There may be a post shortage for a little while. This last weekend, a colleague/friend of mine passed away after a long battle with cancer. I didn't get a chance to know him very well, but wish that I had. We shared a love of film and bragged to each other about our film collections. He was a very nice man and my sympathy goes out to his family.
Even more devastating was the news we got this morning--a member of our extended family passed away from a heart attack. He was only 48. It's one of those things that just numbs you because you just don't see it coming and when it happens, you can't believe it. And you begin thinking about your own life. You realize that even though you've planned your life out and have visions of retirement, and fatherhood, and grandfatherhood, and the years ahead...well, that's no guarantee that you're going to get any of those things. It's a sobering realization that you will not exist someday. That your life will be over and the lives of your family and friends will be irrevocably altered. It's even more sobering to imagine that "someday" might be a lot closer than you think.
So, for the next couple of days, we're going to try to support those most affected by the loss, and there may not be much here. But you never know--I really look forward to informing you all, or making you laugh with the things I write here. At a time like this, it might be just the thing I need.