Lisa Moves In
In the middle of Lisa's eighth-grade year, her teachers called Jobs.
There were serious problems, and it was probably best for her to move out of her mother's house.
So Jobs went on a walk with Lisa, asked about the situation, and offered to let her move in with him.
She was a mature girl, just turning fourteen, and she thought about it for two days. Then she said yes.
She already knew which room she wanted: the one right next to her father's.
When she was there once, with no one home, she had tested it out by lying down on the bare floor.
It was a tough period. Chrisann Brennan would sometimes walk over from her own house a few blocks away and yell at them from the yard.
When I asked her recently about her behavior and the allegations that led to Lisa's moving out of her house,
she said that she had still not been able to process in her own mind what occurred during that period.
But then she wrote me a long email that she said would help explain the situation:
Do you know how Steve was able to get the city of Woodside to allow him to tear his Woodside home down?
There was a community of people who wanted to preserve his Woodside house due to its historical value,
but Steve wanted to tear it down and build a home with an orchard.
Steve let that house fall into so much disrepair and decay over a number of years that there was no way to save it.
The strategy he used to get what he wanted was to simply follow the line of least involvement and resistance.
So by his doing nothing on the house, and maybe even leaving the windows open for years, the house fell apart. Brilliant, no?
In a similar way did Steve work to undermine my effectiveness and my well being at the time
when Lisa was 13 and 14 to get her to move into his house.
He started with one strategy but then it moved to another easier one that was even more destructive to me and more problematic for Lisa.
It may not have been of the greatest integrity, but he got what he wanted.