The Wall Street Journal had an interesting article on the front page today about a Mr. Charles Pitt who is 37, an aspiring poet and lives in San Francisco. Mr. Pitt is quite tech savvy and has accounts on Twitter, Facebook an Myspace. He runs an internet forum on Yahoo, reads news online and keeps in touch with friends via email. There's nothing wrong with this picture except that Mr. Pitt lives under a highway bridge and is basically homeless. The article talks about how there are many more of the same.
I am just so proud of Mr. Pitt without even remotely knowing him. You land up in certain situations some times that you have no control over. But to not let the situation hold you back or bog you down and just go about life as best as you can is quite commendable.
It also goes to show what a significant role technology plays in modern life and that it may not be as hard to avail of the resources to live a high tech life. I fret at the idea of going camping for a weekend since I'm such a slave to amenities and cannot bear the separation from my laptop for that long. But if homeless peeps can live in an old rusted van and still be connected to the world, I bet they can share a few tips on how to improve the battery life at the very minimum.
Meanwhile, next time the discussion of enjoying New Zealand scenery and culture in comfort and style comes up; I'm going to at least consider the option of a campervan. It's a different story that they're fully equipped and nicely painted but heck it's still a van and that's a big step in itself.
p.s. If you bump into a homeless fella somewhere, be nice else he might make a joke about ya on Twitter.