This was one of our first times meeting outside of Mendocino. I was so nervous. I drove all the way to 29 Palms Inn from LA, not really too bad of a drive, but when you are nervous to see the one you love, it’s a long drive. We stayed for a night, and we had so much fun, we stayed an additional night. We were inseparable. We stayed in the back of Richie’s car all day long drinking beers with the back of the car propped open looking out to the desert. Wow, what a great day. We talked about life for hours. He took me out to the middle of a dry lake bed and played me the song “Into My Arms” by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. I literally started crying. It was the most overwhelming and romantic moment in my life up to that point.