Good day.

I have found my favorite parking spot, now I just have to make sure that I don’t use it too often.

Last night was a little windy, not like the gale the other night, but breezy. My camper was much snugger. The caulking has helped.

Chem class was good. I missed a bit but not too much. Sometimes, for whatever reason, words stop getting translated in my brain and turn into just sounds. I know they’re supposed to have meaning but they don’t. It’s very frustrating because I never know how long it’s going to last. And because I miss whatever the instructor is saying. I’ve had a lot of head injuries so I don’t know why it happens but it’s scary as hell. For that moment, you never know if this time it’ll stick, if it will stay that way and you’ll never be able to understand anyone again.

But class went pretty well. This was the first lab I attended where we had to work with a partner. I had qualms about my partner at first but she settled down and we got a good technique going and we finished in good time. She was very easy to work with and I am very glad. I came out of the lab tired but not frantic.

I tried to find out where the Austin homeless soccer team plays but apparently the Austin team has gone kaput, no sponsors. But the guy I talked to said he’d see if there were any games going on just for fun around town.
It would be nice to be able to be honest with people sometimes (in person) and not get looked at with judgment or pity. And you know what? Just because I’m living in my truck doesn’t mean that I’m always sad and morose. I’m not! I still want to laugh and have fun. I don’t want to be judged by people who think “That is wrong! She’s homeless, she should be in tears; she shouldn’t be having fun! Only people who are lazy or bad are homeless and bad people aren’t allowed to have fun! She should be working 3 jobs and trying to buy a house!”
It sounds stupid, but really, see if you can trap your thoughts the next time you see someone who’s homeless and see what you really think. What you think before you moderate it, before you start saying to yourself “oh.. Well he’s probably mentally ill” or whatever reason pops into your head. You might find it interesting! I know I did when I first did this experiment.

Tomorrow is my chemistry exam. You may not hear from me tomorrow. It depends on if all my grey matter liquifies and drains out of my ears or not.

But I’ll post something on Saturday for sure.

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8 Comments

  1. Katy

     /  October 20, 2011

    Good luck on the exam!

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  2. Anonymous

     /  October 21, 2011

    Best of luck for your exam 🙂

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  3. Alyce Aber

     /  October 21, 2011

    Umm you are NOT homeless! You live in a MOBILE HOME! If some of the flaws (parking and “facilities” were alleviated, I think I would love it. My son and I are always saying we are going to just travel around in the van. Someday we might…

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  4. Alyce Aber

     /  October 21, 2011

    IN FACT! You are a home owner!! You own your own home, free and clear. 🙂

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  5. Anonymous

     /  October 21, 2011

    http://financiallyfit.yahoo.com/finance/article-113691-11403-3-true-story-living-well-on-11000-a-year
    Here’s a web site to an article about a musician living out of his RV on $11K a year. Thought it might interest this blog

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    • Anonymous

       /  October 21, 2011

      I did start reading that one too! If I lived in a temperate area I would so just do as Rachel! Give up the excess junk and climb in my van. But in PA in the winter I would freeze and summer I would swelter. My kids told me today to shut up I’m not living in my van. Don’t they know YET that just prods me to do whatever they say not to do? Rachel, on day you may see me and my van in Austin!

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  6. Anonymous

     /  October 21, 2011

    that website courtesy of Jerryprism. Didn’t put in the signature. Sorry

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  7. Interesting article Jerry.

    If I was able to do it from scratch I’d rather buy an RV outside with most of the inside pulled. Build what I need on the inside but not waste the space on beds for 8 people. : )

    I would love to have the room for a stove top and a small refrigerator. But it’d take a generator or a much more sophisticated battery setup than I have. He’s got a lot more square footage in his RV than I do in the bed of my extended cab pickup.

    Still.. my setup is starting to shake out and with a few more adjustments I think it will be quite comfortable.

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