The conference got me thinking.

This winter, though I can’t remember a specific date, a member of Eastern passed away and it had a great effect on me. His name was Bob Marlo, more commonly known on Eastern as dfuzz. I didn’t know that much about him, though I had met him at the conference in July of 2006. Anyways, it had an effect on me when he passed. I knew his wife had been on Eastern and posted at one point but I never saw the post. Today I did.

It made me really think. When I arrived at the conference this year, on June 22, I would have sworn I saw Bob. It was so strange. Anyway, I sent a message to his wife. I told her how they had dedicated the conference to him. I told her how I had wished he was there so I could share the laughs I did last year, and how I spoke with several members that felt the same way I did. She wrote back, and gave me her email address. I wrote her a long letter and emailed it.

For some reason I just feel a lot better and much less forlorn about this whole thing. I guess reaching out to someone like that makes me feel better or something.

The Third Annual Eastern US Weather Conference

I went last year and loved it. I went this year, and had the time of my life. I hung out with the most amazing people, and had plenty of new experiences I wasn’t necessarily prepared for. I really won’t get into all that happened. I’ll just plead the 5th there.

People are horrible.

It was just brought to my attention that a person that I hold very near and dear was told a very hurtful thing recently. It’s sometimes the little things that hurt the most. I don’t really know how she felt about this, since I’ve had minimal contact with her as of late but this struck me; it hit a nerve if you will. She posted on my site that a member of her family had said that they wish she was “different.” The girl I’m referring to is easily one of the most talented people I’ve ever seen. She’s not “of the norm” by any stretch. She’s a kind, caring, lovable, sweet girl with a head on her shoulders. She’s brilliant. I can’t understand why anyone could possibly want to repress this girl. She’s going places in her life. Not only is she going to be something great someday, she already is something great, and the simple thought that anyone would want her to be any different at all appalls me.

Yep, people sure suck.