Tuesday 15

Mar. 15th, 2011 10:50 pm
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Tuesday 15- I did my stretches and ran two miles.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 53 to 79 degrees, NW winds at 10 to 18 with gusts to 35 MPH, humidity around 26 percent, mostly cloudy skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. West wind between 8 and 10 mph. Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 54. West southwest wind between 9 and 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.
Linda is having a little get together of Ron’s close friends at 4pm but wanted me to print out a PDF form for her before I came over. I spent the rest of the time before 4pm going through twelve years of photos on my computer and putting every picture of Ron and Linda in a folder to take over to her; it ended up being 280Megs, 234 pictures and one video.
I arrived at Ron and Linda’s and helped Linda break down the hospital bed and put it away outside. Terry Serrels, John Demers, Linda Sibio with her husband Blake, Seimi Shiba, Ruth Denison, and Piper Cort showed up a little later bringing food and friendship. We all sat and took turns telling our stories about Ron. Each story was like the changing scenery from a train window as it races its way through a mountain pass and onto farmlands, towns, and cities; a life that was complex but well lived. I could write of these stories here but I think it would be appropriate of me to keep them private to our little group who knew and loved Ron so very much.
I got home a little after 10pm and wrote to my journal, posted it to the web and called it a night.

Sunday 13

Mar. 13th, 2011 11:39 pm
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Sunday 13- I did my stretches, yoga, ran a mile, rode my bike, core trainer, lifted weights, and punched the bag a bunch.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 52 to 75 degrees, WNW winds at 6 to 14 MPH, humidity around 26 percent, mostly clear skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Monday: Sunny, with a high near 77. Northwest wind between 7 and 16 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 51. Northwest wind between 10 and 17 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.
At around 11am I called Linda Dehart to see when she would like me to bring over some cans of applesauce so that she can mix Ron’s medicine into it to make it easier for him to take. She said that she had just gotten Ron to sleep and she needed to rest and would call me later.
I did some work around the house watering plants, fixing this and that, and accidently scaring a dove on a next with two eggs while looking for nails to repair another place where doves can nest which was too exposed to the wind. A dove will pretend that it is hurt and flap around the ground to draw your attention away from its nest.
At 3:40PM Ron’s wife Linda called to tell me the bad news that my dear friend, my buddy for many years had passed away at 3:30PM. He went to sleep and had never woken up.
Ron and I spent many hours discussing and debating all kinds of subjects. He was the only one here who I felt comfortable talking with and knowledgeable on a wide range of subjects that we covered. I will miss that! I will also miss the inside jokes we’d play on each other. I’ll miss the stories we told each other about growing up; he was from the east coast and I from the west. We had so much in common and yet we were so different and all this made for a good friendship I’ll never forget and a friend I’ll deeply miss. When I think of you it will always bring me a smile because that is the kind of person you are and the kind of humor we both shared. Too bad we never got to eat that pizza with the extra anchovies!
I spent the rest of the day/night talking to Kelly. She was stunned by the news of Ron’s passing. She was a great help keeping my mind focused.
In between talking to Kelly I managed to go outside and take a picture of Ron’s last sunset; I’m sure going to miss that guy!
I did my stretches, wrote to my journal, posted it to the web and called it a night.

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