I just looked at the dates when I first posted pictures of the below, and turned beet red in the face -- it's been a rough year, but I didn't realize so much time had passed. Well, I finally got it together to put some things in frames, and so I thought I'd post a handful of pictures just to say a humble thank you, again, for the generosity of heart shown to just a couple of Dolts. <3
Lovely handmade handkerchiefs once given to Valerie Cooley by Dolt
Autographed, matted photo sent along by GLee after I missed Facelift 2013 (apologies for the reflections in the glass)
Shadow box with hardware shared by BooDawg and LostinShanghai, and a Dolt business card from Mike and Natalie Sherrick
Also shown in the last photo are a beautiful original painting by Neebs, a water color of El Cap from Mouse, a mounted piton from Mastadon, the photo of Bill taken by Tom Frost @ the base of El Cap with a beautiful butterfly from Frank Hoover and a lovely white ceramic owl, representing Ann's spirit, ever present.
It's hard to believe that it's been just two weeks shy of two years since I first read the Alaska State Police report about Ann's passing and the rather outlandish revelations that followed. And yet it feels as if I've spent an eternity in that same, brief space in time...reeling from the initial shock, returning to face fact after fact with as much grace and strength of character as I can muster...relentlessly wondering, searching, assimilating...stumbling (howl!)...being raised up again and again by this incredible Community, experiencing outrageous coincidences making me question my most fundamental beliefs about what is real and possible...living this amorphous and persistent reworking of...well.............Everything.
But then, it hardly seems possible that all of this could have been shoehorned into just two short years.
It is with my deepest gratitude and whole heart that I thank all of you for giving me life as I never could have imagined it.
Don Lauria, you gave me my World. If there's a greater gift, I don't know of one.
So I just wanted to report in that I actually finally found my first living relative of Dolt's!!! I'm the first cousin twice removed of his great uncle's mother...I think... ")
What's even more amazing is that his daughter has celiac disease, also, so there's a link to Dolt's family there, and, you'll never believe it, but his son is a serious rock climber over in Zurich. Makes you kind of wonder how much you really do control in life.
Finally made it to the Gunks this weekend and I have to admit, I kinda fell in love with it.
At top of first pitch of Bloody Bush (will fix!)
First pitch of Bloody Bush (will fix this one, too) ")