Immediately, kozmik serendipity happened: that day, I had received an email from cartoonist Mary Fleener, who is the best cubist artist in the world except for a bunch of dead guys. Mary lives in Encinitas, and I had hoped to see her at Comicon, but alas! she had come for one day only, and I’d missed her. But while we were still in the station parking lot, a car pulled up, a horn sounded — and voila! It was Mary, purely by accident (or telepathically guided there by the Goddess)! So I got in a quick hug and a promise that we’d get together in April, when Mary will come to Wondercon in San Francisco — and a photo of me with Mary and Cindy, and there it is.
I was glad and sad to see Paul, (and there we are) my first introduction to what brain damage can do to a person. Your brain, I realized, controls all of you, not just your mind, and so Paul’s damaged brain has affected him physically, and that made me sad. But underneath, he’s still Paul, and that made me glad. Paul has a mannerism: he’ll point a finger at you and grin, a kind of “aha!” thing. It’s something he’s always done, and he did it when he saw me this time.
You can read all about Paul on Cindy’s blog: lhttp://cindyleeberryhill.blogspot.com/.