Thelma Lee read about the Pink ride in a 2011 Jackrabbit Speaks (The Burning Man newsletter)
She came to the talk and the ride and then when we hit center camp–with Playa Serendipity- she crossed paths with her Husband. He was pulled into the pink lovefest and I gave him a hug. It was magical and she wrote about it.
Back in the default world, Thelma Lee joined and became active in AnyBeat, the (now defunct) Burning Man-inspired Social Media platform that I helped co-found with Dmitry Shapiro and others.
Anybeat was closed in May 2012.
In February of 2014, Thelma’s husband, Peter, died.
For the 2014 burn, Thelma Lee asked me to place a small chain of origami cranes in the Temple. It was the heart of a “one-thousand cranes” project, folded and constructed by Peter’s colleagues.
The cranes were hand-delivered by Esta (aka Luna), another Anybeat alumni who she remained digital and physical friends with.
Mid-week at Burning Man, I rode to the temple. With tears streaming down my face I approached the center alter, removed my shoes, and then attached the cranes to a large plaque for a medic who had passed.
Moments like this are hard to express.
Places like this are hard to convey.
But I am overwhelmed with gratitude that they exist.
Thank you, Peter. Your love vibrations ripple eternally.