Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Where It All Began

Where I am standing, shooting this video, is where my homelessness began, exactly 30 years ago. It is now a park, but it used to be a parking lot, and I lived in my car the parking lot, right there in front of the Davidson County/Nashville Court House. I would park my car down an alley until after hours, and then pull into this lot to spend the night. There are some new buildings, but for the most part it looks just like it did back in 1982, when I first arrived in Nashville.

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  1. I was married in that courthouse nearly 25 years ago, and remain married. So I had a different kind of beginning there. I've been reading The Homeless Guy blog for a few years, and I really appreciate the insight you provide. I've been a Room at the Inn volunteer at two different churches, and I served at St Patrick's shelter as it morphed into Safe Haven Shelter.
    When I first read of your autism and your thought that a lot of homeless folks were on the autism spectrum, I was skeptical. I thought that you might just be applying your own experience to others without a real basis for your thinking. In the 1980's mental hospitals began to release long term patients who'd been warehoused for years. It turns out that over 80% were on the Autism Spectrum. Few of these folks were diagnosed until exit interviews revealed their condition. And most quickly moved to the streets.

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  2. I found this to be a very interesting blog. I'm not from where your from but I can relate. I too once lived in a car with my mother and my two brothers in New York City. We would always have to pull into parking lot at night and spend the night there as well. My homelessness begun when i was about 9 years old. Although i am not homeless now my mother still is. She now lives in a Homeless shelter but before that she was still living in a car and bouncing from place to place.

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    1. If you're not homeless now, but your mother still is, then why don't you just let her stay in your house or wherever you live at?

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  3. I lived in Nashville for about 8 years and and it's amazing to hear stories about places I've often walked by but never gave a second thought about. Good post.

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