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Kharma at the MS Ride to the Beach and FOs

Steve makes ready in Kershaw, SC

This is a happy man getting ready to ride the annual MS Ride to the Beach. He does this every year for fun and for Lynda. Little does he know what awaits us.

This year I went with him to make transport easier and to enjoy some of this myself. Drove to Florence, SC, to the days endpoint about 75 miles away. Shopped, bought lunch and went to Frances Marion University to await Steve’s finish. Sketched and talked with some really nice folks. We cheered arrivals, including Steve’s, and when we got to the car, the bottom dropped out. My wallet was gone–missing from my art bag.

Long story short–
Searched everywhere with lots of MS volunteer help.
Search dumpster with help from FMU.
Alerted public through the DJ.
Waited and waited with help from the beer truck.
Steve lost the fob which operates the car IN the car, so car would operate–for ANYONE!
Cried and canceled cards.
No drivers license or ID so can’t drive to beach.
Steve abandons ride. Said karma too bad.
Came home Sunday.
Late Sunday night message comes that wallet found and is coming back to Charlotte.

It was found by a rider when she arrived in Sunset Beach. It was in her sag luggage. She had no idea how. I had never been near the riders’ luggage area. Even more surprising none of the money or cards were missing. Mystery which won’t be solved.

Anyway I painted this

Tent City at Frances Marion U in Florence, SC

I recently made my first hard bound book. I used book board covered in batik fabric for the covers and paper from a nice sketchbook. Here’s the result.

Batik Cover

Coptic binding

First hardback book — lies flat

First hardback book — explanation

More later–


One Response

  1. I’m sorry about the disaster. There is no sense to those days.However, I really am loving your painting!

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