by Travis Mateer
The image above was on display near the Santa Monic Pier, along the promenade where fancy stores sell fancy shit. I laughed, then chatted with some guys who work on trash detail about the brilliant plan to allow “self-policing” camps in every ward across the city, which you can read about in one of the local posts I managed writing up while traveling.
Is this the kind of self-policing Council person Jordan is referring to? From the link (emphasis mine):
The first crews on scene saw heavy black smoke come from the back entrance and located a fire in the bathroom.
The house has been boarded up and condemned, with reports of homeless people and transients entering the property, according to Stewart.
I’m technically a transient right now, since I’m moving about the country withOUT conventional housing. In fact, for the last two nights, I’ve slept in my car while going from Austin, to El Paso, to LA, then Reno, where I’m writing this.
Before leaving LA, I crammed in some bucket-list items, like seeing Jim Morrison’s last shitty motel he stayed at before going to Paris and supposedly dying, and driving the hills to check out Laurel Canyon and Mulholland Drive.
I’ve got another Jim Morrison related location I’m traveling to next, though that wasn’t my original plan. My plan was to check out Burning Man, but luckily some fellow travelers warned me it’s fucked, as in flooded and turned into a mud hellscape the even Chris Rock needed help escaping.
Hopefully I can avoid any other pitfalls that may lurk ahead, but we’ll see. Now I’m debating whether or not to approach Black Rock City with the goal of finding and rescuing friends, so we’ll see.
Now, here are the week’s links:
Insanity Is Doing The Same Thing And Expecting Different Results (September 1st, 2023)
Another Austin Dispatch Before Going West (August 31st, 2023)
Dispatch From Smiley Face Dead Land (August 30th, 2023)
My Book Will Be Better Than Jack’s (August 29th, 2023)
Thanks for reading!