posted on May, 6 2008 @ 05:49 PM
Looking at these stories, I see a HUGE degree of separation between
the circumstances of the Urban Homeless versus the Rural/Backwoods Homeless.
Me being from Canada (i.e. near Vancouver, BC specifically), I am
fortunate that I still have a "Natural" environment to hide in if I was
to ever become homeless. Those of you in Detroit, Chicago, LA,
New York, etc. require an entirely different survival mindset than
those of us in more rural environments and this is reflected in the
list of tips that details how to deal with other homeless, cops, gangs,
shelters, churches, etc.
The City People's greatest danger is from fellow human beings who
think of you as PREY while MY largest problem is that there really are
large animals (bears, cougars) that want me as dinner if I decide to
camp out homeless in the backwoods and that one need some
SERIOUS skills as an outdoorsman if you want to be able to
survive in the Pacific Northwest bush while working yourself
up into the "Normal World" during your homelessness.
The point I am trying to make here is, although SOME of you think
these lists are pointless or even untrue, they DO have some validity
as a primer to surviving in the "Urban Jungle" of modern citified America.
DO NOT simply dismiss these tips and tricks out of hand but rather take them
as a barometer of times that require some SERIOUS changes in attitudes
and habits in order to "Make It Out Alive" when you become homeless.
For those of you who have or are willing to LEARN some mechanical,
technical or outdoor skills I can offer you some tips and tricks myself.
I must admit that I am rather heavily experienced in "Backwoods" operations
so I have a considerable skill set for outdoor living in extremely harsh
environments ranging from -50F below to +120F above so some of my tips
may seem pretentious or "weird" but do take them into account
even IF you are a city person.
Things you need right away when homeless!
1) Tarps - These 12 foot by 12 tough nylon sheets
you can buy really cheap (less than 5 bucks) from many Dollar stores
or ratty department stores - Walmart has em cheap!
Or you can scavenge them from city construction sites!
These make great tents and for protection from a wet ground
and are WATERPROOF. If you get a few of them you can make
a RAINPROOF and SUN-SHEILDING tent just by propping them up with
a couple of sticks or poles or draping them over some thrown-away
chairs or shopping carts.
2) Sustenance: Your body is a machine and needs to be gassed up
and lubricated and that means you needs carbohydrates, sugars
and proteins. I suggest Apples, Processed Bread and Eggs.
These are usually cheap and MANY charitable places will
give a away a few of these items.
Apples are cheap and they have lots of natural sugars
to give you quick energy and the vitamin C will prevent some
of the worse effects of malnutrition.
Bread of course is obvious and even 2 or 3 day old bread
obtained on the cheap from a neighbourhood bakery would
work as quick energy so you can get through a day of
quick-money labour-type jobs.
Eggs - I know many of you find this strange thinking
they're fragile and spoil easy...but an empty tin can,
some cheap matches bummed off a city-slicker smoker
and some burning scrap newspaper makes for a fast cooked
meal that has lots of protein AND is pretty CHEAP
so you have enough energy to get through to the
next payday sweeping out warehouses or construction sites.