Magic the Gathering is a collectible trading card game that dates back to 1993. It involves two or more players – wizards called “planeswalkers” – summoning creatures, using artifacts, and casting spells that ultimately bring their opponent(s) from twenty life to zero life. There are over 10,000 individual cards to choose from as players aim to construct 40, 60, or 100 card decks depending on the format. Some cards are very expensive – the most expensive one, a mint condition black lotus, can sell for over $20,000. Thankfully, most decks do not include the most expensive cards. Instead, they use the most recent sets from the past few years.
When I think of homelessness, I frequently think of the 7-Eleven on Dartmouth Street in the Back Bay of Boston. As a child and young adult growing up in that neighborhood, I shopped at this 7-Eleven for drinks, batteries, ice, and other convenience store items. I walked by it on the way to Copley Place or Prudential Center. I passed by it on the way to Copley Station where I took the T to school every morning when I was younger and to work every day when I came home from college. It was on the way to the library, to nice restaurants, and to the supermarket. It is safe to say that I passed by this location almost every day for two decades.