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[signal boost] Save Dave's House

Later Edit: Hi! If you're reading this story for the first time, you'll note that the "what you can do" info is a little sparse, so here are information on donations and the auction and repostable code to share Dave's story or auction info with your friends. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions, in comments or by PM.

Thank you for reading, and for helping us save Dave's home. -PL, 10/26/09


I have this friend; his name is Dave.

Dave is one of the best people that I know.

Dave is going to lose his house this winter, because of a story that's probably so familiar to you by now that you can sing the words.

Dave bought the business he worked for, which was thriving, before the events of last year crashed the economy like a bumper car. (He runs a courier service, the kind that mostly big corporate clients need...and a lot of those were gone, last year, and a lot more were cutting expenses until they figured out what was going to happen.)


Dave - like someone I am sure nearly every American knows at this point - is one of those people who was driving along doing the speed limit when the people driving the economy started turning up the radio and getting drunk at the wheel. It took a year of working himself nearly to death, but the business is back on track. It's doing well enough that Dave can again afford to hire another person coming up soon.

But in the process of keeping the business afloat, Dave has gotten behind on the mortgage. The house and the land are not in foreclosure yet, but it's coming.

Let me tell you about Dave's house.

Dave has a house on top of a bluff with seven-plus acres down below. Over the past 10+ years, Dave and his ex-wife and me and a whole host of our friends have turned the field into one of my favorite places on earth. Dave's field has a bar. Dave's field has a stage. Dave's field has twelve campsites cut into the perimeter, so people can camp down by the creek.

Abe the blind dog lives at Dave's house. In the field he can run around like he can see; there's nothing there to hurt him.

Used to be, the last Saturday of every month we had a party out at Dave's. The recession didn't kill that, but it put it into recess. We were all hopeful. And then we get the word from Dave. The house isn't foreclosed upon yet, but it's coming; the last Last Saturday Party on Dave's land is set for Halloween.

***

Dave would never ask you, the Internet, or us, his friends on and off the web, for help. It took his ex-wife and other friends of the party to tell us what we lacked to save the house and the land.
Seven thousand dollars.

***

Dave is not a traveling bard. Dave is not a master wordsmith. But Dave is one of the good people. One who held on and tried to keep making it work in circumstances beyond his control. Dave's the kind of guy who will give and give and give and give and never ask, ever.

So we, his friends, are asking for him. Not just for Dave, but for all of us. Dave's land is a sacred place, in the usage that means "set apart." We have all made it that way. The thought that this might all get buried and sold off at auction for want of so little - for want of seven hundred good-hearted people with ten dollars to spare - makes me sick.

But Internet, I have faith in you.

***

Can you help us?

save_dave is open. There will be auctions; local friends as well as friends online are getting items together.

For now: boost signal. And if you can, donate.

A CPA friend of Dave's is taking the donations, which should go via paypal to sabrina.k.swafford in the direction of gmail dot com. Use the header "Save Dave's House", & send it as a gift donation. Sabrina will be keeping us posted on our progress.

Here is my promise to you: any of you who help here and, in future, are passing through my part of the world on the last Saturday of the month will be my guest...and I will tip your bartender for you. And you will see how it is that we have all created this place of beauty and joy and respite out in rural Tennessee, and you will see that it is good.

Tell your friends, friends of mine. Ask them if they'll help us save Dave's house. I'll have five Snake God's Preferred raspberry cakes in the auction, come time. If you'd like to donate items, tell me. If you know an eccentric millionaire who keeps seven grand in her bathrobe pocket, please advise. Whatever you can do, I ask that you do - for my friend, who to you is an anonymous stranger, who does not deserve to lose it all for such a little thing.

In love, gratitude and never-ending hope,
popelizbet

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teaberryblue
Oct. 20th, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
Here via karnythia.

I make comics-- you can see some of them in my lj. I'd be happy to offer up to three separate single-page (8 1/2 x 11 on heavyweight paper) comics or single drawings for auction, shipping included, of a subject of the buyers' requests, if you think it would help.
popelizbet
Oct. 20th, 2009 02:52 pm (UTC)
Oh my , you are amazing. Yes, yes, thank you, yes.

If you haven't ever done an LJ auction before, go check out con_or_bust's archive to kind of see how the formatting looks and bidding works. I'm going to try to get the auction live by teh end of the week, but I have to get the community filled out, etc..
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recumbentgoat
Oct. 20th, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
I just sent a paypal donation to sabrina. good luck to Dave!!
popelizbet
Oct. 20th, 2009 03:01 pm (UTC)
Oh darlin'. Thank you.

