Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Reality Check

Warning - unusually somber post. Today was supposed to be a normal day. A day in which I spent the vast majority of my time drafting patent applications. It didn't go like that. Instead, as I checked my email on my leash (others call them Blackberry) on my way from the parking garage, I saw a string of emails. Jason Coles, a buddy from law school, was killed in a skiing accident. It's not so much that Jason and I were friends as much as we were friendly to each other and have close friends in common. He married a woman from our law school class and together they recently had a baby. It brought home the fragile nature of things. And brought me to the reality that my tonight would be better spent with my loved ones.


Mr. Flynn said...

When Dave and I were out last Saturday, there was a point when I did something moderately sketchy. Dave didn't try it, that tells you something. He is not too afraid to fall down. Before I did it, I thought about the consequences of a screw up--anything from bruises and scratches to a broken bone. Still there is always the possiblility of something freaky happening resulting in a more serious injury. Once my mind started down that path it took about two seconds for me to shut out such thoughts because negative thoughts lead to screwing up. It all went fine, but I realized that I still have this feeling of invincibility. I am not as young as I used to be. But still plenty stupid sometimes. I should probably check myself more. I don't often think of the consequences of serious injury to me upon the wife and kids.

Really sorry to hear when anyone leaves a young family behind. I don't ski and don't know the dangers, but I should think about my own mortality a bit more.

Sorry dude, but treasure the family tonight.

Anonymous said...

I came across this blog when I Googled Jason a few minutes ago. I only knew him for about a year -- we worked together. But I'll miss his infectious energy, optimism, and humor. What a tragic circumstance.

Fish lady, Fish, and Guppies said...

Thanks for running and swimming with us last night. We need you here, Fish.