I gather that Robert Hawkins lives with President Reagan on the ranch in Santa Barbara in exchange for the comforting fables he tells. There is no other explanation for his letter of Oct. 19.
Like Hawkins' nephew, I have never had trouble finding work in Santa Barbara. Temporary jobs paying $4, $5 and sometimes $10 an hour are quite easy to find there. Unfortunately, finding an acceptable place to live on such low and often intermittent pay is nearly impossible.
Speaking from my own experiences, "cash-only" or "service-exchange" jobs can provide nearly anyone with 32 hours of work a week, providing someone is willing to put in at least eight hours a week looking for work while enduring such unpaid interruptions as bad weather, holidays, late materials, or the boss' unscheduled days off.
Thirty-two hours a week at $5 an hour comes to $640 a month. That's enough money to split a decent one- or two-bedroom apartment with three or four other people. It's a fine life until the roommate you hate most comes down with the flu, head lice, or an irrepressible lust for abused women.