Since that last post:
The racist ex-landlord sold the old white housemates the house, and kicked me out.
I’ve been a dishwasher, canvasser, call center person, and now I’m a commercial cleaner!
Due to the new job, I’m going to take smaller vacations where I can instead of one big one, like I was originally planning. I’m also go going far from home in my travels, because of the job.
My next trip is to Omaha for their local Zine Fest! I’m going to try to make a zine, so I have something to give people while I’m out there, but I’m not going to think too hard about that part. After that, I’m looking forward to Kansas City Pride and Zine fests, and St. Louis Pride Fest. I’m already started planning next year, with New Orleans and Chattanooga – for both Pride and Zine fests.
I still want to do the Portland, ME route, and the Eugene, OR route. Those will require more than just a week off, so I don’t know what that’s going to look like, but it will happen!
Let’s see what happens!
I've said my travel plans for next year being Washington DC, Baltimore
Maryland, and Portland Maine being my final destination before heading back
to my home base.
Unfortunately plans have changed. With the depletion of queer spaces and
affordable living and inner city Minneapolis, I might be forced out of the
area due to gentrification. But I already have a plan for that, as well!
The original idea to remedy the situation was to see if I could live in
Iowa, but that might not be the best bet. A lot of the more populated
places in Iowa that I would want to live or very expensive, and Iowa seems
to be either populated or rural. They don't seem to have any between areas.
If I decide to try to see if Tucson can be a home base, I'll bump around
Iowa during the warm-weather and three locations to see it, and head down
to Tucson to be serious. Of course it Tucson doesn't work out, I go up the
West Coast in continuing travels. Tucson was the considered location,
before any locations in Iowa, but then I consider that Iowa is much closer
it would be a lot cheaper to move to in terms of going from Minneapolis to
a place there.
My newest idea, as of a few days ago, is Detroit Michigan! I used to hear
bad stuff coming out Detroit all the time, but after the games burned it
down and other people start moving in because the property was Dirt Cheap I
haven't heard anything. I'm going to assume that means that things are
going well, given how much more popular the circulation of bad news is.
The one safe Trend I can stick with is trying to go to places that have
accepted the Medicaid expansion. That has worked out well for me so far.
But that also means that at some point going back to Louisiana could be on
the board, given they accepted the Medicaid expansion recently. Will I go
back to Shreveport? For a visit, yes. To live, most likely not. I'm not
sure what I'm looking at besides that in my home state, though. New Orleans
might be too much for me to try to stay for a long period of time. The only
things I can really consider or Baton Rouge, and Lafayette. North Louisiana
is probably going to be indefinitely busted for the rest of my lifetime.
It's a busted area, and it's going to take a huge change in mindset,
motivation, and authority to make anyting Progressive happen. Not that the
process isn't slow but steady, but it's not fast enough to be a place for
someone like me to live. And as Minneapolis has shown me, things can be so grand, and fall apart in such a short time. As life has taught me, nothing lasts forever.
Thanks for reading!
I got a ride to Richmond from Athens, with some damned-decent folks. After parting ways with them, I had to deal with toxic masculinity and overly-passive feminity couple. Took me to a historical place, but then walked ahead me, and didn't have any knowedgle about the area to explain it to me. He also didn't warn me that it was narrow, and some of it was ungrauded, in case I wasn't ok with that.
The would be way too bossy about what he wanted to do and whine about nothing. The guy was so toxic he defended Louis C. K. while he was drunk, than stood by it while he was sober UNTIL I told him I'm going to leave a review because I wouldn't want a sexual assaulat or rape survivor would come here. At the threat of being held accountable, he changed his tone and softened his tune so I could coherently explain to him what was explained to me about how comedy works and why L.C.K. losing his platfrom is important. The person had a problm with how much attention C.K. was getting in comparison to Larry Nasser, somehow connecting that because it was getting about the same amount of attention that somehow C.K. was going to get the same amount of punishment. I don't know how or why someone would think that. This is a white cis hetero middle-class man, by the way. Got himself a silent woman, too.
The point needs to be made that just because you invite people into your house that doesn't make you a good preson. It's also about how to treat your guests. You're not [deity's] name to Couchsurfing community just because you're letting people stay with you. You should actually be compassionate towards people. Don't dehumanize anyone. Don't berate people. Don't put them in any position forcing them to do something for you. People ar acting like people are afraid to leave a negative review, but if you're allergic to the possiblity of being held accountable, don't host or surf.
Also, Richmond has an inner city express toll road that's only 3 miles. Richmond is not bing enough to need an express toll road! There's no night life here. The bus system lacks coverage in area, freqency, and hours. VCU, what even the fuck is that? The Greyhound station doesn't have a set charging area, and the wi-fi wasn't working. It sounded like the wi-fi in that station hasn't been working for a while. I'm glad I was in Richmond for such a short time, and it would have been better if it had been shorter!
If faith is unfortunate enough to land you in Richmod, avoid Grant and Bri.
