Let’s just collectively agree that Week 19 is as good a place as any to begin this Blog… then I won’t feel guilty about waiting this long for my first “weekly” entry!
In my defense hOURLUNCH has a lot of EXCITING things in the works in the near future that have required much of my focus. I’ll give some hints here over the next few weeks, as I am able. But for now let’s turn from the future to this past Wednesday… and the Arctic air that found us this week!
This was the first Wednesday at Director Park that my usual bright navy suit was not enough to keep me warm. Thankfully Oregon’s Columbia Sportswear carries tall sizes. So I was able to at least keep the blood running in my torso!
Despite the cold, a dozen or so supporters and well-wishers stopped by the table to say hello and donate $34! That may be less than the $100 we have been averaging… but $34 in ONE hour in 30 degree weather?? It still astounds me the web of support that can stem from one guy, one hour, one day a week. And I have never been more thankful for every single dollar and every frozen hand that gave them to us!
This was also the week that we finally found a home for our Portlandia dvd that was autographed by both Carrie and Fred! Congratulations to JAYNA, who won our giveaway by donating $1+ at hOURLUNCH.org over the past three weeks. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to pay-it-forward after winning the dvd at the Oregon Food Bank’s annual Harvest Dinner fundraiser… along with the opportunity to visit the Portlandia set during their 6th season (sorry Jayna, I am too excited to part with that!). I used Ornamental Kale in my vase this week as a nod to the great folks at Portlandia!
When I returned to my office after an hour in the Arctic air, I was met with some rightfully bewildered faces. However, our normally stoic and skeptical Assistant Sheila, just shook her head, reached into her purse and handed me our largest contribution of the day! To her, braving the cold for an hour was enough in and of itself to warrant her support. It made my day!
Which finally brings me to those majestic birds… the pigeon. Over the last month and a half, I have been accompanied each week in Director Park by a dwindling flock of strong willed pigeons. They seem to have been doing quite well for themselves on odd crumbs and generous Portlanders (the same as me!) but one in particular caught my eye…
This poor little guy only had one foot and was having a challenging time hopping to keep up with the rest of his hungry cohorts. I first saw him on Wednesday, September 24th and couldn’t shake the thought of how tough his winter was going to be. My peculiar connection to him grew over the following few weeks as he showed up each day and shared hOURLUNCH with me. That scrappy fellow has become something of a mascot for me sitting there at the table, rain or shine or cold…
Sadly, I haven’t seen him for the last few weeks. But if anything, he has made me thankful to be a human this winter and part of such a caring community. Since, unfortunately, pigeons don’t have the benefit of incredible things like Food Banks.
Thank you for reading and see you next week!