And the Anne Frank Memorial? When the story became known, it happened immediately:
And then this:
And that, along with donations of tens of thousands of dollars from around the world:
As for the protests on Small Business Saturday? That was difficult. A local jeweler, a Twitter friend, posted this.
He got quite a bit of attention in the local media, becoming the spokesman for small businesses in downtown Boise and speaking for them. Unfortunately, this attention brought this:
Somebody broke into my shop this morning. The jewelry was all in the safe, but they got my guitar, my really nice camera, my shop camera, and some art. I’m pretty pissed off. pic.twitter.com/zqbBvE59q2
– Mike Rogers (@TenTonHeart) December 10, 2020
It’s not clear whether the break-in was political, in response to his sign, or just opportunistic when someone discovered there was a jewelry store in a hidden location, or both. The guitar and a family watch that were of no value to anyone but himself were Mike’s worst losses. Mike’s not just a jeweler, he’s also a musician, and this guitar was very special to him and quite irreplaceable.
The word got spread across the community on Twitter and Facebook, although the prospects seemed pretty bad. The videotape of the break-in from an in-store camera didn’t reveal much about the masked (ironically) burglar, and the fingerprints haven’t been processed yet. But then:
An epic greeting to Richard Mussler-Wright for discovering it and realizing it was mine, and to the Boise Police Department for tracking down the Tweaker who had it. She is at home. The officers made me promise to write a song called “Tweaker Tuning” that will be out one day … pic.twitter.com/wXfCEgVCRT
– Mike Rogers (@TenTonHeart) December 20, 2020
Incidentally, Richard Mussler-Wright is the development manager for Ballet Idaho and a very good egg. The guitar, says Mike, has been beating for a few nights in freezing temperatures, but is being repaired. And the tweaker that ended up being will likely tell the Boise police who he got the guitar from, making it a little more likely that the watch, his Stetson and his “1 large stuffed penguin toy with slogan pens holding a miniature blanket” may not be gone forever.
It also created something good out of that total dumpster fire of a year where social media was poured on fuel as usual. Even in Idaho. It’s worth sharing these stories and sharing the idea that maybe there is still hope because there are more of us than there are – even in Idaho. Because we are not alone. We look out for each other, also online. That is a thought that should lead into another really tough year, but one that at least has the light of hope.