Car Living A Vital Skill
This year, the topics discussed on Hobopoet have taken a deadly serious turn. We are at the beginning of a huge economic disaster– the same kind of bankster engineered disaster that Argentina experienced.
Because of this, the collapse of American Empire is accelerating. While Obama and the banks loot the country and enslave it’s citizens with massive debt, the media continues to show idiotic stories about “the coming recovery”. The corporate media also loves to fawn over Obama.. while purposely hiding what is actually happening.
Why is this important? Because practically, it means very tough times ahead– “The Greatest Depression” as many economist are calling it. In fact, we are nowhere near the bottom… the worst is yet to come and it’s going to be much worse. We’ll see another huge stock market crash, massive unemployment… and then the killer– massive price inflation. In other words, the value of your cash savings, if you have them, will be eroded or destroyed– just when you are either losing your job or starting a new one with much less pay.
Such is the bankster economic system… a system that Naomi Klein calls “Disaster Capitalism”. First the banksters & their government partners engineer (or take advantage of) a disaster. Then, while regular people are dazed and confused and pliable, they swiftly enact new laws that enrich the banksters while looting the confused and clueless public. They did it in Argentina and many other places.. now they’re doing it to the United States.
In fact, it’s already done. So the practical question becomes– how to survive the unfolding disaster?
This is where Hobopoet skills become important. As hobopoets, we choose to live simply but happily.
The difference between a miserable homeless person and a happy Hobopoet is planning, preparation, and mindset.
Being thrown into homelessness (and unemployment) is traumatic… but carefully planning and choosing it can be quite fun. As my old archives note, its possible to live very happily and comfortably even in a Nissan Sentra. To do so, you must be intelligent:
- Modify the car for living: Take out the back seats and create a bed from the back area all the way into the trunk (extend your legs into the trunk area when sleeping). Tint all back windows as dark as possible (and put cardboard behind the tinting). Run a shower or curtain rod just behind the front seats, and hang a black blanket or sheet over it (to block rear area from sight). Use plastic storage bins for clothes and food. Use a camp toilet… or a gatorade bottle (for peeing– women can get a funnel to make this easier and doubled freezer bags (for emergency shitting). Park in stealthy areas– such as big apartment complexes or public streets with other cars around… or best of all- at a friends house.
- Create a micro-business: Create a business that is tiny and easy to run from anywhere. You might sell art or jewelry at music festivals. You might create a small online company. You might sell information products. Just create an independent small income source.. to lessen or eliminate your dependence on jobs.
- Collect Quality Camping Gear Now: A quality sleeping bag and sleeping pad is vital if you will car-live in a cold climate. A camp stove is also useful.. as is a set of compact cooking gear. Consider quality (non-cotton) clothes for cold weather. A hiking water filter is also useful (for filtering water from rivers, streams, or public sinks). A tent is also great if you plan to be in rural or wilderness areas sometimes (or campsites). An LED headlamp is extremely useful at night.
- Think about Cleanliness: How will you clean yourself? You could join a gym and use the showers there (if the membership will be affordable). You can sponge bathe in public bathrooms (use lockable bathrooms and ALWAYS thoroughly clean up any water– so they’ll never suspect you are bathing in their bathroom!). In hot weather, you can bathe in a stream or river (as I did in Athens, Georgia).
- Consider Safety: Take a combat self-defense course or study one at home now (I recommend www.attackproof.com ). You might consider keeping pepper spray in your car…. and possibly a knife or gun (but only if you REALLY know how to use them and are well trained.. otherwise stick to pepper spray and self-defense training). Another safety issue: identify safe and fairly “stealth” parking areas in your town. If possible, secure a parking place in a friends’ driveway.
Those are the basics. As I read more about tent cities popping up, and people losing their homes,.. and the economic disaster still to come… I feel that car-living and voluntary homelessness topics are more important than ever.
Therefore, I’ll be re-visiting these topics in the coming months– to provide detailed practical strategies for people to THRIVE (not just survive) even if they lose their home, job, etc.
Car Living is one such strategy– as long as you can still afford to insure and maintain a car. If that’s possible, I believe that car-living is the best choice for those who have no other home. Tent living (or open air camping) would be a distant second choice,.. as it’s less secure.. but I’ll discuss homelessness strategies as well.
I believe that everyone should think about and plan for this… even if you feel you are financially secure. Planning for the possibility of car-living or homelessness will give you tremendous confidence and strength if you are indeed forced out of your home. You won’t fear it so much and won’t panic if you already have a plan and have already prepared!