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Reflections on Mortality. . .

Today is the day for it, let me tell ya.

My Grandma's 3rd Husband of 14 years, who has been suffering a slow but steady decline into alzheimers didnt last three weeks once they moved him from living with her to managed care. He just withered up and died, he no long recognized her, or remembered where he was, it took 5 nurses to restrain him when he acted up. I can't even begin to imagine what that was like for him.

He was an incredible guy, a submariner in WWII and he and my grandma were very happy toghether.

So I got up this morning, got on my nice clothes in preperation for the funeral this afternoon, and headed out for work. Something made me turn off the noize music and turn NPR on. Just in time to catch the traffic announcement about an overturned cement mixer that had all of the eastbound lanes on HWY 215 blocked off.

Eh I thought, I'll re-adjust my route to go down russell and bypass the freeways.

And off I went.

I had pleanty of time, so I wasnt driving anywhere near as aggressively as I normally do. I rolled up behing a Hyundai Tucson in the left turn lane at the intersection of Jones and Russell.

I'm mildly daydreaming, and waiting for the light to change. I see the light change to red for Jones, and I see a little maroon either a Dodge Intrepid or a Saturn Ion pull off of Russel heading east to take a left onto jones going north. Then I hear this horrendous crunch as the front half of the sedan explodes outward and time dialates as the emerging front of the Chevrolet Express van explodes through the car, impacting at somehwere around 70-80mph showering the Hyundai with proken peices of car while proceeding to hurtle past my slack jawed face and rolling three or four times before coming to rest on it's side in the construction site on the NE side of the intersection.

Yeah.

I saw hordes of people running towards the cars, 25-30 people on cell phones, they had it covered, so I and the Hyundai drove through the scattered bitz 'o' car's, and I headed off to work.

Definately contemplating life the universe and everything this morning.

Rev

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davidlucas
Sep. 25th, 2006 06:41 pm (UTC)
I'd totally kill God if any such thing existed.
abhoth
Sep. 25th, 2006 06:41 pm (UTC)
WOW!!

Sorry about you're Step Grandad. Submariners in WWII had balls.

22% of Submariners in WWII are "Still on patrol..." One out of every five never returned. If you want to check out an awesome book, look for "Take her deep!" by I.J. Galatin. He was a sub skipper whose boat was nearly sunk.
ooagentuglyoo
Sep. 25th, 2006 07:18 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry about his sickness and his death. He seem to have lived his life successfully. My condolences to you and your family.

~Agent
i_e_d
Sep. 28th, 2006 04:20 am (UTC)
My thoughts are with you and yours.. if you need to talk hit me up.. pass on my condolances to your parents as well.
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