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After 323 days of giving, I naturally gravitate to things that are new or happen for the first time. Like on Sunday I shared with you a story about me giving my $10 to my dentist – which by the way I got lots of feedback that people don’t like to see teeth on my website! That was the first time I had given the money to someone in the medical field who saw me as a patient. On Day 317 I gave my $10 MSNBC morning host Willie Geist. It somehow mixes things up for me. Well today I have another “first” as I like to call them.
I was at a writing workshop that is put on a Borders Books at 18th and L Streets in DC. For six weeks we would meet and practice our writing. On this day, Trevor, an unemployed 32-year-old political campaign veteran showed up. He was very talented. At the end of the class the discussion turned toward my Year of Giving. “I’m unemployed and haven’t had dinner yet…I’ll take your ten bucks,” he said to me. I haven’t ever given to someone who has asked outright for it except for the homeless and street panhandlers. But I thought sure, why not.
He put a creative spin on his current employment situation. “I like to think of myself as between jobs…or funemployed…or maybe consulting or freelancing, or maybe I should just call myself an artist.” Most recently he was working on political campaigns for the Democratic Party. “I feel like my purpose is to write attack ads against Republicans.”
He’s got a plethora of work experience. He’s worked in a pornographic book store, has done screen writing and started a nonprofit. “That one gave me a nervous breakdown,” he said. “And it job taught me the difference between having a job and a mission. It’s not good to have a mission.” I’m not sure I agree with that…maybe I misunderstood what he was getting at.
Currently he is supporting himself with some photography. He lists Sally Mann of Virginia as a photographer that he appreciates. She’s got a book called the Deep South that was sitting on the chair next to him. Trevor offered to photograph the year-end celebration on December 14th…hopefully he’s willing to donate his services for that in the spirit of the project.
Check out some excerpts from my conversation with him…
Some other random tidbits… Trevor told me that for his 18th birthday he bought himself a pair of custom leather pants. In London he won $3,000, half of which he spent on a gold lamé suit. He promised to send me a picture and tell me what he was going to do with the $10, but I haven’t received it yet…maybe he will update us all.
All in all a pretty interesting guy and wickedly talented …unfortunately we didn’t see him at any more workshops.