You ever decide you need a weekend of solitude in the Tennessee hills - we have toilet facilities - just kickin' it down by the creek, you holler at me and I'll make it happen.
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popelizbet
Oct. 20th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
Jimmy, you're a prince. <3
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boomstick
Oct. 20th, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
Here via playdur. I donated a little bit. I wish I could've given more. I wish Dave and his family the best of luck!
popelizbet
Oct. 20th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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popelizbet
Oct. 20th, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC)
woot woot! Any of your SG ladies might want to donate a signed prints, or something?
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iolarah
Oct. 20th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
here via karnythia as well. I've donated a bit. I'd love to see some photos of the place! It sounds wonderful. I hope you're able to raise enough.
popelizbet
Oct. 20th, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I am digging up LSP pictures, and I'll be out there at the end of the month...I may just send my local connection out there to snap some pics.
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popelizbet
Oct. 20th, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
Indeed, indeed! Auction will be go by the end of the week if I have my way, and items are flooding in. :D
thegreenyear
Oct. 20th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
i shall make cheesecake brownies! let me know the proper way to go about it?
popelizbet
Oct. 20th, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)
Go look at the "baked goods" tag on con_or_bust to see how the auction process has been handled before (we had a lot of baked goods in that one and in saveours00j. As soon as I get Evan on the horn, we'll get the auction swinging.
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popelizbet
Oct. 20th, 2009 05:05 pm (UTC)
<3 <3 <3 winnn. I'll be hitting you back. :D
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bunnymcfoo
Oct. 20th, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure what it'll bring in, but I have a copy of The Lord of the Rings: The Making of the Movie Trilogy that has been signed by David Wenham, Billy Boyd, and Dominic Monaghan that I'd be willing to auction off. It probably won't bring in much, but who knows?
popelizbet
Oct. 20th, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)
Oh wow. That is awesome, thank you.

If you haven't done an lj auction before, go glance around con_or_bust to see how one looks, adn I'll be in touch with you by the end of the week.
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seserakh
Oct. 20th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
Here via playdur. Wish I could have sent more, but I sent what I could.

I'm actually from Tennessee. What part of the state is the house in? :3
hnmic
Oct. 20th, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
He's out in Springfield off the Sulfur Fork Creek.
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kythryne
Oct. 20th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
When you're ready for auctions, I'll contribute a custom key pendant. (Examples: http://wyrdingstudios.com/search.php?q=vintage+key&Search=Search ) Winner to pick their favorite from my large stock of antique keys, or if they have a key that they'd like me to wrap, that works too.
popelizbet
Oct. 20th, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, Kyth, awesome, thank you love. <3
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girlpirate
Oct. 20th, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
Here via playdur. I donated some money, but I'd also like to donate some of my handmade jewelry. How do I go about this? Thanks!
popelizbet
Oct. 20th, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow, thank you!

If you've never done an LJ auction before, go glance around the archive at con_or_bust, to see how people usually structure them; there are tags on that comm specifically for jewelry if you'd like to check those. I'll be in touch with everyone who has offered items by the end of the week.
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sceneasfuck
Oct. 20th, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
i don't have any spare $$$ to donate, but what i can donate is something sewn - either a dress or a handbag. i'm thinking a handbag would probably bring more, just because selling clothes online is kind of a pain, esp with sizing and stuff. but you tell me. i'd like to help if i can :)
popelizbet
Oct. 20th, 2009 10:17 pm (UTC)
Dude, handbag YES. Thank you soooo much. We'll link to lladybird and all if you want so you get some pluggage out of it. (You've experienced Dave's house, you know how awesome it is.)
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twilight2000
Oct. 20th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
That's the kind of community building that should be supported - I can't donate money (also out of work) but can donate some handmade jewelry - let me know how (all sterling and stones - lapis, amethyst and the like)
popelizbet
Oct. 20th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, that is awesome, you are awesome, thank you.

