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on the way back from the grocery store just now I saw a flyer saying "Are You Eligible for Food Stamps?" with the address of a local neighborhood resource center on it. I hadn't thought of going there to apply. I knew I was going to apply after my last SFAI paycheck, and it seems that that may already have occured, unless they are going to surprise me on Monday. that would be nice, but I am not counting on it. so I looked up the email address for this center and asked them a few questions. you know I won't call them. if they haven't answered my email by tomorrow morning I will go over there and see if they are open. if they aren't, there's yet another resource center on the same street two blocks further down. or up. I get confused here because downtown is north of here, or "up" on a map that caters to northern hemisphere dwellers. I've never lived south of downtown before, so downtown has always been down.

anyway. I don't know how much they will give a single person with no dependents but anything would help quite a bit. food is my main expense and the food here is not cheap. it'd be cheaper if I cooked for myself, and I might have to start doing so soon. I bought a canister of soy-based textured vegetable protein the other day on a whim and now I have some rice to go with it so I might start with that. the "pork" has no MSG. I was a bit surprised. on the other hand, it has sesame seeds in it which are not listed in the ingredients so I don't know if I can really trust the ingredients list on the label.

but so this post started out because I am waiting for an email answer but also slowly falling asleep--and I expect that to accelerate soon. I might crawl up to my bed and sleep up there for a little while. I sleep more deeply lying down even though I cannot breathe sometimes. but I also wake up in a fair amount of pain which is unpleasant. I will wake up on my back with lumbar region and at least one sciatic nerve throbbing and be unable to move out of this extremely painful position for several minutes, breathing slowly and saying ow. ow. ow. if I can get myself over onto my side I'm ok but that part is not easy. it could be that, at two years to 50, I need a real bed. I have no place to put one, unfortunately. I could get a twin-sized mattress but as it is I sleep diagonally on my full-sized futon because my feet hang over the end otherwise. why have beds in the US not gotten longer as the population has gotten taller? I know queen and king mattresses are longer, but why are twin and double beds still the same length as they were however many years ago that we started mass-producing them? maybe they aren't the same length. maybe they have gotten longer. but not since about 1955 or so.

I wonder if there is such a thing as an extra-long twin-sized mattress. I know I could look on the web but there is not much reason to. having no money and all. I could look on freecycle but a bed is one of those things you sort of want to have only been yours. kind of like underwear or towels. of course, you never know when someone might be trying to get rid of something new or nearly so.

no I can't think of anything more exciting to write about. I definitely need at least a nap if not a good solid eight hours. I think it is time to work on that.


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Dec. 30th, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
Extra-long twin sized mattresses are the ones that are used in college dorms if I recall correctly.
Dec. 31st, 2009 12:14 am (UTC)
i was just going to say that. i had to buy special sheets for ted's dorm bed.
Dec. 31st, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
interesting. they didn't have those when I was in the college dorms in 1979. but that was sort of a long time ago I guess. 30 years! holy crap.
Dec. 30th, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
Yup, XLT (extra long twin) is common in college dorms, but is also available at IKEA and elsewhere. Target sells linens for them.
Dec. 31st, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
I guess I'll keep an eye out for "gently used" beds or new ones that people decide they didn't want after all.
Dec. 30th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
I don't know how much the states differ in how much food stamp benefit they'll give, but I online qualified for $200/mo in Oregon a week or so ago. just me, no dependents, no income, etc. maybe california has a similar online benefit calculator?
Dec. 31st, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)
Agreed. WA gave $150/month for one person 10 years ago. I'm sure CA gives at least that.
Dec. 31st, 2009 04:36 am (UTC)
there is an online tool that tells you whether you would probably be eligible for them (it told me GO NOW!). I'll have to look to see if there is also a calculator. CA should have better-funded social programs, but the tax revolt in the 80s and our current crop of repugs in the governor's seat and the legislature who refuse to raise anyone's taxes a single percentage point have ravaged much of the state's safety net.

but who knows. maybe they actually do feed people here.
Dec. 31st, 2009 12:12 am (UTC)
I hope you can get a real mattress! At 3 years to 50, I am much too old for a futon. I slept on one for a few weeks, this fall, and it was as you said: I woke up with aching joints, saying ow ow ow.

I know you don't have money, but maybe something will work out. A bed is so kind to the old bones.
Dec. 31st, 2009 04:38 am (UTC)
I will keep my ears and eyes open. maybe a fairy godmother will bring me one for my birthday. they say if you want something, make room for it in your life. does that mean I should give away my futon..? I do still like sleeping up there sometimes.
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