Yesterday was graduation. (Actually, graduation was weeks ago. I'm now back in LA, but it took me a while to get around to publishing this post.) After the pomp and circumstance, the class headed back to the firepit for our final get-together. Ejler provided bloody marys and the Elephant award was bestowed upon Dechen, a deserving recipient. The elephant award is passed down from a second year to a student that shows exceptional talent and character among a group of immensely talented characters. A good time was had by all. And then the good-byes began. I for one don't believe in good-byes, especially at this place. I feel that the school has a gravity all its own, and that most all of us will stay within its orbit. I look forward to seeing what we make of the experiences we had at College of the Redwoods Fine Furniture program.