Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Friends For 20 Years

Here is our good friend Tara walking with me down the tracks in Capitola. She and her husband Steve came to visit and have dinner with us on Saturday. Steve took this wonderful photo of us. Tara hired me at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1996, and we've been good friends ever since. It was wonderful to spend time with old friends. Just what we needed after the long drive.

PS: A fellow blogger and Facebook friend has identified these flowers as Echium. Non-native, but quite beautiful!

26 comments:

  1. What a treasure of a photo, Robin. I have one similar to that too. It's a gift, both this kind of friendship and this type of captured moment.

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  2. Your lucky I only have my wife and a few friends at work but none who would come round to visit for a meal. Walking a long a track like that in the UK will get you a 2k fine

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  3. Lovely image and gorgeous green and purple (?) plants. What do you call the ones on the right?

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  4. Love this photo of you and Tara walking together. Going to the end of the line. Are those lupin that are leaning towards you?

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  5. Val-- I am so glad that Steve captured the moment. There is nothing in the world like a good friend.

    Bill-- We haven't made many friends here in our new adopted town in northern California, so we appreciated it immensely that our friends took a long drive to see us at the coast. These tracks aren't in use anymore, but even when they were, we walked them. Not a good idea, but so inviting!

    Sabine-- I've been searching for the name of the plant. I'll let you know when I find it.

    am-- It's lovely to have old friends to break bread and drink wine with. I'm searching for the name of these flowers.

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  6. That's a great photo, full of meaning and symbolism.

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  7. I would have thought they were lupines. They grow all over the NW and Alaska but don't know about CA. Have you cut your hair shorter? This pic made me think about the time I value so much with my good friend who is 3,000 miles away. True, abiding friendship...nothing quite like it. :)

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  8. Two of my favorite human beings!

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  9. Great photo of some great people!

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  10. Oh Robin, seeing this post brings me such happiness. I value our friendship immensely. What a lovely day that was: a long walk, bright sun and blue ocean, and the company of soul mates. Can't wait to do it again.

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  11. Echium? http://www.kartuz.com/pc/51590/7RFPH/Echium+candicans.html

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  12. Sky-- They are not lupines. Although now that you mention it, I love lupines and will plant some here. Yes, to good long-term friendships. Nothing quite like it.

    MandT-- Awww, thank you for that. The feeling is mutual, truly.

    John-- Thank you.

    Tara-- It's a pleasure to know you and be your friend all these years. I am a prickly, cranky loner, and yet you've stuck with me. Thank you for that, soul mate of mine!

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  13. congrats to you, sometimes it ain't easy. thanks for riding the horse, you've earned your spurs.

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  14. also, thanks for the nice comments on the photo, Tara is wonderful, certainly worth the effort.

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  15. Steve-- I was just thinking that Tara has visited us every place we've lived since we left Santa Cruz in 2004. She has been an amazing friend and support for many years. And, when she hired me, she literally changed my life. I went on to get the job of my dreams, adviser to students who published the campus newspapers and journals. It's been a treasured friendship. And... she introduced us to you. The gifts just keep on coming!

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  16. I love the photograph which surprisingly captures the closeness between the two of you. Oh, the stories you could tell.

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    1. And how thoughtful of Steve to linger behind to give you girls some space.

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  17. NCmountainwoman-- Really glad you liked this photo. I was so happy when Steve sent it to us. It does capture our friendship, strolling down the tracks of life together.

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  18. Long friendships are just the best. There is such a comfort in the many years. Few secrets or surprises, just warmth and familiarity. Rather like family.
    Really a great shot that emphases the closeness and long track you two have taken.

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  19. Patti-- I moved around a lot, so I don't have a lot of long friendship. It's quite a wonderful thing to have known someone for 20 years, and still be dear friends.

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  20. That's a nice shot. I have really fond memories of walking down railroad tracks towards the river with my father and brother when we were kids, so this kind of thing tugs at the heartstrings.

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  21. Mark-- Really glad you liked that photo. Tara's husband is a truly gifted photographer. I like knowing that this photo stirred memories for you. There is something about walking down railroad tracks that has a timeless feel to it.

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  22. I hate to admit it, but my first reaction when I saw the image was "Stand By Me." Sorry...

    It's wonderful that you've been friends with Tara for so long. The woman who hired Kali likely will say "Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out" when Kali retires in 9 months. And, Kali just learned that her immediate supervisor will be retiring a bit earlier than expected because (1) her daughter is having a second child and can use Grandma's help and (2) she doesn't like working with Kali. (Do you think maybe it's Kali? I'm not sure myself.)

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  23. Scott-- I think I remember that movie. Really sorry that Kali's long work environment is so inhospitable. That's really no way to spend one's days. I hope Kali finds great relief and utter enjoyment upon retirement, she's obviously earned it.

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