October 22nd, 2009


Save Dave's House!

Via filkertom (and many other people) comes an awesome LJ project: A crusade to Save Dave's House.

I don't know this Dave, but the basic story is, Dave lives in Tennessee. He's starting his own business and, in getting it up and running, fell behind on his mortgage. The house and the land are not in foreclosure yet, but it's coming.

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 a whole host of their friends have turned the field into one of the best 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. Having a one-eyed cat, this is very touching to me.

Once upon a time, the last Saturday of every month saw a party out at Dave's. The house isn't foreclosed upon yet, but it's coming; the last Last Saturday Party on Dave's land is set for Halloween.

Like I said, I don't know the man, and I'll probably never meet him...but I can appeciate the awesomeness of the little sanctuary he's created. I don't have one of these kinds of places right now, but I have had in the past, and I know what a treasure they are.

So spread the word. Join and follow save_dave. A lot of creative people are auctioning their crafts to raise money for Dave. Oh, you can donate directly, but isn't an impromptu grassroots auction fun?

I'll be auctioning the following two things to help a guy I've never met:

a 2010 calendar of my cat art (13 photos total; Preview here)


a custom art + 8x10 print from the winner's photo (Examples here).

I've never needed to raise money for something like this before, but if I ever needed to, I'd like to think that people would be there for me, you know?