Lots of Van Living Advice

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Reddit to the rescue!!!

http://www.reddit.com/r/vandwellers/

Live in your van, car or truck or want to? Need tips or help on making it work as you travel or just stay in one spot? Join us and learn or give help to others who do the same.

Do not believe everything you read. Laws vary across the country, within states and from town-to-town. Advice about using, installing etc. things such as propane stoves and heaters and similar stuff should be confirmed as being accurate since mistakes with using that stuff can cause fires or explosions and could cause injury or death. Verify everything you read by whatever method you can. Play it safe, folks.

Wandering through the linked-to site I saw a LOT of interesting and useful stuff. As I regularly shout… be prepared for homelessness before it hits. Especially if you are one of the many societal dregs within the USA who have been shoved downwards into an economic quagmire as forced vastly more powerful than you utilize the many systems they control to skim wealth from the common folks and send it ever-upwards into the greedy hands of the ruling elites and the corporate systems that are in an unholy alliance with government entities.

Class war, folks. We are in the midst of one. And We, the People, the masses of commoners, are losing. Badly. Things may be okay for you now but all it take is one event to occur and you could be among the multitude of homeless and near-homeless trying to exist within our class war-ridden country.

Good luck!!!

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Technology and Homelessness

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Hello humans. I can not assist you fine folks with the new-fangled portable electronic device stuff since I do not own a cell phone or any portable device. I will be forced to learn, however, when the van is my home and I rely upon a laptop-type computer to access the Web and need a cell phone to allow telephonic-type communications.

I did find a Web site that may be handy to assist folks in using portable devices to assist in overcoming the many hurdles facing homeless folks. Reddit.com is a site with many sub-sites that cover particular areas of interest. The helpful portion for devices is:  http://www.reddit.com/r/vagabond/

A digital community created by vagabonds, for vagabonds:
All are welcome: Hitchhikers, Trainhoppers, Backpackers, Rubbertramps, Squatters, Tramps, and other houseless travelers!
A digital home for sharing stories, pictures, tips, and advice about living life on the road!

A horde of topics are covered. As with all advice, suggestions, tips and tricks etc. use common sense and realize that the writer may not have a clue about the factuality and reality of what they write. Use common sense and/or check other sources to confirm that the advice you read is accurate.

Good luck, folks. The lying bastards of the media care more about keeping the class war going and brainwashing the masses of common folks that things are as they should be. The huge scam that is the USA continues. Those at the bottom of the economic pile know the negative effects of a country where immense power and wealth wielded by those commanding and controlling the USA operate in a manner to maximize the wealth flow to the top while spitting upon those at the lower levels of the socioeconomic hierarchy.

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Maybe a serial story of near-homelessness

Hello people,  hoping that all is well with you and yours. There is a possibility that I will be selling my shanty and moving into my pick-up. If I do I will try to add happenings to this blog. I will have to get a laptop-type computer and figure out how to connect to the Web in a wireless manner. I am unsure what is going to happen.

Life is short and being even partly miserable makes no sense. Do something, anything, if possible, to maximize happiness. To attain that state of being requires moving away from the place I am now.

I was approached by a fellow asking for a hand-out claiming homelessness. His approach showed his mental state was lucid and his stated reason for bing homeless made sense. So, I asked if he wanted to join me for lunch at the Subway sandwich joint in the strip mall where I was parked. I heard an enthusiastic “Sure!!!” so off we went. We shot the shit while eating. Mostly about his predicament but that makes sense since his recent downturn surely overwhelmed his thoughts. Lunch was done and time to go. I handed the guy $5 and told him when better times come to help the next guy. Then, since he declared he had slept in a nearby wooded area in piled-up leaves to assist in keeping warm we went to my truck where I had three large thick 55-gallon plastic bags that could be used to shed rain and wind. Then we went our ways.

Just a tale. It is a true one. Placed here for no particular reason other than this blog being based upon dealing with homelessness. Something to think of… what goes around sometimes comes around. Then, also, sometimes it doesn’t. Oh well.

For you religious folks; I read a tale years ago and unsure of its source but it is interesting. Well, it is to me. Supposedly, at times, God sends angels to Earth in the guise of humans. Those angels interact with humans in various way to observe those mortals. If true, if such a thing really happens… how have you interacted with folks new to you?

Homeless in a public place

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Living on a sidewalk, in an alley or in a park where you are exposed to the weather and dangerous people must be avoided. You are also more apt to be bothered by police than in a more concealed place. In New York City some folks are using the large airports as a place to sleep, stay warm, clean themselves in the restrooms, beg for money and have food at hand if begging is effective. However, there is no place to store possessions other than what you can carry with you. Other negatives abound but it is likely safer at an airport than on the streets.

