Sunday, May 27, 2012

Remembering Jeff

This is not an awesome things post.  This is a tragic things post.

My good friend, of about 20 years, Jeff McLaughlin was found dead last night from what I am hearing is an overdose.  I haven't been able to confirm any of that just yet but this post isn't about how he died, it is about how he affected people while he lived.

I met Jeff while playing volleyball way back in the day.  It was almost impossible not to be pulled into his gravity.  For the people who know him, they will agree that his energy and his personality actually overwhelms you when you are in the same room with him.  Some call it schtick but to me, it was just his way.  He had a way of being the center of attention in almost all environment and if he wasn't, he would just declare to everyone that he should be.  It was that simple.  lol  For my birthday one year, he bought me a picture frame.  It wasn't a special frame but what made it unique was that it came with his 6x8 glossy smiling head shot in it.  lol  I will remember it forever.  He was hysterically laughing the whole time but I expected nothing less from him.

Over the next 20 years, we would cross each other paths on the tennis courts, volleyball courts and once or twice on the curling ice.  But you know me and cold...curling was short lived.  ;)  No matter how many months had gone by, no matter how many relationships pulled us away from hanging out together, the minute you began talking to Jeff, you felt better.  I can't remember a single time where he didn't seem on top of the world.  Of course that is not the case if what I am hearing is true.

It has been about 5 months since I saw Jeff last and I have no idea what was going on in his life that led him to this decision.  I am hoping that this may have been just a bad accident and not a result of hopelessness.  Because if the latter is true, it is hard not to feel guilty that you weren't there, you couldn't help...etc.  But I know that is a pretty selfish thing to think.  We can't all save each other. 

So regardless of what happened, I hope that Jeff has found peace.  I hate to think that he couldn't find it here among his friends and family that cared for him.  Buddy, I will always appreciate our matches, our drinking binges and partying...but most of all your jokes and endless laughter.  It seems like a lifetime ago but the memories feel like yesterday.

More Awesome Things

My oldest friend, the one who I consider a sister, is having a baby!!  It has been something that she has wanted her entire life so I am over the moon that she is beginning this adventure. 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Awesome Things

Benign Results!  Awesome news from a dear friend far away.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Awesome things

A few for the past week or so:

When someone honestly guesses you are 5 years younger than you are.

A full nights sleep with awesome dreams and no tossing and turning.

Backhand winners. 

Gluten Round 2

Going to jump on the gluten free bandwagon one more time.  Will try to pay more attention to what I eat this time around and hopefully I will see even better results.  Of course, it didn't help when I forgot at lunch and ate rice and then a cookie.  Mmmm cookie. 

Other than that I am seriously thinking my memory is fading.  My combination of words is getting worse and my short term memory is totally out to lunch.  Today I combined stone and rock into stock.  I have no idea what causes this.  lol  But it is annoying. 

Sunday, May 6, 2012

CN Cycle 2012

Cathou and I joined forces to do the CN cycle this morning.  The first real cycling event of the season for us slow pokes.  ;)  All it all it went pretty well.  We pulled in a 35k in just minutes over the hour mark.  I am convinced that had we started at the top of the pack and not in the middle, we could have shaved off at least 5 minutes of wasted time weaving in and out of crazy kids moving all over the place.  Talk about dangerous.  Top speed was just a hair over 45kph.  Considering there are no real downhills in Ottawa, that felt great. 

Anyway, we were pretty happy regardless.  I wanted to beat a few key people along the way and we did.  A total mind thing for sure but it is "my" mind thing so bare with me.  I was really surprised not to see more people (from the team) out but I hear that some of them skated.  I was in no shape to skate for 35 or 70k as M. Garvin did.  Crazy bastard.  ;)

So it was a good benchmark set for the season.  Easy to beat for sure.  Looking forward to more and more events.