Help Homeless Person With Car/Move

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Update 3/12: Looks like another problem with the car, this time a gas leak. I had been wondering why my gas mileage had become so bad, 30 dollars in gas in one week, but I guess the leak hadn't deteriorated till then...I had checked before weeks ago and didn't see a leak, but my car is not high enough high off the ground to see the undercarriage very well. I know the car had problems with the really bad roads up in the Sierra Foothills near Fresno and bottoming out suddenly wasn't unusual on those roads.

To simply patch the leak at a service center would probably cost labor, between 50.00 and 75.00 by the estimates I've heard. I may go into Gilroy and see if I can track down any old timers still around and find out where their "chewing gum mechanic" is, but it would be a temporary fix, I'd have to replace whatever had gone bad or was damaged in the fuel line or tank. Judging by the gas loss, it looks like it's become a leak that loses a gallon or two a day, that's something I can't ignore and could get me in trouble. I've seen the YouTube videos on the various cheap ways to do it yourself, but none would be a long term fix and frankly seem beyond on my ability.

I'm also going to look into the offer I got for the use of a car, and see if the offer would extend out to temporarily switching to that car for at least a couple of months, and if so, it'd be the cheapest fix even if it means the end of the Cadillac...the constant repairs have made it difficult to do more than just get by on the help I've received.

I currently have enough for food and basic expenses, but will have to spend on travel and a possible cheap as possible repair but I might lose as much in gas expenses traveling about to find help as the repair.

If any of you can donate some to help me with the logistics of traveling from Salinas to Gilroy and Carmel Valley, it'd be appreciated.

I'll have to hold off on heavy activity on the internet for a couple of days, I'm going to go to Gilroy today and search the usual haunts for info on the homeless mechanics that are usually around. I'll head for Carmel Valley later or Monday if the backup car is available and decide on what to do with the car after I have a full picture. I hope it'll be simple.

Al






I I started the preliminary steps to self employment, by monetizing my social network and blog accounts. It's a promo business and the test promos have done well, and I have three clients already for my "Boogie Underground Entertainment-Media" project. The official start will be February 1st, and I think this will be good for at least a part time in one and an important step towards self sufficiency...there is an urgency as my car is beginning to smoke badly and looks like a gasket/top end problem...I can minimize the problem by driving only when necessary but I'm figuring 2 to 4 months and I'd better start thinking about moving on to a used van, which would improve things considerably.

The new business, is it goes well, will make a targeted job search possible for a high tech job, which a type that would give me the kind of income.

Looking for gas money and enough for food and expenses for the job search particularly in the silicon valley region where the pay is better, and for a January project I hope will turn into a part time job to begin self sufficiency.

My main priority is to survive and meet expenses till my new venture begins to really get going, I think I'm on to something here and found a possible business niche...also, it's been a good feeling to be back to work that is producing some money. It's a good step upwards.

My priority in the short term is to save up a reserve of money that can cover the two main emergencies I worry about the most: the car developing a problem running (repairable type), or a vet emergency with Ivy, my dear little friend.

I'd be grateful for any help in this move. This can all be derailed by even minor emergencies, as it would turn my focus onto raw survival or crisis.

I'm not looking for a living via donations, but to be able to survive until I can get or develop a break.

I'm afraid that a fix it ticket might cost me the car I live in, between registration and repairs, before I can find a job to raise enough to take care of it. Losing the car to repeated tickets for registration will not only build up cost but will probably result in the car being impounded and a setback in losing my shelter and ability to work. I would be grateful for any help you can give.

I'd like to bring the car up to code, and either upgrade some parts that are showing signs of failing (transmission, etc) or perhaps get a cheap used van (as the cost seems about equal either way).

I don't think getting a new vehicle is within the scope of a gofundme campaign but help surviving homelessness till I find a job that can pay for an upgrade is appreciated.
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Update 71
Posted by Al Handa
3 days ago
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Update 3/22: it's been about a week since Ivy passed away, in many ways I still behave like she was still here...that's how strong her presence was, and a couple of days rest, with so much support and acceptance helped a lot, and came at a good time.

