A few more impressions... Bruce & I got into CA late the first night so we stayed in Novato to be near The Buck and sadly missed out on meeting everyone in the Berkley commune. The next morning, driving up and seeing the gorgeous rolling landscape, resplendent with grazing cows and deer was magnificent; then the madly impressive I.M. Pei architecture of the building itself came into view. Despite the grandeur of the modern angled building gleaming with imported travertine limestone, it nestled right into the Marin County landscape. It truly looked like a movie set. We finally began our ascent up the front sidewalk. The enormous glass doors suddenly burst open and Stavia, cute as a button with the energy of a tornado, ran at least 6.5 mph and tackled me in a major bear hug. Pure happiness and tears.
We walked into the stunning lobby and I finally got to put names with faces- very exciting. It truly felt like be reunited with family members. It was especially wonderful to meet our 78 y/o homozygote matriarch (and my role model) Starfish, who had zero problem keeping up with the group and attended every single event- no easy task as we traversed the whole Bay Area. (Of course, she drove herself
) Within minutes of meeting sweet George, he was performing myofacial release techniques on my shoulders in the lobby of The Buck to loosen me up for public speaking- argh. He pushed a certain spot and my tension truly melted away. See the funny pic below. Many folks in the house got to benefit from his mad skills. We have lots of photos of the events, but unfortunately won't be sharing due to privacy concerns. A professional video of the talks at The Buck will eventually be shared with all. George taped our meeting at CHORI, but Dr. Krauss wanted to go off-record on a few comments (camera off) and he spoke softly- not sure of that video quality.
Speaking of privacy concerns, during my talk I invited members of our group to stand and be recognized if they so desired. I saw a few head shakes and disapproving looks from them. I was fully prepared for no one to stand, but was stunned when they eventually ALL stood up in a wave to thunderous applause. Afterwards, I asked them WHY they stood. Stavia replied, "We couldn't let you stand alone." Lump in my throat moment. There were lots of them. More tomorrow...