Creative Homelessness

People become homeless for many reasons. My husband was homeless when I first met him. It caused quite a ruckus when my friends found out, but that’s another story.

This story is about a handy man named Dan, who lives on the Puget Sound in Washington State. I don’t know why he is homeless, what I do know comes second hand from the good folks at the local watering hole/grocery store near Dan’s current home.

We first became aware of Dan when he built his first floating domicile a few years ago, before I carried a “Smart” phone. I regret I did not capture its unique image. Or the “tool shed” he made out of a canoe tied between two alders—thirty feet above ground.

The floating “dome” became something of a tourist attraction. People parked along the spit and took pictures.

A few of the neighbors, outraged over the “house boat” ruining their waterfront view, took it upon themselves to remove it from the area.

The rest of the neighborhood rallied behind Dan. Even the local grocer allowed him to store his tools on their property in exchange for maintenance.

The first big winter storm destroyed the “dome”.

This summer, Dan out did himself.

Who wouldn't want to spend their summer in a floating tee pee?

Who wouldn’t want to spend their summer in a floating tee pee?

Part of the attraction is what will he do next?

Every floating home needs a little art work on display.

Every floating home needs a little art work on display.

We nicked named the art, Sasquatch. But Sasquatch didn’t stay for long.

With this kind of a view, who wouldn't want a deck with umbrella?

With this kind of a view, who wouldn’t want a deck with umbrella?

As you can see from the flags, Dan is a Seattle Seahawks fan.

Then Dan went upscale. This one clogged the two lane road across the spit.

Out with the tee pee and in with the Coleman Apache.

Out with the tee pee and in with the Coleman Apache.

In mid-August our first major storm with 2-inches of rain and 35-mile-per-hour winds with gusts up to 50-miles-per-hour.

The little Coleman that could. . .

The little Coleman that could. . .

The tee pee would never have survived.

Who knew a pop-up trailer could double as a house boat?

Who knew a pop-up trailer could double as a house boat?

The pop-up survived to tell the tale.

We’re looking forward to next year.

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About Fannie Cranium

Writing since she could first hold a pen, Tracy Perkins formed her alter ego, "Fannie Cranium" at the suggestion of her husband. Tracy understands smiling makes people wonder what she’s been up to.
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4 Responses to Creative Homelessness

  1. Dave says:

    Is this a true story? Seems like it’s separate from the Fannie Cranium multiverse!

    Like

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