At some point as a kid expressing to my Mom some concern about not fitting in at school, she offered often repeated Mom wisdom. “You don’t need to be popular or have a long list of friends… what you need is just one good one who you can count on.”

I’m fortunate Mom, as I have a few of them, and two of them just left after spending a few days visiting here in Strawberry.

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As “three amigos” we coined our [youthful] selves on a Vancouver beach in 2003, Brian Lamb, D’Arcy Norman and I got a few days to just hang out, crowned with a road trip yesterday to see the Grand Canyon.

I could say much about our time together, but it stays in Strawberry. Just let the photos just stand in for that.

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My Friend D'Arcy


My Friend D’Arcy flickr photo by cogdogblog shared into the public domain using Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication (CC0)

You Call That Grand?


You Call That Grand? flickr photo by cogdogblog shared into the public domain using Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication (CC0)

There’s been a lot of life experiences we’ve done together, some loss, seeing their sons turn into good young men, and the least important… educational technology gone by (but D’Arcy has gone to The Cloud! OMG). These both were the bloggers in the early 2000s that got me in the game.

Most of our times together have been driven by work, conferences, projects together. What grew obvious is that we ought to just make these things happen ourselves.

If anyone ever scoffs at the possibility for online connections to be “real” or significant, I don’t even have to respond. I know the difference.

In thinking of what to write here my associative trail mind went back to Lou Gehrig’s above heroic luckiest man alive speech. We so lack public figures of this stature.

“Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”

“Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn’t consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day? Sure, I’m lucky.”

Definitely I am lucky.


Featured Image: My own photo of Brian and D’Arcy saying bye to Felix an hour ago.

Sometime tonight this will be posted to flickr and shared into the public domain. But who cares about licenses when I have friends like this? Pffttttt on licenses.

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An early 90s builder of the web and blogging Alan Levine barks at CogDogBlog.com on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person.

Comments

  1. This right here: “If anyone ever scoffs at the possibility for online connections to be “real” or significant, I don’t even have to respond. I know the difference”.

    Like the time the red truck came to my drive way. I never take for granted how “online” expanded my world and made that possible.

    Real, true connections. Yes sir.

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