May 21st, 2007
|08:36 am - Panhandling for rent, and how my website is less efficient than flat-out asking|
Last Tuesday, Maggie and I were having a discussion about panhandling, particularly that I'd done it in the past when short of cash for rent, and I had successfully made rent that month by shaking a cup on High Street.
She indicated that I really shouldn't panhandle (I think she thinks it's dangerous or something), but I pointed out that not only did it work, but it actually got me more cash than I needed.
Then I indicated the sad truth: Panhandling on High Street for an hour and a half had earned me more cash than the PayPal donation jar on my website has brought in in the past year. (For the record, the total as of last Tuesday was "$0.00").
The donation button, of course, is right on the front page of my site, but due to not wanting to appear like a complete whore (I'm fine with being a partial whore), I haven't put it on every page. In fact, it only appears on a couple of pages total.
Recently, though, I received a donation through it, and I was informed that this donation was for "Gas money + food money you punk ass bitch". And I am now forced to say that my website's tip jar has suddenly become more lucrative than panhandling.
On the other hand, the panhandling was demonstrably more efficient, seeing as I earned $25 in two hours on High Street and the PayPal account has been up for over a year.
It is amazing how your options open up when you're particularly low on cash, what you're willing to do to keep your head above water.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: amused
Current Music: "Jolly Mon Sing", -JB
I wonder how well that would work here. The big thing with a lot of my friends was selling blood. Maybe I should try that...
I've thought about busking on occasion. I could stand outside Molly Branigan's & sing Celtic folk tunes. That seems more like working than just panhandling, although either would probably be more lucrative than sitting around waiting for the damn temp agency to call.
There was a guy who used to come into the leather shop who for a while was making his living by panhandling in New York. He'd drive up for a few days every month, sleep in his car & panhandle around on the subway or street corners. He'd make $600 or so in 3 or 4 days & that was his rent & grocery money for the month.