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Re: End of Life Plan
Ugh. Horrible thread. I had a supervisor 30 years ago now, and he literally sailed off into the sunset in Tampa. Told me that he and his wife would one day open a bottle of wine and shoot a hole in his sailboat. Its so unrealistic. Tha'ts fantasy.
I'm 53 and seemingly in okay shape. But seriously as it gets closer the whole death thing seems shocking awful and unpleasant. I watched my mom die of cancer and that was like a nightmare - jeez no way!! My old grandpa he was just fine, never a problem,good shape, smoked and everything and then one day at age 78 he just keeled over with a heart attack. By comparison that seems less terrible.
I put down my dear old dog Moose with morphine or whatever the vet gives him when he was too old and weak to walk. Had it done at home in his soft doggie bed. The whole family stood around. I gave him a cheeseburger first. Then the shot. I was holding his head. He went out like a light.
To put a nicer comment in here; if I could go down like old Moose snuggling in the covers eat a cheeseburger, and with sweet memories of sailing the carribean lighting up my brain.....maybe then a shot of morphine and I will just smile and go out like a light. That seems a lot nicer and more realistic than my old boss' romantic notion of shooting a hole in the boat.
My old high school friend just died last summer at age 51 and everyone said it was such a tragedy but I don't know. He had finally gone straight after years of booze and drugs, divorce and hookers. He had gont from being a promising electrical engineer and software designer to a junkie and was on parole so they drug tested him weekly. And so he got straight and worked his way up to a one room apartment over a tavern. Everyone said he was like his old self. The day he died he rode his motorcycle out to the airport and hung around with the pilots for an hour or so. Then he rode back to his apartment and practiced guitar. I don't know if he did any drugs but his parents found him a day or two later just sitting slumped over his computer. I don't know if he was lonely or sad, Bill was not prone to that - and just from what he was doing that day it sounds kind of hopeful, like a good day. Then, nothing. It was too young, but it must have been just like falling asleep.
Sal Paradise - Armchair Circumnavigator
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Last edited by Sal Paradise; 04-03-2019 at 08:34 AM.