Posted August 03 2005 - 06:31 PM
I haven't tryed this in awhile and things may have changed but at one time you could make a decent living working out of truckstops by:
"Lumping" (loading/unloading trucks).
Washing truck windows (bottle of windex and some paper towels)
Polishing chrome--tanks $15 each, wheels $5 each, stacks $5-$7 each, bumpers $5-$10each. (chrome polish and lots and lots of rags).
Alot of truckstops won't let you do this anymore but some will. Best to ask.
Posted August 03 2005 - 10:32 PM
get ya a copy of the rainbow guide
where can said book be found?
Posted August 04 2005 - 10:43 AM
Most college towns feed and treat their homeless alot better than most other places.
Go to any church and ask at the church office or talk to the first homeless person you see and ask him to fill you in on the freebies in the area.
Some of the resources in college towns and most other good sized towns and citys are;
Homeless Recreation Centers: These places are popping up more and more in citys, towns, and especially college towns.
They usually have at least one free feed, showers, coffee, sometimes clothes, and will let you chill most of the day if you want.
Alot of hitchhikers and other wanders use these places as way-stations so it's a good place to look for other travellers.
Soup kitchens; Usually the smaller the town, the better the food. find out when and where.
Food Banks; These come in two kinds; some will just hand you a bag of groceries but the best ones will let you work for them for a few hours in exchange for a certain amount of whatever they have in the warehouse. They get donations from alot of different places so they usually have a pretty wide assortment or food ( a big plus if you're vegatarian, or just picky about what you eat), you get to pick.
Look for them in the phone book.
Salvation army/ St. Vincent DePaul Society/ Interfaith Ecumenical Services:
These places usually help people out with food (sometimes groceries, sometimes just a sack lunch), clothes or vouchers for their thrift stores, information, and (sometimes) gas vouchers or even bus tickets.
Churches: Generally you'll have better luck with these in small towns. The churches in citys and bigger towns are usually affiliated with, and will send you to, one of the places mentioned above.
Posted August 04 2005 - 10:52 AM
where can said book be found?
generally ya can get them for free at the national gatherin,,but im pretty sure ya can also have one sent from there web site,
,if not,, all the info thats in it is there as well..
Posted August 04 2005 - 11:36 AM
*COLLEGES (For showers, FREE INTERNET, etc:
All colleges and universitys have a locker room with showers.
Not all universitys will let you use theirs but some will and every community college (that I've ever tryed) does.
What I usually do is stash most of my gear in a bus locker or wherever I'm camping and take everything I need to clean up with me in a bookbag.
If you do it this way you can pass for just another student which means, aside from the showers, you can also use the student lounge, the microwave, chill and watch the TV if there is one (usually is), the cafeteria, the library, or even crash a class or two.
(note: Even an obvious non-student can use the cafeteria and library)
Best of all you can usually use (drum roll.......) THE COMPUTER LAB!!! Which means free internet all day long! Note, not all colleges let non-students use the comp lab (some require a student ID) but many do.
Posted August 04 2005 - 02:48 PM
Posted August 04 2005 - 02:51 PM
Posted August 04 2005 - 02:57 PM
Aside from the info I already gave under "RESOURCES" (scroll up) there's:
Resturants/fast food places: Alot of resturants, fast food places, doughnut shops, bagel places, bakeries, and pizza parlors have food left over at the end of the night that they were going to throw away.
If you get there close to closing you can usually score.
Doughnut and bagel places throw out their entire inventory at the end of the night. If you get there right about closing time you can usually get whatever you want.
Hit the resturauants right before closing and ask if you can help then clean up in exchange for a meal.
Fast food places that premake and pre-pakage their food (like Mcdonalds) have to throw it all away every few hours.
Go inside, pick out a cashier who looks cool and ask when they're going to dump the next batch.
Or hangout outside, figure out where the employees take their smoke breaks (look for the cigarrette butts) and ask the next person who comes out if you can grab some food before they throw it away.
Pizza places almost always have some pizzas left over at the end of the night. Get there about closing time, ask a cashier, or catch someone outside. You can also offer to help them clean up in exchange for food.
Pizza places, for some reason, seem to hire alot of heads and laid back people, mostly kids. I've always done especially well at these places (the smaller. privately owned shops as opposed to the franchises).
Natural food stores and co-ops: alot of these places go out of their way to hire counter-culture folks (Although at some places it's a facade. There's a chain here in cali that advises all new employees to dress "hippyish" for the sake of the stores image). Co-ops especially are usually staffed by hippys, ie, people who won't be freaked out by you or your lifestyle. alot of them have probably been on the road themselves or are planning to be.
These can be good places to score dented can goods, damaged pakages of food, or bruised vegatables and fruit. Plus you'll probably meet some cool people.
Posted August 05 2005 - 08:00 AM
Posted August 05 2005 - 11:41 AM
Dumpster Diving: If you get to any of the food places I mentioned after closing you can always dumpster dive.
For health reasons (and these days for legal reasons) I'd only recomend this as a last resort, but it'll do in a pinch.
Some places, some natural food stores and co-ops, purposely set any left over food off to the side near the back door specifically for homeless people. It's worth checking out.
Leftovers from MacDonalds are always prepakaged and stuffed in their own garbage bag so if you find a McD's that doesn't use a compacter or lock their dumpster the food's about as safe as it would be if you bought it at the counter (check for warmth).
Bagel shop and bakery throw aways can be reasonably safe too, depending on how their disposed of.
Alot of places lock their dumpsters or use trash compacters these days so you're better off getting to the resturants before closing.
Living off the Land: This requries an education, but it's worth it if you have the time. For anybody who's interested in learning how I'd recomend any of Tom Browns books (think he's got a website too).
Even if you have the education foraging for food is pretty time consuming, not very practical for some one who's travelling and isn't familiar with the area, but it can come in handy none the less.
Fishing always requires a licensce. You can get away without one if you're sly, but for the most part in most places it's not all that pracical.
Orchards and Farms: I've raided orchards (orange, peach, grapefruit, lemon, you name it) and never had a problem. You can get by on fruit for a few days and be Ok, it's actually supposed to be pretty good for you.
Farms are a little different. Growers take it a little more personally when you tramp through their crop on your way to pull some of it out of the ground than when walk between their trees and pluck something that was ready to fall on the ground anyway (easier to hide in an orchard too).