When I got laid off at the start of April, my friend Matt suggested I should join him as a roadie on the AIDS Lifecycle, and I jumped at the idea! I'd recently re-energized my direct (as compared to just financial support) in HIV prevention, and taking part in the Lifecycle seemed like an ideal way to make the best of unexpected time off. There are multiple reasons and inspirations for me to take part in the ride, but the first that comes to mind is my friend Tim Dravis. I met Tim in the last year of his life in 1992 and moved to San Francisco just a few months before he died. I'll never forget the time we got to spend together in that hospice out on Geary, and committed myself then to helping prevent and fight the disease that took him from the world. Of course if you ask my friends they'll say sure it's for that, PLUS he's really is looking forward to impersonating Lunch Lady Doris for a week.