Wednesday 18th April 2012, yet another random pub, London.
Marina had been following us around all day and I was starting to wonder if anyone in London had a day job. I never want the Lucky People to feel that they are being interviewed or assessed in any way, but Marina did seem a little hesitant when explaining what she wanted to do with the money. I think she felt that her plans weren't really grand enough, but I told her that the whole point of Wearelucky is for money to flow in as many directions as possible. Her idea is to help her elderly neighbour who hasn't had hot water for 6 years, and – for what it's worth – that sounds like an ace plan to me.
We took our time with the photos. I think my camera was playing up...or perhaps it was my focus that was on the blink. Either way, the pub was just as photogenic as Marina and I was chuffed to wrap up another encounter.
Questions & Answers
1. What were your first thoughts and feelings when propositioned with Wearelucky?
That it sounded like an awesome project, something different...something also pretty fun, a great way to meet a huge range of people, which is always super interesting, and see what good other people would want to do.
2. What have you decided to do with the money?
There's a lady named Gill who lives in the flat above me, she's 79 years old and just one of these real characters who has lived in the building for 34 years. She's a great artist and I'm sure was a bit of a party girl in her youth. She's fascinating and friendly and very independent but lives all on her own. All her family; brothers, sisters, cousins etc, have passed away. I recently found out that she doesn't have any hot water in her flat and hasn't for the last six years. She boils a kettle every morning to have a shower. Her ancient boiler is knackered and she doesn't have the money to fix it and felt that all the plumbers that quoted her on it were trying to con her. So she just learnt to live without. It struck me that if anyone should be entitled to hot water it should be Gill, but if you're on your own with no friends and family, who do you ask for her help? So my first thought with the money is that I would really like to try and get her hot water in the flat...and just try to help her out generally with a few things. I later called my Mum to tell about what had happened and to ask her advice on what to do with the money and she immediately said, I think you should get Gill hot water...so then I was definitely sure it was the right thing to do.
That evening I took all my work colleagues out for cocktails because they're all awesome and work so hard and it was nice to treat them. I got a taxi home that night, which I never do, and I gave the cab driver a 50 pound tip...just because I could!...and he'd been really nice to me on the way home. That's probably the only time in my life I'll be in a position to give someone a 50 pound tip and I went up to my flat that night with a huge smile on my face as the taxi driver beamed at me, with a look that said 'You must be nuts'.
3. What does 'good' mean to you?
Good means helping others, being kind, listening, giving hugs...being there for other people. My mother always said that being kind towards others was one of the most important things in life. When I was 16 I remember thinking she was crazy and that surely going to a Take That concert was one of the most important things in life....but she was right, of course!
4. What question would you like to ask Wearelucky?
I'd like to know how you would feel if you heard that someone you gave the money too went out that night and spent it all on themselves. Would it bother you? Would you wish you hadn't given it too them?