Homeless person offers me a quarter

A while ago I went to Pioneer Square to give a talk about my book at Olson Kundig Architects. They bring in speakers from a huge array of disciplines every Monday morning and a friend of mine who works there recruited me for a 20 minute talk about the history of farm animals in cities and backyard dairy goats. They are a very hip and forward thinking firm and design some rather spectacular buildings.

I got there 10 minutes early, found a parking space (not easy in Pioneer Square), and then realized, I’d forgotten my wallet. Seattle’s parking enforcement misses NOTHING, so I was in deep doo doo. I ran to Olson Kundig, borrowed $2.00 in quarters from my friend who works there, and ran back to my car. On my way, a homeless man approached me and asked if I could spare a quarter. I told him, as a matter of fact, I couldn’t since I’d just had to borrow some to pay for parking. He said, “Oh, here’s a quarter for you.”

A friend of mine suggested that this meant I needed to spiff up my wardrobe. I like to think I just happened upon an incredibly generous person.

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