Life is Short

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Local guy – a guy I know – got killed last night (news story here) driving his rat rod VW Beetle. No one knows yet exactly what happened; only that he lost control of the car and veered off the road into a ditch. He was apparently partially ejected from the car and crushed underneath it.

He was 45.

Like most of us here, he loved cars. He had a thing for old VWs especially and did some fine work. The rat rod he died in had just been completed and it appears he was out enjoying the first nice day of the year so far when this happened.

Then, gone.

It is always surreal when this happens; we tend to think life is forever and never that this day might be the last one.

Sometimes, it is.

It is important to remember that it could be. Life happens – and so does death.

We have this moment. Nothing else is promised much less guaranteed.

Be careful out there. We are all more fragile than we know.

Godspeed, Danny.

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  1. Rest in peace, Danny boy

    I always think of a kid I knew in HS I’ve known since middle school, let’s call him Z

    Wasn’t close, but my home town’s semi small enough to know whose who. Kid was 17, at a party and his parents wanted him home.

    Problem with my town are the Deer, you don’t need cops with those giant rats around. If I remember correctly, swerves to avoid one, hits a fence and is flung out the windshield.

    Don’t assume anything, just live your life to the fullest when ya can (cause sadly, we got jobs)

  2. Things like this make you realize how absurd to current ubiquitous concept of sacrificing the present to reap; some hoped-for bonanza in the distant future is.

    People throw away their youth to “prepare for a career” [Translation: A slot in the rat-race]
    They endure misery foir 40 years so they can have a nice retirement- if they live that long; if their pension doesn’t go bust; if the market doesn;’t crash again… Then maybe, they can have a few good years when they’re too old and infirm to enjoy it….

    A friend who is worth several million, has always worked very hard- Getting up early, doing physical dirtywork; living like a pauper. Now at 70, he comes down with prostate cancer which has spread to the bone. NOW he’s finally spoending some of that money- buying his first new vehicle since he was a kid, etc…..

    A couple I’ve known for 40 years; European immigrants- always said they’d go back to their country eventually. The prosperity they’ve had here has just about killed them- faring sumptuously like kings has made them fat and sickly. They finally bought a house back in their country- but they’ll likely never make the move before they die, as they are both sickly- the husband is pretty muich an invalid now- and even if they make it back there…they won’t be able to enjoy it.

    Time and health are most precious riches. Cherish and enjoy every single day of your life, Tomorrow may never come- and if it does, you may not be able to enjoy, and would definitely regret it if you sacrificed younger days for it. People who sell-out their lives for toys and standings in the rat-race, look back and wonder where all the time went, and what it was all for; the things they spent their lives vying for, are but distant meaningless memories.

    • That reminds me of my Wasted Youth: booze, drugs, sex, and fast cars – I didn’t do any of those things! What was I thinking ????

      • Me neither, Dread! Life is too short to throw away our health and longevity on stuff that really has no value other than alleviate boredom. More than half the kids I grew up with are either already dead (Didn’t make it to 50) or are like old men already at my age (57 next month)- and for what? Meanwhile, I’ve enjoyed good health my whole life, and am still “young” (I had a chance to a date a hot 23 year-old a couple of years ago- but never having used drugs, my mind is still intact….so I thought better of the opportunity and passed!)

        Friend o’ mine (Same one with the cancer) rode motorcycles all of his life (still does, at 70)- had numerous crashes; never really took care of himself; so, even by the time he was myu age, he already had an artificial hip; knee; bionic shoulder parts, etc. lives on pain pills fdor all the arthritis….and has been under the knife more than 20 times (O-K, once was for being shot by a hit-man) which probably contributed to/caused the cancer.

        People probably think I’m boring, but I enjoy the simple pleasures and more intellectual pursuits. “Thrilling” experiences, like getting high or going real fast don’t hold any water with me, for they are mere physical and very temporary experiences.

    • Thanks, RK… it’s a bummer. We think someone (or a deer) may have pulled out in front of him and caused him to swerve abruptly, resulting in loss of control.

  3. That really sucks. Unfortunately I can’t say it will get better as you get older. People just keep dying on you.

    Hell, the whole world I knew is dead and gone, and has been replaced by some twisted bizarro funny farm.

  4. So sorry to here this, Eric. 🙁

    Makes it seem even worse, that it was someone out enjoying himself on an early nice day…..