Hold your fire -During that song, I brushed against something on the keys I was holding in one hand. It was a small piece of useless metal that has been hooked onto my key chain for several decades. How appropriate... I added that thing to my key chain in 1989, back when I was still playing D&D on weekends. It was given to me by this guy,
Keep it burning bright
Hold the flame 'til the dream ignites -
A spirit with a vision is a dream with a mission....
In a techy-looking control room down the hall from the machine shop pictured above, I was monitoring some readouts on something or other, and Larry was there in case anything important broke down. In the down-time, he was playing with some small bits of stainless steel wire with a needle-nose pliers. I was glad we got a chance to reconnect, and I told him about how this new group was everything the old one was not. When he got up to eventually go, he tossed me this small figure-8 piece of steel. I decided to see it as not vertically as an 8, but horizontally as an infinity sign... and a sign of the limitless future ahead. It's still on my key chain 22 years later,