Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Braking News of Another Kind

Alex Dodd moved out of my apartment two days ago.

This morning, it burnt down. He had moved the last of his things out of my place last night. All he now owns is the clothes he was wearing, three pairs of socks and a shirt (which were left in my laundry basket) and a large box of spraypaint.

Thanks to everyone for their offers of help. We'll let you know what you can do as soon as we figure that much out.


8:00 p.m. Edit: If you want to see photos of the blaze, check out the Torontoist. Alex's building is (was?) the red-bricked building in the fourth and fifth picture. As noted in the comments, since people have been asking--there was no insurance. It's a good thing I've always had a fantasy about picking up a homeless dude.

As for donations, we spent the day getting back to basics: socks, underwear, a new hoodie. We still have yet to pick up deoderant and a toothbrush. People keep asking Alex why he didn't grab anything. It kind of comes back to the childhood game of "what would you grab if you could only take one thing out of a burning building?" The problem was, Alex didn't know he was in a burning building. He didn't even put on socks before going outside.

So basically, if you really want to help out, we could start a collection? I really don't know at this point. I'm having a party on Friday. If you're coming, bring your spare change. Maybe after we get drunk we can roll the pennies and see what it adds up to.


  1. >> This morning, it burnt down.

    I'm assuming that the "it" in this sentence refers to Alex's apartment and not yours? Either way it's a major bummer -- let us know how we can help.

  2. Anonymous12:09 PM

    Does he have tenant insurance?

  3. Yes, it was Alex's place. And no, there is no insurance.

  4. Damn. That sucks. A lot. At least everybody's okay.

  5. How about a PayPal fund for those of us on the other side of the continent who want to help?

    If he needs\wants music, I'd be happy to send anything I have. When I evacuated my house this summer due to wildfires, my music and art collections were one of the first "things" I grabbed (musical instruments and wedding photos were a close second).

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  6. i mentioned this at the bottom of my most recent post, hopefully some cheapskates will come through.

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  8. Thanks Lauren, I really appreciate that, especially considering your blog gets way more hits than mine does. Perhaps I'll actually get to meet you next week when Melissa comes to visit?

  9. thats why i did it, normally im all mememmeme, and yes i would like to meet you finally as well.