On the day before I left, I landed in the emergency room for a few hours. (I am fine.) I had already moved out of my apartment, and was staying for the weekend at a summer rental cabin that had no formal address. When I was admitted, I was asked my home address, local address, and employer — and I had none of those.
However, if I have learned anything in these first few days on the road, it is this: if you have people to feed you, shelter you, give you a hot shower, and chat with you, being homeless and jobless is really not so bad! Oh, you should also have a brand-new rental car filled with everything you might need to live for several months. I encourage you to pass this wisdom on to a homeless person you know. I like to think of this site as a sort of GOOP for the needy.
Here are a few photos of the hospitable people I have visited so far:
After that, Joel, his friend Maryam, and I split a garbage-pail lid of barbecue, and went to see the movie “Funny People,” which I highly recommend. I laughed and I cried and I continued to be really, really in awe of Judd Apatow.