Pandemic Chaos

I still have friends who are homeless for one reason or another, some have health problems where staying would only make it worse believe it or not. (We tried on that one) Talking to them through all the chaos has been pretty sobering, because whatever hope had been is completely gone. My home has been completely devoid of hope for many people left living on the street.

The pandemic has made the city look at its plans and the signs of the failure have been noted earlier before. One that was done where I was ready to go all political and rant and rave, but honestly reading over it, it didn’t bring anything more to the conversation. I am not happy about Portland for various reasons and I am working on a long term plan to make it better.

Want something done right, do it yourself. I will say that this chaos has been something that ripped away a lot of facades and right now there isn’t a lot where people can hide. Less stabbing in the back and more people against you at the start, but if you can explain to people where to put their passion then a mountain can be moved daily.

Let’s just say a lot is currently in the fire. We all can get better and I hope that through this blog you can see how you can do more as well from homelessness to disaster relief to things that can even make camping a little easier, and that is where I think I will keep it. Mostly on those subjects so if you are homeless a lot of the info can be useful still and even if you camp it can be beneficial.

Stay Strong and Stay Tuned

Something I have Been Working On – Together We Rebuild

I had worked on some sticker designs for various things and while I am still working on the one for the blog, this had come in and I am thrilled about it.

Together we Rebuild, this will be on the product page soon, but i think with everything going in my home stat this could be a nice little thing. I just bought a hundred to give some away and what not. I think right now, everyone just needs to know that no matter how bad things you think are, together as a group of different people, with different opinions will work to make our lives better in the light of those who try to break it down.

Stay Strong.

When the State Burns

Yup, Oregon it is not fun. In any case here are some tips if you find yourself ready to bolt.

Get packed. Take a bag for each of the people leaving and have it as ready as can be. Mine is laying with just enough space for my laptops and tech gear, I can toss them and run if needed. Clothes, papers, cash, etc. make it as much as you can. Take another bag for snacks and make sure to take a whatever is needed for the pets. Sounds like a lot but the point is to have the packing almost completely done so that at moments notice during disaster you can bail.

Gasoline may be hard to get if you try to leave with the crowd so having the tank on your car filled is going to be important and if you have a spare then you want to fill it before you need it. Make sure you get some snacks and drinks that would keep you going during the however long drive to get to a safe place.

If you are going to be in the cross hairs of some harsh weather or a disaster then you need to go do it now. Stop reading and go get it done, if you feel that you need to there is no reason to push it off. Disasters are going to make life miserable and do not expect for the state or your insurance to move quickly but it is still important to go and gather the resources now.

Done? Good, this is more of a post that is useful for anyone in a situation they may need to move from so this could be us in Oregon at this time, the gulf coast every hurricane season and a litany of anything else.

You may not have a place to go but it will be easier to go from a car then if you have no way to get out. Take it day by day and remember to take something to relieve stress, a favorite book or something because it will be the difference fro ma breakdown and staying strong, small things add up quickly in such situations.

In any case sorry about the time where no posts came up but, I am working on a couple things and between everything things got pushed further and further down the ladder.

Stay Strong.

From the A Burning State

Yup, Oregon it is not fun. In any case here are some tips if you find yourself ready to bolt.

Get packed. Take a bag for each of the people leaving and have it as ready as can be. Mine is laying with just enough space for my laptops and tech gear, I can toss them and run if needed. Clothes, papers, cash, etc. make it as much as you can. Take another bag for snacks and make sure to take a whatever is needed for the pets. Sounds like a lot but the point is to have the packing almost completely done so that at moments notice during disaster you can bail.

Gasoline may be hard to get if you try to leave with the crowd so having the tank on your car filled is going to be important and if you have a spare then you want to fill it before you need it. Make sure you get some snacks and drinks that would keep you going during the however long drive to get to a safe place.

If you are going to be in the cross hairs of some harsh weather or a disaster then you need to go do it now. Stop reading and go get it done, if you feel that you need to there is no reason to push it off. Disasters are going to make life miserable and do not expect for the state or your insurance to move quickly but it is still important to go and gather the resources now.

Done? Good, this is more of a post that is useful for anyone in a situation they may need to move from so this could be us in Oregon at this time, the gulf coast every hurricane season and a litany of anything else.

You may not have a place to go but it will be easier to go from a car then if you have no way to get out. Take it day by day when you are on the road and remember to take something to relieve stress, a favorite book or something because it will be the difference from a breakdown and staying strong, small things add up quickly in such situations.

The reason I write all this is because it is the simple things that will save you or make your day much worse. Take care of the details and stay strong in your life.

