By Jay Young

I was not a close friend to Brian Jennings. We never shared adventures. We never got drunk together. We never shared the kind of laughs that bond you for life.

Nevertheless Brian’s passing has stirred some odd emotions in me, and I find my mind wandering to places it’s never been before, some of them dark, but others bright and shining as I struggle to figure out what his example for living means to me. Brian was one of those rare people who lived life to the fullest and who made other people happy just by being near and being himself. Sometimes those statements are cliches, but in Brian’s case, they are utterly appropriate.

On Sunday, July 20th, 2014, some of Brian’s friends gathered at Rendezvous Lodge, one of his favorite haunts, to pay tribute to his life—to celebrate all things Brian. The party was nothing short of staggering in its size and energy. Here’s a small selection of photos from the event. I’ve uploaded these and more to a public Dropbox here, which I’ll keep open indefinitely. Please feel free to download them from there and use as you wish—no rules, no copyrights and no attribution necessary. If you’re Internet challenged, please find directions for downloading photos below.

How to download pics from Dropbox:
1. Click here.
2. Browse photos. You’ll notice that each photos has a duplicate. If you see the word “copy,” in the file name, it’s a small version suitable for posting online and emailing. If it doesn’t have “copy in the filename, it’s a large jpg suitable for getting prints made. Tip: click the first photo to open it large, then use the arrows to scroll through.
3. When you see a photo you want, right click it, then select “Download.”
4. Decide where on your computer you’d like to store it. This process is different for various operating systems, so sorry, but I can’t help you with that.