light my fire

Recap, recap, recap. Here’s some more dirt on this past weekend (sorry to jump back and forth between present time and the Japan trip, but I’m trying to mix it up a bit).

This past Saturday was not only the first SFBayBloggers’ Meetup, but also held some special memories for me from that evening. My friend Asa was having a little birthday get-together at Ocean Beach, where we rustled up a glowing bonfire, along with some great conversation.

This particular get-together was very therapeutic to a handful of us, who are still coping with Joe’s passing. It felt incredibly comforting to see the many familiar faces, as well as some friendly new ones. The weather, the ocean, the fire, the people… such a perfect combination, it felt like a dream. It was especially dreamlike as the fog rolled in, and the glow from all the bonfires on the beach illuminated the mist.

Many laughs, drinks and stomachs full of birthday cake later, we started to disperse. The police and fire engine lights began to fill the parking lot, people were getting cold, and the beer had run out. Tired and happy, we headed for home.

I can’t express with adequate words how much this get-together meant to me. Since I missed Joe’s service, this was the first time I really got to spend some good time with these long-time friends… sharing some old memories and creating new ones.

Not to sound like a Hallmark Card or anything. ^_^;;

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