It had been three very long months since I'd seen my Heather dearest. Christina and her boyfriend Andrew had agreed to give me a ride out to the airport to collect her. We were a bit late and so I was rushing up the escalator, got up to the second floor and was looking around wondering where to begin looking for her. Then came a tap on my shoulder. She was already there standing right next to me. That's a pretty apt metaphor for us.
So the four of us went to the Push Party
and saw some local activist organizers doing their party thing. That was fun.
The next day Heather and I caught up with Jim from the Buffalo Peace People
. Jim and I can't seem to get it together and actually meet without Heather's help. Mostly my fault maybe. In any case it was so good to see him again and catch up some. I worked that day though so I sorta fell asleep while we were talking. :(
That was to be my last day of work for 2005 though. For we were now headed to Souther California, courtesy of Uncle Walter, to hand out with my cousin Gwenda and her family in advance of her wedding.
Okay, so, free trip to southern California to hang out with Heather and my cousin and not work. Yeah, I can handle that. It was right on time for me. I really needed a little recooperation break from work, and I sorely needed to see Heather again, and I had not seen my cousin in 12 years.
While we were out there it was cold and rainy. But that was fine, the plan was to go there and hang out. Mission accomplished.
It's weird being in the L.A. area and seeing that people have those same inflatable snowmen on their lawns when there's no snow there. I'd have never imagined that.
We got to meet my friend Echewta from the internet. He took us around to see some Disney corporate stuff. Not exactly me n Heather's thing but I think my cousin really appreciated it. She's a Disney fan.
I got to meet my other cousin Amy's son Zion. He's a bright and charming little fellow. Quite the cunning board game player.
And then, before you know it, vacation over, 2005 over, time with Heather over. Sigh. Plane trip back to Buffalo. Took a cab half way home and walked the other half. As 2005 turned into 2006 I was hauling my luggage through the snow of Buffalo hoping that copies of my new book would be waiting for me when I got home. And they weren't. Soon, soon.
2005 was pretty kick ass all things considered. And the plans for 2006 are pretty ambitious, but that's the best kind of plans to have.