[Hpn] Re: [HKU] Re: housing reality
Wed, 19 Feb 2003 06:07:08 -0800 (PST)
Can relate to feeling burned out...
Um, I am indeed in Norway (have been here for three
years now)- and I was in Minnesota- my online buddy
Darkblade and his family put me and my husband BT up
there just before we came over to Norway. We wound up
staying outside their home in our van.
If any one of my family members had helped us, we
might not have had to leave the US, but not one of
them did. Not one of them offered us even as much as
one night's shelter in our nine months of
And they say that blood is thicker than water?
--- "UTB crew <email@example.com>"
Thank you for your replies. I'm feeling a little
burn out and cynical
(Harmony Minnesota, hum I think tink told me you
were in Norway or
something.) Minnesota of how I remember those years.
My daughter was
born at the Mayo Clinic. I can totally relate to the
having been out there in the worst wind weather and
the deepest and
coldest of winters.
Ginger, I agree about comfort levels in living
conditions. I guess I
have learned to make due with too little for about
too long. I once
lived on the reservation for a time and we had
nothing but a shack.
But in those days of keroscene lanterns and cold
pumped water, I
learned many things about myself and what I could do
to survive. I've
probably done it ALL more than you gals as I hit the
and since I have been clean and sober now for about
16 years, I have
a lot of gratitude just to be alive. But you cant go
this down peoples throats and I suppose that is why
I feel bad.
Afterall shes a young 24 year old mom and I have
about another 25
years on her of life experiences.
Its funny these days I feel more comfortable aound
brothers and sisters than I do in "normal society"
Its funny sitting
in college classews and explining to students and
professors what the
school of hard knocks even looks like, at least from
And its funny that I hook myself up to poverty
groups and just now
start to get a grip on the real picture of life. I
need to make a
conference call on the 20th for the National
and civil rights organizing project and I'm thinking
I dont do enough
to be part of the group, but then I feel like
someone has to stay on
top of things because if there are no watchers then
Kim, just joined our group, everybody say Hi.
Kim has been the coordinator of UTB since it started
Shes been hanging out with me, putting up with me
conventions and boring conferences and still likes
to hang out.
She's been around the block a time or two herself
and got her degree
from school of hard knocks.
speaking of that school. I found an internet site
that sells a
clothing line for school of hard knocks and even a
place that will
send you a degree for $9.99
adding to the pile of crap today, I fell on my tail
bone in the
parking lot tonight, and gave myself whiplash. The
pipes froze in the
laundry room and the guy downstairs shoveled all the
water that was
in the hall into the parkinglot which in turn froze.
Then I hear from
my daughter, after getting home from a trip to the
store that the
fire department was here because of the smell of gas
in the hall.
Turns out the same dumb guy, friend of our landlord,
pain in the ass
neighbor had a snowblower inside his apartment and
was running it or
cleaning it or something.
The fire department had to secure the building and
safety from fumes and still no one can get in touch
landlord, including the fire department.
hey but my check came in and I am going to pay my
rent because it is
the only place I have to live and its its too damn
cold to move into
the van and certainly my daughter doesnt want to go
to a shleter with
the baby coming in 3 weeks.
have a good night.
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