Barefoot: a rooftop in Brooklyn. Checked time at exactly 1:11am Friday 13th. Learned something new about me, confirming old.

July 15th, 2004, 12pm

Sometimes, either my phone or ‘Hi’ breaks and improvising becomes necessary in order to post/save sketch. For some reason, couldn’t upload appropriate photo here, and it wouldn’t work photo-less. Thus, dear reader, you get to see a random old photo of a goat that once followed me through the Olympic Mountains in Washington.

In reality, I just came down off a rooftop in Brooklyn.

Rode a large ceramic whale, slid down it’s back.

Ate fish tacos outside in the rain next to a fountain in a Spanish-style courtyard in a sports bar on Driggs Ave.

Salsa dancing for the security camera in a park next to historic ruins at midnight.

Rooftop, flask of rum. Skyline, dim stars, and lengthy insightful conversation. Life paths, histories and dreams explored….

Suddenly, I can concisely articulate why I feel I finally found my calling in tech startups: I’ve always wanted to change the world, incite action, expand minds, change people. As a musician and artist, I found I was only preaching to the choir.

Finally, I’m not preaching to the choir; I can spark new flames, reach the wise but complacent, move the comfortable! I recently attended some uber-geeky conferences - schedules full of “Ubuntu” and “MySql” talks - and I ran sessions on activism and technology. As a child, I protected geeks from bullies and wrote anti-war poetry. In the middle, I organized arts festivals and performed social political songs. Now, founder of a tech startup?

Suddenly, my path is not all a disjointed mess, a life of fleeting fancies but connected thread of incredibly logical progressions that led me here…..

To this rooftop. In Brooklyn.

With a man I met a month ago at a ‘tech’ conference in Palm Springs who will be similarly crashing on MY couch in Portland next week when he comes out for another conference.

“Rooftop epiphanies! A full-circle connected Universe!” I proclaim. Grounding myself: “Hey, what time is it?” “1:11 am… on Friday the 13th” he utters, a bit in awe. No really. We have a screenshot I’d love to upload here, but can’t. 1:11am on Friday the 13th, rooftop epiphanies with new friends for random places.

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Lindsay Caron

Hike, bike, run, climb, dance, sing, volunteer, organize, create, debate, smile, skip, summit, ski, swim, sing some more! Tech startups for social change!! Used to write, organize festivals, documentaries..., About.Me/LindsayCaron

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