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Homeless By Choice

Published: Monday, December 26, 2011

Updated: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 19:12

 

OB: I want to know if you'd recommend this for other people?

D: One thing that I definitely see doing being a "homelessness consultant." There are so many people that are getting foreclosed on and have nowhere to go. The fact of the matter is, I would say that maybe 100 dollars a month invest in gym and lockers and equipment, it can be done. I wouldn't recommend it for someone it wasn't a necessity for [sic]. But for someone going through hard times, it can be done and you can be a normal person just because you do it. Just because you sleep outside for six hours a night doesn't mean that for the rest of the day you can't be shaved showered, in clothes, acting normal and doing normal things.

 

OB: I want to bring up the stigmas related to being homeless; I think that's what people are scared of – being homeless. So have you ever had a stigma like that? Has it changed [since your experience], do you see it changing in other people?

D: I think we might start to see a change in the definition of homelessness. As the unemployment rate rises and foreclosures are happening. People on the streets aren't the people you'd suspect to be there, they are completely normal people who one day, they're living in a house with a job and the next say they are homeless. I don't think there will continue to be this stigma because more people will be doing it. It might not be the worst option for many people because if you do it meticulously and safely, it can be done and it's not the worst thing, so maybe the stigma will go away.

But I'm proud of it. The reason I don't tell everybody is because I'm at this point in my life where I still have to go through the job application process. I think I have my job figured out but I don't want to screw myself over with that so I don't want too many people to find out and question my judgment, people might judge it without knowing the full details. But if I had that job already, I'd be screaming it from the rooftops, I'm not embarrassed, I'm proud to share it.

 

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9 comments

Convivencia
Thu Jan 12 2012 23:46
If L2 is real, I hope he or she understands that one's right to survive is entirely dependent upon one's right to vote. On again/off again apartment addresses can get dicey when it's time to vote. Even for the well - off . Let me remind you that HAVA (Help America Vote Act) has caused endless nightmares for homeless people due to outrageous demands. L2 - if you are real and you're reading this, please treat your address with respect. Lastly, L2 should consider legally helping to rid this country of HAVA, when he/she graduates; returning us to voting rights laws that are still on the books. This must be done without holding a Constitutional Convention which would likely lead to the permanent end of our country as we know it. HAVA has no conscience and never will.
Convivencia
Thu Jan 12 2012 19:28
Sophie,this interview lacks a certain authenticity. Nobody in ANY year of law school ANYWHERE in this country has this kind of time on his/her hands. I say that's the case even given unlimited personal wealth. I believe one of four scenarios are the truth: one possibility is that this article is a complete work of fiction just in time for seasonal contemplation of ethics. As a matter of fact, it makes me think of Larry David's Seinfeld episode about "Festivus." A second possibility is that the "2L" is actually an undercover policeperson who hopefully has been on duty preventing homeless people from getting beaten/killed. A third possibility is this 2L could be suffering from an Asperger type spectrum disorder which theoretically could save him lots of memorization time but with the obvious social fallout. A fourth possibility is 2L isn't a 2L at all - might be a phony and an anarchist or a Tea Party survivalist mole hell - bent on destroying any possibility for civilized societal obligations of caring for those who are less fortunate than himself/herself. In other words, somebody who is getting paid to spawn disrespect of the legal profession and is getting paid to fuel hostile attitudes against the federal government. Maybe somebody out to end "OCCUPY."
Anonymous
Sun Jan 8 2012 14:11
My hope is that "David" aka Rafiki C-Note ColdStone REALLY IS FORCED TO LIVE ON THE STREETS WITH NO MEANS OF SUPPORT. His "expermiment" was a lot like him. immature,self serving, irrelevant and incorrect.

Rafiki C-note is a snarky little imp, who takes things very personally and bashes anyone who doesn't agree.

G-D isn't fooled and paybacks are a btch.

Anonymous
Thu Dec 29 2011 10:19
I also have to add it is incredibly myopic of him to be so fearful of actual homeless people that he has a rule against interacting with them in any way. How can this little fool have convinced himself that he is challenging himself in any meaningful way when he scrupulously avoids confronting his naive and ill-informed opinions? He thinks most homeless people are homeless because they are criminals? How does that work? Is that why they are all so well-dressed and have such nice electronics? If you have ever spent time volunteering or working at a homeless shelter you will soon realize that many homeless people are either mentally ill and unable to get or stay on the medication they need (and are self-medicating to cope with that), or they fell on hard times and are unable to get back on their feet (it is very hard to get a job when you have no permanent address or phone number people can contact you at or a gym locker to store your dress shirts in) and/or they have disastrous situations with their families (an abusive situation they left behind, etc.). And this little fool thinks that actual homeless people with actual problems would be so interested in his schtick that they would not leave him alone. Bizarre. And why is he saying he wouldn't want them to think "He's a normal person with nice clothes and he's trying to be homeless" when that is exactly what he is doing?!
Anonymous
Thu Dec 29 2011 10:07
NY Health and Racquet is one of the more expensive gyms in the city and when I had a membership there, they charged you extra for permanent use of a locker. Even if they no longer do that, how on earth does this child -- he is obviously mentally a child -- think that having a gym to shower at and store his dress shirts in -- not to mention a campus with plenty of lounge areas to study and sleep in -- is comparable to being homeless? And has he never heard the old adage that only boring people are bored? If he put some effort into cultivating a personality for himself he wouldn't ever be bored. To me he sounds like he is either at least a little bit autistic, or sort of fantasizes that he is -- by which I mean he seems incredibly literal, unable or unwilling to understand anything subtle. The only challenge he can see for himself is living out of a gym? He does not see anything else in the world that might challenge him? That is pathetic. Pathetic at the lowest level. And the fact that he has an internship rather than someone with enough presence of mind to actually do something interesting with that opportunity (other than tick off boxes, such as showing up every day in a dress shirt) is really pretty depressing. So is the fact that he lacks courage to go on the record and reveal his name.
Ben F
Thu Dec 29 2011 02:09
Where'd you go to get your nut bro?!?!
Anonymous
Wed Dec 28 2011 20:59
I think perhaps David should try to HELP the homeless rather than pretending to BE homeless. Much more productive and a lot less dangerous.
Tim Tebow
Wed Dec 28 2011 12:48
God bless, David. He is a hero and an inspiration. Jesus Christ also rejected a life of materialism and vanity so that he could dedicate his sould and spirit to the Almight Father. Let it be known, David is the second coming. The rapture is imminent. The true believers will be saved. The rest will burn in the fires of Hell. Go Broncos!!!!
DC
Wed Dec 28 2011 12:41
This David fella had dun stole 1 of my goddamn spots 1 nite. The next day I see that little puss with his flipped up, Tin-Tin-like hair and I wannted to poop all over his mouth.




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