I am planning a trip down to Austin for the spring to work on a series of large paintings I’ve been wanting to make. I will most likely make my start in a couple of weeks.
The way things stand at the moment is that I am not rich enough to sublet a room or stay at a hotel, but I have a loose network of friends I can stay with, each for a day or two, with a few Couchsurfing.org possibilities…but for an entire two-month stay, I may have a few days (maybe as many as 10-14) left unfilled.
I have considered the idea of having a sign or placard next to me as I am working, seeking a floor/couch to sleep on in case anyone who is observing me work might be able to help.
My main concern is how to word a sign so that an (imho) overzealous Austin police force would be more inclined to leave me alone than to give me any trouble.
I would think the simple sentence “Traveling Artist seeks temporary couch to sleep on, if you would like to help” might suffice, but I’m terribly worried that cops could and would misconstrue it as vagrancy/begging. I’ve lived there for a few years before, and I know what APD is capable of.
Does anyone take any issue with how I would word this sign? Do you have better suggestions on how to say it?
To be clear, I will be traveling with decent clothing – button down shirts, new(ish) clean jeans, even a suede sportcoat (if it gets cold) I never had much opportunity to wear until now. My plan is to keep my supplies and belongings at a storage unit during my stay, and I will be using anything at my disposal to try not to appear to be the technically homeless person I will be during this time.
I have personal work to do, and am not going down to Austin to loaf around.