Sunday, August 8, 2010

Some Things You Do For Money....

...... and somethings you do for fun. But the things you do for love are going to come back to you one by one.

Sunday is quite a day. Im Mormon. And our sabbath is a very relaxing time usually. Going on walks, taking naps, reading, three hours of agonizing church time! It all blends together to make a pretty nice experience. Usually.
      Today was different. I was so stressed because as I said before my Bishop had emailed me earlier in the week wanting to meet with me after church. He had seen the news bit and I had a feeling he was less than pleased with my decisions and would be admonishing me to move into a place and act like a normal Mormon. I went in to wait in line for my turn. I was exhausted. I had ridden my bike from work straight to church in the morning heat as quickly as I could. Never mind the sweat. I was late. But I made it. In sacrament meeting my contact started to bother me and I realized that it was slowly ripping in half. By the end of the meeting it had and I was down to one good eye and a splitting headache. Shaking, tired, and blind, I waited for the interview.
         He pulled me into his office and sat across from me. I apologized for looking like I was permanently winking and explained about my missing contact. He smiled and then proceeded to express his concern for my well being. He was ok with what I was doing, and like the majority of my friends and family, was not all too surprised to hear that I was doing it. His only concern was making sure that it wasn't out of necessity that I was doing this. I assured him that it was not and that I really have chosen it for myself. After a short discussion he was on my side! And I should hope to say that he is sincere when he said that he "admired my resolve to do what I thought was right and stick to it". I dont know about all that but I am SO RELIEVED that I have the support of the people I care for and respect the most, my parents, my family, my ward and my bishop, and my friends. It makes this a whole lot easier.
        Im going shopping tomorrow! Here's the list:

- A basket and rack for the back of my bike! (I have such trouble not getting my back soaked in sweat when I ride because I wear a back pack. This will help so much! Maybe Ill only have to take a shower once a week now! Jokes.)
-New Underwear!
-A book about Western American Indians
-Laundry Detergent
-New Contacts and a new pair of eyeglasses! (Wal-mart! I hate Wal-mart but their eye exams are only $70 and the eyeglasses are thirty. I can do that)

Is there anything Im missing? Any suggestions? I hope all goes well and I should be able to put up some pictures of my new stylin glasses. Ill be the sexiest homeless man on earth, probably. See you around!


  1. I think it's great that you're experiencing these things for yourself and that you're choosing to live your life this way and when I read your story on the news website I have to say I was a little confused. Most people who are homeless don't really WANT to be homeless they just don't know how to get themselves out of that situation. But I guess you do whatever you like... I do hope however you don't plan on being homeless for the rest of your life, as I'm sure your parents also hope for. :) Oh a tip for a winter if you're planning on living in your van, just get a good coat. Doesn't have to be anything fancy or really heavy just have a good coat and some blankets for at night. You should be good then. But then again I've been in UT my whole life and I love the winter so... you may be screwed:) Good luck with your endeavors!

  2. Awesome! glad everything went well with your Bishop.... cant wait to see the new glasses:)o and why do you hate walmart?

  3. I don’t know what your financial situation is like but the Food and Care Coalition in Provo has hygiene kits. They also serve hot breakfasts, lunches and dinners. I believe they also have showers. Anyway, if you don’t already know the address is 299 East 900 South Provo, UT 84606. Phone number is (801) 373-1825. Good luck!

  4. nice! if you ever need a shower or a hammock to chill/sleep on let me know.

  5. Kurt, my husband, Tyler, wears glasses and he said that when he rode a bike on his mission those dorky eyeglass string necklaces that can tighten to your head were very helpful. They look lame, but it's a small price to pay to see! I hope you're learning a lot and staying safe. I admire your efforts to live simply. I agree that we base too much of our identities on what we have. When we found out our baby had cancer, our world really shrunk and it became so obvious that so much of our life was superfluous. Maybe someday you'll want to move past this part of your life and find a more permanent place to call home, but I'm sure that this time in your life will change you for the better!