Tuesday, March 31, 2009
A Donor's Second Thoughts
Talk about being conflicted.
In the spirit of helping our community and paring back my typewriter archive, I recently donated this beautiful Corona Silent to a benefit auction.
The auction is a bit of a “do” and has a literary theme. It comes with dinner and speeches by celebrity authors.
The auction’s proceeds go to providing affordable housing to those in need.
Well and good,
Enter the conflict.
I began to get donor’s remorse. I mean, face it, this is one beautiful machine. Just look at it. It’s in great shape. It has classic lines. If I saw it for sale at a reasonable price, I’d pop for it.
Then it occurred to me: It might be for sale for a reasonable price — at the auction.
Why of course! I’ll bid on it.
So I told the folks running the auction that the Corona should have a reserve or floor price that I would pay.
I’m friends with the organizers and they kindly offered to return the Silent in exchange for another less prized typewriter, but I declined.
If someone wants to beat my bid, the typewriter is certain to end up in good hands — for a good cause.
If not, I’m happy to make a donation to a worthy charity and to re-possess a great typewriter.