I'm going to change some things. Ivy and I hid a lot out of necessity, but the only time I'm really homeless is at night when sleeping. I'm getting near the end of the first draft of the book, and I'm going to have to do the second pass on my laptop as the editing is going to have to be more advanced and I've reached the limits of the iPhone in terms of editing.

When I can, I'll get a device keyboard as I also don't want to be tied to a laptop either, I'll want to work on the book anywhere on the cloud.

I'm going to do most of the day writing in various places, and treat homelessness as something I return to at bedtime. I'm fed up with hiding, and though I'll still be cautious, and discreet; if the car fails or gets taken, I'll deal with it then. I think I have a backup plan now in such a case.

Ivy and I hid in plain sight, as the book title suggests, but after seeing other homeless for over a year, and seeing those who handle it well and those who don't, I saw that the ones who have the best chance to get out deal with it as a side issue...I'm going to move towards that kind of balance.

Everyone's support has been like a rock solid support these last few days, it helped steady the confusion I felt, and after this update, it'll be time to take my grief private and let Ivy rejoin the flow of life.

Please continue to support me, it's the support and I should add, acceptance and encouragement, that's been so meaningful to me.

I'm sensing that this phase is coming to a close. Things don't feel the same; things evolve even when a person thinks it's staying the same, so I'll need to keep my eyes open and see what doors have opened and what doors have closed.
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Update 70
Posted by Al Handa
5 days ago
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Update 3/20: I took Ivy to Monterey today to begin the process of cremation. A sincere thanks to Lynn Lamb and her mother for arranging it with PJ Webb and Nicki Storey-Bailey, and for the breakfast afterwards. I'll be able to pick up her ashes in about a week, and was comforted to have Ivy over the weekend and to personally cover and prepare her myself for this last stage.

Please forgive the use of some of the donation money to stay a day in Marina. There was a parking lot sweep this morning in the area of Salinas i stay in this morning and going back there today wasn't practical, and it gives me a day that catch up on sleep, recharge my spare battery packs, and prepare to head north to the Gilroy area Tuesday, which I use as a staging point before seeing my daughter in Silicon Valley on wed. Salinas will be impractical for maybe a week due to the sweep so the battery packs will keep my devices functional during that time.

I decided on Marina as it's cheap, quiet, and a place Ivy was familiar with and liked. The Handa-McGraw International song "Beach Dog" is about how Ivy liked beaches so much.

I do miss Ivy terribly, it's so quiet with her gone but in many ways she's still very much alive in my consciousness so as the grief subsides, I know that it doesn't mean she'll disappear either. I guess like Forrest Gump who kept a deceased friend as a partner, I'll keep Ivy as one.

The outpouring of sentiment and help for Ivy was so wonderful, and it just adds to my wonder and appreciation about how good people are. Everyone seems to be fighting and at odds in the media, but in real life, people have good hearts.

Al
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Update 69
Posted by Al Handa
8 days ago
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3/17: my dearest friend Ivy passed away last night. I woke to her quiet and still. I don't know why it had to be last night. I'll be temporarily discontinuing all activities while I sort it all out. Please pray for her good little soul, she was the world to me
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Update 68
Posted by Al Handa
11 days ago
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Update 3/14: Took the car to the shop, & it's a cracked gas tank. The mechanic stabilized the crack but said he couldn't guarantee how long that would hold, nothing could happen or it could enlarge.

He's going to look into finding a used gas tank from salvage, which could a few days, as a new one would be expensive. His estimate if he can find a salvage is 200.00 parts and labor low, to a high of 350.00. I've gone to him for over 10 years, I'm sure his estimate is honest and the best he can do knowing I'm homeless.

The crack must have occurred in the same incident up in the Sierra Foothills that took out part of my suspension, the car bottomed out violently that night when the road suddenly became 4 wheel territory and for all I know, started out as a smaller leak...I know my gas mileage got a lot worse after that.

