Today my blog post is dedicated to my friend Alex who many know as Drifter0658 at Squidoo. Today is his birthday and many of us will gather here to honor and celebrate his day. We also know Alex as the big kahuna on Crabbysbeach who watches over us, entertains us, and works under the hood keeping all of the mechanical parts running in tip top shape. He is special to all of us for so many reasons.
Alex, today we honor your warrior spirit and the day that you were born. In the Native traditions of the past a warrior was so very important to the tribe. These were the men who protected the tribe. They provided food with their hunting skills and kept the tribe safe from the enemy. The most respected and honored warriors always kept the tribe’s best interest above their own. They gave much more than they received in most instances.
Alex, you are a modern day warrior, in my eyes and in the eyes of many. A man who looks over our little tribe here at Crabbysbeach and at 10-finity too. Your hunting skills are put to use when you go out there looking for themes, plug-ins, and tools that will help us all have a better experience. You defend us from our mortal enemies…the spammers who are always trying to invade our territory! You put the tribe ahead of your own needs and enrich our lives by doing it. Just last Friday, I noticed you even practiced a “Give Away” type ceremony by spending your time and tweeting about several of the members of the Beach. Shoot, you even have your own form of a horse to ride off on…your beloved motorcycle.
I believe I remember that once you shared with me that you are also of Native descent. Cherokee, wasn’t it? Your birth totem of Deer and your Spirit Keeper Wabun (Golden Eagle) chose wisely to walk with you on your Earth journey.
In my mind, the men with true warrior spirit are what we sometimes refer to as “A Man’s Man”. You know the guys who get along with all of the other guys, they are everyone’s buddy. These true warriors don’t feel the need to be boisterous or mean. These men are generally well liked by the ladies too. That is because a true warrior values the females in his life, shows them respect, and genuinely likes them. That is you Alex, my friend…a true warrior!
I’m also reminded of Cornstalk the Shawnee Chief who seemed to reach from his place in the Spirit World and bring you and I together to become friends. I see that event as the one that really bonded us together and we’ve continued to walk together on our Sacred Paths. Cornstalk was a great orator, a strategist, and an honored warrior which describes you too, my dear friend.
Alex, you honor me and so many others with your friendship, you honor all of us with your dedication, you honor us with your true warrior spirit! Happy Birthday to you, dear Alex! Now, did I see someone walk in with a bottle of Tequila? Break it open and let’s have a toast!
That was such a touching tribute to a wonderful person. And I am envious of you Bev – you have actually met other Squids!
Beautifully written tribute to Alex, Bev. Happy belated Birthday, Alex.
Wonderfully written birthday tribute to someone who I am honoured to call friend.
Fantastic Tribute to Alex.
Happy Birthday, Alex! Enjoy your day!
Wonderful tribute to an outstanding Squidizen and writer who encourages others, writes wonderfully, and has made a lasting difference to a whole community.
Happy birthday, Alex, and thank you!
Happy Birthday Alex!
You created a beautiful tribute Bev.
Beautiful post honoring Alex, and right on target.
this is a wonderful tribute…wishing you all the best on your birthday and always!
Happy Birthday Alex….this is some tribute, and makes me smile thinking of you as a Warrior riding off on you bike….can you envision the picture “End of the trail” with the indian sitting on his horse…head down…..now change that to you with your head bowed after a long ride….:) That’s my vision when reading this 🙂
I don’t think I can adequately articulate what Alex’s friendship means to me. He is one very special guy and I enjoy all the opportunities we have to work together, whether it be on GSOM, Tenfinity, Shout Out Loud and any other stuff that comes along our way.
As Dan says, you have a true giving spirit, a wisdom that I find awesome (and we all know I don’t use that word very often) and a wicked sense of humour.
Happy, happy birthday friend 😀
I’m a bit late – but happy birthday Alex 🙂
I agree that this is a beautifully unique tribute to our dear friend, Alex. He deserves all the accolades he gets. I too feel honored to have crossed paths with him and many others on Crabbysbeach.
I wish you a very Happy Birthday!
I don’t know where you find the time, but even going back to before you opened the Beach, I remember you spending time promoting other people’s work.
You have a true giving spirit, and I’m sure many blessings will be returned to you, if they haven’t already!
That was very nicely put, and I do agree. (Enough so to ponder a while and add… nothing.)
Happy Birthday Alex! Yes it’s been a wonderful journey with the warrior on our side. I raise my shot of Tequila with a cheer to many more years of health and happiness for you Alex and for this stellar community of bloggers you’ve brought together!
Happy birthday, Alex. We are blessed beyond measure to know The Warrior. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all you do.
…An outstanding and beautiful tribute, Miss Bev.
Alex, al the best, I wish you health, happiness, prosperity, fun with your work, good friends aroud, and a smile on your face all year around.
Bev, you tribut is graceful, beatifull and yes, Alex have a worrior spirit which makes him shine.
Many returns Alex
With gratitude Michey
I couldn’t have said it better myself; a truly wonderful guy who’s made everything special 😉 Happy Birthday, dear Alex!
I am on the brink of tears. This tribute is wonderfully rich in its beauty and depth.
There would be no need for a warrior spirit if it were not for all of the stellar folks I know. All of you give to me something special every day, and you make life worth grappling with.
I owe you all more than I can give. But that is one of the stoutest qualities of friendship. We all give without asking, and receive without gloating.
Bev, my special friend, Cornstalk DID prove he was not a mere mortal in many ways, and one of those ways was by weaving a glorious shroud of friendship for you and I to share.
Wishing you a wonderful birthday, Alex! Adding my thanks and best wishes to those of Bev (what a beautiful tribute she has created), Joan and to the many that I know will follow.
Very well said and beautifully written, Bev! I totally agree! Alex is definitely a true warrior! Happy Birthday Alex! And Thank you for all you have taught us and continue to teach us!