Aftermath of 2018
I'm already shopping for a new pack. I can't compromise of full back padding. The design of the pack was not compatible with the design of the sleeping bag, so I had to carry it separately. It was cool that I survived with 50+5, but a 60l would have been better. As much as I walk, I need to give in on the walking stick. A hat would have been helpful, as I lost my shades. A tarp would have been helpful, for weather. Hiking boots, for obvious reasons. And, I need to take my own service plan and wifi with me! In the southeast, they are stingy about accessible wifi. I can get away with wifi hoping in other regions I've visited, but I went to the worst places for that!
I also need to replace my phone, and laptop! I've dropped the phone enough times, and now it's doing an error message. A side of the laptop came apart (as I've talked about, previously). And, really, the tablet is annoying, too. The "t" button on the keyboard is sticking, and it doesn't handle some apps properly. I know I'm not going to get much back in taxes, and that money needs to go into settling back in. The phone is first, being the cheapest thing to replace. The tablet can wait, honestly. I'll see what I can do about the laptop, because I want a bigger one for a bigger screen, and full keyboard with a number pad. The new functioning tech will help my body mod business, and I'll be a more functional internet person - art, vlogging, blogging, etc. Lacking tech contributed to my lack of updating. Even when I did have wifi, my laptop was slow and frustrating!
I hope to get the ball rolling soon, because I already know where I want to go on my next journey!
I've been here 3 days, and things are already uncomfortable! I was hoping this wouldn't be any kind of repeat of past negative experiences, but I have a list for you! Start off with it turns out that my host has an outdate profile, so there's nothing about AirBnB hosting, or a partner or anything on there. I get here and I'm with 6 cis men! 3 I have frequent contact with, because they are in bedrooms and I'm in the living room. All 3 of them white, cis; 2 bros. My host, his partner, and another cis het man are in the duplex apartment upstairs. I don't see them as much, but on my first time meeting the one that's usually gone he tries to hook up with me in the most lazy, entitled, uninvested way!
And, AirBnB people are the last people trying to be communal. I've done good, so far with a little money, and they've given me some food. The host also serves breakfast, so I'm not gonna starve but this shouldn't be so hard. I'll skip the rant about people in poverty needing to work together in community and communal efforts to help end poverty, but know that there's a rant there!
The host I'm with can talk forever, and I'm more ok with that than I am this deprecating attitude towards body mods. I'll admit I went a long with society on some of that shit, but if I'm going to call myself pro-choice that means PRO ALL THE CHOICES! Full bodily autonomy ARE GO!
On the good side, I was in the gayberhood. I didn't have to talk to my host if I didn't want to (and I usually didn't). My host also did breakfast! I had all the basics: washer/dry, full bathroom, wifi, etc. We left vague reviews for each other, I can't suggest any black/ brown femme queers stay with this person, because he's completely insensitive to racial issues, and is one of those white cis gay men that erases black trans people from the movement, and doesn't have respect for femmes. If you're heading to St. Louis I'll give you his name so you can avoid him, upon asking.
I haven't heard back from the person that said they were going to help me with Chattanooga, but Im fine with that. I will sit downtown and fly a sign for a bus ticket out of there as soon as possible. The drama in Memphis could have been avoided. My host in Nashville had animals using the house as a bathroom. People have claimed to read my profile and still misgendered me. My staying situations in TN have not been worth coming down here to visit. But, I don't regrets having this experience, and I now know that TN is fucking garbage!
Hello brave beautiful world,
It is I, Papyrus! It is great to be back on the road after so long! It took
a while to shake off the dust and snow, but I'm here and I'm proud! I've
been a few places before making this blog, letting myself fall behind, but
it's better late than never!
There's a lot different in this round of travels, from last time. One
resource that I have that I didn't have before is a lot more friends
willing to show a lot of kindness to help me out. A lot of favors to pay
back and a lot to pay forward. I may as well move out to a farm and work
for free for a year to pay all of this Universal debt I've accumulated, and
my travels aren't even over yet!
Starting from the beginning: after working things out with a new sublet, I
headed down to St Louis, Missouri. The person that stayed with was
something I would describe as generous, but not kind. I had a flexible
place to stay, people willing to show me around, and even breakfast! This
person was also an Airbnb host so there were a lot of accommodations
already set up. On the other hand I was sharing a space with three
heterosexual cisgender run of the Mill privileged white men. My initial
Health was also one of those gay cisgender men that was okay with eracing
trans black people from the movement. There was even a situation with an
Airbnb guest to wear my host assumed that I would have sexual contact with
his immature Airbnb guest. Of course I reported the host, but Couchsurfing
doesn't care. They gave me the dismissive "write a review describing the
situation and let the couch surfing Community judge from there". As if they
have any right to make suggestions about a situation that they aren't
willing to investigate, themselves. I'm going to do this my own way! I'm
very happy to be safely out of that toxic situation.
