to the gentleman who saw me carrying my door, and offered me a ride. I’m very glad I accepted, and very grateful for your help! Everyone reading this, be aware that Rich who worked his way up from the bottom in a shipyard, has a wife who is a genius at stained glass, web design, and quilting, plus two daughters, eleven grandchildren, and a neighbor who is lucky to be alive after trying to fix a live socket without turning it off, has earned the best of good karma today. Above and beyond anything, it made me really happy that people are so willing to take some time and help. Rich, if you’re reading this, I hope you find your shoe store.
Children, you should of course not accept rides from strangers. Introduce yourselves at the beginning of the ride, talk about shared interests, and always, always thank the person for not kidnapping you when they let you off.
that carrying a door home from the hardware store on my head has been one of my more entertaining ventures. I decided not to carry it the six miles to my studio tonight. It happens to be a little windy.
The door itself is very light, which is rather the problem. It creates the effect of, without the structure of, an unmotorized aircraft. Weighting it down with wheels and a home on top should alleviate its aerodynamic tendencies, however.
Somewhat unrelated: bus drivers express reasonable concern over ferrying large unwieldy objects that intrude on the personal space of other passengers.
Perfectly unrelated: would anyone be willing to volunteer a large van and driver tomorrow?
Sarah Cloutier is a senior Illustration student at Pacific Northwest College of Arts. Her senior thesis is the start of a much larger project: providing miniature mobile homes to homeless people. She hopes that these homes will grant not just dry, secure shelter, but autonomy, confidence, and a foothold from which to work up to even more. They are largely practical beasts; they contain only the minimum space required for a bed, stove, sink, and storage. However, they are also gorgeously and whimsically decorated, as a statement to the community at large: these are human beings, as proud of their homes and themselves as anyone.
I’ll be posting the old designs for a while, starting this blog off with a gentle walk through how I actually came to this project. However, I thought I’d let people know that I printed off the first brochures tonight, and will be starting the first home this weekend, most likely. Depends on if I can get the axle I want locally.
There’s no real sign-up sheet yet, there’s no official business plan or even an official business, but there’s six people who signed my presentation notes asking for a home. I’ll be talking to my first person from the city council sometime in the next month or two, looks like: Peter knows who I ought to talk to, and will arrange a meeting. I should email him to remind him.
Hurdle #1: staying in touch with interested parties.