Wednesday 08 August, 2012

Days 53, 54, 55 – Durham, NC


Every once in a while you meet someone that changes the course if your life. They are the lynchpin in the chain of events that make up your life. Melanie is that person for me. She was my first real friend in California. Without our chance encounter at the Center for Attitudinal Healing 20+ years [...]


Every once in a while you meet someone that changes the course if your life. They are the lynchpin in the chain of events that make up your life. Melanie is that person for me. She was my first real friend in California. Without our chance encounter at the Center for Attitudinal Healing 20+ years ago, I may not have met any of the people I hold dear. Because of her I moved to Marin. I got a job at the Cantina and met Julie and Zak. Zak was one of the original partners of Shaba. Without Zak i wouldn’t have had an amazing career in video games. When I was living with Melanie she began dating Donna, who not only became a lifelong friend, but introduced her to Lifespring, and to me too, allowing me to meet Sally. We also met the Lenz family there along with Shaleah and many other wonderful people.
Despite this, I lost touch with Melanie after she moved away. I was very much looking forward to seeing her and Barb and reconnecting with both of them.
I was talking with Mel today and she mentioned that it felt like no time had passed, that being around each other still had that easy feeling of family you get with an old friend. I agreed. It was a very relaxing weekend. We went to a dinner with live music at a famous inn (whose name escapes me). Friday night we saw an excellent movie outside at the Tobacco Campus called Standing in the Shadows of Motown.
We puttered around their lovely, immaculate house. I got a chance to cook for them, something I was sorely missing. I also had a chance to play with their delightful and hypoallergenic dog Rosie. We saw some good live music, had a great dinner party with some of their friends and I had way too much coffee on an outing with Barb. Perfect.

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2 Comments

  • Jack VanHesteren says:

    Thanks for the great recap & photos, Scott. So glad you were able to reconnect with great friends. I remember when Sally was involved with Lifespring, and how fond she was of the friends she met there. I had not realized that this was where the two of you met. I’ll promise that I’ll never forget the warmth and sweetness of all of your friends that I had the wonderful experience of meeting at that first memorial for Sally. How I wish that I could have met them sooner, during her life.
    Jack

  • Julie Ward says:

    I love the sign on the river. American Tobacco followed by Power Plant and restaurants Yummy!! Miss you!


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