They Beat Me To It

For the first time since camping at this one location, someone else had taken the spot before I got there.   It is a somewhat undesirable spot.  But as I took a walk around, looking for another place to set up my tent, I noticed that the streets had grown even more crowded than the last time I checked.   Tonight I will go back to my spot earlier in the evening and hopefully get there before someone else does.

There wasn’t enough room to set up my tent so I had to do without it last night.   I locked up my cart, using a short bike lock, to the fence that I was up against, and just used my sleeping bag. The concrete was very cold and the air last night was even colder.   I move a bit when I sleep and I kept coming out of the sleeping bag so that my arms and shoulders kept contacting the concrete,  Burrrr.   I feel like my cold may be coming back too.

The city is trying to make a big deal about the winter shelter opening up on November 1st.  The problem is that the shelter only holds 240 people, and there are 900 homeless on the streets of downtown San Diego.  There are even more homeless in the areas surrounding downtown.   I guess a half-assed effort is better than none.

Today I will try to get laundry done today, and if I can get to the beach, I’ll take a shower.  Right now, I’m averaging about one shower a week.  I’m more of a two showers a day kind of guy.  But I’ve gotten used to being unshowered.  I still sponge off in public restrooms when I can.   I’ve not gotten so offensive that anyone has complained of an odor.

If you’re wondering, I’m still accepting donations on my paypal account, for food and necessities.


About Kevin Barbieux

I have been diagnosed as being chronically homeless. I write about my experiences and opinions of being homeless
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