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My old biker friend's wife's body was found today.

  1. May 17, 2012 #1

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    She had suffered from diabetes, and a driver following her has claimed that she was driving erratically and veering before heading off the road and into a pretty large stream. We were never very close personally, but it was still very sad to see her family (most of whom I know) going through the grief and worry.
     
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  3. May 17, 2012 #2

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    Terrible news, only positive is that others weren't involved in a collision.
     
  4. May 17, 2012 #3

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    Please extend my condolences to the family.

    I just found out that a wife of an associate (through work) died earlier this week.

    My mom and mother-in-law are slowing down. Both have had mini-strokes in the past year or so. In a somewhat sobering conversation with my sister, she gives my mom just a few more years - maybe 5 at tops.
     
  5. May 17, 2012 #4

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    Same with my mom. About 2 years ago. Never had a close family member die. Not looking forward to it.
     
  6. May 17, 2012 #5

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    With the benefit of hindsight (and not wanting to sound callous) I think there's sone benefit in getting that experience out of the way while you are still fairly young. Having an apparently fit and healthy grandparent just "drop dead" in the garden while pruning the roses, and a parent being killed in a road accident (with the other driver taking all the blame, and getting a prison sentence) wasn't very nice at the time, but now being at the age where older friends and relatives are beginning to pop their clogs fairly regularly, at least I know more or less what to expect - including the necessary practical and legal stuff that needs to be done.
     
  7. May 17, 2012 #6

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    Yup. A fact that does not escape me. That's why I'm not looking forward to it. I'm not prepared.

    And my wife lost her parents when she was still a teen, so it's going to be twice as awkward for us.
     
  8. May 17, 2012 #7

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    Please get prepared! Just basic preparations... End-of life stuff is very complicated if you have children.

    Anyway, her younger brother (about my age) related to the newspaper reporter that he wanted to play hooky one day and asked his older twin sisters to cover for him. The Asst. Principal asked the the recently-deceased sister why he wasn't at school, and she said it was because he had the flu. He asked her twin sister why their brother was missing from school, and she said that he had a broken leg. You can't make this stuff up. Kids are fun, and we don't always realize it.
     
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    Jimmy can't make it to school today, he's sick. This is my father speaking.
     
  10. May 17, 2012 #9

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    I might be able to come to PF today because I have the flu and a broken leg!
     
  11. May 17, 2012 #10

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    Turbo, I read that without reading the posts leading up to it, and thought, Holy crap - a stroke, the flu, and a broken leg -- what is going on with this guy?!

    :rofl:
     
  12. May 17, 2012 #11

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    I could have a heart-attack, too, but it i might be too much. :tongue:
     
  13. May 20, 2012 #12

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    Sorry to hear of that, Turbo. At our age, it happens more frequently. Law of averages, plus acquaintances who have already been around for a long time.
     
  14. May 20, 2012 #13

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    A few years back, I put my Harley Wide Glide up for sale and the fellow that bought it asked "what's wrong with it?" I told him nothing. One friend had built a new house and was finishing the interior and had no time to ride, another had bought an old fixer-upper out in the country and had no time to ride, and the last had died of liver cancer (perhaps due to Agent Orange exposure in 'Nam). He was the husband of the woman who died recently. We four always rode together, and with no biker buddies, riding wasn't all that fun.
     
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