Posted on April 16, 2017
Today I discovered that my car can drive at least 40 miles after the yellow "need gas badly" light comes on! (What a trooper. *pats dashboard lovingly*)
Some more detailed updates follow, for those interested. (Written on the fly and a bit wryly; it's been quite the week.)
The last few days were rather rough. We autobooked an airbnb where the flakey college kid host never showed up, and another which was double booked. (I’m starting to think the “air” in their name means “vaporware”.)
We met with two people about longer term room rentals (who both wanted us to meet in restaurants, costing additional cash.) One said a room would be available this week, but then admitted their real estate purchase hadn't closed yet, and they were being wishful. The other person promised a sublet without consulting their roommates first, but didn’t let on to us that they’d done that, and the end result was that Lapis wound up staying in an overpriced nearby motel in order to be able to move in in the morning, then was suddenly told she could not, and wound up having to check out with nowhere to go.
(On the bright side, if they hadn’t told us it was a near certain thing, we'd have paid for two nights in the overpriced place, and having to scramble today meant we found a somewhat more sustainable interim option. She’s currently a couple hours out of town, but the new motel costs a bit over $200 per week, rather than the $350 and up that everything in town rents for currently. Driving back at night after all the small town gas stations closed was how I accidentally tested the depth of my tank.)
We could definitely still use more assistance. Although I’ve managed the most recent expenditures by pulling money directly out of my car fund, since I found someone willing to fix my viscous coupler for cheap, we are still searching for a more permanent place suitable for her limited income.
She’s also trying to get her driver’s license, which has additional fees and charges associated but will help with long term stability.
All of your help is doing immeasurable good. It may seem sometimes like all of this is just treading water but I cannot emphasize enough that the difference between treading water and drowning is *enormous*. If you have ever been down and out... you will know what I mean.
So please, let's continue to pass the hat (I suggest sharing the link directly with someone you know who has a larger platform or more money than you! it’s good socialism) and I'll keep doing the groundwork to help Lapis find her way into a more stable life.
Thank you all again. ❤