A major drawback of living in the airport terminal is that authorities can order the homeless to be ejected at any time. It is typical for the homeless to dwell in a location at the whim of others. The lack of security is hard on the homeless. It is a mental drain that can be especially hard on those who are homeless due to mental illness.

I place this post here not as a recommendation to choose an airport terminal as a desired place to dwell but if you have no other place to live it may be the least of one or more evils. This linked-to story is for one city in the country but if your are homeless elsewhere with few to no options maybe the local airport can be a shelter until something better occurs. As with everything I write I am forced to write in generalities. It is up to YOU to determine your own situation and the legalities of your own area and to always use common sense and avoid braking laws and never draw attention to yourself in a negative manner. Good luck.

Homeless Population Seeks Shelter at LaGuardia

From a distance, Joseph Sowards looks like any traveler stuck for the night at LaGuardia Airport’s central terminal after his flight was canceled. Get closer, and it becomes clear from his layered clothing and dirty hands that he’s one of New York City’s record number of homeless.

“They don’t bother me here,” said Sowards, 44, an unlicensed plumber from Maspeth, Queens, who was lying on the floor. He’s been sleeping in parks and abandoned buildings for the past 10 years.

While the homeless population is bigger at the Port Authority bus terminal and Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan, a growing number are finding shelter at New York’s airports, according to Volunteers of America. Since 1986, the 118-year-old nonprofit has provided outreach to the homeless at LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports under a contract with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.

Sowards was one of about two dozen people who had taken shelter in LaGuardia’s 50-year-old central terminal on a subfreezing night this month. They slept in seats at the baggage claim and waiting areas and on radiators in the presecurity food court. They used restroom sinks to wash, and some with suitcases blended in with other stranded travelers.

Volunteers of America, which has offices at LaGuardia and JFK, counted a monthly average of 45 chronic homeless people at LaGuardia in 2014, an 80 percent increase over the average month in 2011. On the coldest nights, as many as 50 took refuge at LaGuardia in East Elmhurst, Queens. JFK’s chronic homeless increased to an average of 33 per month, double the number in 2011.

Follow the link for the entire story.

Living in her car

Anderson: Living ‘high-class homeless’

 

Karen Robart is currently living in her 2012 Hyundai Elantra at Walmart. Her clothes hang from a pole in her back seat and her trunk is full of compartmentalized accessories. She sleeps by reclining her seat and her feet poke out of a blanket and rest by the accelerator. Too often she is tired. She tells few of her plight.

“Nobody knows that I’m homeless,” she says. “The only thing that saves me is my car. If I didn’t have my car I’d be walking the streets.”

Her trailer idea is limited by needing a place where she can park it and not be harassed by police or others.

Always remember to be very careful of fire. You need to be able to escape quickly should fire occur. Prevention is the best way to stay safe.

 

How one group is coping

There is a good write-up with lots of pictures at the Web site linked-to below:

AMERICA TODAY: Heartbreaking Pictures From New Jersey’s Homeless ‘Tent City’

The USA can be an incredibly cruel place to live. The “luck of the draw” is partially responsible for your lifestyle and so is individual effort. The complexity of life here prohibits my covering the many aspects that determines whether you live a luxurious life free from any financial worries or if you remain a mere commoner akin to a serf serving the masters who can lead their wonderful lives because of a huge mass of common folks eking out a living.

Do all you can to avoid homelessness since it can be very difficult to rise above that state once you are immersed in that condition. Circumstances vary greatly but if you do not have a social network or even one decent person willing to assist once you are down it could possibly be for the proverbial count. Doomed to a lifetime of marginal living despite your best efforts.

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It Pays to be Paranoid

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When you live within a country and society where profit is beloved and admired and consideration for humanity is, at best, a secondary consideration if you are homeless you must do your best to not be noticed by anybody.

Hopefully you have friends or family willing to let you live in their abode; whether it be a nice house or apartment or trailer or even a falling-down shanty where the cold winter winds require you to cover yourself with clothes and several blankets to fend off freezing in winter at least you have a place to store your possessions and to sleep in relative safety.

The USA is a BIG country with over 315-million people trying to get by while confronting an ongoing class war. Your family and social ties can be of many types. If you are lucky and belong to a group that assists its members be thankful. Some of you are akin to me… you have family but each individual is expected to be successful on their own and require no assistance for basic living requirements. I believe that is an aspect of the sub-culture my extended family was raised with… a “rugged individualism” planted within our psyche by society and those who control the propaganda we are immersed within our entire lives.

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