Sunday, December 21, 2014

Auto Repair Glass Company in Oldsmar, Florida Helps The Homeless

There are a few things I see much of here in Tampa Florida. Two of these things are broken windshields and homeless people.

My current boss, Rob Arnold, has figured out a way to help solve both of these problems. Rob owns a local auto glass repair company in Oldsmar, Florida, that he calls "fix my quack". Armed with his ability to hire people, Rob uses his power to help make Oldsmar a better place to live for everyone by, you guessed it, hiring homeless people. He uses what he has available to him to make a difference, and it pays off.

Rob will tell you, as he has me told me, that he has never been what you would consider a "street sleeper". He has never had to deal with a life that depends on the "help cup". However, Rob has seen his share of the local homeless here in Oldsmar and elsewhere. Rob will also tell you that his experiences with the homeless have led him to a lack of sympathy for the homeless. He runs on empathy and understanding. A thought process I wish more people (including myself) would learn to run off. Rob is proof to me that you do not need the have sympathy to play your part in making the world a better place. Understanding will do the trick.

Rob has a lot going for him too. Rob hired me on the spot, knowing I was homeless and not knowing that just a week before, a man at a sales job interview told me straight out that he would not hire me, simply because I was homeless. Rod rolled the dice on me, as he has done for several other homeless people.

Rolling the dice on a homeless person is not an easy thing to do. There is much Rob can loose in this act, time and money to name a few. However, he is relentless and continues to go against the grain. Because Rob does this he is actually helping take the homeless off the streets, which in turn make Oldsmar, Florida a more homeless friendly place. This then helps drive local business and residents, which in turn, makes Tampa, Florida in a much nicer place to live for everyone, the homeless and home-living people alike. All of this together makes America better and stronger and let's face it, currently, there is no lack of need for that cause.

Rob does not set out to change the world. If you ask him he will probably tell you he is just doing what he feels is the right thing to do. However, whether he likes it or not, he is changing the world. One helping hand at a time. I have to have respect for this man. I have to! Its hard to find support for the homeless cause without adding sympathy into the mix. Sympathy seems to me to be the most common characteristic on the topic. It's cool to see someone that's driven simply by understanding, an understand that says "In using the ability that I have to offer, in an effort to make life better for others, will result in a positive reaction". That's an idea I can stand behind, even without sympathy.

Recently I have said that no act of kindness is better than another. A small act of kindness can very easily have the same equal effect and outcome as a large act of kindness. I stand by that. When it comes to the actual "act" for doing right we should use what we have available to us. Me, I write blog posts. Some people make movies. Some people make food. Some people raise money. Some people collect clothing. Some people simply hand out donations. Rob uses his local business to provide jobs for homeless people.

For as much has all of these gifts are different, all are also the same. These are all acts of kindness that help transform America, and the world, into a better place. Also, they all produce positive results. Having a relentless attitude towards your good work will spark interest and open doors for you. Because Rob is relentless in his good work his business is going places. His business is not only growing but Rob is also becoming a community leader. A fine example to others that simply using your skills to do good things will, even against the grain, eventually lead you to a very fulfilling life. A life where you know you used your skills to helped others.  Because of that Rob is gaining a stronger ability to hire more people. Rob's business is still a small up and coming company. However, Rob will soon be opening larger operations inside the community, I hope to follow this. I know some of the players involved in his work. I think you might be shocked to see some of the people who have an eye on Rob do to his good work.

Use your skills. Do what you can. Be relentless about it. Don't be afraid to go against the grain. Help others, and big things will happen. That's just my IMO!

Monday, December 1, 2014


From Wiki:

"Homelessness is the condition of people without a regular dwelling. People who are homeless are most often unable to acquire and maintain regular, safe, secure, and adequate housing, or lack "fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence." The legal definition of "homeless" varies from country to country, or among different jurisdictions in the same country or region. The term homeless may also include people whose primary night-time residence is in a homeless shelter, a warming center, a domestic violence shelter, a vehicle (including recreational vehicles and campers),cardboard boxes, a tent, tarpaulins, or other ad hoc housing situations. American Government homeless enumeration studies also include persons who sleep in a public or private place not designed for use as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings."

Thank you for clearing that up Wiki!

Me... I agree, but only to a point! This is a weak definition of "Homelessness" as far as I can see. As I know it to be, homelessness is also a "state of mind ". Wiki has no definition for "state of homelessness".

To me "homelessness" is more a state of mind than anything else. Sure, not having a place to sleep is part of it. However, while in the state of mind, the "state of homelessness", things are much worse, much harder than described in this Wiki definition. 

