Settling in to the basics.

(re the date of the post: it show up at the bottom of every post in the light grey font)

So today I washed my hair on the tailed of my truck, visited a mcdonalds for 3 hours and bought Keegan canned food.

Now for the details. : )

When I started this adventure I had a couple friends that I thought would be okay with letting me drop by and take a shower every couple weeks. Alternate friends and I should be able to shower at least once a week.
It turned out though that when I actually became homeless, one friend disappeared completely and the other is very skittish and not comfortable with me taking a shower there.
As several people have mentioned in emails to me, staying clean is indeed very important if you want to stay “in” society. And really, that is the issue I thought I’d have the least amount of trouble with. But not so.

There are products on the market now that are “no-rinse” and they work fine. But the shampoo, while keeping a person from looking like Prof. Snape, don’t really feel clean, and your hair is lifeless.
So today I wanted to actually wash my hair. But I wasn’t sure where I could do so.
As it turns out, the school campus was closed so I was there in the empty parking lot by myself for several hours. The campus policeman came by a couple times but as I was sittin on my tailbed studying chemistry every time he came by he didn’t bother me. Very kind of him in my opinion, he could have kicked off the premises then and there.
So while I was hanging out there alone I used enough water to wet my hair, shampoo, and started to rinse. I was trying to use as little water as possible. Rinsing shampoo takes a lot of water. I think I’m going to have to cut my hair off. Fortunately, while the wind was brisk it hasn’t gotten cold here yet and I felt much much better for having clean hair.

But, I also knew that I was pushing my luck by staying in the parking lot too long, since the campus was closed. So I trundled down the road to the McDonalds.
I have no idea why all fast food establishments play music at a volume so loud that conversation is impossible, much less thinking.
But, I had my mp3 player loaded with a brain sync “deep learning” track; which I believe I got from some friends who shall remain anonymous but read this blog. The track is 30 minutes long and it really works very well for blocking out other noise, whether it helps me learn any better I couldn’t say, but it makes studying more comfortable for me.
I think it played through 5 times, I did get through the first two sections of chapter 16 in my chem book. I am, unfortunately way behind due to the week I spent building my camper and vacating my previous premises.
But it felt good to be able to get some studying done, productive even.

The last bit is about dog food. My dog Keegan is 13 years old and the past few weeks have been a bit tough on her. She isn’t eating, she isn’t jumping anymore, and she seems rather anxious. Not that I blame her, she does pick up on my emotions which is both a good thing and a bad thing. But, I bought one of those little $0.80 cans of canned stew like dog food for her. I think it was rotisserie chicken, it actually looked identifiable enough to be human food but I didn’t try it. I let her take a few gulps and then mixed the rest of it in with her dry food. I was very pleased that she ate it all.
Right now she’s laying beside me grinning at me.

So all in all, a good day. No one bothered me, no one told me to leave, I got some studying done, and my beloved muttly ate a full serving of food adequate for her size.

Tonight I am going to try a different place for parking. It looks like a pull-off for truckers beside a gas station.

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4 Comments

  1. Jerryprism

     /  October 8, 2011

    Nice article. Great details. Veri interesting.

    Reply
  2. Alyce Aber

     /  October 8, 2011

    Thanks for the date info, I never saw it!! 🙂

    Reply
  3. Roxanne

     /  October 8, 2011

    I don’t know your area but in many states truck stops have showers for truckers who gas up there. Might be something to look into.

    Reply
  4. Alyce Aber

     /  October 8, 2011

    I want you to know, you have changed my life. For the better, thank you.

    Reply

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