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Posted on Sun, Oct 28, 2007 09:03

Like the song, I'm starting to not like Mondays. Two of the past 3 Mondays have sucked. Badly. Deeply. Soul-crushingly. But there was a shining Saturday in the middle of it. And my beloved Red Sox of Boston are currently up 3 games to none in the World Series. Columbus Day. Monday, October 8th. The day starts with a phone call informing me that my cousin has died of a heart attack at 43 years old. Shadow across the heart. It tripped 10 year old memories of me at war with myself. I blogged this, hoping that I was making it clear that I would not be a victim, hit send, and went to work. You (and of course I) had no way of knowing this at the time, but about 9 hours later I found myself being held at gunpoint in a convenience store robbery. The pistol wielding rookie (he wore a clear plastic shopping bag for a mask) wrapped his right forearm around my neck and shoved the barrel of the gun in to my kidney with his left. JohnnyBlue were are you? Let's count the felonies, shall we? The kid (24 years old) was arrested the next day and the front page headline read: "Robbery is clear case, police say" I'm still chuckling at that... I could make an arguement for "The Worst Monday Ever" award... A most excellent grace note came nearly 2 weeks later in the form of UMASS Amherst Homecoming. Beware of large groups of drunk marching band geek alumni! 800 former bandos singing Sinatra's My Way on the field at the end of the post-game show. "And now, the end is near, and so I'll face the final curtain..." That's when it hit me. One wrong move on anyone's behalf on that stupid Monday and I wouldn't be singing this beautiful song with these beautiful people on this beautiful Saturday afternoon. We partied like rockstars that night. We always do and from what I'm told I had a great time. Big breakfast Sunday morning with friends, great big soul gripping hugs, and I'm back to work by 2:00PM that afternoon. This story is about to take a tr...


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Posted on Mon, Oct 29, 2007 01:06

yo ba-by ba-by.......blarg..... not much else to say..except stop going to convienence stores for those horrid cancer sticks ! My h email has become corrupted.Try sparkyfish three three three at the same place where you walk. I'de like to throw this computer off a bridge. And my daughters father off along with it. Glad your team made you happy...but you know....its all french to me. Dont forget to go to those stores in out of the way places that you usually dont visit...that drum-thing awaits you..DONT browse too quickly,,,its like off in a dusty forgotten corner. Have you signed up for that walk you told me about ? OK I Was out late..will be again tomorrow.


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Posted on Sun, Oct 28, 2007 11:56

Hi Virgo...well if it's true that bad things happen in 3's, I'd say you're good for a long time! I'm sending up a prayer for your right now for strength, grace, peace and joy in the midst of the confusion, sadness and fear. Allow yourself time to grief and walk through it thoughtfully to learn and grow and try to find the word "grateful" among it all. Your head will tell your heart what it needs to know to heal. Deb


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Posted on Sun, Oct 28, 2007 09:59

Tragic turn... Was what I was trying to say. Okay, so great Saturday, exactly what I needed, same on Sunday morning. Worky worky that night, it's all good... Monday morning, 2 cell phones ring at nearly the exact same time. They belong to my roommate and his girlfriend down the hall. Thinking nothing of it, I go downstairs to make my world famous guaranteed to make espresso blush coffee. Sipping the mud while making my way back upstairs to my room was when they told me the news. A very mutual and very dear friend of ours had committed suicide... The story of this guy's life is long, complicated, and sad. But he was a great guy and a brilliant chef. He moved to Seattle about 4 months ago... Wake (Viewing) tomorrow, funeral on Tuesday. The worst part is that the one thing this friend couldn't see is what we will all see over the next 2 days. How much he was loved... I worry in telling you all this in that some may see me as a magnet sticking to crazy bad things. And yes there was a time in my life when any one of these events would have sent me spiralling downward to past hurt. But that was then, and this is life. Not to trivialize, but I hit a few speed bumps. Very humble thanks to 3 very special bloggers for your phone support. It has meant the world to me! My emotional well being is safe and sound. In honor of my departed friend, a line from a song that I sang (in my head) so many times around him... The world weighs on my shoulders But what am I to do? You sometimes drive me crazy- But I worry about you I know it makes no difference To what you're going through But I see the tip of the iceberg- And I worry about you... RUSH Distant Early Warning Sigh. Accept. Understand. Embrace. Be strong.


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