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Special, special friends

Recovered from the Wayback Machine.

I arrived in St. Louis during rush hour tonight, pretty tired. As I was waiting for 1400+ emails to download (most junk, natch), I tripped out to my favorite weblogs. That’s when I discovered¬†Jonathon’s Keep the Bird Burning¬†campaign.

I am too tired tonight to do this justice, but Jonathon, and my other friends who have helped with this — I don’t think any act including winning a lottery would have made me feel as warm and cared for as this act of generosity. Not just the help with hosting, for which I am incredibly grateful. But the kind words, the offers of help, the posting of nice comments — I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to put into words how much this means to me.

This trip was an important time for me to get away and think without the distraction of the phone, the television, and especially the computer. At the end of it I discovered I didn’t lose my interest in technology (not gone, just dormant, wanting a nice vacation), my deep love and need of writing, and especially, writing to this weblog. It’s become an odyssey for me, and one I didn’t want to give up. This was something that’s occupied my mind considerably today, and now I won’t have to give it up, thanks to Jonathon and his lovely effort, and to those who contributed bucks and/or good wishes.

I’ll thank you all individually tomorrow, but wanted to get this note out before going to bed. And yes, I also have photos to post and adventures to detail. What else? As a tease, think¬†blizzard, hail, torrential rains, flooded roads, strong winds, traveling sideways down a ramp, spinning out into a ditch, and you’ll see why this wonderful surprise made a perfect ending for a rather eventful week.

Thank you my friends. Thank you. And every post from this moment on is another thank you.