After the camp season was over he visited a bunch of us in Pocatello. He stayed at my house and I don't really remember very much about his visit. I do remember we got shaved ice. Hum.. Well, we stayed in touch and over the years I've been able to vicariously share in his adventures.
He's one of those guys who does all of the crazy things I dream of doing but don't dare. He taught English in Japan for quite some time. While on his break from teaching in Japan, he volunteered in Afghanistan. I may not have all of the details correct, but it was either Afghanistan or Iraq. I think it was shortly after the start of the war. Anyway I thought that was the coolest thing. I would never dare to venture off with out knowing anyone and live in a foreign country.
When he graduated from college his mother gave him a Greyhound bus pass that allowed him to travel all around the country. He visited friends in Pocatello and my mum. I came up to see him. He met my brand new niece and nephew. I remember he was holding W who was probably only a month old. She started to fuss and in a kind of surprised and awkward way he said to her, "That's enough of that now." For some reason that memory has stayed with me. It was really funny. He also visited me a few weeks later in Salt Lake. I made him sleep out in a tent in our backyard. Ha, poor guy. I was living with 3 other girls and our rule was no boys spending the night. My friend Jana was much nicer and let him sleep inside her apartment. He visited again a year or so later. I was married to LT then. I remember we watched a Star Wars movie and I painted my toenails. (Ya, I remember the strangest things.)
He worked for a season with Americorps doing all sorts of cool service oriented projects. He volunteered with the Red Cross when Katrina hit New Orleans. He taught Special Education for a year. He is a writer and a walker. One summer, he walked across Mass gathering messages from the people to present to the Governor. He was spotlighted in several newspapers and he was able to present the book of messages to the Governor.
Then, in 2008, he walked again. This time it was across the nation, from San Francisco to.. um.. Mass, I think. It was an election year and he wanted to gather messages from the people for the new president. He used Couchsurfer to find places to stay and he camped as well. I'm not sure how many pairs of shoes he went through, but I can imagine it was a lot. He started his walk in the spring and finished in the winter. Just recently he was able to meet with President Obama and give the notebooks of messages to him. When he was give an appointment to meet POTUS instead of flying from Mass for the meeting, he walked and gathered more messages. You can read about his experience here He stayed with us for two nights during his walk to the White House. A picture of our family is on the above website.
Right now he is the IT guy for a non-profit company. He is also and EMT and volunteers and events like walks and races. And, he is still and active volunteer with the Red Cross. He was even called up to help this past summer.
Here we are in 2000 in Salt Lake City, UT.
11 years later here he is sitting on my sofa. I love that he's wearing a
Captain America t-shirt. So appropriate for meeting the President.
Check out my super long hair, oh, and BJ sitting next to me.
I wish I could find the pictures from camp when we first met. That would be fun to see.