Chris hangs out with Sylvia. Chris and I were fellow commiserators at Bell. We went on more lunch time bike rides together than I can count and I cherish the memory of every one of them. He lives up in Cambridge and, sadly, we get to see each other way too infrequently. He is a father of two, really into wilderness tripping (most of the time on foot in the winter), and shoots a lot of photos. He is just a stand up guy and I am happy to have him as a friend. (I don't need to comment on Sylvia ... regular readers will know that she and I share a good many adventures together and I'm proud to say she is most always up for Daddy's crazy ideas.)
You should check out Chris's photography here. I admire him a great deal because he left Bell to do what he loved to do. He has a gift and he's making it happen.
Mama Fleck. Soon to be mama of Fleck offspring #2. April is the most amazing person I have ever met. She meets adversity with strength and resilience. She also doesn't bat an eye at most of the off-the-wall shit I pull. (Including calling her from the emergency room a week and a half ago.) For that I am thankful and studious of her ways. I am not so laid-back. But perhaps she'll rub off on me. She is also the most remarkable mother I have ever known. Sylvia loves her dearly. We would both be lost without her in our lives.
Fire. Fire is my friend. I even tried walking on a bit of it inadvertently while at Bear's last party. (Let's just say I am no yogi.) That's what I get for going barefoot while cooking bratwurst over the hearth-flame. Fire is awesome. It is my mentor, my teacher. Thanks, Dad, for teaching me the basics early.
Wendy, Bear's sister. She is a lovely being. I can't really say I have spent that much time with Wendy, but when you've shared a canvas tent with someone in northern Minnesota for two days at New Year's you can skip a page or two of the details. Wendy's smile and enthusiasm are always welcome. (Even though here she is unconscious, showing us the proper way to enjoy a fire.)
Happy Autumn, friends. May you all take a moment and think about the folks who are special to you, and may you be blessed enough to spend some time with them soon.