So my girlfriend and I are recently finding ourselves without a place to live. Luckily for us, we have had about a months worth of time to plan and save up, and I think we've pretty much got it figured out. Lemme give ya tha skinny.
We live in Arkansas, that swampy, humid, nasty misquito/tick/seed tick/chigger infested hell hole. Not the best place to be homeless, summer or winter. Luckily, we have a friend who is moving to Phoenix on the 31st, at 3pm. So we're going to catch a ride with him, and he's agreed to take us all the way out to L.A.
Why L.A.? Do we know anybody out there? Have we ever been there before? Nope, not a soul, ever even seen the west coast. But, if you're going to be temporarily homeless, (and yes, though I have been homeless before, I do not intend to stay that way), what better place to do it than the west coast, right? We're going to have enough money, (stored in the bank) to pay first month's rent on a room. If ya look on craigslist, orange county has over 100 hits for people looking for roomies a day. Unfortunately, the majority of these posts are NO PETS in big bold letters. We have a few pets here that we are storing, so we may be looking for a little while. Once we get shored up, we'll pick up any job we can get, probably waiting tables, and start rebuilding our lives.
Well, that being said, it very well could be several months before we find a place to stay, so we will be beachbumming it for a while. We've got printouts of all of the soup kitchens and foodbanks and missions in the local area, along with a map, and theres a huge skatepark nearby that we can "live" off of by selling hemp, haircuts, and hash.
This isn't the first time I've been on the road. A buddie and i went from Arizona -> Montana -> Arkansa -> Arizona -> Arkansas -> Arizona on a wing and a prayer, spent about 3 months in flagstaff in one sitting. My girlfriend, on the other hand, has absolutely no experience on the road or on the streets, excepting that her mother was a crackhead prostitute for most of her childhood. Still, she's more excited to be homeless than I am.
The biggest thing I am worried about is the cops. Both of us are very young looking, but we're both over 18. I expect, especially where we will be, to get hassled by the cops a lot. Luckily it's the summer and school is out for another month, but later, I suspect we will be checked for truency. I also worry about cops "confiscating" our equipment. Police here in Little Rock are dirty, heartless bastards. Even though we plan to carry no controband of any kind, I am planning for the worst. If anyone has any experience with police in SoCal, advice or stories would be greatly appreciated.