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Leaving Los Angeles and heading for snow. An eight-day swing through Colorado and Massachusetts to see some very special college students. Colorado was nailed yesterday: school closures with two feet of late and heavy spring snow. A traffic fatality, "heavy delays at DIA," Interstate 70 closed. LA weather forecast to be in the 90s and I'm packing boots.
In my Alamo Rental PT Cruiser heading in the spitting rain and snow to University of Denver. First stop: DU. Second: Elway's Bar and Grill. Skye and I love the Broncos. She also loves DU hockey and lacrosse, the mountains. Denver has it all. It's mile high and proud of it. What a city!
After dinner, I drop off Skye and head to the Race Street home of Michael Totten and Jill Lancelot, two of my dearest friends and Greek Island sailing partners. About the time that Skye headed to DU, Michael and Jill pried themselves loose of the Beltway to craft a new reality. Their City Park digs are way cool; a diverse neighborhood with newly minted friends. Denver's their epicenter in a mere two years.
They're up and on their laptops, periodically sharing a grunt, fact, or reminder. Their professional interests overlap. Michael is a senior official at Conservation International, one of the world's leading experts on biological diversity and climate change. Michael's penchant for reading supports his enlightened global perspectives, so fresh, digital, and insightful. He is one of the best speakers ever. Jill works for Taxpayers for Common Sense. She's passionate about everything, and is the perfect guardian of our taxes.
It's good to see them. I'm home. No need for explanations of house rules or idiosyncrasies. Just be.
Sentiments at Altitude
Air travel is a mixed blessing. Sure, it's fast, but not fast enough! Right now, I'm on the plane with the blessing of 5.5 hours and an empty middle seat. The inevitable anxiety of air travel drains the soul, take your vitamins. I wish I could check my legs.
High altitude sentiments are among the greatest thoughts. I love tuning into my music and letting my mind drift, one insight after another. I met a man whose son suffers from pergosis, a disease marked by premature aging.
A time of reflection. The kids have lots of motivated friends, they're learning a lot, and they're great people. I'm so lucky to have friends with bonds profound; they are nurturing, gratifying relations. True friends are flexible.
The trip was a fast-paced immersion. I had time to think to share, hike, sleep, reflect, reminisce, and laugh. The most important things in life are family and friends, humor, respect, and love. I'm reminded to reach out more.