Fight Club From Homeless Camps

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It is unfortunate but fighting does exist in the homeless community and as I said before, everyone of them will have something to make them be able to do more damage, a stack of quarters, a stick, a blade, a needle, mace just for some examples. Considering everything going on with the Portland riots, and don’t worry I got a bit of a thing on that coming later.

When people are passionate, on drugs, or think you are Satan and want to cut others short better be ready to learn quickly when and how to fight because you will get stuff stolen at least once. Camp or pack no matter how you have it if you are out long enough you will need to defend yourself or you may find your life made much more difficult as someone tries to separate you from your gear.

A few tricks that you need mentally will make any attempt a little better if you keep it in mind. Being threatened with a weapon you want to figure out how to control the situation. Doing so is first figure out your capabilities and where you need to run away, and where you need to stand and fight. This is something of a thought exercise and one that takes absolute understanding. I am not going to win a fist fight just as it stands. I am crippled I have nerve damaged and if one my extremities is flaring then I need to be. I do have a pretty good head on my shoulders so defending that I can usually think up something a little more brutal then a punch, a kick to the bollocks is a good start.

Rule two, this is not being graded. You are not in UFC this is what some people would call a street fight so by that let me go over the rules. Win, that is it, just win. Do what needs to be done to get the point across when you have to.

Number three, never feel like you need to fight everyone. Honey will get more then vinegar sometimes, and it very well could be the anger is based out of misunderstanding. Figure out what is the difference between needing to step up and seeing if there is another way, and for each person it will be different how it is graded but knowing is half the battle on that.

Four. Pick your gear. Often you want something light enough to be used without it being taxing or small enough it doesn’t take a whole lot of space. Try something that would be legal to own, because there is a chance the cops may be involved and you do not want.

Finally be aware that some times you will be in a no win situation. This is something where you need to keep your head on the swivel and to keep in mind figuring out where it is good to defend yourself and needing to bail. This may sound mental, like all of this will take more of your mental faculties then if you are just thinking you would roll up, arm up and get ready to start up against anyone.

Last. This is more in reference because of riots and people who may need to defend yourself. Do not under any position use a weapon that could make your life worse. Baseball Bats with glasses is a no-no and baseball bats with high heels is absolutely not good, and if you want to wear heels go for a low comfy flat, otherwise someone cant take the back of your she out and you go to the earth

What to do When Bored

Boredom is something right now we are all dealing with and while you some people may think being homeless means you can get everything done with people, the thing is that is true, until you get tabbed. After that you will find people start moving away from you. Your best bet then would be how to pass the time without getting cabin fever for your tarp or tent, yes you can get it.

For a lot of people this pandemic is the most difficult moment of their lives because there is no social life here, there is not going to the Starbucks or Dunkin for a coffee. If you have a job, your hours are cut. If you are filing for unemployment you won’t get it yet, and if you are disabled you will find SSDI do everything in their power to shutdown people looking for it who may deserve it. All that even if it isn’t the worst moment in your life just in portion after portion of your life of getting shut out makes you wonder a lot of things.

No matter if it has been the worst or not you are in it now. Put your eyes on the target, and spend thought after thought to learn everything. You can take a look at the negative and make peace wit hit because no one goes to actively make their lives worse.

Currently we are in a time where some people are falling into some negative habits, using the windfalls instead of rent on other things, it is so bad it is a meme now. Despite rent being paused it is still needing to paid and while some can’t some are just taking advantage. It can be said that if the roles were reversed they would wish that people do their best and pay what they could. A little is fine to keep some things rolling because that is using a tool (money), but over doing it can make you look like a fool.

What would be some things you can do? Learn a new hobby, the amount of information available even with just a half decent phone is absurd. Now, if you want to learn the basics of a skill you can just tap it in somewhere and get a couple ideas or moves or thought exercises. Make yourself better because the time will go by and it is a place where you can get out miles ahead of where you started.

Stay strong and learn something new.

Chaos Never Changes

There is something to be said when the world and its circumstances are whipping about you like a gale and you know not only who you are, but can keep your bearings while the world around you loses theirs.

It is something so simple it is almost lost, it is the single thing you look at would never expect but having such things in your head giving you a path can make things easier when you are in a positions you never have been in before. From previous articles, the point of learning that will be important to only as a person but in whatever situation you are in. When you push yourself to the new and unknown situation you have that inner dialogue that gets you to actively guide with a moral compass, and it gets you to think in ways that some may deem out of the box. The more experience through the process the easier it gets for you to do so, and then we have where the new may not seem so new and you feel more in your element even when it isn’t the case.

