Hello there, dear friends & comrades,
As some of you know, I’ve recently hit up against some hard times. I’ve decided to sublet my apartment in San Francisco and go travelling starting in early August. Renting out my studio and travelling outside of San Francisco is much cheaper than actually living in San Francisco right now, so I am trying to use that to my advantage. There is a lot to be said for making lemons into lemonade!
I will be starting my travels by leaving town on a road trip with a dear friend August 3rd. My travelling buddy will be dropping me off in the Pacific Northwest (probably in either Portland or Seattle – see more about that in a second) somewhere around August 5th-6th. From there, my schedule is fairly open-ended.
My current plan is to spend August and the first half of September in the Pacific Northwest (cities I would really love to visit include Portland, Seattle, Olympia, and Vancouver BC), and the second half of September and October on the East Coast (cities I would really love to visit include NYC, Boston, Philadelphia, and Montreal). That said, how I plan my travel largely depends upon where & when I can find crash pads. If you or someone you know might be able to help me out with this, please let me know!
1) I am very interested in hearing about pet-sit and house-sit possibilities in all of the aforementioned cities during the aforementioned months! PNW folks: Do any of you need pet-sitters or house-sitters in August or September? East Coast folks: Do any of you need pet-sitters or house-sitters in September or October? I currently live alone and I love it, so I am especially interested in hearing about pet/house-sits in studios & one-bedrooms.
For the purposes of this trip, a room in a (quiet, chill, clean, adult, queer & trans & kink & sex worker & disability & fat-friendly) group house would also be great! I will note here, though, that especially because I am travelling as a cost-saving measure, this will mostly be a working trip for me. I will be spending the vast majority of my time doing freelance writing and grant-writing assignments, and editing the second draft of How To Have A Body (my manuscript in progress). Translation: If I am staying in your house, I will be erring on the quiet/chill/possibly even kinda boring side. ;) I’m probably best suited to living with folks who are equally quiet/chill/possibly even kinda boring.
2) Barring pet/house-sits: Do any of you have guest rooms, or enough room to entertain a guest? Would you be down to host a sweet, tidy, chill, big-Italian-meal-cooking, roamin’ queer writer for a spell? I need an Actual Bed and/or a fold-out couch/futon and/or a not-likely-to-deflate air mattress due to disability/chronic pain stuff (I just can’t sleep on regular couches or floors any more) – but I’m otherwise quite open.
3) Barring pet/house-sits & guest rooms: Are any of you aware of CHEAP sublets in or nearby the cities I listed above? As I said, I am travelling on an extremely tight budget, but if you happen to have a cheap room to sublet, I’d love to hear about it. I would be especially excited to rent from friends, or friends of friends.
Please feel free to pass this along to potentially interested friends, and do let me know if you have any resources to throw my way. I’m reachable at queershoulder[at]gmail[dot]com.
Any way it goes, I really hope we get to hang out when I am in your town!
<3 & thanks bunches,