Putting My Money Where My Heart Is

So I went a little bid crazy Sunday after biking to the benefit for Trader Joe’s employee Adam Authier who needs money to help combat the mounting medical bills for his recovery from the massive injuries he sustained from a hit-and-run accident while he was cycling home from work near the end of February.

Upon arrival I readily threw the suggested donation into the pot and then hung out for a bit snacking on the fine spread of snackables, listening to musical and acting performances and chatting and perusing the items in the silent auction. In doing the latter I figured what the hell and I bid on several items,  a “Design your own 24 t-shirts,” a handmade book and a wonderful ink, pencil and watercolor of the Shakespeare Bridge in the Franklin Hills donated by Martini Republic’s Joseph Mailander:


The call came yesterday from Adam’s coworker and auction organizer Sonia with the congratulations that I was the winner of  the shirts and the sketch, but not the book — and thank goodness for that small favor. I mean it’s not like my disposable income is at an all-time high… and while I didn’t delay in biking over to Silver Lake TJ’s to settle up last night in hindsight I wish I’d been a bit less enthusiastic at the auction tables.

But what the hell, it’s going to someone who needs the money much more than I do right now, and to show for it I’ve got a nice piece of original art and the fun of figuring out what I want to do with the design of those two dozen shirts.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with laonstage.com, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."