The Year of Giving received so much attention yesterday due to Liane Hansen’s report on NPR Weekend Edition. I got about 3,500 hits and 75 messages yesterday alone. So many touching stories from you about how you somehow relate to one of the recipients or have been moved by my own commitment. I hope that you know that your letters and stories mean a lot to me. I am slowly responding to your emails. Please keep sharing…together our collective stories and efforts make a difference.
Many of you asked how my job interview went on Friday. Thank you. I think it went well…but I won’t know anything for probably a week or so.
Did you read the article that was linked at the end of Alex’s email yesterday; interesting research on the contagiousness of kindness. I don’t have a controlled study like they had to conduct their research, but my unscientific data shows the same results. It’s powerful. Have you found yourself catching the bug? If so, please drop a note here and share what you are doing to spread kindness.
When I ended up at a small gathering at my friend and former work colleague Daniel’s house I was introduced to Ed. One of the nicest guys I have met. His easy demeanor and sense of humor strike me immediately. I asked if he would accept my ten dollars. He said sure.
Originally from Colorado, Ed is a “self employed contractor, carpenter, tile setter” specializing in renovating kitchens and bathrooms. Although he does all kinds of work, he has a special interest and talent in working with full round log timber frames. He got started after he completely remodeled his own log house in Colorado 16 years ago.
Well there was more interesting things about Ed. He is a motorcycle aficionado, lists skiing and glass blowing among his hobbies, and was an exchange student at the University of Tampere in Finland. I was an exchange student in both Mexico and Spain and have also been to Finland almost 30 times. It’s funny the similarities that you can discover when you take time to speak to a stranger.
I shot some video of Ed. He talks a little about his work and interest in building homes as well as what he thinks of DC. He was extremely open about himself and spoke to me about coming out that he was gay. Now 45, Ed only came out 8 years ago when he moved to DC. When I asked him if there was anything that he could use help with that I could post on my Lend a Hand section, he laughed and said “you can help me find a partner!” So new territory for the Year of Giving to serve as a “match-maker” of sort. Ed shares what he looks for in a partner. If anyone wants to meet Ed, please shoot me a message with some information about yourself and I will forward your message on to Ed. Who knows…maybe he will contact you!
As for the $10. Ed was heading to see a band at the Black Cat and said it would end up getting spent there most likely.