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Old 03-13-2016, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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i wonder how many costly repairs that old van is going to need? how much is it going to cost to outfit the van? there's a little more to it than throwing an air mattress in the back. have you included tickets and fines in your budget? a gym member membership for showers? what happens if you're injured and can't drive or the van is totaled?
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Old 03-13-2016, 04:05 PM
 
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a gym member membership for showers?
Showers?
He don't need no steenkin' showers!


(With apologies to the authors of the screenplay for Treasure of The Sierra Madre.)


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Old 03-13-2016, 04:17 PM
 
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Showers?
He don't need no steenkin' showers!


(With apologies to the authors of the screenplay for Treasure of The Sierra Madre.)


haha and by the way it is funny i just thought about that the other day, that is the solution to the homeless shower problem but if you're homeless you should be doing everything you can to fix that problem not trying to BE homelesss!! only a lazy bum welfare scum WANTS to be homeless.
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Old 03-13-2016, 04:38 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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As long as you are happy then fine.......but your lifestyle is not for me. I have travelled the world also.....and I am not homeless......it can be done while still having......."responsibilities"
Define. Responsibilities means having a house? or moving out of parent's house?
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Old 03-13-2016, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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i'm still living at home at age 35. if i want, i can move into an old chevy van and live out of it. still rent free living. i pay almost nothing to live on since i am so frugal. i have traveled the world and i don't care what anybody thinks about my lifestyle. living on just about nothing is the best thing there is. isn't it? i have no mortgage to deal with, nothing. i will leave my job whenever i feel like it. i have done so many times. just walked off the job. nothing ties me down at all.

If you are 35 then your parents probably are 60 to 75 years old, either retired or nearly retired.


They are paying all of your expenses now and I bet that they are looking forward to you caring for them when they need help. How are your home health care, bed bath & diaper changing skills?
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Old 03-13-2016, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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If you are 35 then your parents probably are 60 to 75 years old, either retired or nearly retired.


They are paying all of your expenses now and I bet that they are looking forward to you caring for them when they need help. How are your home health care, bed bath & diaper changing skills?
he doesn't have to worry about that because he'll be living in the van.
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Old 03-13-2016, 07:52 PM
 
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Explain to me how being homeless removes some one from obeying the drug laws that the non homeless have to obey. No city council has this power.
Demote any police officers that attempt to enforce those laws. Have the city attorney decline to prosecute. That's exactly what happened with an officer that was ticketing people for smoking pot in public areas. He was reprimanded and all of his tickets were thrown out even thought they were in line with the way the law was written.

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Nor did the city of Seattle do any such thing. Poster is talking through his hat.
Actually they did. They're no longer prosecuting personal use quantities (defined as less than $300 worth) of heroin, meth or crack. It's fairly obvious when you have people shooting up in public and not being arrested. There are dozens or RV's around with people selling drugs out of them without any police interference. I mentioned in another thread we have a woman addicted to heroin living in her van at the top of the hill. She's been there for months breaking into people's homes and cars and stealing packages to fund her habit. She's car camping there because of a house 2 blocks away openly selling heroin.

Why is this so hard to believe? It's been like this for years, just not quite this bad. I live here, so I see it all the time. The city has decriminalized hard drugs and the evidence is everywhere from neighborhood parks, greenbelts to industrial areas crawling with chronic addicts scrambling around to fund their habit any way possible. It's really starting to suck.

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Old 03-13-2016, 08:26 PM
 
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as another poster has said it's not just about throwing a mattress in the back and sleeping in the van!! you'll need to outfit your van with insulation and ply wood to help keep the heat in during winter as well as get a MR buddy heater with the adaptor to hook it up to a 20 LB tank!! be prepared to get rousted and ticked by the cops or possibly your van towed off and or put in jail!! how about health insurance how are you gonna deal with that?? what are you gonna do if your house on wheels breaks down then you'll really be homeless. what are you gonna do if someone tries to break into your van. how are you gonna sleep in your van in the summer when it will be hotter than hell in there. what if you can't get to a bathroom I hope that it won't bother you to much to pee in a bottle and crap in a 5 gallon bucket
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Old 03-13-2016, 10:22 PM
 
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as another poster has said it's not just about throwing a mattress in the back and sleeping in the van!! you'll need to outfit your van with insulation and ply wood to help keep the heat in during winter as well as get a MR buddy heater with the adaptor to hook it up to a 20 LB tank!! be prepared to get rousted and ticked by the cops or possibly your van towed off and or put in jail!! how about health insurance how are you gonna deal with that?? what are you gonna do if your house on wheels breaks down then you'll really be homeless. what are you gonna do if someone tries to break into your van. how are you gonna sleep in your van in the summer when it will be hotter than hell in there. what if you can't get to a bathroom I hope that it won't bother you to much to pee in a bottle and crap in a 5 gallon bucket
yes, all of that. deep cycle batteries, something on which to cook, heat, the five gallon bucket with kitty litter. you've really got to plan ahead. fortunately, there are many blogs about doing this. living in a well equipped van--and having some money--is not being homeless.

there's absolutely nothing fun or interesting about being homeless.
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Old 03-13-2016, 11:46 PM
 
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There's nothing good about being homeless. If you are 35 and at home, get a job!!!

If you are over 35 and unskilled, who's going to hire you?
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