Years later, after I lost my job of nearly a decade, I went to a show at Mixed Blood. I was still reeling from the loss of this job (a job that was more than a job – a passion, a resource, a community) when a former colleague formally introduced me to Jack. We exchanged numbers with him saying he’d keep an ear out for opportunities for me (I not so secretly was hoping he’d have an opening at Mixed Blood). I assumed this was just a social nicety. Imagine my surprise when, a few weeks later, I received an email from a cast member in an upcoming production (Curious Incident) saying they were looking for someone with my skill set at their theater in Colorado and Jack had mentioned me! In the end, it did not work out (my MN roots are strong), but that gesture gave me confidence in my “marketability” and, most importantly, reminded me of the magical thing we have here in this large-but-small arts community. That we care for each other. That we are true to our word. That we have so much to give and so much to learn and that our time here is short. So let’s be awesome to each other, with each other, for each other.