At one point, Anne and Drew lived what they thought was a normal, middle class life. Drew left the finances to his wife, but didn’t realize until it was too late that she was becoming extremely absent-minded. One month, for example, Anne defaulted on the mortgage. The bank was unrelenting in its determination to foreclose, and before they could know what hit them, they were looking for a new place to live.
Drew came up with the idea that they live on a houseboat anchored off of American Samoa. But misfortune struck again. As soon as they had settled into their new lives, hungry octopuses swarmed the deck. Drew and Anne tried to fight them off, to no avail. Even worse, an octopus knocked Drew off the boat, and he hit his head on the anchor and broke his neck in four places. It was ugly. Drew became an artist after being paralyzed and painted with his mouth. Although he had some success, Anne left him for another painter, whose name she could not remember.