If you've never done an LJ auction before, go check out the archive at con_or_bust to kind of see how they're structured; think about what you'd like to donate and a fair start bid, and I will be in touch with everyone by the end of the week.
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popelizbet
Oct. 20th, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
Indeed! You are ever in our part of the world, you holler, we'll go down and have a drink by the creek.
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sykobabble
Oct. 20th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
Hi complete stranger! I'm here via the above posting girlpirate. I don't have a paypal account or anything, are any of Dave's friends trusting enough to email a folk an address I could send a money order to?
popelizbet
Oct. 20th, 2009 10:29 pm (UTC)
We have one of those, and I would be happy to do it; it went out in the local-info post, but I didn't think Ms. Swafford would want her address floating around the reposteration.

Thank you so very much; look for a PM from me in a minute.
tabbyfoo
Oct. 20th, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
If you can, try to get someone to do one of those thermometer things. It was so awesome to see how much @wilw raised for the dog walk a few weeks ago...

I would like to give but don't have it to spare right now. Best of luck, though!
popelizbet
Oct. 20th, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
Indeed! Now that we have a first day's total, I am going to set one of those up. Thanks for the well wishes and the signal boost.
mitrian
Oct. 20th, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC)
Here via tanyad. I'll happily donate a skein or few of handspun yarn to the auction, or a couple of small crocheted items if I have time (though school is eating all my time lately, so likely just the yarn)....
popelizbet
Oct. 20th, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
Yarn is fabulous and you are awesome. Thank you.

If you've never done an lj auction before, check out con_or_bust to see how one looks. Think of a fair start bid, and I'll be in touch with you and everyone offering to donate auction items before the end of the week.
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dances_withcats
Oct. 20th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
Money, I don't have much of right now--busy trying to get my own financial house in order. HOWEVER, as a "pet whisperer," I'm happy to donate to the auction a 1-hour animal communication session, valued at $75.

If you're curious about what your animal companion is thinking, if you're dealing with a behavior or health problem, or you're just curious, I will provide a one-hour communication session by phone or e-mail (and if you happen to live somewhere in coastal or downeast Maine, I can even come to your house) and ask your pet any questions you want answered. They can range from the entirely practical to the utterly woo-woo ... if you want more info as you're setting up the auction, you can e-mail me at janea at paws-and-effect dot com.
popelizbet
Oct. 20th, 2009 10:36 pm (UTC)
I have seen your sessions before, I believe, in other auctions. Thank you bunches for the offer, I'll be in touch by the end of the week. <3 <3 <3
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utterfolly
Oct. 20th, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
Donated - wish I had anything to contribute to the auction, but I can't think of a darn thing. I'll be sending good vibes though.
popelizbet
Oct. 20th, 2009 10:37 pm (UTC)
Good vibes rock, signal boost (especially once we get the auction going) rocks too. Thank you for your well-wishes.

Sabrina has seen the evening's total (post coming soon so I'm not spoiling anyone) and she says she has more hope today than she dreamed of yesterday. We can win this. :D
bluepebbles
Oct. 20th, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC)
Post it on Reddit.
popelizbet
Oct. 20th, 2009 11:07 pm (UTC)
I don't have an account; would you?
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kicktothehead
Oct. 20th, 2009 11:33 pm (UTC)
Here via karnythia. I donated a few bucks - I wish I could do more but I don't have any bidable skills and I'm going to school so money is tight.

I hope you guys make your goal. Dave's house sounds amazing!
popelizbet
Oct. 20th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much; every little bit counts. When auctions get going, we'll need signal boost, and all help is appreciated. :D
haddassah
Oct. 21st, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
My husband, he listened to me read this. His name is also Dave. He said, "We can't give ten, but we can give twenty." In this day and age, where good people are losing everything due to the acts of not so good people, we have been very lucky and we know it. We also send our love and best wishes.

Edited at 2009-10-21 12:28 am (UTC)
popelizbet
Oct. 21st, 2009 01:23 am (UTC)
Oh, y'all. Oh. Thank you so much. <3
slinksgirl
Oct. 21st, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
I don't know if it would help at all, but I am willing to donate 7 lbs of homemade buckeyes (a candy we Ohioans love to make), which can easily be split up into separate "orders" or whatever the right word is. I can also donate 5 jars of homemade vanilla hot chocolate mix with fresh marshmallows.
popelizbet
Oct. 21st, 2009 01:26 am (UTC)
Oh wow. Oh, thank you. (I know what buckeyes are, and they are delicious.)

You can do things for set donations or as auctions; there's some info up at the community & my auction is up, if you want to take a look (I have a multi-baked-good auction up). If you don't feel you can handle doing the auction post yourself (it's not too hard, but everyone has time commitments), let me know and hnmic and I will manage it for you.
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