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The Traveling Cats Tour Farewell US Performance

Okay, so it's not exactly a performance and the cats will be participating from inside the truck but it IS my last shoot in the US for, what might be, a long while.

I am becoming homeless and will be living in my truck (with 3 cranky cats) for several months. I never thought I would be in this position again. I was homeless 25 years ago of my own making and I swore I'd never be here again. When I found out that my paperwork for Permanent Residence here in the US was either never processed or corrupted during the switch from analog to digital, I had hope that everything could be worked out without having to resort to returning to Canada but I wasn't taking into consideration the intractable nature of Homeland Security. Apparently there is no appeal to their decision to render me an undocumented alien. I am NOT being deported but am leaving voluntarily so that won't happen. I need to be able to come back and visit the city I've lived in for 35 years and see the friends that have been so loving and supportive though this. I would love to shoot with the Club one last time before I go.

I am going to be totally self serving by inviting you all to this event but it's completely out of desperation. It's no longer legal for me to work in the US and I've lost my financial aid at school (I was getting my BA in Human Services) so I have no money or resources to help me survive being homeless. I would be truly and eternally grateful if anyone who attends could donate cat food (wet and dry), Amazon gift cards (no amount is too small) for emergency purchases of necessary items, personal items like toothpaste, TP etc, non-perishable food items that can be easily prepared on the road and camping, money or gift cards for gas (must be able to be used in Canada) or anything else you might have for camping and road safety.

I've chosen Gas Works Park for a sunset/night shoot because this is the very first place I shot with a DSLR. It was March 2013 and it was a night shoot! Talk about jumping in the pool before you learn to swim! I'm going to find out about reserving a covered area with a fire pit so we can eat, drink and be happy. Unfortunately I have to ask you all to bring your own food and drink and the happy comes automatically when photographers get together in packs. ;) I'm hoping to see you all one last time before I go. I don't know when I'll be coming back again and don't want to miss an opportunity to spend an evening with as many of you as can come.

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  • Richard

    Donna, I have some major family issues I have to attend to, and I am unable to attend. I pray for you and your future well bring. good luck and I hope to soot with you again...

    1 · August 21, 2014

    • Donna

      I'm so sorry about your family issues! I hope everything's okay! <3

      August 27, 2014

  • Michael D.

    The best Meetup I ever went too

    1 · August 23, 2014

    • Donna

      But you're so biased LOL <3

      1 · August 27, 2014

  • celarae

    Where was everyone? I went to Gasworks but couldn't see Donna or any familiar faces -- sorry I missed out on this :-(

    1 · August 23, 2014

    • Donna

      I'm so sorry you didn't find us! We started out in front of the tanks at the overlook and then gravitated up this hill after sunset. I had the balloon but it got away when we decided to move. :(

      August 27, 2014

  • linda

    I am so sorry I did not make it - a minor family emergency came up - when will you be leaving for Canada? Is there anything I can help with before then? If not, I wish you well and hope things go well in your transition. Take care.

    1 · August 24, 2014

    • Donna

      That's okay. I hope everything is okay! I'm heading north by way of Redmond, Anacortes and Birch Bay starting around the 30th. Sorry you didn't get to hang out with us! Epic light painting!

      August 27, 2014

  • Michael D.

    The best Meetup I ever went too

    August 23, 2014

  • Donna

    Please don't feel obligated to bring anything! I would love to see all of you regardless of any donation!!

    July 27, 2014

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