dlowan's back! Hooray!
I have to start with her because I think may have had something to do with this thread -- I got all mushy on her via email (I never regret mush though).
I can't remember exactly what I said but it was something about my admiration for her rare combination of intelligence, compassion and humor. She's a mensch. -Ess.
: Fab fab fab. Smart
, and a brand of smartness I really appreciate -- logical, measured, but also inquisitive and creative. Not staid. Plus funny! Plus a great mom. I really hope to meet her and her family sometime next summer.
: If I'm talking about great moms I have to talk about her. So open, so generous, so intent on doing what is best for Mo. Plus one of the funniest people I know. And artistically wow! Talented, seriously talented.
: There's something so genuine about her, just a good person. And another great mom.
: Talent up the wazoo, funny funny, and a high emotional intelligence score -- seems like I fairly often see her enter gnarly situations and post just what needed to be posted without pissing anyone off.
: Sigh, osso. Up there with Noddy in terms of a pal, so not really a mother-grandmother-whatever role, but someone who I've learned a lot from and who has provided a lot of support. Got quite a brain on her. Again with the talent. (OK, so intelligence, humor, talent and kindness are evidently the way to my heart...)
: Definitely more of that familial thing with Roberta, mostly 'cause she reminds me so much of my grandma, though she (Boida) is much younger. Pithy. Wordsmith. No flab on her prose. Again with the funny. And a generous heart on top of it all. (I almost said "sweet" but I knew that would get me in trouble).
: God, I tried to get focused by remembering why dlowan started this -- what you wish you would have said before someone died, not just general praise -- and thought of him dying and got all verklempt. Where to start? We have some sort of politics partnership going on (though we've both independently stepped back a bit lately), two active politics people who keep getting compared to each other (I don't know if O'Bill has referred to one of us without mentioning the other in the last five years.
) I've learned so so much from him. I'm way more wonkish now than when I started out, and that's due in no small part to him.
: Lookit that smile! That's O'Bill. Warm, generous, rakish, passionate. Not always right
but you can't stay mad at him. I've been enjoying this Obama-supporting phase, more fun to agree with him than not (well, sometimes it's fun to disagree -- I haven't settled disagreements with a Scrabble game often). (Hey Bill, did you see that Obama is also a major Scrabble player? He and his sister Maya are evidently cut-throat competitors, will play games late into the night.)
: Penny-host extraordinaire. Great dad. Mumpad-lovin' husband. Straightfoward, generous, kind. All-around good guy who I'm glad to know.[/b]
: Type "great dad," think DrewDad. Love his involvement in his kids' lives, his knowledge, and his warmth of spirit. His "Yaya stories" thread is wonderful, not least because his kiddos remind me so much of sozlet, just littler and cuter. They're lucky to have you, Drew.
: Man, what a writer. There are a few people here that occasionally just make me go "WOW" and feel privileged to have access to their brains and their writing, here, real-time, for free -- WOW. Of course it's not just the writing per se, the structure or whatever, but the person revealed through the writing. And that person is pretty damn amazing.
: I'm so proud of all that she's accomplished so far, and so looking forward to all of that coming to fruition -- a good, steady job. Security. Littlek's such a centered person, and such a good friend. Straightforward, honest, never cruel. Love reading about the many kids she's helped and the creative ways in which she does so.
: Ah, the fiery Slovak. She's gonna be fine. Unfiltered, spontaneous, wicked smaht. When I do the focusing trick ("she's died, what do I wish I would have said?") it seems false. She's immortal, isn't she? But IF (knock on wood), I'd hope she knew that I appreciate her warmth, humor, and fabulous ability to bring us along. Her thread about her India travels was a masterpiece.
: Sweetness incarnate. But not cloyingly so. Some of the most spot-on, tone-perfect posts in difficult situations I have ever seen come from her. Patience of a saint.
Which of course brings me to:
: Would try the patience of even a saint. But the layers to this guy. Keep learning more. Loved the "insegrevious" story. Has a great skill of saying gruff/ mean things that are taken and understood as support -- but only for the people he really likes (AKA. doesn't like). Seems especially powerful to get one of those.
: Sofia, Lash Goth -- many names, and many lives just in the time I've known her. Always a core Lash-ness, but looks like things are finally resolving to a good place. (Not as quickly as I'd like, but I'm impatient when it comes to my friends' happiness.) Have loved seeing her college journey, and being able to read her poems -- WOW, again. Seriously wow.
: This one's tough. I'd hope I've said it all but I probably haven't. Incredibly important person in the A2K community. Probably has more individual connections -- meetings, phone calls, email correspondences -- than anyone else. Thoughtful in many different ways. Often able to say exactly what needs to be said. Kind but also steely. Generous to a fault (I worry about whether she's generous enough to HERSELF sometimes -- so many other people take precedence). Someone I'm honored to call a friend.
: I've always liked him, especially for his thoughtful and informative (while also often light and funny) participation in Politics, but he did me a huge favor out of the blue about a year ago -- extremely generous and gracious throughout. So my already-existing admiration was dialled up several notches.
: Super-organized. A heart of mush (which I appreciate). I love how she'll be all technical and organized and then wham all of a sudden say something super-funny out of left field. Dedicated cat-herder.
: So interesting to watch his interactions with Ogionik. We met him at about the same age -- these have been a pretty eventful 8 years. He's brilliant, of course, but I'm not sure his generosity is as widely known/ appreciated. He's helped me out in major ways, when he didn't have time and he didn't need to, over and over again.
This list isn't in order of preference, just following thoughts hither and yon. And it is not complete!!
I'm certain that later on I'll say "Oh my god I can't believe I forgot _______!!!," and ______ will be one of my best friends here, and I'll feel about 1 inch tall. Will start here though.
(Psst dlowan, I'm a little confused -- can I mention people who have mentioned me, like Thomas, just without responding per se?)
(Eh what the heck, I'll get that in now so even if the answer is "no" it's done, ha!)
: Kind, funny, generous, loving. Smart smart smart. One thing he might not realize is that I appreciate his obvious interest in and appreciation for sozlet -- I'm her mom, of course I think she's interesting, so it's nice to have an audience that urges me on. A good person and a good friend.