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Age. 39
Gender. Male
Ethnicity. Chinese
Location Valley Village, CA
School. Cornell Univ
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A new chapter in my life: homelessness?
328th day of 2008
Three and a half years ago, in May of 2005, I graduated. Two and a half years ago, I graduated (again). At the time of graduation, I was filled with hope and enthusiasm for the future. I felt ambitious and motivated. I felt like the number 4 in a caravan of letters.

And now, in 2008, with the economy battered and wildfires spreading rampant in southern California, like doves flapping in a bowl of egg yolk, I find myself in a very different state than I had previously imagined myself to be in (2.5 years ago). Instead of asking myself, "Should I super-size my value meal or should I indulge in a parfait?" I am asking myself a much more stark and trying question: "Should I clasp onto the brink of civilization and continue to live in a barely furnished apartment or should I not and become a homeless person, instead?" A question (and sentence) of such a long-winded nature bears much reflection.

By far, my biggest expense is my monthly rent. And with the apartment, come additional liabilities, namely utilities, and hassles, like checking my mail and locking my door. To survive in 21st-century America, do I really need an apartment? Can I overcome life's challenges without shelter, but only with my will to live? Am I ready to begin a new chapter in my life, to embrace the noble and ancestral state of homelessness?

Imaginary reader and friend, please help me answer this question. Your input is greatly valued, like a turtle values the shell painted on a raccoon's back. Time is of the essence, for the lease to my current apartment in Los Angeles ends on 12/31/2008. And, as I've now come to realize, 12/31/2008 is my day of judgment. Only then will it happen...
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sigh. i understand ur dilemma. i think nowadays many people r like u. i'm too. i'm thinking of the things i have to sacrifice but yet still be able to live comfortably. but unfortunately there are no more things on my list to cut down when the things i spend most is food.

so i hope i answered ur concern using my own situation.
» renaye on 2008-11-23 04:27:44

with the economic condition right now, everythin's pretty hard. well since the lease ends on 12/31/08 then i suppose all you can do right now is to either move in to a smaller place or a cheaper place/area and perhaps get a roomie? at least u guys can split the utilities bills?

n you may wanna have ur food at home instead of out cuz i know that ppl still tip bout 15%-20% right and i read that some cut down till 8%.
» AlexisNg on 2008-11-23 05:00:17

Rent a room instead of an apartment! That depends on how much you like living with strangers and having to put up with their atitude.

Move into a motel? Like what the actor did in the Persuit of Happiness
» Nuttz on 2008-11-23 10:34:55

Another option is to trade your car in for a van/motorhome. The monthly expenses on a vehicle are far less than what you'd be paying in rent and utilities. Plus you'd still have a roof over your head.
» Praetorian on 2008-11-23 12:25:30

You could buy a tent and live "in the wild." Or, if possible, find a cheaper place to live. Maybe crash with friends? If you had roommates it'd be easier to pay rent, right?
» randomjunk on 2008-11-23 04:11:05

SoCal is expensive to live in. Move somewhere where the cost of living is cheaper? Which sounds like a euphemism for what you said.

Re: Uniqlock - it's basically an ad for Uniqlo clothing store, in the form of a clock.
» bluetopaz on 2008-11-27 01:43:15

I can't give you any of mine unfortunately.. not yet anyway. So I shall wish you good luck!
» Nuttz on 2008-11-30 07:39:08

photonic incubators? lol.. i dont think so. hypermarkets here isnt that upgraded besides why do you need it? I think Beckman Laser Institute can help ya out with that. anyway how's things gettin on over there? all the best there!
» AlexisNg on 2008-11-30 09:33:24

what pray-tell were the characteristics of Andreas the Swede?!

» ridiculosaur on 2008-12-01 12:58:39

you could try looking for a roommate, or look for someone who's looking for a roommate.
or live in a brothel or something. I know they're popular in europe, so I'm not sure if they have 'em here in the US quite like they do across the pond.

or, as random suggested, purchase a mobile home type of thing. I'm not sure if the cost would be worth it all, but you wouldn't have as many utilities etc to pay.

» invisible on 2008-12-01 05:52:21



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