Forgot to SayPosted: October 20, 2014
The conference is of course the result of effort that goes on for many, many months. The people who organize it at u2fp are mostly volunteers; there are only 1 or 2 paid staff there, and I use the word “paid” very loosely. We’re talking fraction-of-the-poverty-level paid. So please thank them. I thank them! You guys did it again, and it was just so good to have everybody roll into our city.
The other thing I have to mention is my friends at Pushing Boundaries, who spend each and every day helping paralyzed people work whatever muscles they have working (and some they didn’t know about!). It’s another nonprofit, another labor of pure love. If you haven’t checked out their gym in Redmond, for heaven’s sake do it. You’ll be glad you did.
Special shout out to Barry Long, whose voice and presence and humor and intelligence really set the tone for what otherwise might have seemed like an overwhelming & difficult day. He has an incredible gift and I’m just so glad that he said yes when he was asked to take the stage. I’ve never seen it done better. Barry, you rock.