Tuesday, June 06, 2006


Today I deleted the email address of one of my mentors who died early of cancer. It was fast, but that wasn't a blessing. Oddly, for a doctor, he must have known the prognosis was grave, yet he fought it all the way to having terrible complications on chemo, including some pretty horrific things involving bowels. When Romeo's buddy gets cut, what does he say? The wound is as deep as a grave, and by tomorrow you will find me a grave man? That's about the size of it.

Knowing that he died was horrible enough. It's been about 3 years since I'd even spoken to him. But to go through my email addresses (I was cleaning e-house anyway) and actually delete his, sending this byte of information into oblivion (or is there a great collection of deleted emails and addresses on another e-plane?) was a terrible thing. Of course, the email itself was only the connection, the portal through which one could speak to this man. Without the man, the portal was dead anyway.

In happier news, I finished a marathon over the weekend under 4 hours. Although I'm slow, I'm steady. And although I'm steady, I'm not all that steady. My split times decresed markedly after mile 21. Now I feel as sore as Jeff Skilling is going to feel on prison day number 2. Walking is a pain, stairs are torture. Is this what it is to be old?


Anonymous dr peg said...

Ouch. I've done that too, deleted the email address of someone who died. You described it well. My condolences on your loss.

On the flip side, congratulations on the marathon! And NO, finishing a marathon is NOT "what it is to be old"!!

9:51 PM  
Blogger marybishop said...

Young people who run marathons also become stiff and exhausted so as Peg says, no, that's not what it's like to be old.

Removing dead people's emails is tough, so is removing emails of the living who you no longer care to communicate with for whatever reason.

I would love to send out a mass email to people saying: Stop sending me jokes. Only one in a thousand strikes me as funny. The rest annoy the crap out of me. a non sequitur I know.

5:17 AM  
Blogger acumamakiki said...

I would be crippled if I tried to run a marathon, good for you! Isn't this your 2nd one? I seem to remember a marathon and a subsequent post about the sneakers you ran in.....

4:36 AM  
Blogger Ern said...

No, silly, that's not "what it is to be old". It's marathon soreness. Good on ya! Now get yourself a massage.

11:04 PM  
Blogger huda noor said...

ان الرائد تقدم افضل الخدمات النزلية في المدينة المنورة بارخص الاسعار يمكنك زيارة التالي للمزيد من المعلومات :

افضل شركة تنظيف منازل بالمدينة المنورة افضل شركة تنظيف منازل بالمدينة المنورة
شركة مكافحة حشرات بالمدينة المنورة شركة مكافحة حشرات بالمدينة المنورة
شركة تنظيف مجالس بالمدينة المنورة شركة تنظيف مجالس بالمدينة المنورة
شركة تنظيف بالمدينة المنورة شركة تنظيف بالمدينة المنورة

3:43 PM  

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