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Basically, I had the idea to be homeless for a week during the summer. All of my friends that I've brought it up to love the idea, and the plan includes somewhere around six of us.

Basically, we'd go to the downtown area of the nearby city of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. None of us live there, but I used to, and I'm in the downtown pretty often, so I know it fairly well. I plan to include a rule that we can't spend money we brought with us unless it's an emergency. Seeing as a few of us are musicians, and two of us who are definitely going are fairly experienced playing guitar and singing, we figured we could busk for money. I know of a place I used to volunteer at in the area that provides a free meal every day, no questions asked, so that will be available if needed.

The way I see it, I think we should be able to bring our phones, but not use them while in public. They'd mainly just be to stay in touch with friends and, if needed, family, and should be saved for later in the night.

I wasn't sure as to what we should be allowed to bring. Extra clothes is likely, and possibly blankets and/or pillows. Either way, we'd only be able to bring what we could carry.

Also, does anybody know if you need a membership to use the shower at a YMCA? There's one in EC, but I don't really know how that works. It'd be nice if we could find somewhere to shower, but then again, if not, I guess we'll have to work with what we have available.

Anyways, has anyone here ever done anything similar? Have any input or advice?
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$5 TS either gets raped or hooked on heroine. Or both.
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But seriously, either this goes one of two ways.

Awesome time and there's hi5's everywhere.

Or

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#7
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I'd call that "inner-city camping"


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Tis part of the reason I plan to surround myself with the people I love. I'm only bringing friendly, entertaining people.
#9
that's pretty cool! If you guys lived in New York I'd join you.

As for showers, is there a beach nearby? there are also those sprinklers in children's parks if you need them. Or you can be br00t4l and not shower for a week!


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that's pretty cool! If you guys lived in New York I'd join you.

As for showers, is there a beach nearby? there are also those sprinklers in children's parks if you need them. Or you can be br00t4l and not shower for a week!


good luck



Not unless he wants to bathe in Lake Michigan.
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#16
That sounds sweeeeet! Get sponsored though, you could raise a load for real homeless people. I wouldnt just go out and be like 'yeh dude we're homeless for a week 4 teh lulz' as that might piss people off as it might appear to make a mockery of it, and you'd basically be abusing the volunteer meal thing for your amusement.

Think carefully about it.
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For?


Being "homeless". It's illegal in most places.
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Basically, I had the idea to be homeless for a week during the summer. All of my friends that I've brought it up to love the idea,


For real?
You know what the streets are like at night? It's not nice.
Be grateful you have warm blankets and pillows at home.

Just have a week long sleep over.
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Being "homeless". It's illegal in most places.
There are actually quite a few legit homeless people in the city. I don't know if there are any that are permanently there, but you see them all the time around there.
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Why can't you go into the woods like a normal person and camp there? At least you can drink and build a fire there...
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I'd call that "inner-city camping"

this.

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#25
I don't know it seems disrespectful. You may run into and start a conversation with an actual homeless guy and then he finds out you're only homeless for a week? Wonder what he'd feel.
#26
how about you hitch hike for a week?

CHOOSING to be homeless in the inner-city for week is just asking to get jumped, mugged. i really wouldn't recommend doing it in the city. but do what you will.
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#27
You should do it in a big city instead. Preferably one with a ghetto.
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Not unless he wants to bathe in Lake Michigan.



What i mean is that there are usually public showers near beaches.
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CHOOSING to be homeless in the inner-city for week is just asking to get jumped, mugged. i really wouldn't recommend doing it in the city. but do what you will.
The downtown area of Eau Claire isn't really that bad. It's mostly just bars and small businesses; although some of the areas aren't the greatest, it's far from a ghetto. Besides, like I said, we'll be in a fairly large group.
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What i mean is that there are usually public showers near beaches.



Well, you got yourself a point there.
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What i mean is that there are usually public showers near beaches.
That'd be quite useful, but no, there aren't any that I know of.
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There are actually quite a few legit homeless people in the city. I don't know if there are any that are permanently there, but you see them all the time around there.

I think you'd be making fun of them. Those people don't choose to be homeless but you'll be parading around with instruments like it's all good.
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oh, I've done something similar. I was actually homeless for two and a half years. that sure was an adventurous time!

edit: I think you will find kin among hippies and gutter punks who are, for lack of a better term, slumming it until they get sick of the scabies and lice and run back to their parents.
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#35
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That sounds sweeeeet! Get sponsored though, you could raise a load for real homeless people. I wouldnt just go out and be like 'yeh dude we're homeless for a week 4 teh lulz' as that might piss people off as it might appear to make a mockery of it, and you'd basically be abusing the volunteer meal thing for your amusement.

Think carefully about it.

This. Would actually mean there's a point to the whole idea.

Also, don't you need a permit to busk in most places? It may not be the same where you are, but from what I've heard of around here, you need one, and they'll cost you.

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#36
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oh, I've done something similar. I was actually homeless for two and a half years. that sure was an adventurous time!


whoa, really? what happened?
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CHOOSING to be homeless in the inner-city for week is just asking to get jumped, mugged. i really wouldn't recommend doing it in the city. but do what you will.

In Eau Claire Wisconsin? Hell I don't think they have an, "inner city". Been there for hockey tournaments, it's a pretty nice city.

I knew a kid who did this in south Minneapolis, now that is a little scary. Ended up sleeping in a public park and eating a pigeon. Have fun TS.
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I think you'd be making fun of them. Those people don't choose to be homeless but you'll be parading around with instruments like it's all good.
There are places in the city for them to go, and if it comes up, I'll do my best to direct them to where they can get help, if they're willing to. Like I said, there are places where people can eat for free, and I know there's a shelter in the area (I'd have to look it up to figure out exactly where).

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oh, I've done something similar. I was actually homeless for two and a half years. that sure was an adventurous time!
Really? What happened that you wound up homeless?
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whoa, really? what happened?

my mom got into an accident and couldn't work, we lost our apartment and started living in a van. tbh it wasn't that bad but a huge hassle especially in high school. cops were always harassing us.
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Sounds like some kind of MTV series or something
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