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Question: Would any of you be interested in a biography style journal detailing my day-to-day struggles as a homeless American?
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December 31, 2010, 03:14:24 PM
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This thread makes me so terribly glad not to be American :/

How so?

People are rising to the challenge by helping him even though they don't know if he's lying or not.

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January 01, 2011, 07:04:31 PM
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This thread makes me so terribly glad not to be American :/

How so?

People are rising to the challenge by helping him even though they don't know if he's lying or not.
I wish I was lying man, I really do.. I spent last night at the boulder shelter, got a grand total of 3 hours sleep.. Everyone's fucking sick and I spent the whole night listening to cacophony of coughing and spitting, but the alternative was worse. My friend gets paid on monday, so I'm looking forward to that, but I'm trying to get a hotel in the meantime... I've been staying at the "Royal Palace" out of denver.. It's 40$ a night with a military discount, I don't know what the weekly rates are..
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January 01, 2011, 07:10:23 PM
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Go CouchSurfing.

List of people with good reputation that accpet at least 2 people in Denver:
Nico Casias
Cindy and Andy Blair
JASSAA
Malgosia Clarke
Constance James

You can try with them.

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January 02, 2011, 10:12:48 AM
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pfffft people with no references are the coolest in my experience imo. people are too paranoid of getting raped in todays safe world
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January 02, 2011, 04:11:24 PM
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lol, I can't tell from my experience since I have none. xD
I just got the first ones to pop up.(Which is ordered by references)

Genjix, could you get him a nice couch then? I am sure he would really appreciate it if he just had an address to go to.

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January 04, 2011, 07:38:36 PM
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I don't hop on this forum much so I'd appreciate any links/help sent to my email instead.. waffers@gmail.com.. I'm still out in Denver, I was down in boulder, stayed at the shelter for a few nights, that's a difficult arrangement. I'm trying to get some coding work, but I don't even have a laptop. If anyone is familiar with any laptop donations in the Denver or Boulder area, please let me know.. Or even one better, if you personally have an old laptop with wifi that you wouldn't mind donating, please send me an email - waffers@gmail.com.

I know many of you may not need any coding work, (PHP/MySQL mainly) but I ask you to do me a personal favor.. Pass this link around http://www.reddit.com/r/reddit.com/comments/ew5il and see if any friends/family/acquaintances need some work done. As you all should know by now, I'm trying to get everything back from a myriad of people who've seemingly taken everything from me. But I'll not lay down and die, but at the same time, I still need some help here and there.. and I'm offering up my skills as a way for me to make money to stay alive.
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January 05, 2011, 12:18:29 AM
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Pull -
To be perfectly honest, I have not read all the upstream posts, but I did skim them.  If you are in the Denver/Boulder area, which it sounds like you are, I'd be happy to meet with you in person and see if we can't get you back on your feet.  I am located in Denver.  Shoot me an email when you get a chance:  chaord.btc@gmail.com
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January 05, 2011, 10:11:22 PM
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You know I can say one thing about this community, and it's a beautiful thing. You guys really have the sense of community that is lacking from most other places. I just had lunch with one of your fellow forum members, he bought me lunch and we sat and talked politics. It wasn't the most eventful lunch, nor was much talked about, but what matters more than that is that is the kindness of strangers. We had lunch because I assume first of all, as most of you here want to know, am I real? And secondly, I assume, because if I am an honest man, he wanted to help. He did indeed help, and without even knowing if I'd be where I said I was.

Things like this restore my faith in humanity as a whole. Thanks Eric.
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January 06, 2011, 09:09:10 PM
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Wow, I got lucky last night.. I met up with Eric and he took care of food for me for a little while, but after that I was really confused as to where I was gonna stay.. It was too late to get to the boulder shelter in time (you have to be there by 5:30-6 at the latest or you get turned away). So I went to this carneceria and was just sitting there talking to the employees (I think I was hoping I could talk one of them into taking me in). I went outside and asked a man for a cigarette, and he told me no and walked away.. a couple minutes later he walks up to me and asks if I'm homeless, to which I obviously reply yes. He tells me that it's too cold to sleep outside, and that he'll gladly give me a place to stay if I split the hotel with him. I payed him everything I have (6$) and he let me crash there last night. He's working full-time, and he's trying to get back on his feet too. So now I have someone that I can work with to keep myself afloat. It's gonna be 15-20$ a night from here on out, thank god!

It's weird how sometimes things just seem to go your way!
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January 06, 2011, 09:12:23 PM
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What part of Denver are you in?

