This is Al. He currently lives in NYC homeless shelters. Moments before meeting him on 42nd street I spent 10 min standing starring at the marvelous architecture outside of Grand Central Station. I purposefully didn’t take my phone out to capture a picture but rather stood there really focusing on being in the moment. Studying the intricate details of the building, the sculpture on top and the beauty of the contrast with the nights sky.
As I walked up the street from this location I saw this older man who appeared down on his luck shaking a cup full of change for donations. I stopped to talk with him and I was fortunate that he felt comfortable enough with me to share part of his interesting life story.
Turns out that he is a talented photographer and as a token of appreciation for my financial contribution he wanted to give me a print that he had hand developed years earlier. He reached into his bag and out of hundreds of photos he pulled out a picture of the EXACT location I was just standing at moments early gazing up in awe at Grand Central Station… Not one foot to the left or right, the exact spot! It was a very surreal coincidence and a very cool moment.
I now have this photo hung up as a personal reminder that every everyday I have the opportunity to give instead of receive. I’m sharing this not to toot my own horn but as a reminder to myself because as human beings it’s very easy to get wrapped up in our own heads focusing on the all of the negative things and fear that we are constantly bombarded with. It reminds me that there is an opportunity to be the energy on the other side of spectrum and focus instead on the positive change that we would like to see in this world that is based on love and compassion.
This past year I have been focusing on the fact that I can start by giving a dime out of a dollar or 10 min out of an hour to help someone because as the late great Jim Rohn says most people who don’t do that won’t give a million from 10 million when they have it. Thank you Al for the great conversation and special photo print, they both mean a lot to me.
(at Grand Central Terminal)
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This is Kenny Hirsch @KennyGetSome. Kenny was the generation that came up under us in the LI BMX scene. I was always so psyched on Kenny’s Riding, along w/ @RussBarone I had the opportunity to teach them how to peg stall, tail tap and manual on the #LongIsaldBicyles mini ramp.
11 years ago Kenny’s riding progressed leaps and bounds ahead of the other riders and he was starting to make a name for himself when unexpectedly he had a life altering injury riding a four wheeler. He went from free spirt to quadriplegic in an instant.
Kenny was brought to the same hospital that @ScottyCramner just had his rehab at but his experience was very different. There were not thousands of people sending him letters and cheering him on. He was alone, sometimes without visitors for a long time, put in a dark cold room with other patients who were not coping very well. He was laid out at the bottom of Mt. Everest not able to move more than just his face. The doctors gave him ZERO percent chance to ever move his limbs again.
After 8 months of battling a mental hell and putting all of his focus and all of his might he was able to slightly move his big toe… It was only a few millimeters but he knew that this was a flicker of hope. His chance to put all of his energy & faith into. Everyday he pushed, crawled & bleed up that mountain.
11 years later and I can’t believe I got to witness Kenny WALK back into the hospital for the first time after being released from it! Years ago he was told by his only life line, the doctors that that he had ZERO chance to ever do so!
He displayed bravery, strength and courage as he gave @ScottyCramner and other injured patients relief and motivation sharing his experience. It was surreal and I am so proud.
Kenny’s working hard everyday, pushing to new heights. I’m so lucky that he shares his drive with me on our daily talks. He is currently writing a book about his experience which I can’t wait to read. I can’t wait to see you achieve all of the goals that we are setting together this year. You are a fearless warrior and my hero.
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In life’s trying times I always try to look for inspiration on how my Heroes face life’s big challenges when life deals them an expected hand of cards. To all of my non BMX friends, This is @ScottyCranmer. He is a 9 time @Xgames Medalist, multiple @DewTour Champion and one of the best bmx riders in the world.
Over the last 20 years I’ve seen him come up from the unknown park ripper to world wide BMX superstar who has always stayed grounded with his humbleness and positive attitude. He has always been so supportive of my riding and announcing. A few years back he was asked where is the one place with the one person in the world that he wanted to ride with… Scotty said #GorgeRoad Trails in New Zealand with Darryl Nau. I was humbled and honored and have always looked forward to that day together.
