Sunday, December 27, 2015

Homeless

I read this morning a news story about homeless people in New York's LaGuardia Airport Terminal-B being kicked out.  Officials will be closing doors at 11pm and shooing homeless to the outside.

The story made a memory pop into my head of an early evening long past. MsTioga and I were parked in San Diego. Our interior lights were off. I'd opened a window in order eavesdrop on some nearby homeless on the inside of the sidewalk, behind some bushes.

When I found that I could not clearly hear what the homeless men were saying, I began to think about their situation. I compared them to myself.

But for MsTioga, I too would be homeless. But with MsTioga, I had shelter. A bed. Toilet. A full kitchen. A heater to keep me warm. An air conditioner to keep me comfortable in the summer heat.

When I first drove MsTioga to San Diego, it was 2003. I was able to easily make Nite Camp all over San Diego. But as the years passed by, camping in San Diego became more difficult. No Parking signs went up restricting over nite camping. Sometime cops banged on MsTioga's door!

I marveled at my good fortune at owning MsTioga. Did you know that at the time that I began full timing, I did not have enough income to afford my apartment and buy food too? Being homeless was that close to me.

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  1. Wow! I had no idea you were ever living that close to the edge. I get $733/month disability and my rent is $525 of that. I cannot easily afford either living in my senior apartment or being on the road. Was it making money on your blog that widened your horizons?

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    1. Hi Wendy,
      Yes! My blog earning money permitted me to continue being a wandering RVer.

      Sometime in the spring of 2004 I posted about having to go get a job in order to make financial ends meet. One of my readers read that post and advised me to put Blogger ads on my website.

      That same reader taught me about ads, how they worked and stuff. It was hard for me to learn. But that reader stuck with me like glue! Without him, Tioga and George may have ended in 2004.

      George

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  2. To paraphrase John Bradford, "There, but for the grace of God, go I"

    There are a lot of us who have been that close to homelessness. I make a point every night to thank God I'm not in that position at the end of the day. I still remember being hungry and it being safer to sleep almost any where but the apartment I payed rent on.

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  3. I recall you mentioning about your financial limitations, years ago. I praise God that He took care of you... so that you could live in Tioga for many years, and enjoy your life. Prayer for you, continues...

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  4. Mexico was a good choice. I know many Americans who have come to Mexico and Central America where they can afford to live, have healthcare, and enjoy good weather year round. You opened that door to many of your readers. You near homlessness was a good thing for many people, a true learning experience.

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  5. The growth in the division between the rich and the poor is out of control. I have nothing against a person having millions (Billions) of dollars but I do have concerns when a small percentage of people hold the majority of the wealth and make decisions for everyone.

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  6. How wonderful to have lived in the roving comfort of Ms Tioga. You worked hard to have the "luck" of being sticks-and-bricks "homeless", a vagabonder supreme who inspires many!

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    1. Hi Livingroom,

      I agree with you, Livingroom. I was sooooo lucky when I roamed with MsTioga. Everything broke right for me.

      For example, I stumbled upon wonderful places. Didn't know that these wonderful places existed. And then, there they were! And I wrote about them, sharing with my readers.

      Can it get any better than that?

      George

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  7. I agree with Sheila. There is another concern besides the fact that so much of the wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few. I don't know where the heartlessness that I am observing came from! It seems that empathy has totally disappeared from this society of ours. Compassion for the troubles of fellow human beings seems to be nonexistent.
    I can't believe the comments people leave on news articles about the homeless, migrants, refugees...... Sad, indeed.

    Not to leave you on a down side, though, George. YOU are a positive force. Thank you for staying with us!




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