To my friends, in Portland and online: Thank you for being there.
I am lucky in my family -- a family of people who really like each other -- and I am lucky in my friends -- all these people who've invited me in. I want to be a better family member, and a better friend, and that's reinforced by the good people I'm related to and the good people I've met.
Thank you for accepting me, in my weirdness and intensity, and for helping make it more likely that I can use that weirdness and intensity for more good.
*hugs you all*
Best of the good luck, all of us. We can make things better.