A few months ago Scotty had a very serious head and spinal cord injury. He almost died and woke up from multiple reconstructive surgeries to find a large part of his skull had been removed to relieve pressure in addition to being a quadriplegic. Given the circumstance I have never seen anything like Scotty’s positive attitude and mental strength. Upon waking Scotty made a conscious decision to make his accident the most inspiring moment of his life for himself and anyone who see’s his story first hand. By documenting the process on his youtube channel and embracing this challenging he has taken this in stride. Inspiring the entire hospital and thousands around the world to be their best, to focus on the light that is off in the distance and move towards it.
This photo is from two months ago and I’m thrilled to report that Scotty has made tremendous progress since then. He has been released form the hospital and his skull has been since replaced. He is doing so well that the hashtags have changed from #StandWithScotty to #RideWithScotty. He still has a hard road ahead but Scotty when you’re ready, we’re going to New Zealand to ride together. You are a champion for your unbreakable mindset, attitude and heart. You are my hero.
Donation link 4 Scotty in my bio. (at Kessler Rehabilitation)
No words… just crushing sadness as I try to say goodbye to my life long friend SPAM. Love to all of those who are trying to cope with the tremendous pain of saying goodbye to the most unique person we have ever met in style and personality. Armed with the comical stupidity of a mad genius who only wants to share his latest discovery of laughter with all, he leaves behind many heavy and broken hearts as he moves from this dimension to the next one.
Thank you @glennaya_ for sharing this memory with me. 2009 from one of the most fun nights ever at @SantosPartyHouse on our way to the nightlife awards. I love you Spam. #RipSPAM #Spam4Eva
We will be honoring Spam aka Chris Martin @TenderTrapBK Thursday 2.23.17 6pm-10pm All whom he touched are encouraged to attend. (at Santos Party House)
Thursday 2-23-17 6pm-10pm We come together to honor the legend known as SPAM aka Chris Martin @TenderTrapBK 66 Greenpoint Ave. BK, NY 11222. Please feel free to share and spread the word to any of his friends and acquaintances. If you have any photos of spam or his art that you’d like to share please email firstname.lastname@example.org #SPAM4EVA #RIPSPAM (at Tender Trap)
Lightweight! One of the best parts about owning a bar is riding in it. @tendertrapbk solo session over a stack of ice cold gennys.
Session sound track by @homeboysandman @japanther #BillWithers #TheSpits #ggandthejabbers @metallica. Beer by @geneseebrewery. Art by @smurfoudirty @superchiefgallery
@sandmbmx @vansbmx66 @gardenoflife #DarrylNau #bmx #ShieldBMX #tendertrap #tendertrapbk Vid by @jailbirdjohnny (at Tender Trap)
FULL Simple Session Contest Recap Video in Bio…. Watching this I am feeling so blessed to be apart of such a special weekend! Thank you @simplesession for creating 17 years of magic and for flying me to Estonia to host this event for the last 6 of those years!
Thank you to all of my friends for making one the best BMX Family Reunions of the year! You all ride with your hearts and bodies on the line not to mention celebrate life with all of the love and enthusiasm in the world. THANK YOU! I’ll see a lot of you again this summer in Latvia to host summer to host Summer Sessions!
Video by Digital Master @dmitrishushuyev #BMX #DarrylNau #SimpleSession #SimpleSession17 #ShieldBMX @VansBMX66 @GardenOfLife @SandmBMX @ts138 (at Tallinn, Estonia)
The calm before the storm! I just flew to Tallinn, Estonia to announce a hundred of the worlds best BMXers go to war on the @simplesession battle field! Photo by @digbmx #simplesession #simplesession17 (at Saku Arena Tallinn)
GUTTERBALLs at the @tendertrapbk the staff party this week!🎉 Huge Thank you to my team for always having my and @ryanvirag’s back! You guys inspire me in so many ways, it’s always an honor to create magic with all of you. Cheers 🍻 to all the fun ahead in 2017 🎉. #tendertrap #tendertrapbk #melodylanes 📸@dudemanshouse (at Melody Lanes)
Less than one week until I’ll be announcing and partying in Europe with BMX riders from around the world @simplesession !! Repost- “We’re here at #SimpleSession – one of the best BMX contests in the world. For many reasons, one of my favourite is that it brings together the community of BMX and all levels and all styles of riding are respected, judged equally and everyone parties their butt off."🤘🏼🎉🍻 #simplesession #simplesession14 #bmx #estonia #tallinn #sakusuurhall #visitestonia @reynoldsfiend @tylerfernengel @lahsaankobza @treyjonesucks @tomjustice @davidperaza @danielwedemejierbmx @loganmartinbmx @simobarraco @ollieshields 📹: @dmitrishushuyev ™@simplesession (at Tallinn, Estonia)
Come join us Tonight as we bring in in the New Year in Style! I’ll be on the mic hosting @tendertrapbk NYE 2017 w/ @goldwhistlenyc:
FREE beer 8-9
HUGE balloon drop and champagne at midnight!
