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The Credits [Dec. 23rd, 2008|11:54 pm]
Amaranth and Sky Go Homeless!

[Current Mood |thankfulthankful]
[Current Music |Tonn Nua]

The following is the short short short short short version:

Thanks to Oregon for being such a great home that it took 24 years for me to leave.

Thanks to Stan for helping me quit my life in the first place, a year before the trip.

Thanks to Connections for my going away party -- you were the hardest part of Eugene to leave.

Thanks to all the friends, family, and strangers who gave us support, money, food, supplies, music, shelter, showers, laundry, souvenirs, memories, hugs and prayer before we left and along the way.

Thanks to Dave for being my mailman and storing my books and floofy skirt!

Thanks to Subway for your nation-wide $5 sub deal that kept us alive.

Thanks to my car for not dying in the middle of Texas -- that's why we didn't go to Texas...

Thanks to Sky Zolar Jones for not murdering me, and for being you.

Thanks to God for all the wisdom and jokes and new mercies every morning.

Thanks to Richmond for the immediate welcome to my new home.

Special thanks to that church we spent one illicit night with and we don't even remember your name! We know you know, and we will all be ever wondering...

Special thanks to Lisa and Mario, who each volunteered to foster different pairs of my green shoes, unprovoked by me and unbeknown to each other.


(which we are completely qualified to give and are totally not arbitrary at all):

Oregon - greenest
California - grossest
Nevada - most unwelcoming
Arizona - most carefree
New Mexico - most roadkill until Oklahoma
Oklahoma - friendliest
Arkansas - most delightful
Alabama - dishonorable unmentionable
Mississippi - most surprising
Florida - most awards, so I won't list them all
Georgia - most lethal
North Carolina - cutest
Virginia - most picturesque
North Dakota - most patient

OK so I just now made up that last one, but you waited patiently for your Sky when we headed south, and still you wait for the Dragonfly...

(Sky, did I forget any?)
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In Conclusion [Oct. 24th, 2008|06:00 am]
Amaranth and Sky Go Homeless!

[Current Mood |pleasedpleased]

Oddly, I don't have a terrible lot to say about the trip. It felt like we were on the move so fast most of the time that I hardly had time to think about any of it. But now that I finally posted some of the pictures, it seems a little less like a blurry dream. I think it is just one of those things that will make more sense the further I get from it.

America: so not scary. Maybe we were just always in the right place at the right time, but we didn't almost get eaten by sharks or anything; it was rather disappointing. We never once found an appropriate opportunity to use the pepper spray or Forager's Guide, or other items people worriedly sent with us. "Do you think this is what your uncle had in mind?" wondered Sky, using the knife to peel a stubborn orange.

Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Miami, and New York City: boring compared to our very first stop out in the woods in Tekilma, Oregon, visiting our old college friend and her hilarious new husband whom we continued to quote many miles later... "First I'd shoot it. Then I'd rebuke it. And if that don't work I'd just run."

The grand canyon: pathetic compared to the soul of my Atheist Friend, who denies that he has one.

The best times were rather:
- laughing so hard lying on park benches making fun of the po-lice cops
- laughing so hard that I swallowed the ocean (not recommended) as we practiced our awful comedy routines. "A homeless person walks into a bar..." "Is that the whole joke?"
- laughing so hard playing "special" scrabble with extra-alphabetic beads from the toy machine at CiCi's for 5 hours
- laughing so hard yelling out the car windows at night because we didn't care anymore
- screaming so loud while Sky laughed so hard at me because I'm not used to storms like that and I thought we were being attacked
- etcetera

Actually, I think the real best times were before the trip officially began, and after the trip was officially over -- just dancing and hiking and bowling and awarding WalMart employees with old friends, and swimming and rope-swinging and tubing and jamming till 3 in the morning with new ones.

We learned: we're not very good at being homeless. Everything that's not private property is public property, and either way is usually illegal.

We learned pertinent questions for local dining: "Red or green?" (NM) and "Sweet or unsweet?" (the whole south)

I still find it amazing how Sky and I were totally on the same page throughout the entire trip... even before we left, "planning" the whole thing through email and a couple phone calls while she was in Bolivia.

Anyway, since we ended up going south instead of north at the last minute, changing the whole course of our trip, I feel like the one we planned never happened and therefore another trip is in order...

...and will soon take place, as I attempt to keep my car running all the way across the country again (in a somewhat more direct route this time) in a couple short months, before heading to Korea. Didn't I say when I left Oregon that I would probably end up out east somewhere?
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Math is useful sometimes. [Aug. 23rd, 2008|12:41 pm]
Amaranth and Sky Go Homeless!

[Current Mood |surpriseddelighted]

I actually don't hate waitressing! The diner cracks me up; I feel like I'm in a movie when I'm at work.

So I finally sat down and used mathematics and learned that somehow I can probably survive on just the part-time job. Hopefully I will be tutoring soon as well, and I committed to stay in the house through the end of the year. So... road trip adventure is officially over. But is it ever really over?

"I can't believe you don't like Waffle House -- that's the ultimate in greasy food!"
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NOT UNEMPLOYED ANYMORE!!! [Aug. 12th, 2008|05:17 pm]
Amaranth and Sky Go Homeless!

[Current Mood |working]

I didn't even mention that I have a porch in the front and a clothesline out back, which are the most important parts of a house.

Well Wednesday I applied for a waitressing job, Thursday I got the job, and Friday was my first day. No evenings or weekends and I can wear whatever, which are the most important parts of a job (especially since my road trip clothes should probably be making their way to the trash about now).

