April 03, 2005

Mortality

It's been a sad week for us, and one that will go a long way to remind us that our number can be called at any time.

Early last week, I got word that my fraternity brother Howard had just lost his wife Rose to cancer. She was 36 years old. It was a shock, and it's got to be devastating for his family. Our hearts just went out to him. He's got two young children he has to take care of on his own now. Although I haven't seen him in a couple of years (due to the fact we live half way across the country from each other) he was one of my closer brothers in my house. He was at our wedding, and we were at his. He was responsible for some of our more memorable New Year's Eve parties, including getting us thrown out of the Palmer House in Chicago one year. We'll be thinking of him and his kids for quite some time to come.

And before we had time to completely digest this, Sharon was at the gym yesterday only to find out that one of the instructors/managers, Brett, had died of a massive heart attack. This guy was only 32 years old. He was one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. He was the one who signed us up, and was a constant source of encouragement. He was also very good at picking on Sharon for my lack of dedication to the gym. ("Where's Adam today? He needs to be here." Gee thanks, Brett...) If someone like Brett, who was younger than us, and in peak physical condition could go like that, it could be our turn at any time.

Since "bad things always happen in threes" it's a bit nerve-racking to see what could happen in the coming days/weeks. I don't think the Pope's passing counted as the third...

Back to the point at hand. Everyone, remember to make sure you live your life to the fullest everyday, you can never be sure if it will be your last. Also, it's never too early to make out a will or leave written instructions on what your wishes are in the event something does happen. Don't think it can never happen to you.

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March 31, 2005

OK, so what's been going on?

Not a whole bunch. Unless of course you mean by Sharon being permanently assigned to Denmark. (Or at least making it seem that way.)

She's been scheduled for 7 more trips this year, with a possibility of 3 more added into the mix. Each trip averages about a week, with the bulk of the away time coming in April/May and November/December.

In fact, if I remember correctly her first trip leaves April 9th, and then she isn't back home for more than 5 days in any given stretch until early June.

As for other excitement, well, we did go to Myrtle Beach last weekend for a 3 day Easter break. And guess what? Three days at the beach and we never went "to the beach". Instead the resort (or at least that's what they called our hotel) had a large indoor pool complex which we spent plenty of time in. There was a heated lazy river that was pretty nice, a huge swimming pool with a fountain in the middle, and several hot tubs. When we weren't in the pool, we spent time at Broadway at the Beach for shopping, and the Pavilion for rides and stuff. (We even got both kids on the big roller coaster, although that may not have been the best idea. While we've been on bigger and faster coasters, this was an old wooden one that was VERY rickety which made it quite intimidating for a 7 and 10 year old who weren't used to being tossed around like that. The good news is that ice cream fixes everything...)

We also went to a sports bar to watch the Illini game versus Arizona. Oh... My... God... what a game. Being in a South Carolina bar, there wasn't another person who had a rooting interest in the game like I did. At one point I heard one woman ask her friend "Is that guy going to be OK?". (For those of you who don't follow basketball, Illinois battled back from being 15 points down with 4 minutes to go to force overtime, then won it when Arizona missed a last second desperation shot.)

Final four this weekend!

What else has been happening? Sharon's been on her own diet of sorts. It's basically consisted of eating less and going to the gym religiously. And it's working. Very well if I might add. Daddy likes! :o)

Further updates later...

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Daily Spam Count

Today's spam count: 9132.

Just in case you cared...

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March 29, 2005

Holy Spammers Batman!

Wow. I figured it was about time to start blogging again so I fired up the good 'ole Movable Type admin system and noticed I had 8763 new comments on the site.

Considering I had a grand total of 450 for the last year, that's a lot of blog-spam. But just to make sure I went into the Archive, pulled up some of my oldest posts (April 2004) and each of the messages there has about 15 new comments, almost exclusively spam. To make matters worse, I think it broke my spam filter. (That or my host removed my permissions to de-spam my site...) Oh well. It's not like there is much there to get excited about.

The big news is I think I might start updating this thing once in a while again.

Miss me? :)

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