Reflections and Memories of My Friend Chamba
I met Chamba in the late 1980’s when I visited Nevada City to do astrology readings. He became one my best friends, a relationship which continued to the end.
Many of my favorite times with Chamba were watching sports together. I would make special trips to Nevada City just to see an NBA game, an NCAA March Madness game, or especially a 49’ers game. Very few people had such an idiosyncratic appreciation of sports: blending the political, social, and psychological, but with the passion of a true fan.
Chamba attended several of my astrology courses and had yearly readings with me. What I most remember about these sessions was Chamba’s insatiable curiosity about a wide variety of women! My Chamba file is thick. Every year there were always one or more women for me to analyze from the perspective of his astrology chart. In a very full life, the one thing that Chamba never fully realized was his quest for a personal, committed, one on one partner. He always longed for that. Nevertheless, Chamba had a deep appreciation and recognition of the sacred feminine. He truly loved women, and he was not without success and happiness in having an active sex life.
A special aspect of Chamba’s life was taking groups to Peru to experience sacred sites he had located over the years. They were magical trips. Twice I accompanied Chamba to Peru. On the first trip, Chamba was loving and caring for me and my former late wife, Debbie Joy, when we were suffering health-wise. On the second trip he displayed the strangest and most unique combination of childlike naivete and inscrutable seriousness. It was a remarkable and fun journey.
Chamba had the most remarkable interface of inscrutable and critical “impersonalness,” together with a deeply soulful and insatiable passion for the deepest “personalness.” I loved and respected Chamba, and .I miss him. I am deeply grateful to have counted him as one of my closest friends.
Chamba's most important life's purpose was the experience of having contributed to and then being deeply nourished by a large and loving community. In my opinion, his life's purpose was richly fulfilled.