It’s October. It’s been seven months since the world changed and we added “breathing each other’s air without a mask” to our list of relationship commitment levels. It’s also been seven months since we were able to gather together at Catalyst: A Sex Positive Place for some “alt lifestyle” fun at Portland’s living room with a dungeon. Back then, we put on masks for a good time. Now we do it to buy ourselves more time.
And buying time is the name of the game right now.
The landlord has decided that the rent is due, although he’s being very reasonable about how much he’s asking for rent. He wants to receive “at least” $800 this month. This is an expense in addition to the usual utilities and assorted bills.
Thanks to generous donors, a few private rentals, and Darklady’s freelance gigs, all September obligations were met. Yay! Now it’s time to tackle October, which is usually my favorite month since it has Halloween and is an anniversary month for Kronos and I. On the 31st, we celebrate eight years of making one another crazier than we were when we met. This year, I’m still excited about welcoming the autumn; celebrating the thin film between that which has been, that which is, and that which may yet be; and feeling the love… but I’m also apprehensive about finances.
I’ll be honest; the weather isn’t going to improve during the next few months, so I’m not really digging the idea of dismantling, packing up, and storing Catalyst until we can open for reals again. What I’d like to do is remind people that private rentals of fewer than 10 people are available and, once we move to Phase 2, that number can be increased. If the landlord remains patient about rent, we can weather this time while maintaining a low level of “germicule” and/or mask-only social and play activity. Contact Kronos or me for details, especially if you donate more than $400.
I’d also like to extend my cap in hand once again and ask that those of you who know how precious Catalyst has been to a variety of communities will continue to share the rewards of your labor with us so that we can maintain the space. I think it’s important to be realistic about what even a best-case scenario is likely to look like. IMO, that is a vaccine being developed and magically distributed equitably throughout the country, creating immunity and making it possible to cautiously begin to re-enter populated spaces again. We’re probably looking at spring 2021 optimistically before we can get back to anything resembling what we used to call “normal,” though.
In the meantime, we will continue to explore online opportunities to achieve our nefarious goals, adding “Catalyst Personalities” to our ongoing “Catalyst Connections” Zoom series.
So, our question is: do we want to maintain this space? Do we want to use it as much as we’re safely able now, even if that’s minimal, so that we can use it increasingly over time? Having entered “the Scene” in the early 1990s, I’m acutely aware of how rare and beautiful a kink, pan, poly, trans, queer, sex positive space for meeting, greeting, learning, playing, and just being authentic is in this world. With your help, I’d like to keep offering that via Catalyst: A Sex Positive Place for as long as possible.
Theresa “Darklady” Reed
Owner, Catalyst: A Sex Positive Place
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