Next is Memphis, Tennessee: things seem to be explained a lot better than
they actually were. I stayed with someone who is still staying with one of
their parents in heavy clutter and 2 cats. Netflix and Wi-Fi made that
situation more bearable, but for where I was I couldn't go anywhere and I
didn't see much. But that's more because there wasn't much to see. Memphis
is in terrible shape due to the powers-that-be, and is in dire need of a
more organized and civilized counterculture and subculture Community to
fight the corrupt government. With the situation of having a place to stay,
the parents patience was running dry and the other people that offered had
to drop out for various personal reasons. We tried to get me into a place
with someone that neither of us knew and I ended up getting stranded. I
will take responsibility in my part, with the overall issue between all
parties being a very heavy lack of communication. Not being ashamed to ask
for help, I reached out and my friends reached back. I got a hostel room
for two nights and my ticket to Nashville!
The hostel situation was better then what the situation would have been
with staying with the person. They said I had to come to work with them.
Not "you have to leave the house while I'm not here". They specifically
said I would have to come to work with them, as if they would need to keep
an eye on me all day or something. I've been in plenty of situations where
the person I'm staying with would rather I not be in the house while they
aren't there for a long period of time, and I get where that's coming from
but there's no reason why a person should have to go exactly where the host
With the hostel, it was an emergency situation in the office was about to
close. A friend paid for me over the phone with a card and they said that I
could only stay one night, because they didn't want to set the example that
this kind of thing was okay. Apparently paying with a card or letting
someone in just before they close is just too much of a hassle. The next
day, I got more money for another hostel night and I didn't tell the new
staff who I was and paid with my own card. I introduced myself to someone
else, and sure enough a different staff member asked me about the
situation. I know I wasn't supposed to come back, so I should be counting
my lucky stars that they didn't kick me out. At the same time, it doesn't
make sense as long as the money is paid. However, I won't be surprised if
I'm not allowed back into that hostel because I kind of lied or at least
didn't tell the whole truth to be able to come back when I know I wasn't
supposed to. The hostel was decent, they provided a do-it-yourself
breakfast, and I met another traveler who is kind of arrogant but whatever.
And, you know I wrote a review. After all that drama I don't plan on
returning to Memphis anytime soon. Really, I wasn't supposed to go there in
the first place. I remembered Memphis by its Greyhound station but I got
the Greyhound station in Memphis and somewhere else mixed up. The only
reason why I want to go to Memphis is because I thought it was another
place that looked more aesthetically pleasing.
I'm going to let Nashville be its own entry, so I'll see you again soon!
I'm finally recovered from the burdening of my last job, and I have my ticket to St. Louis, MO! I turned looking for a ride for a few weeks, but that was a bust, and I need to get while the gettin's good! They started minor street closures downtown, as of the 3rd. Everything will be closed, with check-points up, on the 13th! My ticket is for the 17th, so I'm only a little bit behind.
Really, if I had considered Megabug sooner, I would have been out of have weeks ago! But, I had a lovely New Year's celebration with food and friends that I'll never regret having! And, things got shaky with locations as time went on. Memphis got cut out, due to not finding anyone to stay with, but I might cut out TN all together and try again some other time. I've added in Athens, GA as a sub to Savannah, if there's no ride out there, or an overall addition to make up for the other places that were cut out.
I have to be back on time to get my taxes done by the 14th. And, I might hit the road again, because I might not want to live where I currently am, anymore. I know I've said that a lot (on other platforms), but things keep changing. There's a lull between drama and bad decisions. I know the only REAL way out of this is getting a place to myself, but I'm willing to deal with a little drama to not be lonely. But, what's about to happen here is about to be a different can of worms from what I'm use to. At least it's different issues. KEEPS ME SHARP! Let's see...
"Hey! You know what?!"
"You should get a 50 liter pack!"
What? I'm winter traveling. You know I need to carry a lot of stuff.
"Yeah, but wouldn't it be cool if you didn't die?!"
"You don't NEED some much stuff. You carried a lot of stuff in Philly and you still almost froze to death. TWICE. And, the pack was too heavy, so you messed up your back and shoulders, too."
More to the pack being a large, than the weight. If it were a xs or s, and I arranged everything properly, it would have been a lot better.
"But, you still had too much stuff, and you know it! It would have still been just as heavy!"
Then, I'll have less stuff. I still need to be able to pack a blanket, just in case.
"If you had less stuff, and you didn't die! You would be so proud of yourself!"
Get-- What is wrong with you, all the sudden!?
"And, a smaller pack would be cheaper. You can get a 50 for $40, instead of trying to get that 70+10 for $80."
And, a 50 does hold a lot.
"The problem with the first 50 was the lack of outside carrying storage, but you can still get a better. You can have the sleeping bag and blanket outside with the other stuff inside. And, the problem with finding a new pack is finding a xs and s the more liters you look up. We might be able to go up to a 60, but we know up to 55 will fit. I feel like we'd be paying more for an adjustable pack than a fixed pack."
Also valid points.
"AND, IF YOU DON'T DIE, YOU'LL BE SO PROUD! FUCK ALL THE HATERS!"
I'm always proud that I didn't die the first time.
"But, surviving this will turn your whole life around. We're nervous about what will happen when we get back, but we'll have much less time for bullshit people after THIS adventure. No time for stagnate people!"
Stagnate MINDED people. It's best to get out of here after what's happen, regardless of what size the pack is. After packing heavy, packing light could be another welcomed change.
"You won't die, and this will be AWESOME!"