Wednesday, October 14, 2009

On the road again.

Well, after living indoors at my parent's house for nearly two months it's time I get moving again. I'm heading back to LA. The classes start this weekend and will be weekend-only through May. I'll be back working and trying to get by. Studying, training, living.

This means that nearly 5 years of my life, half my 20's, will have been spent living in my truck. Wild. A story, for sure. Something to tell potential offspring if I even have the audacity to reproduce, which is questionable.

Goodbye bedroom. So long kitchen, with all your neat cooking utensils and oven and stove. Later electricity. I'll miss you most private bathroom - I love how, within your confines I don't have my naked ass stared at by really hairy middle-aged guys. *sigh*

And thus the journey continues!

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Boldly going to where no homeless guy has gone before: Chiropractic school!

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On the road again...

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

House misses Andy. especially, bathroom.

Anonymous said...

Hey Dude, good luck to you! I have been reading your Blog off and on over the last 4 Years.

Nice to see that your minimalist concept is working for you. Actually many people have lost their Jobs and Homes in the last 4-5 Years, so it seems the concept of living in a truck is a pretty solid proposition these days.

Anonymous said...

Hey Dude, good luck to you! I have been reading your Blog off and on over the last 4 Years.

Nice to see that your minimalist concept is working for you. Actually many people have lost their Jobs and Homes in the last 4-5 Years, so it seems the concept of living in a truck is a pretty solid proposition these days.

James said...

Howdy, I live in Houston and attend Optometry school at U of H. My rent is aprox 950 plus bills and it's killing me. The only debt I have is my student loans for graduate school and I'm thinking about going homeless and living out of my SUV. By then end of optometry school I'll have incurred 190 K in debt with interest. I could knock down my debt by 40 K if I decide to live out of my SUV or sleep at the school or friends places from time to time. We have a nice campus Rec center so I could shower there and since I study all the time, I really only need a place to sleep when I get out of school. I am worried about how this decsion would affect my relations with the ladies and my girlfriend has told me she'll leave me if I do this. My mother isn't happy either. Plus Houston isn't the safest place to just park your car and sleep but I've heard Walmart parking lots are pretty safe from a friend of mine who lived out of his car in the Florida Keys. Do you have any advice for this future doctor and politician before I make the transition from my posh loft to the back of a 2004 large SUV? Thanks!

Andy said...

Hi James,

Living in the truck has its ups and downs, like anything else. As long as you can manage your studies, which are the most important thing, then you'll be fine. For me, when my chiropractic program starts in August, I'll definitely be moving into a room. But during my BA I had a blast living in the truck.

It's an experience that I wouldn't trade for anything. I've loved it most of the time and hated it sometimes. But it's a great growing experience. You really begin to connect to a part of the world and to yourself in a way that can't be properly explained. You feel like you start to "get" homelessness, even though, like me, I'm not really a "homeless guy." You get to be part of some great jokes and you definitely get to be free of paying so many bills. Food and gas, mostly.

Cooking can be difficult. Sleeping is a system to figure out... sleep on flat surfaces, invest in comfort, get blackout curtains. And as for the girlfriend... if she doesn't like you for who you are and not where you live than maybe she's lame. I've had a few girlfriends while living in the truck and the relationship-killer was never living in the truck. In fact, my most current girlfriend kinda liked it (she left the country :( ...).

Keep in order the shower, hygiene, cleanliness, studies, etc. and you'll have a great time! And let me know how it goes!

Eris said...

Why did I just have to sign in to read your blog? Are you taking it underground so that you can start complining your memoirs?