It's part-time, meaning I still need another job to remain in Richmond after August... life you're so interesting...
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NOT HOMELESS ANYMORE!!! [Aug. 2nd, 2008|11:47 pm]
Amaranth and Sky Go Homeless!

[Current Location |HOME!!!]
[Current Mood |contentcontent]

This morning was the first morning in 3 months that I woke up not homeless! I am typing this from my room in my house where I live with Annemarie and Kay (who is out of town this month). I live in the upstairs, with more space and furniture than I have belongings. The catch: it's in Fulton Hill...

"...oh yeah, now that we live together I should probably tell you my last name..."
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Duck Duck Goose [Jul. 24th, 2008|12:26 am]
Amaranth and Sky Go Homeless!

[Current Location |Becca & Perry's]
[Current Mood |excitedimpatient]

I can't believe it's been 3 weeks already! Staying with Natalie was fun, but I'm still in road-trip mode and can't stay in one place too long. So I moved myself to Becca and Perry's, courtesy of couchsurfing. I am waiting for a potential roommate to get back to the states (or commonwealths, apparently).

I am also waiting for potential employers to get back to their business and hire me! In the meantime, I accidentally walked into a volunteer job, a class, and an internship. But those are all just fancy words for showing up at RIHOP. "You play piano? See you tomorrow at 3:30." Too bad paying jobs involve paperwork and such.

Other than that, I have just been having fun getting to know Richland Richmont Richmond. Last Sunday a bunch of us went to Belle Isle after the church cookout, the Sunday before that was spent at Virginia Beach*, and the Sunday before that Ben and Patrick showed me around Caryville Carytown. Unfortunately, the ballroom scene is severely lacking.

As much as I appreciate the storms here, I am offended by the rain itself! I think it has real water in it!! Pacific Northwesterners think we own the rain or something, but it totally owned all over me today. Some guy on the street even gave me a pity umbrella. I don't actually know how to use an umbrella, and this one is huge, but my rain snob days are over.

Number One Awesome Thing: The other day at the pre-Call rally (where this random lady from Delaware gave me $20; that was pretty cool too), Nina walked by Jen and me and casually duck-duck-goosed us. Confirmation, anyone? Hahaha


(Sorry I don't have more pictures; the cord for the camera is either hiding back in Oregon or lost forever.)
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The Evidence [Jul. 10th, 2008|02:48 pm]
Amaranth and Sky Go Homeless!

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Happy Independence! [Jul. 4th, 2008|11:27 am]
Amaranth and Sky Go Homeless!

[Current Location |Natalie's]
[Current Mood |ecstaticawesome]

Now that we're done, we realized we had this blog set up so you have to log in to leave comments. Sorry dudes!

Monday, Sky treated us to a motel, which was like paradise. We brought in the contents of the car (a complete disaster at this point) and sorted everything out, which resulted in finding the mp3 player we lost in North Carolina, and a shirt that I haven't worn this entire time. Good music! Clean clothing! Not a fair trade for losing Sky, but better than nothing.

On Tuesday I said goodbye to my partner in crime at the Greyhound station, and began my noble effort to end homelessness and unemployment in Richmond -- starting with me. I met a bunch of friends who gave me $20 for a campground, two phone numbers in case I need help, and like five hugs.

On Wednesday I met some more friends, and went home with Natalie.

Yesterday I met even more friends who were having a spontaneous dance party. Everyone is super nice, and they have crazy dance parties? I like this place more every day!

Worst part about Virginia: They don't sell fireworks here?! How am I supposed to know which month it is without big tents of explosive goodies in grocery parking lots? So if anyone wants to mail me fireworks illegally, just tell me and I will go pick them up at:

Abigail Havens
General Delivery
Saunders Station
Richmond, VA 23220

Well, we lasted two months, we made it to New York, we didn't go to jail. The trip is over, but I feel like it's just beginning...
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Are we there yet? [Jun. 30th, 2008|09:01 pm]
Amaranth and Sky Go Homeless!

[Current Location |Richmond, VA]
[Current Mood |okaybetter]

A few days before New York, it hit us both at the same time: We done had enough homeless!

The farther from home I get, the more at home I feel.

We got kicked out of 2 places today.


P.S. We quit the road trip.
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Please Excuse Our Appearance As We Are Undergoing Exciting Changes [Jun. 28th, 2008|04:42 pm]
Amaranth and Sky Go Homeless!

[Current Location |Brooklyn, NY]
[Current Mood |drainedtabernacl'd!]

Sky and I don't actually know where the states are, so we were delighted to find that Pennsylvania was on our way. We gawked at the Amish for a bit, then went into Scranton just because we love The Office.

Tuesday night we drove into Brooklyn AND found a place to park not too far from Sky's aunt Maggie's cute little apartment. Everyone related to Sky is rad. I haven't liked the big cities or touristy places we've been, but somehow I love the biggest, most touristy city yet. I guess I expected NYC to be intimidating, but it's so not. I love the fashion! We went up on the Empire State Building, took the ferry to Staten Island and saw the Statue of Liberty, went to Coney Island and dipped our toes in the Atlantic just in time to not get hit by lightning, etc.

The rest of our time here has been spent at the Teen Challenge 50th Anniversary Celebration. Nicky Cruz, Israel Narvaez, Sonny Arguinzoni and David Wilkerson were all up there together; they were awesome speakers too.

"We just want Tuesday, and no leg fungus, and foods, five foods..."
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