Being homeless is not just about where to sleep. I think that after the first few nights sleeping outside it sort of becomes easy, as odd as that might sound. Homeless people finding a place to sleep is really not that hard. Its really just a matter of looking around and finding what you're comfortable with. Over the years you will be surprised what you find comfortable. Heck, after a few years on the streets I find I can now sleep just about anywhere. I can sleep through a train riding straight through my room. I can sleep in the car with no problem. Fall asleep at work - done!  I'll fall asleep right now, watch!

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Oh hey, sorry!

My point is this: homelessness is still not the black and white topic (as Wiki points out), as I said years ago. Homelessness is colorful and (in my eyes), and full of wonder. It's a state of mind. I believed I was homeless, so I was indeed, homeless. I believed it so much that I constantly tossed myself into that life the first very moment I felt I was going to be without a place to sleep. That's called the "homeless prep". It was only after I discovered this and made changes that I became what Wiki might call "Unhomelessness", lol! 

Today, as I predicted (read back if you must ), Homelessness is in the news more than ever, and for all the wrong reasons. Homelessness is as much a "state of mind" as is it a reality. The two go hand in hand and are equal, I believe. Homelessness is also a market (also something I stated before), and that's why it's in the top news today. Think about that for a second. The news, the laws, the money, the organizations, and the donations. I believe this topic IS the American backbone (whether good or bad). If it was not, then why is it on everyone's radar? Why is everyone acting on it? Why is it all over my Facebook news feed? Why is it constantly in the news now?

These are trying times for Americas. Coming from someone who has been there, I beg you to never look at homelessness in a black and white fashion. That's where the reality of homelessness begins and the sink starts. After awhile, Wiki will have something to say about you.

People, free your minds and always look up. Unless you're helping a homeless person up out of the gutter! 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Homeless No More! Me and My Beautiful Girlfriend!

 For all my many years down in the dump it seems God himself had bigger plans for me. LOL, nothing I ever planned for or set out to do, but as I have learned over the years, no matter how much you plan, you have to be ready for surprises. For example, you can plan a vacation trip and that might work out great, but in planning your life - well, get ready for the unexpected!

Today I did not expect to be better off AFTER a spree of homelessness than I was beforehand. I did not expect to be a nationally branded on/off line marketer. I did not expect to be making the money I am or drive the nice car a own. No, no! I expected, my life long plan to work, lol.

I was doing fine enough in life..... Then I was homeless for years. Now I'm doing better than I could have ever imagined!

I have so much to be grateful for. Particularly, that beautiful woman to your right.

Rose, the only woman I ever had in my life who didn't care if I was poor or well off. She is the only woman I have ever had in my life who simply loves me just because I'm me. She is my most biggest supporter and she is my best friend.

Unfortunately, I can't market her! Otherwise, I'd make sure we all have a Rose-type person in all our lives. Someone to love you unconditionally. NOPE, SORRY! This Rose is all mine!

I love you, Rose!
My unexpected, God granted, love!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Homeless America

It's a bit of the truth from where I stand.

Reading back through some of my older posts I begin to realize just how on-point I was about a lot of things, except my own life. Most definitely my post about Tampa Florida. Believe me, I wish I was wrong. I wish today I had no reason to write this post at all. I wish it was all different. I wish I was wrong about everything. And today I wish I never heard the words "homeless America" in my head.

Those two words - "Homeless America" - have led me back here and have compelled me to once again, take action. Why? Well, not that I'm an expert on the topic (plenty of people have lived on the bottom and have risen to the top), but because maybe my story here is not as finished as I thought. Maybe I have more to offer than "hey, I made it, thanks for reading". Or perhaps, I'm here again because I know so much of what it's like it wish for so much and never see it happen.

"Homeless America" - where did it come from? I think it came from my experiences in  the streets. The feeling I had as a homeless person trying to make it up. It came from realizing (after 5 years) at some point in my life the part of me that loves to self destruct. And I did just that! And that's what left me in the streets.

How do I relate that to "homeless America"? Easy! I relate America's present state to my thinking, as a homeless person. In my mind, the two are intertwined.

As a homeless person, I could not help it that every day I felt anger, anxiety, fear, shame, indignation, envy, confusion and hopeless.

And today, as an American, I can't help but feel anger, anxiety, fear, shame, indignation, envy, confusion and hopeless.

Its not a coincidence. I know these feelings well. I nearly drowned in these feelings for years while I slept on park benches night after night. No, I'm not an expert! I just feel that today, I know what it feels like to be homeless. I've been there, and I made it out! So I can relate, and I can speak!