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An “I Was There” moment!

Many parts of the U.S. are experiencing very unusually cold weather. Here is a blerb about the current weather in the mid-west:

White Christmas… Again!

Earlier in the day, a glaze of ice from freezing rain led to numerous accidents in Oklahoma City.

Euclid has brought the second white Christmas in a row to Amarillo, Texas; the last pair of back-to-back White Christmases there occurred in 1894 and 1895!

After thunderstorms and hail in the morning, Dallas-Ft. Worth saw its first accumulating Christmas Day snowfall since 1975 this afternoon.

Ha! I grew up in Dallas, and was there when this happened! I was ten at the time! It was awesome!!!!

Of course, as an adult, snow can be not nearly as awesome, especially if you still have to go to work, and have to shovel your car out a blanket of the stuff, or have to drive in it… Not worried about my driving, it’s the “other guys” of course! But, a a kid, experiencing snowfall when you live in an area that very rarely gets some is so exciting!

And yes… I do blame Global Warming!

Remembering A Friend. Kevin Kirby.

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Kevin Kirby passed away on Christmas day last year, at the all-too-young age of 42.

He was a great guy, extremely smart and with a wicked sense of humor. We were going to get together at our house for the annual Dr. Who Christmas special, and got the horrible call from his brother John just an hour before we were to kick things off.

What hell that evening was.

Of course, the gathering was all but called off, but after consulting with each other, we decided we would get together after all. There was no joy in it though. We had to do something, and we all agreed, as much as anything, we needed to be around each other. It was, maybe, the first wake for our friend and brother. We got to share what comfort between us we could, and help each other start to deal with our loss.

It’s a year later, and the latest installment of the Dr Who Christmas Specials is set to be shown to a select crowd. A few, including Kevin’s brother John, are now living too far away to make it to this gathering. But the biggest absence will still be Kevin, because unlike the others, there is no chance he’ll gather with us again.

That’s maybe an odd way to put my feelings.

Maybe I should just say this.

Kevin Kirby – You were a great friend. We will always miss you.

More reflections on Kevin’s passing here.

PS. There were other more serious pictures of Kevin, but, knowing him, he would have yelled at me for posting the more serious stuff. Plus… He liked cake! 😉