For those of you who expressed an interest in helping Richard, I have the relevant info.
If you wish to send money, here’s the deal:
You can send cash by either calling Western Union (1-800-325-6000) or going to WesternUnion.com. Then the money should be sent for RICHARD LOCICERO to a Western Union outlet in Costa Mesa called:
1934 Harbor Boulevard
Costa Mesa, CA 92780
Phone: (949) 548-3551
Unfortunately, it turns out that wiring money in the US is way more complicated than it should be so, if you send something, Richard has to be notified, plus he’s supposed to have some kind of code thingy (that Western Union will give) you called the MTCN number.
So you can do one of two things. You can call the Cash Stop and talk to a very nice woman named Colleen who will walk you through this, and facilitate Richard filling out the necessary paperwork in order to actually receive the cash.
You can email me with the MTCN number and the amount, and I will email Richard, who can then go to the Cash Stop armed with this info.
(Those of you who already have Richard’s email can cut out the middlewoman by doing this directly.)
I have no freaking idea why this process is so complicated. I’ve wired money to Mexico on various occasions and had to jump through no such hoops. (As to why I’ve wired cash money to Mexico….don’t ask. Let’s just say my reporting life has many….um….interesting facets.)
Anyway, there you have it. Richard is very ambivalent about receiving help, but I’ve suggested he should get over it. We all need help, from time to time.
However, he mentioned that his real wish is to be able to work in exchange for somewhere safe to stay. Giving his present medical condition he’s not a good candidate for, like, say, the job of triathlon coach or operating a fork lift. But he’s a wickedly smart researcher and writer, and could probably do most things that involve sitting in front of a computer.
So please think creatively, my dears.