Man makes a rowboat his home

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  1. Traz

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    Old but interesting article. Of course, the "Authorities" always have to try to stick their noses in. Good Ol' Police State USA. Interesting reads though. Personally, If I was in that situation I wouldn't be where everyone could see me. I'd be constantly going somewhere new. You have a canoe, you can go stealth in so many places.


    https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/man-makes-a-rowboat-his-home-under-the-520-bridge/

    http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?156352-Living-aboard-in-a-Canoe!
     
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    Can't blame the Coast Guard for doing their due diligence. After all - he didn't say he was going to do anything more than "check him out" to make sure he was safe and not polluting. If anyone was "sticking their noses in", it was the reporter.

    I'd like to think I'd be on the move too. But on a constant basis, that's easier said than done.
     
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    After all it is Washington state. The police also extends to the website. I can’t see the article because I don’t allow ads to display. :mad:
     
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    LOL, same here ... oh well.
     
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    The article was from 2011. Seattle is a totally dysfunctional city. I grew up in the 60's not 1/2 mile from where this guy was anchored. Used to go there as a kid with scads of other kids to fish and swim. It's a stone's throw from Husky Stadium on Lake Washington. The area is owned by the UW and is called The Arboretum. Lots of over passes and inlets, nooks and crannies to stay in. That's why we loved it as youngsters.

    Now days, as often as not, it is the domain of homeless, often times drug addicted, and sometimes violently mentally ill people who have come to Seattle for the free goodies and the No Arrest policy of the City Clowncil. Same with the Burke-Gilman Bicycle Trail, a 35 mile 10ft wide former train bed that goes from the west end of Seattle all the way to the north tip of lake Washington. It also, has become sometimes choked with tents, and vagrants who somewhat regularly accost runners and others who pass by.

    This is how F'ed up Seattle has become: The guy in the article was so over run with liberal do-gooders, wanting to "help" him, that he paddle way somewhere and the media lost him. He was last seen anchored off Matthews Beach, up north a bit in an inlet that I am familiar with. After that he wasn't the cause celebre' and people turned the page.

    Since 2011, the vagrancy population of the city alone - not including the many outcasts from their own "community" as the politicians and activist call it - has overflowed into the surrounding counties and cities-and has doubled.

    The vast majority of these creeps are not the old geezer in the rowboat. They are people who prefer to scab off the tax payers and will not go to treatment no matter what is offered - and it is aplenty, to the tune of 52 mil a year.

    Break-ins and property crimes are off the charts in the area after many decades of reduction. Assaults are on the rise, many among the very creeps I'm referring to, because there are so many they have developed a tribe, wherein there are rules like The Lord of the Flies.

    Socialist Dystopia: Coming to a park near You.
     
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    Wow, that's sad. I haven't been to the Seattle area since the eighties, but I recently saw that Portland has fallen into the same dysfunction. We have some of that going on even here, but not more than a fraction in comparison. Neither the weather nor the political climate are as inviting to that lifestyle. I run into a handful of them on the local river each year, but they're either more temporary or more stealthy here. We do have a very active network of providers (NGO) here for the poor and homeless, but it is true that many prefer to be under the radar as much as possible. It is a shame that mental health is such a low priority, and even more of a shame that some simply don't want to follow rules and others are self destructive. Without getting too political......it is a failing of our government that this condition is just tolerated and even enabled.
     
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    There is a part of me that could enjoy that lifestyle. My wife would never go for it though. I did live in a camper for 2 years out in Montana and liked it a lot. Was very cozy once I got my process down. 7 layers of blanketsmin the winter to save fuel for the generator. Wish I would have had the knowledge then that I do now, it would have been even better
     
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    Beats sleeping on DSC_0161.jpg the streets
     
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    Meh. In the red state 'hole I come from there are virtually no social services save removal of the corpses that collect under the overpasses. The grass is not always greener.
     
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    You are free to move to Seattle, where the corpses are still on their feet, supported by local government.
     
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    What more do you need?
     
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