I'll have to wait and see what the mechanic's search turns up, but his estimates in the past have been accurate and even lower at times.

I'll watch the car closely, and I'm parking over near where the out of town truckers and RVs hang out, so their diesel and propane smell will cover any gas smell if the makeshift repair fails. Jacking the car up in the lot and trying to plug it up with putty would have been too involved to do in public by myself. The last two homeless that tried to work on cars in the lot attracted police and security, and one ended up getting his car searched, so not showing car trouble is a good idea where I'm located.

It was a long drive, but it went well, and frankly there's other things wrong with the car, but the nice thing about an old Cadillac is that generally keeps driving even when the small problems pile up. It's been as good a car as any to spend a year living in. I hope this gas leak problem doesn't become too big.

Al
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Eric Wilder
7 months ago
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Al, you are a scholar. You should be teaching a college course instead of being homeless and on the road. P.S. Love your blog. Please keep it coming.

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Lisa Wojcik
1 day ago

Al, I am so very sorry to hear about losing Ivy. She brought you so much joy and you love her so much. Best companion you could ever have. I know she loved you. She will never be replaced in your heart. I think Ivy would be happy for you if you adopted a dog who needs your love. Don't be alone.

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Catherine Mesick
7 days ago

Al, I am so sorry! My heart goes out to you and your dear, sweet friend. I am praying for you!

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Kaye Menner
7 days ago

Al, I am so so sorry to hear this very sad news. My thoughts and sympathy are with you....

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Andrea Flory
7 days ago

I'm so sorry, Al. I wish our little friends could stay with us forever. -massive hugs-

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Belinda Metcalfe
1 month ago

Keep safe and hope the storm clears soon AL

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Marianne Naughton
2 months ago

Please get professional help from Salvation Army, church, or government organization in and around your town you are staying at. I hope you have a list of food pantries (keep your nutrition & immune system up). We had hard times and were almost homeless, even after my husband had major back surgery he had nerve damage which caused him to be disabled, lost our house ...

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Chuck Bluestein
2 months ago

It shows up here but not on the donations.

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Chuck Bluestein
2 months ago

It is great that you thought of this. Maybe it will make you rich. Why does my picture not show up?

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Angela Durrell
2 months ago

This is WONDERFUL news!!! Go go go!! I'm rooting for you, Al, and you have a lot of support behind you. Never forget that. I'm getting a chunk of pay myself in a few days, so I'll plop a few bucks in here for you. I'm so thrilled and pleased for you, and am sending hugs and hopes for more work coming your way soon. xox

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Belinda Metcalfe
3 months ago

Good luck in all that you do AL. I'm sure soon something good will come up for you and Ivy

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Melodie Ramone
4 months ago

Bless your heart, Al. It will take awhile to snap out of survival mode, and you will forever be changed, but one day you will break through and find a new "normal." And if you ever need me, you know where to look. Do not hesitate, my friend. All the love and blessings to you and Ivy both. Keep your chin up and your eyes on the goal. xXx

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Joanne Cone
4 months ago

Wishing you the best❤️

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Kaye Menner
4 months ago

Great news, Al :)

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Eric Wilder
4 months ago

Wonderful news, Al. Please take some pics and post them on your blog.

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Angela Durrell
4 months ago

This is great news, Al -- and who knows, it might lead to a longer gig later. But you and Ivy now have some breathing room. I'm SO happy for you! Keep this GoFundMe active, though. You have a lot of friends who want to help if needed.

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Pletcha PJ Webb
7 months ago

I'm so happy for you, Al. That's wonderful news, and it's also wonderful to know that you're using this experience in a positive way. I wish you and Ivy the very best always.

