Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The two weeks from HELL!

Ya good old "camping"... The two weeks of hell! I have not had this kind of bad freekin luck in a long ass time! I got ready to leave El (crappy) Cajon in San Diego a couple weeks ago and move back into my van again and this is when the NIGHTMARE began. First I sell a perfectly good Toyota Camry for another 1990 Ford Econo Line (gas sucking) van. I bought it for $800.00 and thought I would give it a oil change, Tune up and get it smogged. So I buy the van and bring it home and the very next day the manager of the park I managed tows the freekin van. I had to pay $350.00 to get it out of jail. He said sorry I thought it was a drug dealers car... Fuck that he knew it was mine. Even if he did not know it was mine he should have helped me pay to get it out of impound. Whatever, so I get it out and the next day Try to take it down to get smogged and they say that it has to go to a "Star Test only station". This is twice as much as a regular smog... $80.00 so I take it to this place and the guy says it does not pass smog. I said OK what do I have to do to get it to pass? He says "it is like going to the hospital throwing up and asking the doc what is wrong"? I said well what do I do?He said you should have taken it to a "certified smog station" where they can diagnose it too. I said so you just basically stole $80.00 then and we got into it... Cops were called after I threatened to kill him.. I found out later a full on APB bullshit was on for me and my van.. Anyway, the smog guy ended up STEALING my pink slip for the van. Cops came and he lied to them. The next morning I am driving to the smog place again to try and get another one done and go get the dam thing registered. I am leaving Walmart about 8:00AM in the morning after buying another sleeping bag for the van cuz I know it is going to be bone freezing cold.. and what happens is a cop pulls me over. She (Mexican) cop says you can't drive this car. You need to go to the DMV after I told her that I was on my way to get it smogged so I could get it registered. She wrote me two tickets - One for no tags and one for no insurance She said no get out of the van and I am going to tow it. She kicks me out on the street with my cat and a backpack and tows the van. I spend another $375.00 getting it out of jail the second time in one week! Mind you I had everything in the van that I owned in the world and she knew that I was just going homeless again. NICE police woman RIGHT... So I finally get the van out (took all day and lots of money I did not have. I go to my Dads house and spend the night on the way out of town and barfly make it there cuz the van is having mechanical problems (fuel pump). I go to the mechanic next morning and spend another $250.00 and it still does not pass smog! He did not tell me about the rear fuel pump until I was driving out. I get 3/4 of the way to Santa Barbara and the van dies on the freeway. I call and have to have my friend use her 100 mile tow to get it the rest of the way to Santa Barbara. I then have top spend the night in a hotel room with money I don;t have for 2 nights until I can get the van running and spending more money I don't have. Van stil does not pass smog - needs another $600+ dollars... The next day in Goleta a cop pulls me over and gives me a ticket for talking on my cell phone. The day before I lose my wallet!!! So over $1,000, 3 tickets, 2 impounds, lost wallet, colder than hell (32 degrees at night in the van) I am here back in Goleta the "goodland" JESUS! Anyway, I am here and I am going to make some shit happen. I got 2 e-mails from clients that want urns (of course after I have to sell everything to get back here). I just put an ad in Craig';s for some shared studio space.. I got a job telemarketing for a credit card processing company to hold me over till I can get my SSI hearing court trial in June. I should get some decent back pay and get a steady source of income/medical insur. Today was much better and I sure as hell the tides ore turning cuz this wave almost killed me!!!

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Going back into the van for the third time...

I must like living in a van (I do). It is the way I can get to the Central Coast of California or at least the place I love to be (Goleta). The saying is "Goleta the the Goodland" and I want to die there. I am going back for the last time. I will make it this time and will NOT be coming back to Southern Ca. I left 6 months ago because I needed to try my ceramics business one more time here in So. Ca. I thought... The big lesson is:  BE TRUE TO YOURSELF and LOCATION/ LOCATION/ LOCATION. Last year when I was living in a van and lost everything it was not by choice to begin with. I could not find a job and had to experience homelessness and I am glad I went through it now. I got to make California Homeless Resources which to date is my largest personal accomplishment. Now I know how to do it so it is not scary but good.. Nothing better that having all your shit with ya and your cat to go down to the ocean and have a chicken taco and take a nap with the ocean right in front of you. :) :) Pure bliss.. 

So I have just purchased this new home a 1990 Ford Econo-Line Van. Same year as my last one but this one has insulation (warmmmmmmer).  No freezing my ass of this time! Never said I was the sharpest tool in the shed but I do learn eventually.. 

Had to have the carpet guy clean the whole van it was pretty gross.. I also had the window guy out to fix the wind wing... 

I am loosing everything ($8,500 in Art Equipment) again but I am not sad this time. I had the opportunity to be all set up again and learn where I really want to take Ceramic Tattoo Art this next time when I re-open in about 6 months. I found out I like to tattoo/carve on clay a lot more than throwing on the wheel. I really like to drape rolled out clay around this $4.00 plastic manikin and tattoo and carve on it. 

I have my tattoo machines and all my hand tools. All I will need is to buy a kiln and I am back in Biz.. I will be getting on SSI in a bout 4-6 months now and I will try and get on some low income housing in Santa Barbara. My dream is still alive and well and in my heart. I will see it come out and be successful. I have learned another thing about being in shity So. Ca. (specifically El Shitty Cajon) - In order to do your best art you need to be happy. I am most happy in Santa Barbara and this is where I need to be to be most creative. It is not about the equipment it is about expressing oneself. It is about baring your soul to the world. I can still do that with my websites and other artistic adventures I can think up on my travels. I am not loosing anything, I am going home and in style this time with a insulated van/home. I am so fortunate, I am a single white male with really no responsibilities other than to be good to myself and others and enjoy life and that is exactly what I am going to do this time. I am not going to be homeless in Santa Barbara because I am not. I am looking forward to going back to my daily gym shower and swimming every day. I am looking forward to gardening in front of the Vets clinic (cuz she saved Charbies life) and I love to garden - win/win. I am looking forward to taking California Homeless Resources to the next level and get on the news. I am looking forward to going my wonderful AA Meetings. I am looking forward to meditating and being with God on my beach. Oh Charby the "Road Kitty" can;t wait to get back on the road as well... 

I am looking forward to being with people I love and nice people that like to be where they are in the most gorgeous place on earth. So here's to another wild adventure.. :)

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