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January 07, 2011, 01:26:16 AM
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best of luck man :] nice to hear your story.
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January 07, 2011, 02:14:50 AM
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Nice to hear you are getting back on your feet. Smiley Best of luck to get everything back and more.

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January 07, 2011, 11:08:22 PM
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What part of Denver are you in?
I've been staying in Aurora mainly, I only really ever goto the Denver library. I've been staying in this shitty motel off Colfax and Havana the last few nights.
I spent 4 hours this morning panhandling to only come up with 15$, which, with my friend, was barely enough to cover the motel. What fucking sucks though is I'm getting really sick of this guy I'm staying with.. he insists on only telling the hotel that it's just him to save money, so I'm sneaking in and sleeping on the floor, and the asshole won't even give me a fucking blanket. It beats the alternative, but I'm getting the feeling I'm being taken advantage of so he can make a few bucks.. I can get a hotel voucher on Sunday through the "Aurora warms the night" thingy they have, but it's only for the first 20 people, and I'm not sure what paperwork I need.

I feel like I'm so close to being out of this.. I have a job interview monday, I have another job opportunity wednesday.. I have so many outs it seems, but one of the jobs would be on-call, and I don't even have a phone.. I just need some help getting out of this hole, and I don't want to get robbed again or taken advantage of, it can only set me so far back, but still if I can't land either of these jobs, I'm gonna be stuck again.
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January 08, 2011, 01:07:15 AM
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pull are you willing to stay on a couch? You WILL have blankets AND it is FREE as in beer. You just have to behave cool and be cool with the person that is GOING to receive you and agree to have shared or willing to share a couch in the future. Genjix, since I am underage, could you arrange him a couch?

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January 08, 2011, 08:49:39 AM
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What can I do? The whole point of couchsurfing is that you setup a profile and dialog with people. It's not a free hotel service in people's houses where I can just go online, find him a bed and paste here for him to turn up 7pm tomorrow. He has to arrange it himself with the guests & establish trust, especially since I'm on the other side of the planet.

I did a quick search of Denver and found 1300 people, 529 offering places for the night.

There's this group he can post in:
http://www.couchsurfing.org/group.html?gid=3750

Additionally as I said before, you should find squatters and anarchists to crash with. If I was homeless tomorrow, I'd break into an abandoned building rather than blowing my cash on cheap crappy hotels. I'd pay a small motel $5 or so just to wash everyday and look presentable.
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January 08, 2011, 08:56:54 PM
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Breaking and entering is a felony in the states.. Can't really afford that, and it's one of the crimes that'll make you pretty much unemployable if they do a background check, which most do. I started going through an old photo album today.. made me cry.. It's hard losing a family.. How do you tell a 2-year old that mommy would rather be a stripper/prostitute/cocaine addict then be her mother?

http://www.myspace.com/delusionaldrunkenhostess/photos/43769466#%7B%22ImageId%22%3A43769466%7D
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January 08, 2011, 09:12:12 PM
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I know people that squat in the USA. It most definitely is not criminal. I suggest you research it as there's no excuse for you not to squat.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squatting#United_States_of_America

Contact this infocentre: http://squat.net/
Ask on these forums: http://www.squattheplanet.com/
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January 08, 2011, 09:25:01 PM
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Breaking into an abandoned building is VERY illegal. Sometimes the cops will let you go with just a ticket, but that's if you're lucky. Sleeping outside is even illegal here, it's called "Illegal Camping." In the city of boulder you can sleep outside with just your clothes, but if you have anything at all with you, a blanket, pillow, tent.. it's "illegal camping."
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January 08, 2011, 09:39:41 PM
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Dude, go to an Elderhostel!

http://maps.google.com/maps/place?hl=en&expIds=17050,25657,27951,27955&sugexp=ldymls&xhr=t&cp=16&wrapid=tljp1294522712114022&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=elderhostel+denver&fb=1&gl=us&hq=elderhostel&hnear=Denver,+CO&cid=13144957087279728542

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Sorry, that's for old people like me.  I should have said a youth hostel...

http://maps.google.com/maps/place?hl=en&expIds=17050,25657,27951,27955&sugexp=ldymls&xhr=t&cp=2&wrapid=tljp1294522712114033&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=youth+hostel+denver&fb=1&gl=us&hq=youth+hostel&hnear=Denver,+CO&cid=10771906068818582722

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January 08, 2011, 09:51:15 PM
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Breaking into an abandoned building is VERY illegal.

Bullshit.

http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2005/08/19/17608451.php

I gave you 4 links already saying the opposite.
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