Bivy Test

Into the wilderness… of my shower.

22 ounces of durable, stormproof shelter. Hell yes.

For over a week now I’ve been focused on lead gen at work: email campaigns, calling, networking, reaching out to strategic contacts, re-engaging existing customers… the works. But today I made a tangible step forward in planning for next month’s adventure. I received a 22 oz sack of waterproof goodness.

A hooped bivy sack. This will be my shield against the elements. It’s super lightweight, made of breathable fabric, and has a built-in hooped rod that gives the head area some breathing room.

Now to see if this thing really works…

I pulled the bivy out of it’s packaging and laid it out on the floor. It’s green and small and awesomely stealthy. I climbed inside it and took a few minutes to adjust to my immediate reduction in space. Turning from side to side is a bit of a challenge, but it’s manageable.

Now for the real test. 

While staying in the bivy, I rolled and twisted my way to a standing position and hopped my way into the shower. Cranking the water up to full blast, I quickly pulled my arm back in and zipped the bivy up tight. As the water cascaded down the front of the bivy, I took comfort in seeing it essentially bounce right off the ToddTex layer. The back side seemed to hold up just as well.

But what about getting truly soaked?

Still good! I laid down in the tub, turned around in a pool of water and still, no problems. This thing is great! As long as I take care to protect it from tears and mildew I should be in good shape.

Today I made the decision to post my plans on Facebook. When it came time to press “Post” I hesitated… do I really want all of my friends to know about this? Do I really want to invite judgment and criticism? Am I truly committed to doing this?

Yes. (to all of the above)

I pressed “Post” and awaited what I assumed would be a deluge of angry comments about using the word “homeless” and “me” in the same sentence.


Maybe it was OK. Maybe people understood where I was coming from. Maybe this wasn’t such a big deal after all. For an uncomfortable 30 minutes I held my breath and waited.

And then it began…

Comments ranged from “insensitive” and “offensive” all the way to “interesting” and “crazy!”

My favorites include:

You are absolutely insane and it’s awesome. Well done, sir. Excited to follow along!”


“In case an emergency cookie situation arises: 
You can walk up to the front desk of any DoubleTree hotel (24/7/365) and ask for a cookie. 

They will give you (any number) of WARM, delicious chocolate chip cookies from a special warming oven under the desk.

You’re on your own for the milk, though.”

There were also a number of legitimate questions about the implementation of this plan. Hygiene, safety, showering, meals, winter… all very valid items to consider and address thoughtfully. I’ll go into more detail on those points in later posts, though I’m still working on the whole “winter” situation.

For now, my primary concern is not giving my mom a heart attack.

On a lighter note, a friend sent me the following (along with a great deal of similarly themed memes.)

Weird stuff guy

It’s true.

The email reads…

Subject Line: Soo….. I’m in need of a roommate!

Hey work friends!

My roommate and myself found out a little bit ago that our 3rd roommate is moving out. So I just wanted to get the word out to you guys as see if you knew anyone needing a place to live this year.
Here is just about all of the post that I’ve been posting:
We are two young female professionals in need of a 3rd roommate (male or female) Looking for someone in their 20’s who is easy-going, fun, and likes to hang out and go on adventures. 

Our place is on the blah blah blah, about a 15 minute walk from blah blah
We live on the 2nd floor of a 3 floor/family house that is in between blah and blah.
Rent is $600 plus utilities. No pets. Lease starts 9/1
End of email.

$600 + utilities?! That’s less than 1/3 of what I’m paying for my apartment. I must admit, this made me consider bailing on the whole me-going-homeless thing.

This is why it’s crazy not to accept the offer:

  1. The rent is literally less than 1/3 of what I’m paying now
  2. I’d be able to keep all my stuff
  3. It’s located close to my work
  4. I’d be able to buy groceries/perishables and store them
  5. I’d have private space, my bed, and a place to have people over to

Seriously, those are 5 pretty compelling reasons to take the offer.




This is why I’m not taking it:

  1. Being homeless is $600 + utilities / month cheaper
  2. I have room for the things I need to live and be happy (turns out… it’s not much)
  3. Being homeless means I can sleep close to my work
  4. I can buy perishables in small quantities and consume shortly thereafter
  5. I’ll adjust to a reduction in private space and can go over to other peoples places

And a myriad of other reasons which I won’t get into detail on now (e.g., going homeless makes you consider your lifestyle choices, what you spend your time doing, etc.).


So… tempting offer oh ye siren of hospitality… but nay, I decline!