I was shocked by the memories I had, reading about Apache Savage's eviction yesterday. My husband and I moved to California a few years ago when he lost his job in Dallas. I had just graduated from college, and we set out for San Francisco, where an empty house awaited us. His father and step-mother said we could stay there until we got back on our feet. Then, in February, after only 7 months, we got an email from her, letting us know we had two weeks to get out. I had been working under the table for a jeweler, and had just gotten a real job with benefits and taxes and whatnot. He still couldn't get hired at Safeway, where they eyed unemployed engineers with the knowledge that they didn't really want to unload pallets or run a cash register. We fled to his maternal grandmother's house, where we lived in their attic, and I lost 40 pounds from the stress of all the yelling and cursing. When we moved out to a real apartment of our own, close to my birthday, it was the best present I'd gotten in years.
Times have been hard for a while now. Stability is something I now know to be rare and precious when you land in it. Over the past few years, we've paid down our debts and been able to enjoy dinners out again and a trip or two. We still rent, because I cannot get over my horror at owing someone a half a million dollars for a home that's worth a fraction of that amount. And this is all what passed through my mind, reading Mr E's proposal for a book, to generate funds for people going through tough times. Someday, I will manage to wrest a chapter or two out of that story (among others). But for now, I know I can do something else to help, with this portfolio I've been lugging around all these years, across the Rio Grande and back and forth over the Peninsula. I can put it up for sale.
The charity auction for out of luck Open Saloners starts now. If you would like to participate, please let me know when you've started your auction, and your piece will be linked here. Let's use the internet for something productive, just for a little bit, to see how it feels. PM me with your link to join in. And please, be kind... this is the first piece I've sold since I was in high school!
To bid on this ring/pendant, click here.