Jorge Lerma sorts through his neckties. Dozens are draped across the couch; others get tossed into the give-away pile. Jorge rents a tiny room at this house in Bellevue, Washington. The landlord pops in to check out possible bargains and buys a flat-screen TV and a light-weight tripod. The discard pile shrinks, but on top remains a crisp American flag that Jorge used to hang in his room.