Well, it’s tomorrow and Leslie’s still gone. I was hoping that yesterday was a bad dream, but it wasn’t and never is. Other friends and acquaintances of hers have accurately captured what a robust person Leslie was and I’ll point you to those eulogies in a sec, but like most people who knew her, she did me a favor I didn’t know I needed precisely when I needed it. Hell, I didn’t even really know her at the time, but when I made a remark in a virtual forum we both frequented about not feeling completely comfortable being there, Leslie, as much as a person can do via email, shook me by the collar and told me, “you belong here”. A small gesture and perfectly Leslie, but it helped me (eventually) find who I was. I’m glad I got the chance to thank her for that in person.
Kevin Fanning is collecting online rememberences of Leslie on del.icio.us. Some of my favorites are by Lance Arthur, Merlin Mann, Mike Monteiro, Mike Essl, Josh Allen, Danny O’Brien, and Kevin Fanning.
Leslie, I’ll miss you.
Every year, my friend Leslie does an online Advent calendar (she’s #1 on Google for “advent calendar”). This year, she’s asking for people (like you!) to submit their favorite holiday stories for use with the calendar.