“Surround yourself with people who make you happy. People who make you laugh, who help you when you’re in need. People who genuinely care. They are the ones worth keeping in your life. Everyone else is just passing through.”― Karl Marx

I’ve spent a lot of time over the last year thinking about relationships. What makes one person a friend and another person an acquaintance? Why do we love who we love? Are they a reflection of ourselves or a parallel? Why do some people just make us feel instantly at home? Why do some drive us away?

Things like that. And I think I’ve figured some of these things out.

I only met Joe  a couple of weeks ago, and have had two meetings with him, but this one was my favorite kind of meeting: on the trail. It’s relaxing, allows us to put our guards down a little bit. And to share an experience outside of an office or a coffee shop.

He was great to talk to, and when we didn’t talk it wasn’t uncomfortable. We talked a lot of business, but also geology, flora and fauna, future, past, and generally pleasant experiences. He’s one of those people that has an intensity but it’s energizing rather than distracting or intimidating. It was a good time and I’m excited to be able to work with him (meaning his organization) in several capacities in the future.

Of course I took him up No Thoroughfare. The waterfalls are so nice this time of year.