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Angela B. Mortimer
7 months ago

leave it open Al until you sort things our - as you can see you have a lot of freinds

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Kaye Menner
8 months ago

So great to hear your news, Al. Would love it if you'd leave this open for a while so we can see how you go from here. Thinking of work, do you have many veterinary clinics nearby. My daughter is a veterinary nurse, and here in Australia staff are always needed. Perhaps you could approach some with the thought in mind of part-time work doing any required maintenance/cleaning, etc. Just a thought, as they may very well allow Ivy to be present too! :)

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Joanne Cone
8 months ago

Would love to continue hearing how you're doing.

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Raised by 240 people in 9 months
Created June 4, 2016
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In loving memory of Ivy

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Eric Wilder
7 months ago
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Al, you are a scholar. You should be teaching a college course instead of being homeless and on the road. P.S. Love your blog. Please keep it coming.

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Lisa Wojcik
1 day ago

Al, I am so very sorry to hear about losing Ivy. She brought you so much joy and you love her so much. Best companion you could ever have. I know she loved you. She will never be replaced in your heart. I think Ivy would be happy for you if you adopted a dog who needs your love. Don't be alone.

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Catherine Mesick
7 days ago

Al, I am so sorry! My heart goes out to you and your dear, sweet friend. I am praying for you!

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Kaye Menner
7 days ago

Al, I am so so sorry to hear this very sad news. My thoughts and sympathy are with you....

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Andrea Flory
7 days ago

I'm so sorry, Al. I wish our little friends could stay with us forever. -massive hugs-

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Belinda Metcalfe
1 month ago

Keep safe and hope the storm clears soon AL

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Marianne Naughton
2 months ago

Please get professional help from Salvation Army, church, or government organization in and around your town you are staying at. I hope you have a list of food pantries (keep your nutrition & immune system up). We had hard times and were almost homeless, even after my husband had major back surgery he had nerve damage which caused him to be disabled, lost our house ...

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Chuck Bluestein
2 months ago

It shows up here but not on the donations.

+ Read More
Chuck Bluestein
2 months ago

It is great that you thought of this. Maybe it will make you rich. Why does my picture not show up?

+ Read More
Angela Durrell
2 months ago

This is WONDERFUL news!!! Go go go!! I'm rooting for you, Al, and you have a lot of support behind you. Never forget that. I'm getting a chunk of pay myself in a few days, so I'll plop a few bucks in here for you. I'm so thrilled and pleased for you, and am sending hugs and hopes for more work coming your way soon. xox

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Belinda Metcalfe
3 months ago

Good luck in all that you do AL. I'm sure soon something good will come up for you and Ivy

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Melodie Ramone
4 months ago

Bless your heart, Al. It will take awhile to snap out of survival mode, and you will forever be changed, but one day you will break through and find a new "normal." And if you ever need me, you know where to look. Do not hesitate, my friend. All the love and blessings to you and Ivy both. Keep your chin up and your eyes on the goal. xXx

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Joanne Cone
4 months ago

Wishing you the best❤️

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Kaye Menner
4 months ago

Great news, Al :)

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Eric Wilder
4 months ago

Wonderful news, Al. Please take some pics and post them on your blog.

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Angela Durrell
4 months ago

This is great news, Al -- and who knows, it might lead to a longer gig later. But you and Ivy now have some breathing room. I'm SO happy for you! Keep this GoFundMe active, though. You have a lot of friends who want to help if needed.

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Pletcha PJ Webb
7 months ago

I'm so happy for you, Al. That's wonderful news, and it's also wonderful to know that you're using this experience in a positive way. I wish you and Ivy the very best always.

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Angela B. Mortimer
7 months ago

leave it open Al until you sort things our - as you can see you have a lot of freinds

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Kaye Menner
8 months ago

So great to hear your news, Al. Would love it if you'd leave this open for a while so we can see how you go from here. Thinking of work, do you have many veterinary clinics nearby. My daughter is a veterinary nurse, and here in Australia staff are always needed. Perhaps you could approach some with the thought in mind of part-time work doing any required maintenance/cleaning, etc. Just a thought, as they may very well allow Ivy to be present too! :)

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Joanne Cone
8 months ago

Would love to continue hearing how you're doing.

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