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I met Ben in 2006. I knew Craig's sister, Carla. She invited me to come stay while I transitioned to graduate school in San Jose. The first weekend I stayed over - we drank some beer and smoked a cig and told stories for days. He welcomed me like a friend and has been one ever since.
I lived with Ben in his basement during many “transitions” and even had a boyfriend or two that occupied Bens house over the years. I always called his place in Boulder Creek my vacation spot.
After my time in California, I moved to Kauai to start my professional career. Ben was still at Apple and started to visit - flights from San Jose to Kauai were simple and easy and cheap. After a few visits, we talked over dinner out one night and Ben decided he would look for a place to call home on Kauai - he wanted a yard to tend to and a porch to take naps on that was always available. We slept on the beach in my truck, we hiked, swam in the ocean and had motorcycle rides. Many of Ben's friends and family members visited over the years.
We got tattoos together, I bought him a Hawai’i wardrobe, we had many nights fine dining and afternoons at Hanalei Bay watching all the beautiful people. After he retired from Apple, he stayed months at our home, which was called "Makana Mai Anela" Gift of the Angels. Later on, I watched after things while he, Zephyr & Dante came back and forth - he taught me how to ride a motorcycle, said a toast at my wedding, vetted my boyfriend- soon to be husband and in general was one of my best friends. Through it all.