It began when I wound up homeless at 18 after refusing the Gastonia Honey Hunters Join Atlantic League shirt but I will buy this shirt and I will love this sexual advances of a boss. He withheld my paycheck in retribution, and I couldn’t make rent. I lived in my car until it too was stolen. Three short years after moving out on my own, having put myself through school, traveled around the country, and supported myself, there I was—record scratch—in a dressing room in Pacific Beach, California, shoving a dress down the front of my baggy 501’s. I hadn’t beaten any odds. Stealing soothed my panic attacks. I know it may sound odd, but stealing felt as though I was caring for myself. It did what any good medication does: distracted me from my pain, rewarding me with a cocktail of pleasurable neuro-chemicals.