The Doom that Came to SLO-Town
Someone who wants a low profile
“Never forget, nature has a dark side . . .”
Tony Lauer and his wife, Summer, have lived in San Luis Obispo for twenty years. Tony spends his time with his kiln and working on other craft projects that he, in turn, sells at local markets and expos in the area. Spending long hours behind the house in his studio, he creates beautiful folk crafts with an eye for haunting beauty. Sometimes they are ceramics, sometimes paintings and other times, when he is truly motivated, furniture. Summer, meanwhile, works as an environmental lawyer, with the small firm, Hollis and West.
To say that Tony is ‘granola’ is an understatement. When he and his wife moved from outside Eugene, Oregon, he wanted something different. Whereas Oregon was perfect for his mindset and needs, there was a new need that arose – the need to leave and integrate himself into society. Tony was a Sasquatch, a creature that was akin to a dryad, living in the forest and having a mystical affinity with nature, especially with certain animals, such as wolves.
Summer, being well aware of his heritage, was attracted to him for his silent and peaceful nobility and his affinity for nature. But they knew if they wanted children, they would not want that harsh life for their son or daughter, so they moved somewhere that still had a strong connection with nature but was more of a ‘civilization.’ When their son, Devon, came along, they knew they made the right decision.
The Lauers are soft-spoken, peaceful people but as a result, are slow to action. What they view as patience, other construe as inaction or passive uncaring. However, there has been some friction in the Lauer household as Tony and Summer have been pushing Devon into a more ‘normal’ lifestyle and engaging in activities that would not bring any unwanted attention to himself. The Lauers know that society is not yet ready to understand the unique heritage of the family and where they come from and would hate to have to move back to Oregon and live in the wilderness as that is a harsh life for those who are now used to cities, television, smart phones and the modern conveniences of life.