alto, thank you for the kind words. I would have responded sooner, but I had errands to run yesterday; including attending last night city-wide vigil at Lake Eola. Yeah, I agree it’s hard to believe it’s only been a year since the tragedy of Pulse in some regards. The world has experienced a lot upheaval in the last 365 days.

I wish more people from around the world could have been there to experience it. I’m telling you, believe with every fiber of my being that you would have thoroughly enjoyed it. (If there’s a video upload somewhere, I’ll be sure to get the link to you.) I could have written more, but I didn’t want to test people’s limits or go all maudlin. One thing that occurred me after I posted this was much this year’s vigil affected me more than last year’s. Perhaps it was combined distraction of the Westboro Baptist Church goons, the media onslaught, my own preference to avoid public displays of grief, and who knows what else that kept me somewhat emotionally detached.

This year was a totally different story. After the bagpipers’ began okaying Amazing Grace my emotions were on heightened alert.

Your story of the Pan Am and KLM accident and the locals’ response is exactly what I’m talking about. It’s really changed my outlook about Orlando. For YEARS I’ve always wanted to be somewhere else, anywhere else, but here in Orlando. Finally, now like Captain Bragg, I can finally see what the people in the central Florida community are capable of.

Thank you.

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