Chaos has its place as does order and to find your best you need to be aware, your reaction to chaos will be how you can grow from it or shrink from it. This war of a letter is going to be something where we can all learn something to better ourselves, not because we are bad people but because no person is perfect and to learn is to grow.

The point right now is just to take things one thing at a time because no matter how much you want to think about everything the human mind can only focus on so much. Cut the problem down to sizable bits that are easier to manage and you can find yourself through it much easier then if you just looked at the big picture all the time. Look at the big when you want to find your best target, but after that just take to the path and go from there, one step at a time, and you will go far.

Even if you are not homeless you will find yourself growing much more when you try to do new things and grow as a person. That bad ass you always liked in the books and movies could very well be you after a couple of months of years and really applying this. Learn how to pack better, pick up some survival tactics, keep it all in the bag of tricks so when you need to get through the unknown you have just the trick for the occasion.

When you want to make the world better, just better, you need every trick you got to get it done. Everything how it is online and in the real world, without learning from the moral compass and trying to learn we will all fail.

Now, I have begun seeing this hashtag on twitter #generalrevolt and saying how the homeless situation is on the republicans. It is not. It isn’t all on the democrats either, its not big city or small town, its a problem. Unfortunately, we have all gotten caught up with using it as a political baton that we forgot how to handle it.

Just talk with people and stay strong and I will do the same, with how my city is going, I feel that I may need some of that strength you all have. I feel that this will be done the hard way because of people being so stubborn, and seeing what is coming in Portland currently.

The Brink of Madness

One thing about this quarantine specifically is you need to find ways to use your time during this period or you will find yourself going cuckoo for cocoa puffs. People often do not know the certain strength can be found within sometimes more then you ever thought possible based on the simple admission that you survived it.

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After Seth Rollins had his knee injury because I thought it fit. 

Going through this there will be times where you will be at wit’s end. Stretched to insanity but much like great martial artists this trains the mind, if you make it through the exercise. Considering how many of us are still locked down or barely getting out of it this could very well be something useful.

You learn what you want or are ready to do so with how comfortable you are in learning or acting on it. Trained eyes from nights trying to spy shelter from danger will notice flaws without guilt because that is simply what is needed to survive.

Body power used to much higher fatigue with a spirit to motion will curry you closer to goal then you thought possible and what scares a lot of people the most when you go to sleep despite everything you may be fatigued Pleasantries can be pushed much further apart with smaller steps feeling more momentous because it is progress.

Night after night of near exhaustion just carrying my bags having been shunned out in the cold. Doing everything from rationing food stamps to just trying to get the family to see the reason of the mistake they were making. (Hint: They never did)

What is the secret? How do you take homelessness, or even lock down, or any moment and keep focused?

First, you need to be okay with saying that something sucks. People need to be aware and to grapple with a situation honestly, and it is okay to say that you aren’t happy for one reason or another, this does not mean having a tantrum but just accepting the situation.

Next after that and expressing some emotion you need to create a plan, what do you need to do and what will be needed to pass the time. Skills you wanted to learn, abilities you want to practice, physical capabilities you want to train. These things are where you can sink your time and come out of it better and having it being in things you are excited to learn.

Establish a routine, you do not know how much you want that routine until you finally get started. Stick to the routine of bettering yourself and have moments to decompress, eat, and take care of yourself and just take it day by day until you finally get your bearings.

Do not lose yourself thinking about the future. Do what you can break down what is needed to make your time better and let it go day by day where you just worry in the moment and do not hassle yourself with the future until you can do something about it. Making the present as good as possible and enjoying the time is so simple but it is something that you need to keep in mind to make it through.

It is much easier to break down the problem.

Can you run a mile? What about ten steps? Five? You may not do a mile but you can do five steps again and again until you are done. That is the biggest trick, break it down to something small enough that you can easily achieve it and keep going. After that you will be able to come out of this better on the other side.

Sorry I didn’t have another one this week, my health has been quite crap still. Find your hobbies, grow your mind and stay strong.

Basics of Calories

You may be asking yourself?

“Why in the blue tarnation is this here?”

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My first attempt at chicken a la kiev, i could have used a plate of this on the bench

Well stretch, you see before the last gift from the family sent me to the street fresh and full of nerve damage I was a cook off and on for ten years. Some would even describe it as a career and getting some basic information is important because if you don’t know the basics then you don’t know jack.

When splitting calories there are a few different kinds to go over and this is per gram. The gram is simply the most popular unit of measurement. On the nutritional facts when it says “12g protein” well the g stands for gram.

