The afternoon started out as a kind of light hearted gathering of people wanting to remember Avtar and his funky hats. Then I starting thinking you know, and I'm just as guilty as anyone, there are more cameras here than Avtar hats.
Then people started to step forward and talk about the Avtar they knew, he wasn't just a characture of a man, he was a living breathing person concerned with all the same social problems lots of others are. Councilmember Chris Seelbach remarked how Avtar came to every city council meeting but never spoke, his hats did all the talking.
It was all really moving, more so than I bargained for. In the end I thought about Avtar being out there, have his picture taken and his message of the day being spread, and thought this is OK, one last chance for Avar to get his message out.