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If only I had gone over to say ‘Hello’

Damit!

My good friend Randy and I took my boat out to run up the motor yesterday. Steaming out of the harbor we saw a lobsterman friend of ours “Lucky John” getting towed in. We made a quick loop around the outer harbor and came back in. We stopped at Randy’s boat which is wintering over on my mooring to check her out and found all was well. As we shoved off from there Randy suggested that we run over and see what happened with Lucky’s boat.

“Na…” I said. “He’s probably up to his butt-hole in his bilge tryin’ to figure out what happened. I doubt he’s in any good humor and I don’t want to interrupt him.”

Lucky’s body was found floating in the harbor. He apparently had fallen overboard shortly after his boat had reached the dock as he hadn’t even gotten the dock-lines made fast yet.

Damit all!

Lucky was 64 years old and had been around boats all his life. He had a wife, few kids and was the nicest guy ye’d ever want to meet. Give ya the shirt right off ‘is back if ya needed it! Tell ya, there’ll be a lot ‘o people at his wake, sure!

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Sorry to hear that about lucky. Nothing you could have done, when its your time, its your time.

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PoCA...my sincere condolences on the loss of friend.
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My most sincere condolences as well PoCa.

It's strange how misery enjoys company. Just 20 minutes ago, a former business partner called to inform me of a close architectual colleague's death. We worked together in the same firm for 7 years back in the go-go '80s.

He was a team player who designed many projects with me and just spoke with him a couple weeks ago, asking if I had any projects to share. Local economy's getting tough on architects and I had nothing to offer at the time . . . he jumped off a bridge span yesterday and was just identified.

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PoCa and TrueBlue,
Thoughts are with you both. Those are hard stories to read...
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Definitely a bummer for all concerned. Sorry guys...may they rest in peace.
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So sorry to read about your friends, will be thinking of you

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Those truly are tragic events. My condolences. In both cases it sounds like you may be feeling some guilt about what you might have done differently. Its easy to do so in such cases but I am sure there really was nothing that either of you could have really done to save your friends. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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My sincere condolences to you both. Having recently gone through a similar experience, I am painfully aware of the hollow pit in the stomach feeling that is not present when one reads about a stranger suffering a similar fate. The feeling of helplessness can seem overwhelming. After the grief faded some, I renewed my vow to make the most of each day given to me with the knowledge that tomorrow is promised to no man. You have my thoughts and my prayers will follow for those who suffer this traumatic loss.
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her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.

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