As some of you know I was laid off last September. I'm working again now, but only half of the time that I used to work. Anyway, check my email a couple of weeks ago and there's a pm from Thom Darrah. He asks how I'm doing and asks if I'm back at work. I answer him with pretty much what I explained above.
He then asks how much of the gear that I sold last fall did I actually need in order to go hiking again. I tell him and the next thing I know he's offering to replace some of it.
Now, I'm a pretty independent guy. I take care of myself. I'm not someone who cries over spilled milk. I did what I has to do at the time and sold a lot of my gear. So, I resigned myself with the fact that I probably wouldn't get out this year.
A couple of days pass and I get all this gear that I really needed in the mail.. Not cheap stuff. Good quality brand new(most of it) gear. I was shocked that someone that I barely knew would do something like that for someone he barely knew. Things like this just haven't happened in my world... Until now. It was a little bit of a struggle to accept, because as I said earlier, I take care of myself. Also, I honestly didn't believe he was going to do it. This has been a very humbling experience for me.
Another member of this community offered me the possibly of a one time job. That I am not able to talk about. They asked that I keep it confidential and it's not set in stone. I just want everyone to know that BPL has some very good souls associated with it. It's more than just an online magazine. It's a community... a village. Hope that doesn't sound corny, but it's true. Maybe that's why this magazine survives and does so well... Good Karma, good membership.
I can talk about Thom Darrah and his generosity. I didn't ask for anything. I didn't go looking for anything. This guy just shows up out of the blue to lend a helping hand. The only thing he asked in return was that if things got really rough again, please don't sell this gear AND a simple thank you. Things are looking up this year already, and I want everyone to know that Thom Darrah had something to do with it. Thanks Thom. You're racking up some great karma and your generosity is not taken for granted and is greatly appreciated.