Today is traditionally a day when we are supposed to give thanks for all of the bounty and joy in our lives. And it’s been a very good year for many of us. So, enjoy, everyone and appreciate the love and good fortune that have come into your lives and remember, nothing worth having is easy to get and it’s even harder to keep.
However, not everyone is as lucky as many of us. Many of those who were with us even five or ten years ago have succumbed, for whatever reason, and are no longer here to enjoy this day of gratitude.
This morning I got an email from my dear childhood friend Invincible. He broke the word to me that a member of that once mighty group known as the Pennsylvania Wrecking Crew to some and the Lysergic Terrorists to others, has passed on. Back then we truly thought that we were invincible, ten feet tall and bulletproof, but I am living proof that we are not. So is Steve, who is with us no more. I wish that I could say that he was the only one of us who is no longer here, but the sad fact is that we have lost many good brothers and sisters in the intervening years. I hadn’t spoken to him in a long time, but I’m sure that the world is a bit darker for his passing.
Bow your heads, my friends, in a moment of silence for the man we once affectionately referred to as Lardass. He was found dead in his apartment last night. I have no further details, but I know that he was a couple of years younger than me, so that makes him dead at 33.
On this day of gratitude, let us not forget those that have gone before us. Let us bring them back into our lives, if only for a moment, and remember them and wish them well on the long journey to I know not where.