Oh my, Santa has had one too many burritos,
Ho Ho Ho...
Hahaha. That also makes for a fun ringtone if you want to download
and put it on your cell phone, hehe.
I thought I'd put the ole Christmas tree up one last time. Some
of you might remember that tree, tho it has been
redecorated for this year, a mixed bag of balls you could say, hehe. There is some neat
stuff, fun stuff and even a silly one in there for FL Josh. Oh and
there is a really old pic of me in there too. I'm sure you'll easily guess
which one that is. Ok, click on each of the nine balls above for a
Now here's some advise for you grandmothers out there. It might
not be wise to give your grandson boxing gloves for Christmas,
Appears Zach has been on Santa's Naughty List. OH Jim reports he got his
license suspended for too many tickets. At first he was able to get
a permit to drive to school and work, but you get one guess what
happened next. Yeah he drove everywhere anyway and got busted. Jim,
perhaps you should get Zach one of these for Christmas to get
On a brighter note Jim goes on to say he is pulling a 3.999 GPA
at University in Electrical Engineering. And Zach's got a new little
project to work on. "He bought a 1971 Opel GT. It hasn't run for
10 years. Took a night to get it going. Brakes were seized... But he
replaced them. Tires were flat, and sunk into blacktop, but we
pumped them up and they are still holding air 3 weeks later."
That's one sweet ride Zach :)
I received a wonderful letter from OR Richie...
CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SEASON 2015
This is Richie from Oregon. It's rather "Richie and Becky" now since
I re-united with my college-era girlfriend after over 30 years in
2011 and we were married in September 2012. That was ONE of the true
unexpected miracles of my life....
..... and the other one was my association with Gary Kelly which
began in the winter of 2002.
For all those reading this, and for the extended and unique "family"
all over the world that Gary developed... we wish you the very best
for this holiday season and a wonderful new year. And to my beloved
friend Gary himself.... for however this sentiment may connect... a
"thank you" like no other and the very best thoughts and feelings
for this moment right NOW and all the eternity that remains.
We count and remember "gifts" in many ways through this journey of
life. Here's what I think in terms of a GIFT for all of you reading
this and logged on to this site, which has endured and been
maintained by our fellow ODYSSEY traveler and friend Greg from Texas
and others. You're looking at it. Here are comments, stories,
adventures, dreams, common sense, uncommon insights, anecdotes,
allegory, and many things which you will never EVER really come
across anywhere else.
Gary had popularity and success earlier in life and also went
through destitute abandon, frustration, reflection, incredible
rediscovery, turned it into volumes of tales that had a positive and
inspiring effect on people from the first day posted until the last,
and happened to create a global community of loyal friends,
followers, partners along the path of footprints in the sand... and
you know something? Not bad.
As for "kid Richie" here... I went through much the same over the
years. Still am. Whether any or all of us deserved or even provoked
such turns and twists in life is really of no matter... it's just
what we managed to do with what we had in hand and what dreams and
hopes in our hearts and minds that we simply would NEVER abandon.
Gary believed that... until the very end. I still believe that. My
other hero Winston Churchill always believed that.
So there begins one of the greatest, absolutely MOST unique, and
cherished friendships of my life. What a gift I received, this
friendship from a bloke in Australia. I tried to give it back at
times and as best I could.
Nothing like this ever happened to me... a true friend, confidante,
literal soul mate, a wise sage across the oceans who listened and
helped me every single day for over a dozen years. Thanks Gary. I
never have forgotten that, and never will. He might whisper a
Christmas holiday song that could eek its way into my thoughts but I
think it's more likely that he'd tap out a tune, in his own accented
way, that simply says... "Hold on tight.... to your dreams.....".
Very often... I hear people express things in terms of "once in a
lifetime...!!" but I do not accept that. The only things that IS
literally once in a lifetime is a lifetime itself. What Gary did...
and what his legacy is still doing.... was one of a kind in his
Whatever happens to any of us... good, bad, tragic, tremendous joy,
inspiration... sheer pure HOPE when there is nothing else left...
it's here... somewhere. So.... if you were not aware of it.... you
just got another Christmas gift of endless value by simply being
Holiday and Christmas AND the best New Years greetings to you all.
My endless daily thoughts of memorium to Gary, to his beloved Cody,
and everybody I have had the great fortune to encounter here.
Richie and Becky Larson.... Oregon, USA
Ladies and Gentlemen, Australia's Straalen McCallum...
Well 2015 certainly wasn't the year that any of us had hoped for.
Not a day goes by that I don't think about Gary. As the young
traveler from Sweden once told Gary, "do what you can while you
can", so true. And with that folks perhaps it's time to bring the
waffle to a close here for now. But wait a minute, there's one more
waffle page to go. It may take a second or two for you to understand
the meaning behind the page, as it's not a blank page. But rather a
little memorial page from Gary's
perspective, not ours, as he would start a new waffle month.
After all the years and zillions of words he pecked out, his cursor
will continue to blink on in his memory.
I want to sincerely wish each and everyone of you a very safe and
happy holiday and to thank you for all your support thru this year.
And I'd like to close with a quote from Gary...