Me and my homeboys had this conversation the other day talking about what homelessness in Horry County really is. Each of us had been on the street at some point, and it was fun hearing everybody speak from the heart. For privacy sake, I didn’t write anyone’s last name, plus all of the guys wanted to remain anonymous. But, they did say that if I was to publish our conversation to the blog, that they would probably take a picture. So, there may be a pic in the middle of this article sometime soon, whenever I catch back up with their crazy asses lol.
These are my boys Nate, Trent and Tee. We were all chilling out at the Aquarius at Trent’s room, and Nate, who is visiting from out of town, is talking to Trent (who was really tipsy) about him previously letting him live at his house. Tee and I were mostly listening to them go back and forth about how the average citizen mostly will walk past homeless people on the street and won’t do or say anything to them, either to help them out, or just greet them in a nice way. The fun conversation went like this…
Nate: Yup, there are certain levels of homelessness. And a lot of people just don’t understand that. You have the functional homeless in Myrtle Beach, which are people who will work and get by. Then, you have a homeless person who, although he may get by, he doesn’t have a place to stay.
Me: Okay, I feel you. But listen. I’ve been living in motels for years, and this is a fact. I’ve only had a few leases since I’ve been here. The local government classifies anyone who is living in a motel as homeless. My question is, do you think it’s fair to be classified as homeless if you’re paying rent, working a job, etc., just like anyone else who has a lease somewhere?
Nate: Well, this is how I feel about that situation. Like I said, me and my girl have a condo, and when I first moved here, I stayed in hotels. Remember Sailfish motel? Me and my girl met there at that hotel. She moved in with me in the motel. Everything I earned I got from not sitting around complaining, but from grinding. Now Trent, at the end of the week, if you don’t have any money to pay for this room, where will you be at?
Trent: My girl will pay for it…or somebody.
Me: I know what you getting at, Nate. My answer to that? Where would I be? The damn streets!
Nate: What I’m saying to you Trent is that, if you didn’t know me right now, you would probably be homeless. You gotta take me out of your head. I’m not always gonna be your backbone…
Me: Wait hold up, y’all, calm down. We all are cool here. We all work, and we all know one hand washes the other. You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours. No one is better than anyone else here…
Nate: No I feel you. But you wanted to know how I feel about being classified as homeless in Horry County, if I’m really not, and am paying weekly rent, right?
Nate: If a person is staying at a motel, he still has to get up, put his pants on, go to work, and come back and pay the same bills. The only difference between the bills at a leased home and the ones at a motel is that a motel had everything included, cable, lights, etc., and an apartment would have them all separated up. But I don’t think someone should be considered homeless on the Grand Strand, just because they are staying in a motel room.
Tee: Yeah. Just because they have to pay it at different times in the month, lights, internet, water, whatever. They still could probably be just one step away from being in Myrtle Beach homeless too, just like anybody living at a motel.
Me: I’ll tell you what…we may be considered homeless from living at a motel, but you can’t beat the view. Goddamn!!
At that moment, two really pretty ladies in swimsuits walked by right then on the sidewalk towards the strip, so we stopped recording the conversation to go holler at them. But, it was still cool to see how the fellas felt that day about what is really viewed as homeless in Myrtle Beach.