Back in the late 1980s and into the early 1990s, I worked with a guy who lived in his van in the company parking lot. The company did not seem to mind, as someone was on the company property 24/7. Having the van in the parking lot might have deterred thieves, but who really knows?
I do not know if they guy lived a fugal lifestyle because he wanted to fly under the radar, or if he was a nomad type, or if he was a hermit.
Here is an example, The guy was so cheap, he would not buy razors to shave with. Instead of shaving, he would use tweezers and pluck the hairs. Just about every time I saw the guy, he was using the tips of his finger nails to pull the whiskers out. I thought to myself, “holy crap, does this guy get some kind of pleasure out of hurting himself”?
The company had a full bathroom facility, and had several showers. The guy lived in his van he kept parked in the parking lot, either used the microwave in the break room to heat up his food, or a propane stove in his van.
I think his total cost of living for a month was something like $300, and that was just for food.
The seats were removed from the back of the van. the only thing in the rear of the van was some boxes and a cot to sleep on. Sometimes the guy had the back of the van open when employees were walking through the parking lot. So from time to time we were able to get a glimpse of what was inside the fan.
When winter came around, the guy said he had a propane heater in his van.
A lot of the people at the company looked for someone like the FBI to come around any day looking for the hermit. But as far as I know, nobody was looking for him. Or rather, nobody ever came around looking for him.
Over the past 20+ years I have often wondered what its like to live a nomad lifestyle. No rent, no electric bill, no water bill, no cable TV bill,,, just come and go as you please.
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