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Saturday, November 1, 2008

A moment of nonsilence

I just finished MC'ing a memorial ceremony, and am heading out to attend another one. These things are never easy, but they are an important part of life.

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Yes -- difficult and necessary. I recently had the misfortune of being the centerpiece of such an ominous ceremony. Summing up the life of my closest friend is one of the most difficult things that Ive had to do. But, you know, i did a good job and her family's disbelief was temporarily assuaged.

I feel your pain, Jack. My friend of 20 years, James Shibley, died this week at the age of 39. I thought I'd have to speak at the memorial so I prepared a speech but it turned out to be just a party. A great sad party.
This is the guy who co-hosted a cable access show with me the last few years speaking out against the government. You can link to Saving James further down this page if you want to know more.

At the party, there were some of our shows on a big TV in the basement. I looked at them for a minute or two and I still can't make any of this seem real.
It's been a bad week and no matter what happens on Tuesday, I've already lost big.

What is it with today? I was at a memorial for someone I have considered my second mom for the past 15 years who passed away this week unexpectedly. We should all be reminded that we need to embrace those we love and value the friendships we have.

Life can be short, hug someone everyday.

You can link to Saving James further down this page if you want to know more.

I had been following James on his journey thanks to that blog. I hadn't checked it in a while, though -- last I read, he had had a setback.

Both of the men I remembered today were special, although in their different ways.

Every day is a gift.

Day of the Dead, From Wikipedia

The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and relatives who have died. The celebration occurs on the 1st and 2nd of November ....

Scorpio (astrology), From Wikipedia

Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun enters Scorpio around October 23-24 and exits around November 21-22. ... As the eighth sign in the zodiac, Scorpio is associated with the astrological house number 8, which is associated with natural Scorpio matters - birth, death, transformation, deeply committed relationships of all kinds, and the occult and psychic matters.

In Tarot, Scorpio is associated with the Death card, specifically as a form of regeneration.

Suitable occupations: Medicine professions such as pathologist or surgeon.


A Day of the Dead altar in Los Angeles pays homage to "dead" (cancelled) television shows, with traditional marigolds, sugar skulls and candles.

Hi Jack,
You did a wonderful memorial for our friend Tommy Wetteland. Yes, it's sad, but know that he was so pleased that you were the "MC".

You did a great job for our dear friend!!!

Take care and thank you!

Debbie Oyamada

Debster: Your talk was the real deal. It won't soon be forgotten.

Thank you for your GREAT contribution
~~~No doubt Tommy enjoyed this day of celebration~~~
With gratitude and appreciation

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