The Story of Auggie Mutuc

•October 31, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Born in Monterey CA, and raised in Salinas (CA), Auggie moved to Stoke-on-Trent late August looking for a place he can call a temperamental home.

Nikon D700, Nikkor 50mm f/1,4G

Back in Central California, or ‘Cen-Cal’ as he would put it, Auggie was left to survive independently by the age of twelve, along with his brother and sister in an apartment in Salinas. Since then, he’s had his own apartments, two cars, worked at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Starbucks and been a manager at Blockbuster. He’s also lived in San Jose and Santa Cruz. Auggie has become a certified dental assistant, and plans on becoming a dental hygienist by the time he’s back in California.

I met Auggie through Abs Hale, a good friend who also studies at Staffordshire University. My house has become a second home for him, saving him from pricey taxi journeys up to Newstead after nights out. He’s been staying here for the last week as his house is currently empty. Many early morning hours have been spent trying to beat Halo 3: ODST, or chatting to our Belgium friend Marie on Skype.

Throwing Stones

Due to financial problems, Auggie is looking to returning to California late January 2010. In my opinion, he’s almost made a completely new life in Stoke, he’s had everything but a job. His departure will have a great impact on our friendship circle since he was there with us from the start. Though all is not lost, plans on living in Cen-Cal for a year are already starting to build.