Cave paintings might be considered to be some of the oldest examples of what we now know as graffiti. Alternatively, such ancient forms of self expression might have evolved into the sorts of artworks produced by Lester Johnson, Frida Kahlo, Mary Cassatt and Henri Matisse. Perhaps it all developed from the same primitive origins of more than sixty-four thousand years ago.
That is inconsequential now. Works of renowned artists are exhibited in museums. Graffiti defaces infrastructure until it gets painted over, or merely defaced and obscured by more graffiti. Except for several galleries of very compelling local art, and occasional touring exhibits, there are no formal art museums in Felton. However, there is more graffiti than only a few years ago.
Haters often blame the homeless for graffiti, merely because some of the homeless camp in some of the same places where graffiti is prominently displayed. In other words, the homeless did it because they were there. According to that logic, the haters must be responsible too, since they were also there. Otherwise, they would not have seen enough graffiti to blame others for it.
What makes anyone think that homeless people have any interest in the sort of elaborate graffiti that has been appearing around town for the past few years anyway? Homeless people have many more important issues to be concerned with. Drawing attention to their camp sites is not exactly a priority. Nor is spending limited funds on something as unnecessary as spray paint.
Besides, while graffiti has become more common than it has ever been, homelessness has become significantly less common. There are presently only a few homeless people in Felton. Most are not sufficiently agile to get into the situations where most of the graffiti has been displayed.
One would think that moving camp would be easier than relocating from one home to another. In some ways, it is. Obviously, there is less to move. Almost everything in a well outfitted camp can fit into a few large boxes or trash bags. This particular site involved a bit more than that, since it stored extra bedding and clothing for others. Nonetheless, we moved it all with only two partial loads of a tiny station wagon. It was reasonably efficient.
The difficulty is removing the baggage discretely from a location that is not easily accessible, and then relocating it even more discretely to another site that is even less accessible because the trails are not yet cleared. Moving out is of course easier than moving in, not only because the trail is somewhat cleared, but also because discretion is not quite as important. By the time someone complains, and deputies respond, we will be gone.
Yes, there are those who complain while we are moving out.
Deputies don’t mind. They are accustomed to it. If they have time,
and they know we must park on the side of a busy road, they might
even come out to park behind the station wagon with their red and
blue lights on for safety. In the past, they have helped carry the
baggage to get us off the side of the road more efficiently!
Seriously! We have some AWESOME deputies here!
It is more important to be discreet while moving into the new
site. We typically wait a few hours before doing so, just because
stalking haters like to pursue the station wagon after leaving the
abandoned site, in order to identify the location of the new site.
Even if the new site is on private property with the permission of
the property owner, haters want to know about it, and often trespass
onto such properties just for the sake of stalking.
Anyway, we are sort of done for now. We just need to sort through
the baggage so that some of it can be put into storage, and only what
is necessary can be taken to the new site.
This will be very brief. I must be on my way to collect the belongings of one of our members who is homeless in Felton, put some of it in storage, and relocate some to a new campsite.
This will also lack pictures. I will not show the new site, and
will not be going to the former site. I will be collecting what I
must nearby, but only as near as I can get the car.
It is always nice when someone who had been homeless moves into a
new home. So much of the formerly homeless lifestyle gets discarded
and replaced with what goes into a domestic lifestyle.
Moving camp is nothing like that. It involves leaving one bad
situation only to move into another. The rush to vacate interferes
with the ability to sort and discard what will not be needed at the
new site. Everything must be moved collectively, and then sorted
later. Organization is very difficult without a home. Bedding is the
biggest part of it. Although lightweight, it is bulky. It is not easy
to be discrete while schlepping trash bags full of bedding.
Moving into a new site without being pursued by stalking haters is
another difficulty. At least they are not as bad as they used to be.
Those who merely have issue with homelessness seem to have realized
that such behavior does not make homeless people any less homeless.
Only those who enjoy the sadistic sport of it continue, even if it
involves trespassing onto property that they do not want the homeless
As unpleasant as homelessness is, the homeless situation here has
improved significantly in the past few years. Because more homeless
people have found homes than formerly homed people have become
homeless, there are fewer homeless people in the Community. The
Community is just as generous as it has always been, with the same
abundance of resources.
Well, it is nearly 2:30, so I really must be on my way.