DJs: @josai.nyc @seankrames @juliannespins @itsteeburr @dirtyfinger @djyamez & @maxklaw
Hosted by: @darrylnau & @vanityzo
2016 is OVER let’s celebrate with ALL your friends! https://www.facebook.com/events/372106913143415/ (at Tender Trap)
Oooh la-la I’m Ms. December! You have nothing in me @therealashsmith! Actually… I think everyone, myself included, would much rather see sexy pics of Ashley plastered on their wall calendar 😉 all @playboy bunnies aside… thank you @sourcebmx for putting on such a special core BMX event, it’s such an honor to be the host and get the party started!! I can’t wait for next year SEPT 9th weekend with you @andyzeiss 🎉🎉 #darrylnau #BMX #shieldbmx #vansbmx #oakleybike #battleofhastings (at SourceBMX Shop)
When traveling I always make it a point to work and create from public libraries. The energy and focus inside of them can be very inspiring. I’ve been fortunate to have visited hundreds of them around the world. All unique in their own way. They offer a great look into the people and communities that are behind them.
Today I’m working from one of the greatest ones in the world, The New York Public Library. It’s really nice to get lost in your work only to look up and see such a breath taking room.
Thank you @GardenOfLife for keeping my brain fueled, @SaturdaysNYC for getting my belongings here in style. #ILoveNYC #NYPL #newyorkpubliclibrary (at NYPL The New York Public Library)
The energy at the Battle of Hastings was explosive. It was such an honor to announce the riders and even more fun to get the crowd worked up into a frenzy with @andyzeiss. I Can’t wait til next year!
Repost @digbmx- “@darrylnau at the #battleofhastings shot by @dethrays New @sourcebmx #mailorder catalog which includes our DIG #bohbmx coverage - #digbmx issue 1066 - out now! #printisdead #longliveprint #darrylnau #shieldbmx #bmx” (at SourceBMX Shop)
What a party last night! The @bone_deth video did not disappoint and neither did the 5 alarm party that went til 4 am @tendertrapbk!! This is a small portion of the party animals captured on Polaroid by @dudemanshouse. #TenderTrapBK #tendertrap #BMX (at Tender Trap)
Hook Line and Sinker! SEAN “the dead baby ain’t mine” BURNS flew all the way to NYC and @tendertrapbk to premiere the new @bone_deth video! The least I could do was fish hook his pie hole! @burnsbonedeth #TenderTrapBK #seanburns #darrylnau #bmx #tendertrap (at Tender Trap)
BMX LEGEND VAN F*CKING HOMAN! Will be celebrating his birthday tomorrow night (Saturday Nov 19th) @TenderTrapBK. @vandeverhoman is a life long friend of mine so I’m buying all of you free beer on my tab from 7 to 8 to celebrate one of the toughest mother f*ckers to ever ride a BMX bike!
Sean Burns @BurnsboneDeth will be in the house along with JIMMY LEVAN! for the premiere of the NEW BONE DETH VIDEO “The Dirty Sniff” @bone_Deth
7-8 pm FREE BEER,
9PM Bone Deth Video Premiere
10pm til 4 am Dance Party w/ DJ @dirtyfinger and Go-Go girls and Bone Babes!!!
This is a Movie Trailer for the film, Change Your Life in which I did the Voice Over for. Shot and directed by the talented @JCPieri. It is currently being shown on the film festival circuit and will be released early next year.
I am hired to do a lot of voice overs for movies, art films and commercial work that I usually don’t share on the Gram but this film is to visually beautiful not to. I recommend checking it out if it’s playing at city near you. #DarrylNau #ChangeYourLife (at Iceland)
It Feels great being back home in Brooklyn! Even though I’ve been awake for over 2 days straight traveling back from China my energies and mood are high being home in NYC. Next stop @tendertrapbk for a group art show we have tonight featuring local BMX,skating and Graf.
