take some work tho. I hope it works. I cant live like this.
I fell like I can give 1000 homeless tips right now, LOL! But I'm only going to do one. Need to keep something to write about in the future.
Homeless tip :
Travel light! You wouldn't believe how many homeless people I've seen with everything they own it seems. Having lots of stuff is not worth it on the streets when you have no home. I once meet a couple. A husband and wife team. The story they has was that he was a truck driver and she lived in the truck with him. They lived like that for some time over a full year. The whole time they spent money on crap they didn't really need in the first place ("what-nots" I call them). So they had no money. One day after a truck run that ended in Santa Anna, California the husband was fired and told to leave the truck where it was. I don't know how that's legal but they where stuck. And they had everything from that truck with then. Makeup, cloths, books, and a whole bunch of other stuff. These two seemed to have bag after bag of stuff. When you are on the streets you need as little as possible. Think 50 pounds in weight. This is what you absolutely need:
- clean clothing
-a phone (even if it is shut off)
-a resume (because you never know)
-2 or 3 garbage bags
-and if you like to read....... the Bible!
Nothing more! You need to be able to get around easy. I know its hard to toss out your stuff (believe me I know) but you have to. You will never make it if you bring all your stuff. It will hold you down, slow you down, make you noticed, and make you a target. Toss it out.... and get moving!
OK, one more homeless tip for you.
If you are caught in the rain and have one one garbage bag do not but holes in it and where it like a rain coat. Instead, cover your shoes and feet! If you can keep your shoes and feet dry when use it as a rain coat. Any homeless person will tell you this : when you are homeless the most important part of your body is your feet. Wet shoes and feet do not mix. If your walking around with wet shoes you will get blisters and sores. It will be the worst pain you feet have ever felt do to rain. Every step you take will be a nightmare waiting for you. Besides, rain will rot your shoes faster. And the last thing you need is to be homeless, with blistered feet, and no shoes. If you do get cough with wet shoes get them off ASAP and dry them out. Like I said.... any homeless person will tell you this, that I promise!