Lost home & business after lightning strike

Update posted by Neil Stevenson On Mar 27, 2019

After making it through the worst of winter, while being constantly bedeviled by mobility problems with m/bike that have since finally been remedied after weeks & months of frustration & luck with opportune jobs providing funds thereto; I am now facing eviction from the garage that THIS weekend (old Brexit day) with no conceivable place to move my effects to, nor a way to transport them there.

I have interpreted this reluctance of space to offer as there being no FREE spaces on offer, but had I been in a position to pay rent of sorts, this desert would soon become populated. Anyone who has been following my travails would be aware that life on the streets severely curtails my earning ability, particularly large commissions that require a dedicated, weatherproof space available at all-hours where I'm able to complete, usually, urgent jobs; and that selection of places is determined by electricity/WiFi access or simply an electricity outlet combined with my independent ability to provide mobile data, which comes at a considerable cost.

Life on the streets is deceptively expensive when you are trying to maintain a semblance of business activity viable. For instance, while the last few long-w/ends had offers of free generous data bundles, the unused portions evaporate once the offer ends and are not transferable. Food & drink are as you'd imagine in the circumstances, fast-food and rarely home-cooked, especially since my benefactor at 'home' left for the UK for a short break. WiFi access is not only contingent on beverage (coffee) purchases, but also dependent on ready access to a power outlet, and my solar powerpack has often helped in extremis.

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Update posted by Neil Stevenson On Jan 29, 2019

This year hasn't really started for me & nor has my motorbike. It used to bring me down to my friend's shop for internet access. After New Year, I have been confined to the garage & it took the mechanic 2 weeks to conclude that low-electrolyte in one cell caused the starting problems, and battery was duly charged. This helped for 3 days & led me to conclude that the bike is not charging the battery.

Mobility has now become my primary concern, since I've evidently survived the cold of winter outdoors; but getting supplies & internet access are increasingly hard as funds have run out & I cannot afford a rectifier/regulator (to charge battery) or a start booster for jump starts. I've managed to borrow jumper cables, but people understandably want access to them for their own use. When I don't have them, the alternative is to stand in the driving rain waiting for a kind soul to stop & give me a lift home, while lugging a 7kg laptop bag. Since there is not much nightly traffic, this usually takes 2 hours by which time I arrive 'home' soaking wet.

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Update posted by Neil Stevenson On Dec 16, 2018

My last 6 weeks have followed an unerringly identical routine. This has been largely constrained by a combination of factors, not least internet access which has been my traditional source of revenue as a freelance translator, but also mobility in winter weather (I ride a m/bike) and being as productive & unobtrusive as possible (I live in a small community). Since I have had no previous such experience, thankfully, I had no idea what would be possible.

After panning through the 'debris' of the last few weeks, certain nuggets have stubbornly remained in the pan. The loss of my mobile through the inadvertent 'bricking' of it has taken on a far larger significance than I had previously given that device. Many may find this odd, but I had a largely indifferent relationship with it & used it sparingly. Now in the absence of a reliable fixed line (I previously had 40Mbps via fibre) my independent revenue earning stream is severely curtailed as I usually need to work through the night for jobs with tight deadlines.

Had I not had annoying imperatives like feeding myself & putting petrol in the bike, I could just about afford a good one now; but it appears that I picked a poor time to become homeless against the backdrop of Brexit, with its hapless cast of characters & Christmas.


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