I Had a great time being NYC getting @tendertrapbk all pre-paired for the Halloween madness! If you’re gonna be in NYC this weekend id recommend checking out some of the fun and crazy costume parties that we have line up over the next 4 days including a special performance by @showmethepink and @Japanther!
What a pleasant surprise on the road less traveled. I’ve been riding my bike across Long Island for decades and never new this beauty was here til right now. Fall in the north east is really something magical. (at Smithtown , New York)
Had a great time last night at the NYC PREMIERE of the NEW @tiwest FILM, In A Valley of Violence staring Ethan Hawke & John Travolta. I highly recommend seeing it on the big screen where Ti’s use of suspense with Jeff Grace’s sound track is highlighted in all of its glory. Opens in theaters this Friday October 21 in major cities.
Fun Fact: Ti West supplied @tendertrapbk with its neon sign which was used in his film Cabin Fever 2… which I also happen to be in and was killed off during the high school dance off.
#TiWest #DarrylNau #InAValleyOfViolence #saturdaysnyc (at New York, New York)
JERRY JERRY JERRY! What an adventure to remember 🎉🎉Thank you all who came on the charter bus Field Trip to the @thejerryspringershow. I will be setting up more @darrylnau Presents bus trips in the coming months… Be there or be square! 🎉🎉
THE PARTY HAS STARTED! I rented a charter bus to JERRY SPRINGER for the first @tendertrapbk field trip!! 🎉🎉It sold out in less than an hour! Update this just in Jimmy Levan and @corynastazio will be joining us!! #tendertrap #tendertraptrip (at Tender Trap)
That’s right I organized a HUGE charter bus to whisk Trappers off to a live taping of @theJerrySpringerShow! Monday October 17th, Pre PARTY at High Noon @TenderTrapBK bus leaves at 1.30 pm sharp. Back 6.30 ish for a post party w/ DjTed.
Email TenderTrapBK@gmail.com for a request to RSVP a seat. JERRY JERRY JERRY!
I cloned myself! This is how I’m able to be at EVERY BMX contest under the sun.
Shout out to my @sandmbikes teammate @ifathead for doubling my productivity on the other side of the world in the UK at the DIG BMX Jam.
#darrylnauoutfitoftheday @DIGbmx #DigUkJam #BMX #DarrylNau #ShieldBMX @oakleybike @vansbmx66 (at London, United Kingdom)
🔃Repost- A session with the man behind @tendertrapbk the one and only @darrylnau repping NYC and @sandmbmx 📹 @theshiftlife / @jsbmx_
#BMX #darrylnau #tendertrap #tendertrapbk #sandmbikes #shieldbmx #mullaly #bx #bronx #22bmx ™@mullalybikepark (at Mullaly BMX/Skate Park)
What a magic moment! I am still buzzing from this event. Tommy Dugan is the man! Get here next year sept 9th and 10th! I can’t wait.
“So we finally found the cable cam footage of @tommydugan from the #battleofhastings… what a treat. @monsterenergy @etniesbmx @fitbikeco @darrylnau @sandmbmx @odysseybmx ™@sourcebmx” (at SourceBMX Shop)
Throwback to 2009ish? Foot-plant, frame grab, bar-spin. At the #boondocks trails in the prime of their community and creativity. It’s been great looking back at pictures of the special times we had in those woods. I was riding brakeless at the time and that’s what encouraged the bar-spin.
Shout out to @gbyrnest1 for the frame. It was his signature @t1stagram that he rode for years and passed it off. The bike much like the trails were a dream.
Photo by @dirtymaestro #boondockstrails #DarrylNau #BMX (at Long Island)
This week our home was destroyed. What took 11 years of blood, sweat and community to build were leveled in less than a few hours by town officials.
To be honest this is a hard post for me to put up as this was my favorite place to ride and spend time in the entire world.
I was fortunate enough to call this patch woods just out side of NYC in Long Island home for the last decade. Along w/ a group of devoted riders who built and maintained these woods lead by the dedicated hand of Jimmy Martinez @dirtymaestro.
The jumps were initially built on town property and have been working the town of Huntington since 2010 to potentially turn them into a public facility for all to enjoy. Unfortunately they abruptly changed their stance 2 months ago, gave us 30 days to vacate and then destroyed them with out fully exploring all options to keep them.
