So, today our fearless leader Waylon Lewis turns 39 and in celebration, we have five things we love about him that we’d like to share.
1. We love your sense of style, (but most of all, your shorty shorts).
Waylon is as brave with his wardrobe as he is with his desire to be of benefit. On any given day, our Instagram and Facebook feeds are full of Waylon in: long socks, striped pants, cowboy hats, capes and shorty shorts. All colorful, all creative…all the things that make Waylon, Waylon.
2. We love your sense of humor.
We can feel it sneak into our conversation, after his second (or third) cup of coffee; it’s like we can hear the twinkle in his eye through the power of the internet. A meeting will start out on a serious note and then quickly, before we know it, this happens: (Beware: this is behind-the-scenes elephant like you’ve never seen before…and no, we don’t all smoke weed and then Skype-chat).
Waylon Lewis: I do inversions and instagram myself working on laptopSara Crolick: good ideaAnd a yoga ball instead of a chair.Waylon Lewis: I blog from the bathBrianna Bemel: ;)Waylon Lewis: or standing up is good sometimesBrianna Bemel: I blog from my bike.Waylon Lewis: I sky dive, wifi better up thereLindsey Block: Oh snap!Sara Crolick: hahahaWaylon Lewis: I blog from Bri’s bikeBryonie Wise: I blog from my dogBrianna Bemel: haBryonie Wise: What?!Bryonie Wise: WeirdWaylon Lewis: my dog blgosWaylon Lewis: blogsBryonie Wise: My dog blogs about logsWaylon Lewis: My dog poopsSara Crolick: whaaaaa (rofl)Lindsey Block: but yay for standing up, srsly!Waylon Lewis: Women are PeopleBryonie Wise: My dog poops and I don’t have enough bags with me when he poops eighty timesWaylon Lewis: I keep so many bags with meWaylon Lewis: Red always knows when I’m bagless then he finds nice public place to poopWaylon Lewis: Okay, I’m done. Great meeting, y’all!Sara Crolick: ahahahahahaBryonie Wise: In front of everyoneWaylon Lewis: yes, in front of the mayor and the copsBrianna Bemel: I am thankful to not be involved in the world of dog poop.Waylon Lewis: and that girl I likeBryonie Wise: NaturallyLindsey Block: Dogs are people. They should bring their own damn poop bags.Brianna Bemel: And laptopsBryonie Wise: Ohhhh, good idea LindseyBryonie Wise: Ha, Bri!Bryonie Wise: Waylon, are you going to report?Brianna Bemel: if they are going to blog while they poop.Bryonie Wise: hahahahahaWaylon Lewis: Dogs think we’re nuts for taking their poop (great fertilizer, bugs love it) and putting it in toxic plastic and trashing it. They’re half right.Bryonie Wise: (rofl)Sara Crolick: I rescued a kitten this week—he pooped on my kids’ lightning mcqueen blanketWaylon Lewis: The solution is dog bathrooms.Lindsey Block: Or they can just eat it. Save money on food!Bryonie Wise: They can also eat cat pooSara Crolick: (puke)Bryonie Wise: HahahahahaWaylon Lewis: Instacompost: eat your poop!Bryonie Wise: (rofl)Sara Crolick: dogs love cat poop! then they get litter stuck to their faces!!!! hahahahahahaBryonie Wise: sprinkles!!!!Brianna Bemel: Can we blog this conversation?Waylon Lewis: or your friends’ poop, or a stranger’s poopSara Crolick: (rofl)Bryonie Wise: hahahahahahaahahLindsey Block: I hope the NSA is cracking up as much as I am.Waylon Lewis: Bri, I was just having the same thoughtBrianna Bemel: and call is elephant journal behind the scenes?Bryonie Wise: this is goldSara Crolick: hahahahahaWaylon Lewis: you know we blog too much when anythign we ever say becomes bloggableWaylon Lewis: yes, as long as Sara spends half an hour talking with us about editsSara Crolick: |-(Waylon Lewis: here’s the title: Naked YogaBryonie Wise: ps: it’s hard to pick up poop with grassWaylon Lewis: with an image of a kittenSara Crolick: soft poop on the grass. the worst.Lindsey Block: ha! I’m dying. (devil)Bryonie Wise: (chuckle)Lindsey Block: okay but really…we have 15 minutes?Sara Crolick: I think we’ve covered everything, no?Bryonie Wise: Ok, but really: Waylon, you have to report on how good we all are and what an amazing job we’re all doingWaylon Lewis: Okay. Um…work. Work, work work. Nothing comes to mind.Waylon Lewis: So, um, blog more? Less typos? More traffic? Make it so.Sara Crolick: damnit! all this poop talk and I missed my elej FB posting timeWaylon Lewis: Um, tweet stuff! Newsletter. Money.Waylon Lewis: Mission, independent
3. When you make us stop what we’re doing to have a five minute dance party.
4. The passion, fire and dedication that you bring to all things elephant.
It’s one thing to have a dream and it’s another thing to actually pursue it. Day after day, night after night, your love for: the environment, meditation, bicycles, animal rights, human rights—and all the ways in which you know the world can change shines like a beacon for us all. And, you’re not so bad with words, either:
“But warriorship—the path of meditation, of fearlessness through fear and dedicating my service, my every action to ‘my only father guru’ and all others—is the pilot light of my life, the reason I wake up in the morning energetically, no matter how tired I am.”
5. Redford Lewis.
There is nothing like witnessing the love and respect between a dog and his (or her) human and it’s clear that you two were meant to be.
Waylon: we love you and wish you the happiest of birthdays (and we wish we could be with you to celebrate, in person). We send you a four-trunk salute!
With love and peanuts,
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