So, death is a funny thing. It can come for anyone of us at anytime. I learned last night that my friend Dan Miller died. He got the flu and just up and died in his bed. He was only 62. Once again, I found myself in tears. I was going to call him last week and put it off. His wife told me he was going to call me this week. And now he is gone. I never got to say goodbye. How I treasured his friendship. He always used to call me "kid". And the last time we spoke he told me he loved me. And once again, I find myself in tears. Goodbye Danny. Rest in peace.


Anonymous said…
I only met him a few times, but he was a good guy. I hope people can say as much about me when I go.

Anonymous said…
That's too bad about Dan. He seemed like a man who lived his life the way he wanted; not too many folks can say that. I enjoyed his company while slaughtering and butchering the steers. When I saw him up at your place in Grass Valley he seem so chipper, in salty way. I'm not sure why, but it was obvious that you and your wife occupied a special place in his heart. -JH
JH: that's it. I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but Dan lived the way he wanted to. I still can't believe he's gone: he and I had so many plans this summer. It's a good lesson---how many times have you and I talked about how short life is?
Anonymous said…
Had to check out the blog, curiousity always gets the best of me.

Hey, I am very sorry to hear about your friend. I know you talked highly of him. Life is short, nothing is worth the petty bullshit we often place our attention on.

Again, sorry to hear about your friend.

Take Care,

Anonymous said…
I've been real busy with this ship captain's course and have not checked you blog for a couple of months. Bonnie told me what happened with Dan. Yes, he was a real good guy. Still is in my memories. I learned a lot about pigs from him and his prize winning blue butts. I wish I could have known him as well as you did. Yes it is amazing how temporary life is. I promise to check out the blog more often and I am sorry about Dan.

Your friend from the state you hate,
Thanks guys. Went to the showing. Made me realize some things. Dan is the closest friend I have ever had who has died. I intend to remember the way I felt when I saw his body lying there. Because one day that will be me.
j said…
Dan was such a great guy I will miss him a lot.
He would always make me laugh while we were slaughtering animals rain or shine.
Tell me I was doing a good job skinning even though I was probably not, he was too kind to me sometimes.
I have such fond memories of him and his kindness, giving me the little piggies to hand rear like wiggers.
I remember he always had a cuddle and joke for us and when my mum visited he grabbed her up like they were old friends.
He was a good and honest man who will be dearly missed.
It should make you realise how fragile life is, how lucky we are to have eachother no matter what anyone else says and soon to be family of 4.
fdr said…
Sorry about your loss. May His memory be eternal.

I intend to remember the way I felt when I saw his body lying there. Because one day that will be me.

Very wise. As the good book says:
"In all you do, remember the end of your life, and then you will never sin" - Wisdom of Sirach

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