The main reason they stated, liability…in 2016 insurance policies for this type of activity are old hat and is something that easily could have been solved. We have worked with many trails in the US to turn public i.e. Catty, Posh, Highbridge in Manhattan and Cunningham in Queens as examples. In my opinion it is a shame they were not able to utilize this million dollar asset that the riders built to better their community.
I’m proud to have witnessed hundreds of riders get back into BMX, improved their health, get in shape, quit drugs, reduced drinking, build self confidence and find a community in these woods.
I want to Thank Jimmy for all of your vision, hard work and dedication. To the thousands of people I’ve got to ride with over the years here, the sessions were magical. And to all of the locals who busted your ass on a daily basis… all of my respect.
Even though it is a very hard pill to swallow, I say this is a time for celebration as The Boondocks are some of the most successful and longest running jumps in Long Island’s rich trail history. I’m going to pull inspiration from my man Jimmy one more time and follow his lead as he says, “it’s time to get dirty and build another paradise to ride…”
#BoonDocks #Boondockstrails #JimmyMartinez #BMX #DarrylNau #liBMX (at Long Island)
I always love getting a chance to hear friends and fellow entrepreneurs speak. People ask me all of the time what I recommend them doing to start their business or bring their career to the next level…
Next to offering to pay and take someone who is successful in their filed out to a really nice 5 course dinner so you have the time to talk and learn from their experience… Going to hear people speak is one the next best things. Not only do you get inspired by their story, hearing trials and tribulations it’s great for networking and can meet hundreds of like minded people who are in the audience.
I have not seen @JohnnyCupcakes in quite sometime but I have to say Johnny, I’m very proud of you and how far you’ve come since we first met back in 2003. Keep it up and hopefully we’ll host one of your next pop up events @tendertrapbk (at New York, New York)
Thank you all for the over whelming amount of BIRTHDAY wishes, emails, phone calls, messages, texts, telegrams and carrier pigeons!! You all really know how to make a person feel very special. ☺️
Mark your calendars now because next year I’m throwing an over the top birthday bash blow out and you’re all invited! 🎉🎉
*I’d like to thank my brother for not only going out of his way to make my birthday very special but for being there every day out of the year, ALWAYS. And @sbsshoe thank you for the birthday songs not once but twice!!
#DarrylNau #BMX (at Northport, New York)
Lifetime BMX Rider, Event Announcer and Artist Darryl Nau can be found living in NYC when not traveling the world riding his bike as the voice of the largest events in Action Sports including ESPN's X-Games, NBC's Dew Tour, Red Bull Special Events and the Bicycle Film Festival to name a few. In 2013 he was a key member on the Bikes Over Baghdad USO style BMX tour for the US troops which documented by ESPN for both print and video.
Other notable achievements include creator of Seek & Destroy BMX Video (RideBMX Magazine as top videos of all time), founder of BLACKEN (International clothing / lifestyle brand), Event Producer & Party Promoter (Paper Magazine choice for best NYC weekly party) and owner / operator of Tender Trap Bar in NYC which was just voted as one of the best new bars in America by Details, Complex and Time Out NY Magazines.
Have you been looking for that special announcer to spice up your bed room on your wedding day night? Do you feel the urge to have an emcee put "fun" back into your funeral? Have you been searching tirelessly for that handsome host who will teach your daughter how to be a "woman" at her sweet 16... well then look no further because Darryl Nau is just the man you've been searching for.
Darryl will be your guide to help you celebrate all of of life's biggest and most important moments in style. Also available for all your BMX / Action Sports announcing, hosting and party needs. For all inquiries please use contact button on menu.
