My posts from then are mostly a hodgepodge of ephemeral crushes, amusing things found on the internet, and the beginnings of a crazy, rambling science fiction story that I would keep working at for another two years before finally abandoning it.
In August of 2006, I was becoming more open about my Republican politics. I was still doing volunteer work for Basic Rights Oregon then, too. And I visited San Francisco in that month, to see TNG who was working on his fractions.
Later that year, in November, I visited some relatives in Connecticut and spent the Thanksgiving weekend there.
And it was over that Thanksgiving weekend that I received a surprise email message from a person who would change my life.
"What's even harder, though, is knowing what to do with the old pieces of our lives that seem to keep floating back to us."