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From the Ted Talk by Becky Blanton: The year I was homeless

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Nighttime tepreumrtaes in the van reraly deppord below 80 degrees Fahrenheit, making it difficult or impossible to sleep. Food rtoetd in the heat. Ice in my ice chest melted within huros, and it was pretty miserable. I couldn't afford to find an apartment, or couldn't afford an apartment that would allow me to have the ritlwoteer and the cat. And I refused to give them up, so I stayed in the van. And when the heat made me too sick to walk the 50 feet to the public restroom outside my van at nhgit, I used a bucket and a trash bag as a toilet.

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Nighttime ____________ in the van ______ _______ below 80 degrees Fahrenheit, making it difficult or impossible to sleep. Food ______ in the heat. Ice in my ice chest melted within _____, and it was pretty miserable. I couldn't afford to find an apartment, or couldn't afford an apartment that would allow me to have the __________ and the cat. And I refused to give them up, so I stayed in the van. And when the heat made me too sick to walk the 50 feet to the public restroom outside my van at _____, I used a bucket and a trash bag as a toilet.

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  1. dropped
  2. temperatures
  3. rotted
  4. hours
  5. night
  6. rottweiler
  7. rarely

Original Text

Nighttime temperatures in the van rarely dropped below 80 degrees Fahrenheit, making it difficult or impossible to sleep. Food rotted in the heat. Ice in my ice chest melted within hours, and it was pretty miserable. I couldn't afford to find an apartment, or couldn't afford an apartment that would allow me to have the Rottweiler and the cat. And I refused to give them up, so I stayed in the van. And when the heat made me too sick to walk the 50 feet to the public restroom outside my van at night, I used a bucket and a trash bag as a toilet.

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