Bikes Over Baghdad Tour (Us Army Bases Middle East)
Red Bull- Skylines (Paris, France)
Red Bull- Empire of Dirt (London, England)
Rebel Jam (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Rebel Jam (Tossa de Mar, Spain)
Texas Toast '13 (Austin, USA)
Texas Toast '12 (Austin, USA)
Texas Toast '11 (Austin, USA)
Simple Sessions (Tallinn, Estonia)
Summer Sessions (Helsinki, Finland)
Toronto BMX Jam (Toronto, Canada)
Dew Tour '12 City (San Francisco, USA)
Dew Tour '12 Surf (Ocean City, USA)
X-Games 17 (Los Angeles, USA)
Dew Tour Qualifier '11 - (Ocean City USA)
Dew Tour Qualifier '11- (Portland, USA)
Dew Tour Qualifier '11- (Salt Lake City, USA)
Dew Tour Finals '11- (Las Vegas, NV)
Summer Sessions (Helsinki, Finland)
U.S. OPEN of SURFING (Huntington Beach, USA)
Texas Toast (Austin USA)
Burnt Toast Party (Austin USA)
Bicycle Film Festival (NYC, USA)
Grands BMX Street Race (NYC, USA)
Red Bull Most Wanted Event (Austin, USA)
Most Wanted After Party (Austin, USA)
Props Mega Tour 10 Video (Texas, USA)
Props Mega Tour Closing Party (Austin, USA)
Mike Aitken Benefit (New Haven, USA)
FBM Brawlin' at the Belmar (Binghamton, USA)
FBM Big Air (Richmond, USA)
Event / Party Production
Event / Party Production
Event and Party Production
A great party and event is what we live for. The energy of a group of people coming together celebrating dancing and creating is the apex of what it means to be alive!
For over 10 years this passion has fueled our Party and Event Production team under the DARRYL NAU Presents umbrella in NYC, LA, Austin and Miami.
We have produced Movie Premiere Parties (Jackass 2), Album Launches (NIN, Bloc Party) and some of the most over the top themed events (Tampon Tuesday, Tinfoil Madness, 1000 Rolls of TP, Jewish Disco). We have seen half of NYC have sex on the dance floor and hosted more open bars than hotdogs eaten at Nathan’s.
Some past Guests, Dj’s and Performers have included - Spank Rock, Bloc Party, Modest Mouse, The Misshapes, Tommy Sunshine, Steve Aoki, DJ Dirty Fingers, Perry Farrell, Vice Magazine, Fuse TV, TheCobraSnake.com, LastNightsParty.com, Roxy Cottontail, Ursula 1000, Ninja Sonik, Mike Skinner (the streets), Laura Bush (the EX-presidents daughter made page 6 when she went into party monster mode and lost her wallet at Shit Hammered), Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Mat Hoffman, Bam Margera, Arto Saari, Rune Glifberg, Jimmy Levan, Garrett Byrnes, Jack Osborne, Interpol, Michelle Gondry, Julia Styles, Ti, West, As Four Fashion Designers, Michael T, Justine D, Harold Hunter, Maroon 5, Sophia Lamar, Amanda Lepore, Suroosh-Gavin-Shane (founders of Vice Magazine), UFO (Arrested twice), Swoon, Sadu (shit his pants twice), Haculla, Astro Earl, Dillinger Escape Plan, Mint and Serf, Japanther, Federation X, The Mr. Move, Joanna Angel, James Patterson (PressTube.com), Ellen Stagg (thestagparty.com) and thousands of other people who were showing us how to have the time of their life.
Some past events
Tuesday Nights at Happy Ending w/ Spencer Product, Stefan Lockdown (r.i.p.), Darryl Nau and DJ Bastard. An over the top weekly themed party with open bar, porno and the craziest people going mental. Words cannot even describe how out of control this party was when it was in its prime. A staple pick for The Cobra Snake.com, Last Nights Party.com and Paper Magazine - “Party-circuit people know that Tuesday nights begin and end at Happy Ending”, “This party needs one of those theme park signs that say you must be at least this tall to ride and warns women who think they might be pregnant to stay the hell away.”- Paper Magazine.
PEACE OF PIZZA
The first nu rave style party in the states. Neon food explosion themes with resident DJ’s Dirty Finger (BLBC), Kingdom (Club Vortex) and Reverend McFLY (Ninja Sonic). Darryl Nau and Krystyna Printup flew guest DJ’s over from London and some past performers include DJ Niyi, JuiceBoxx & Dre Skull, Neon Music, Bunny Rabbit...
To all Friends and Family that are in the Long Island Northport Area. I will be at Gunthers tonight from 8 ish til 11.30 pm ish. I would love to see you in person and tell you how thankful I am to have you in my life. If you are unable to make it, I hope to see you soon and more importantly that you and your family are well. xo Darryl