Adventures in Charity
"Everything is funny, as long as it's happening to somebody else." - Will Rogers
I have been trying to find something charitable to do for a while. But finding a charity that wants you to actually do something (not just donate money) and looks good in photos can be challenging. I recently started volunteering at a horse rescue in Malibu (http://www.skydogranch.org/ -- they have other locations in California and Oregon). I tell my friends that I volunteer there because I am afraid of homeless people, I already have a rescue dog and horses need help too.** But the real reason is that there is something kind of magical about being up on a mountain above Malibu, looking out at the ocean, brushing horses and shoveling shit, while the sun rises.
** This is not true. I'm not afraid of homeless people. When I was in my late teens and early twenties I had a pretty severe drug problem. I would often disappear from bars I was at with my friends to go do drugs with homeless people (!!!). When my parents cut me off financially due to said drug abuse, I thought for a minute that I might also become homeless. I generally give homeless people money when I see them - and if they want to spend that money on 40s and crack - I get it - life is hard sometimes. I used to volunteer at a charity that made sandwiches for the homeless (I went twice), but there were so many people trying to volunteer that there wasn't anything for me to do - I was just in the way. Also try taking a picture of yourself making a sandwich - not chic.