Friday, June 24, 2005

Sheepish Grin

I haven't said a word about this in my own blog as, for reasons that will be apparent, I didn't wish to seem to promote it.

Over the past two weeks, I have been the object of great generosity. Selma, a reader of QueerJoe's and (thanks to Joe) a reader of mine* got it into her head that I ought to see the New York Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, New York. They thought, moreover, that my way ought to be paid as a sort of scholarship.

And so Joe set up a fund through his blog, the Fresh Air Group (FAG) for Franklin. Now, to my great delight and greater surprise, I'm going to Rhinebeck.

This must be the RAOK to end RAOKs. I'm stunned.

There is talk of doing this again, next year, for another person and I hope it will happen, because I'd like to contribute to it.

At present, I guess all I can do is write a heartfelt "thank you." And pray when these warm, witty and intelligent people meet me, they won't ask for their money back.

*Although she may stop reading me if I don't get my frigging post about Lily Chin finished.

15 comments:

Corvus said...

Ms. Knittiot is going to be thrilled!

Kathy Merrick said...

Franklin, I do not believe we will be disappointed.
We have all been amazingly sympatico so far, and even the lovely Selma and met online through our mutual obsession with Benoit Bourque (www.leventdunord.com), and have been for years now amazed at what we have in common besides BB and knitting.

Hoskins Smith said...

Franklin, your posts about the retreat were so funny. I read them to my husband who has had to suffer through many such things. Our laughter at your posts was the first we have shared since his hip operation in February.
Thanks!

Rachel said...

Oh my goodness! Franklin, I am pleased as punch. How extremely exciting.

Anonymous said...

Franklin, I'm happy (ok, and jealous) for you. Be careful though, or you'll be flying back with a spinning wheel. Those folks are just plain evil. Don't let them make you a Yankees fan either.
After reading yesterday's post I would have sworn you worked for the fiefdom, I mean great state of IL. Guess academia is almost like a state though.

Michelene said...

I'm not really anonymous.

obscure said...

So happy for you, Franklin. I've been to Rhinebeck and the S.F. version. Truely sensory overload!

Jude

goblinbox said...

Oh, sweet! Have so much fun; you totally deserve it.

markknitz said...

very very cool. i went last year for the first time and was totally blown away. let me know when you guys are going and maybe I can meet you guys up there.

birdfarm said...

Wow, that's the nicest thing I've heard of in ages. Yay for FAG for Franklin!

I'm sure no one will ask for money back. People know solid gold when they find it, my dear friend.

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