I am very proud to say that I took the first shower on Lava Mae’s mobile shower bus.
Yesterday was our test run day outside the Mission Neighborhood Resource Center, before we start our regular Saturday service this weekend. Other than every challenge and possible problem imaginable, I think it went pretty smoothly!
First our fire hose, connecting our bus to the fire hydrant for water, was too short from our reserved parking spaces. So we decided, with some chutzpah, to double park our big blue bus - not so discreet. Managed to charm the meter maid though. Then we couldn’t connect to the fire hydrant without spraying water everywhere. Took us about 20 minutes to figure out that a water heater won’t turn on if the propane tank isn’t open. Our bus setup took closer to three hours than 30 minutes, so we had to push back all our morning showers. We couldn’t start the bus to move it when someone wanted to move a car we blocked in. The neighbors yelled at us for blocking their space.
After all that, I decided I needed a shower. So I took our first shower, and washed some of that stress away. I danced to the radio music piped in through speakers, and scrubbed my sweaty, stressed out self clean.
Here I am - tired, but clean! - with the amazing Deandra from the MNRC, holding our very first shower sign up sheet. She was a champ, working with us every time I ran into to push back the first showers to 10am, then 11am, then 1pm, then 2pm.
And the ever fearless and fabulous Laura Guzman, MNRC Executive Director, stood by our side the entire day, keeping us cool, talking us down, and watching our backs.
So I’m happy to announce that, with the help and support of the MNRC, we did it. We gave our first showers. We are learning, growing, pushing, and fighting - one shower at a time.