Lawns to Gardens Episode 4: Homeless Survival Tips

December 22, 2007 at 6:18 pm 8 comments

DD Desade - Homeless In Portland

In this episode, we head out with Railer guitarist DD Desade who lived on the streets of Portland for eight months. More and more people will be adding to the streets as Peak Oil kicks poor people in the teeth even harder. It is a worldwide problem.

DD is an entertaining tour guide for the ultimate in street living and homeless survival tips. Watch and learn! He told me he had absolutely nothing to his name. He ate out of trash cans. He begged for money. And he was free.

He was free from any responsibility – and if he could tolerate the cold and wet conditions, he could survive and just get drunk all day. It was bittersweet – and he knows over five Iraq veterans who have taken the same path – choosing freedom and drugs/alcohol over rejoining society.

Maybe some of the homeless are just trying to work things out and they will figure out ways to deal with their pain. For now, why don’t you watch this 15 minute documentary on Homeless Survival Tips. You might just learn something.

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kickaha  |  December 23, 2007 at 4:37 am

    Good episode. Showing the personal and concrete consequences of abstract things like peak oil and cancerous consumerism makes for compelling viewing.

    May I suggest a topic for a future episode? During my internet research, I’ve found that a lot of the “weeds” growing in my yard (the part that’s not a garden) are not only edible, but good for you. Maybe you could show people how to stay alive until they finally get their own gardens going?

  • 2. Jeremy  |  December 23, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    Yeah, good episode. I think we should get fruit and nut trees going in as many spots as possible and use the fruit and nuts to augment the food banks, which rarely get fresh fruit.

  • 3. oilycassandra  |  January 11, 2008 at 12:11 am

    i learned a lot! thanks for caring enough to make this happen. please cut a 4 min version for youtube. it may not be as good, but more will see it;

    by any means necessary…

  • 4. Portlander  |  January 26, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    I spent time in Portland as a kid eating out of trash cans and getting high and stoned, and it wasn’t bad. But, and it’s a big but, I’m not young any more. My idea of freedom now would be to move to a warm 3rd world country and get the heck out of the rampant consumerism that is eating America’s heart and soul.


  • 5. How Well Are You Surviving? « Lawns to Gardens  |  October 27, 2008 at 9:20 am

    […] hope so. We have it pretty good here in America, even if we are homeless. There sure are a lot of us people on planet earth, aren’t there? It seems we hardly get […]

  • 6. BEnOliver  |  June 5, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    So/so episode. Too much cheesy music / filler and not enough straight, penetrating, in-depth questions. Sex work? Homeless travel? More on how exactly to find work. Street romance, street philosophy, more on what we do to pass our time in the streets etc etc. Town vs country living. The list goes on.

    A step in the right direction and I give you credit for touching on a whole way of life that has scant coverings but the whole 30 minute intro seemed like a waste of time and I really wish you would’ve offered him money for sex at the end of it all. Ahahah just kidding! He was cute though. Except for that nasty cigarette, yuck.

  • 7. BEnOliver  |  June 5, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    (*30 second*…heh, guess it really did seem long to me.)

  • 8. peakoilboy  |  June 6, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Ben, I had to cut out the part where Dave gave head for a donut. I will release the director’s cut one day on DVD


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