December 20, 2013
My last official day on the
clock. I am in the South where I don’t have to think about being homeless for a
while. I can stretch out on beds, air mattresses, and couches for the next two
weeks. Cooking and laundry facilities are readily available.
I brought back all food that
was in the refrigerator at the school. I packed the food in 3 different
insulated lunch bags. The cabinet food filled up one suitcase (30 pounds). I
started eating food that I brought in the lunch bags and cooking with some of
the ingredients that I brought down South. No one asked me why I brought food
January 7, 2014
I spent Christmas break with
the family in another state down South. It was a great break. I caught up on
the assignments in my online class. So far, my score in that class is a 50%. I
really got behind with the whole job-lay off. However, during the break, I
worked on some future assignments.
I left my car at Aunt and Uncle
Theo’s house. I asked Aunt Theo and that was ok with her. I didn’t ask Uncle
Theo to look after the car. I didn’t offer him the car keys in case it needs to
be moved. I didn’t ask him to keep an eye on the plastic I put over the dent in
the trunk so rain doesn’t get inside the trunk. I didn’t want to ask for
I’m happy with the work being
done on my parents’ house. Now my parents have gotten a notice saying they have
to go to court about a property they own that’s been vacant for years. The city
may tear it down, then charge them for it. I wish I had the means to help them
with that property, too.
I won’t say a lot about the
stay down South since this blog is mostly about my experiences living in my
car. Now, I’m back up north and I’ve been staying with Jasmine for two nights.
A historically chilling weather pattern has passed across the country and the
temperatures where in the single digits last night. Jasmine and her husband
were worried about me and invited me to stay, and I’m not crazy.
I have nowhere
to go during the day (when I would normally go to work). My plan during this layoff was to hang
out at fast food restaurants, libraries, parks (with the car running), and
store parking lots (same). However, I am thankful to be sitting her in my pink-flowered
long johns and bare feet on a queen size bed with cable tv across the room.