Carbs get you four calories per gram. Protein gets you four as well. Alcohol gets seven. Fat gets you nine calories per gram. There are some rules because not all grams are created equal. Alcohol does not stay in the body very long topping the list of things to be burnt up. Protein is another thing that tries to use itself up with what isn’t being tossed out. Protein also helps build muscle often strenuous bouts of exercise giving it something else that the other grams do not have

The little caveat with protein being is if it is complete or incomplete. A good rule of thumb is that protein from animal meat is always going to be completer while anything plant based will be incomplete proteins but will often have more vitamins and minerals usually making it important to get your calories from a variety of resources.

Just to keep weight while you are homeless you will need to to eat more then you would ever think because the amount of things you are needing that energy for. Those who are already watching what they eat will have to open up on a bit. Keeping weight will be as hard as can be especially if you are carrying a pack and you need to go with some items that help. All this boils down into a lot to juggle and then you have to deal with how you can get supplies. Food banks are going to give you a bit of everything but the question will be if you can carry it. If you get food stamps the you have more options and a smaller budget when needed to work with money.

In short if you can carry food and plan fairly rudimentary you should not starve. There is no reason for people in most urban centers to starve and for the most part it is not that much more difficult in suburbs or small towns all of that is based on your ability to think ahead. This is the single biggest problem because when picking calories is you need to at least have a rough idea what you are eating. Honestly if you are homeless it will be very rare that you will be in a surplus so unless that is the case. This is rare so unless you don’t move at all, grab some calories when you can because you don’t to run a deficit long enough then what will happen is this.

First, your body will start burning all regular fuel then when you are empty it dips in to the reserves on your fats. This will keep you going but after a while what will happen is your body will start to go from fat to protein. Particularly your muscle fibers, as your body cannot hold on to protein it will withdraw it from where your body has the most accessible protein. This will make you begin to get weaker as time goes on.

When you are deficient in a nutrient for a period you also invite things like beriberi (what I have) scurvy, and more. Any long term deficiency can really destroy your body as well doing your best to stay on top of it will keep your time on the streets a little healthier.

If you are already deficient then take a day at the library and do some research. Be aware what works and what tastes good may be different. Because even if you are not on the street and are just doing some fine time enjoying the wilderness knowing how your body works will save you pain in the long run.

Enjoy your peanut butter and stay strong

Winter’s Bite

The cold can be a bitter rival when you have no safe harbor and this is for homeless people as well as those enjoying the wilderness. Even for a mild winter hypothermia, frostbite, and pneumonia can put you down when you thought you were fine.

Here are some of the basics and some tips when dealing with the cold.

Portland 19The possibly biggest thing to worry about is staying dry as the winter brings down precipitation in various forms. Steam, snow, rain, and fog are some of the most common example and with a hard chill it can come back to haunt in multiple ways.

When you get wet it will be under conditions, that will as soon as it happens, make it so much worse. Adding weight to whatever moistened it could be the difference of making a nice wool sweater a scratchy, chilling, gripping maw that you have to escape from often shivering all the while.

Most tents will have outer coverings that are water resistant, but will have pieces that retain temperature. It is important to make sure you do not get cold water in your shelter whether it be a tent or just a covered sleeping bag, getting water in it may lead it to getting much heavier, so you will have more difficulty carrying it, or if it is cold enough for that water to freeze may damage it or even cause mold, and it can cause more damage to your lungs long term.

What happens if you get wet? Your clothes follow the function I set earlier for your shelter, but be ware your body is more capable of fighting the cold. Shivers are a sign where the body will try to make its own heat through subconscious processes, and this makes it much more difficult to stop if you already fatigued through hunger or effort. You will find that shivering will take it out of you faster. Deciding to go light, remove your glove only to find that hypothermia trying to have a party with frostbite doing the tap dance on your digits

Cover your hands and feet with as many layers as comfortable without losing movement and if you need to then double up on layers. The last thing you need is to take a chance because frostbite will come in the extremities first and work its way in, if you need more heat consider taking one of the hand warmers and putting them between the layers, I would wear two pairs of wool socks and when it was really bad I would get some hand heaters between them. All this can be boiled down to a proactive defense because it is much easier to keep warm then it is to get warm.

First and best option is always logically, but if there is none than being stealthy will be needed. Get a large mass of land without police presence or find a corner of a building that will work especially you get drenched to bad because liquid is not your friend in any cold situation when it is freezing, being wet may be signing your own death warrant. When you are in the forest or in the caves try to stay covered without keeping your back to the structure because you can lose a lot of heat that way. Stay dry, stay alive, water ,and other fluids can freeze on living flesh. That could be you reader, don’t

TL:DR: Stay dry, Stay covered, Dress in layers, Pack smart, Cover your extremities, Don’t over do it.

Stay warm and stay strong.