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Watching Buffy Season Four on, it makes me wish that more cemeteries had such nice mausoleums. It would be useful. I know that some of the poorer people in other countries live in mausoleums to such a degree that they have pet stores there. There's some flak about disrespecting the dead, yes, and I guess I can understand that. But at the same time I can't help but think that the dead people don't mind that their resting place was also a place to support and sustain people still living.

I'd totally live in Spike's tomb. Without Spike or with him. :D

So what's your opinion about cemeteries being a home?

From the Simple Living Newsletter

Because I'm trying to improve my health and life in general lately, this really struck me as a relevant article.

The Green Triangle: Living Cheaply with Style

Living a sane and ecologically responsible life doesn't mean self-sacrifice and austerity; on the contrary, it should mean a richer, more interesting, fuller, longer, and healthier life. But so far nobody has been able to dramatize this on a national level in the folksy, convincing way that Ronald Reagan and Ivan Boesky made greed respectable. Jimmy Carter may have been our only recent president to understand that an equation has two sides, but his wan demeanor on TV in a sweater, urging us to save energy, did not exactly inspire the American people. (I know, he looks better and better now, doesn't he?)

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Free things

Free toilet paper/free bathrooms:

Public restrooms, restaurants, any place with a restroom, really. If you need softer stuff, go to higher end places. Businesses such as huge buildings with medical practices usually don't question you being there, and you can go to the bathroom and stuff extra toilet paper in your purse or pocket.

Free water:

Pretty much the same as toilet paper/bathrooms, as long as you have a cup. Water is often free at restaurants, although you'll get nasty looks from the employees (for good reason... no input into the mighty cash register). Libraries have water fountains, a/c, and a good book. Ballparks and outdoor sports facilities also good because they require free water fountains to avoid heat stroke. Churches, too. For smaller ones, just water, but for bigger ones, see next.

Free showers:

Church is a major one that I know of. Beware of huge churches, because they will often have security and lock many doors (I have issues with locked churches, but that's another rant for another time). But the bigger ones sometimes have a shower or two in some of their bathrooms. If they have a gymnasium as well, they will have a good set of showers. Having experienced the hospitality of churches during choir tours and mission trips, I've learned what they have to offer when they are open. In a clinch, you can always go in when there's something going on at the church, be it mass, services, or just something during the week when the doors will be open. Look like you belong - don't look suspicious or grimy.

College gym facilities, if they don't require passes. Don't look suspicious - that's a major thing. Go into these places when everyone else is there.

Of course, you can always do a stand up bath with a big bucket, some soap, a sponge, and a parking lot. Not illegal because you aren't taking your clothes off, and if you do it where clothing is limited anyway, you won't get weird stares.

Libraries are apparently a good place for a sponge bath, too, as long as you're quiet and clean up after yourself.

Day shelters.

Campsites at lakes and beaches will often have public places to clean off yourself, but you can also use them to shower yourself.

Carless and homeless

Where do you sleep when you want to avoid coppers?

One of the reasons why I'm asking is because SA basically made it illegal to be homeless (not in so many words, but they want to get rid of the unwashed masses who sleep in the parks... b@stards). It's probably a nuisance for everyone but the city government because homelessness is a part of city life.

So you can't sleep in the parks, where do you go?

Abandoned warehouses are a possibility... it's what you always hear about, anyway.
Are "organic" and "cheap" oxymoronic?

I'm concerned because the cheapest food and the stuff that lasts the longest is usually the worst for you, and I need a good diet, preferably without pickling my colon in the process.


Who here knows how to make their own wine? I can't exactly do it while I'm 1) in my parent's house, 2) underage, and 3) in a substance-free community hall voluntarily. But it would be nice to put the instructions in my simple living notebook, and it's a great use for dumpstered fruit.


Sewer living

This might sound like a strange question, but has anyone heard of living in sewer systems? I know that movies and tv shows aren't real (duh), but I'm thinking about subterranean living in shows/comics like TMNT and all of the movement in BtVS. If you want to move easily through a city, supposedly one goes through the sewer system. I know people live in old warehouses, metro systems, etc, but I was wondering if anyone's read any literature on sewer living. With upgrades being what they are, it's probably not feasible. Just curious, mostly.

Simple Birth Control

Hello all,

I know birth control can be a touchy subject, but since chances are many of us need it, I just thought I'd put my two cents in.

I guess in theory the simplest birth control for us women is the Fertility Awareness Method, as it doesn't require anything but your own body and maybe a thermometer. However, being childfree, I would imagine some of us cannot accept the relatively low effectiveness of it.

I got an IUD in October of last year, and I love it. Before that, I was on the pill, and tried out the NuvaRing for a while. Aside from the physical problems they caused me, they were just about the opposite of simple. They required me to have to pick up a new prescription every month (in the case of the pill, which was covered by my insurance, at least it wasn't too expensive, but the ring was VERY expensive. Plus if your insurance doesn't cover it, you could be left with mountains of paperwork and complications trying to get it covered.) and while I would have a yearly checkup anyways, it seemed like EVERY year the appointment wasn't at the right time to renew my prescription, leaving me running around town trying to figure something out before I ran out of pills.

Plus, once I realized the physical problems it was causing me, I was constantly trying to keep track of what was going on with my body, guessing and worrying what was causing what and why.

I went for the non-hormonal Paragard, which involved two appointments - one I already had where I asked about the IUD, in which the doc told me to go home and think about it, and then the actual insertion appointment. I went for the insertion the following week, and while it was quite painful, the intense pain only lasted a few seconds, followed by about a day of cramping.

Now I have worry free birth control for 10 years! I don't have to do a thing. I love it. There is also another option, Mirena, available. Mirena contains a low dose of hormones which in some cases can make your period very light or even disappear. That doesn't sound like my personal cup o tea, but I'm sure for many people it could make life even more simple.

So, sorry if I'm a little rambly. I was just thinking about how much easier my life has been now that I don't have to worry about the pill anymore!

On dumpster diving

I wrote to the SA police dept., and they replied with an email that insulted my intelligence.

I wrote to the SA police dept. again, and I received a good reply that nonetheless told me it was illegal to dumpster dive without permission from the place of business or the director of public works.

I wrote to the SA dept. of public works, and I received a reply that said that public works doesn't deal in trash anymore. That was moved to environmental services a few years ago.

I wrote to the SA dept. of environmental services, and I received no reply at all.

I just re-sent the request. If I get no answer, I'm going to get narky.

Querying the SAPD

I wrote to the SA Police Dept. yesterday, asking about the city's legal status of dumpster diving. Clearly, the person writing back thought she could dismiss me by simply saying "If it doesn't belong to you, you shouldn't take it."

Well, excuse me, Miss Priss, but I'm asking because the question of ownership in the trash is fuzzy at best. Theoretically, the place of business relinquished ownership of the goods by throwing them away, so who owns the trash at that point? I just wanted to know, under SA law, whether dumpster diving is legal or illegal because in some cities, it is, and dumpsters are considered private property in those areas, even though the Supreme Court says that there is no reasonable expectation of privacy in the trash.

Thank you, I just sent an email amending my original simple question. Do not treat me like some stupid kid, plz.

*is annoyed*

I received another email about it. The municipal codes state that it is unlawful to tamper or take whatever is inside dumpster receptacles without permission.


San Antonio made a "no homeless loitering" law, too, which was, like, O.O . So I imagine it's right up there with keeping the 'riff-raff' away.