Article / HelpInLA / Tucker May

7 Ways to Make Living Out of a Car Bearable — HelpInLA — Day 18

1. Act like a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle

It is strange and a bit unsettling to have your whole world travel with you at all times.  At this point, though, I’ve formed a kind of protective bond with my car. I feel secure when I’m inside of it — kind of like a turtle. Rather than fight the comparison, though, I’ve decided to embrace it by wearing green tights, an eye-hole mask, and spinning on my back on a piece of cardboard in a dark alley.

Seriously considering getting nun-chucks.

2. Have a thick pillow

I have two pillows in my regular apartment. I chose to bring the thicker one. Sometimes my brilliance and foresight amazes me.

3. Take lots of walks

Great way to stretch the legs. Sometimes, just a time-killer. Either way, I’ve spent a lot of time this month closely inspecting flowers and trees.

4. Make sure March Madness is happening

Since the bracket was announced Sunday, I have done very little with my free time beside reading articles, opinions, and predictions about this year’s tournament. It’s shockingly easy to get swept up into other worlds when your own is very small and unimpressive. (I think I would live in various movie theaters for the entire month if my daily budget allowed it.) I don’t know who will win the Big Dance this year, but I can predict with near certainty that I will get WAYYY into it. I can’t wait.

5. Be shorter than I am

I’m not sure I’m going to be able to pull this one off.

6. Have a trash can

I learned early on that it’s difficult to keep a car tidy while also living out of it. There are a few things that would have made excellent housewarming gifts when I moved in at the beginning of the month (even though I didn’t receive any *cough cough*):

  • A trash can
  • Those
  • Paper towels
  • Dust Buster (still don’t have one, but a fella can dream)

7. Stretch every day

Stretching has become an important part of my daily routine. It can get cramped at times, living out of a standard sized sedan. (Who’da thunk it?) I usually stretch at least once in the middle of the night. If I don’t, my legs don’t so much fall asleep as fall into a Rip Van Winkle-esque semi-permanent coma.

So there you have it! Helpful (and possibly a little crazy) tips!

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