I'm LEAVING! December 8, 2004
Can you BELIEVE that? It's almost here!
To which you all, in your infinite generosity and grace and love, are sending Team 911 (along with that HUGE donation from Rosenblum Cellars -- go buy some wine. Way worth it, I'm telling you. Makes me run faster, anyway).
I can't believe we raised the money. I can't believe we've done the training. I can't believe I go to work tonight and then leave from there to go right to the airport. I have SO much to remember -- haven't packed a thing yet.
Okay. I'm nervous. Way nervous. What if I don't make it? What if I don't? Huh? Huh? I've done the distance before, yes, in the practice marathon last month. But this is in the HEAT! I hate heat. And the humidity. Oh, erg. I'm scared. Jitters. But excited. This is it.
This is IT.
I'm taking my computer, on the off chance I get to blog. I won't count on being able to, but I'll hope. And dude, you can go to the Honolulu Marathon and keep track of where I am on Sunday in real time (that'll keep me honest, eh?) by typing in either my name or my runner number: 6900. And I'll thank you to keep your smart remarks about my number to yourself. Yep. And watch our girl Marama, too! She's number 7167. Keep her strong in your minds, also....
I just have to tell you what my sister Christy and Celia did this weekend. They put their wonderful heads together, and with huge hearts and helping hands and a garage sale, they got together an envelope for Marama and me. When I opened it, I found ninety dollars. I gotta tell you -- Marama just bought a house, too, and we are house POOR. We're actually both house broker-than-broke. We were dreaming of mai-tais on the beach after the run (hell, during the run would be all right, too....), but kind of knew we were going to be buying a lot of free sand and free water instead. So they gave us mai-tai money. It's not for the AIDS Foundation, it's not for any good cause at all, it's just for us to have dinner, or drinks, or pedicures, whatever. Isn't that just the sweetest thing you ever heard? Made me cry. Really. Thank you, to the both of youse. You've made us so happy.
And the rest of you? You made this trip possible, and more than that, much much much more than that, think about this: You raised over $7000 to fight AIDS. We're running for you. Running because of you. Bless all your hearts.
All love, and think of us on Sunday! Whooo hooooooo!