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Denizens, I may be somewhat on the quiet side for a few days.

I have a friend on Facebook – the other  aspect thereof which the Vicar referenced the other day – whom, after the Dallas Mavericks won the NBA Championship, was ripping former owner Donald Carter for committing the allegedly cardinal sin of standing up there on the podium (at Mark Cuban’s invitation) and accepting the trophy from NBA commish David Stern.

(Apparently, my friend had it in for Mr. Carter all these years for the alleged reason he sold the Mavs to H. Ross Pee-rot, Junior.)

Now, my friend posted these thoughts on FB, in full view of God ‘n Ever’body™.  I thought it a very classless thing to do (still do), and gave serious consideration to publicly challenging him on it, unfriending him and telling his ass off before the whole world – both on FB, and here.

As you probably know by now, I wound up doing none of those things.  For once, I held my notoriously acidic tongue.  About the only thing I did was withhold birthday wishes from him last week.

I just found out, a few minutes ago, that my friend died two hours ago of a heart attack.  And it has hit me with all the force of a ten-ton wrecking ball at full speed.

Right now, I don’t have words.  I am, for one of the few times in my life, utterly speechless.  And in the silence, I’m thinking hard about a few things.

Including this blog.

It’s time for some re-evaluations around here.  Vicar, General – you guys have the conn.

UPDATE:  Obviously, I’d not read the General’s own pullback announcement (the gravity of this post will prevent me from making the obvious smartassed remark about it).

General, just do what you can.  Vicar – a sermon outline or two would come in handy at the moment.

2 Comments to “Taking stock (UPDATED)”

  1. BethW — June 26, 2011 @ 10:10 am

    I’m sorry to hear about your friend. Prayers for his family.

  2. Supreme General Rayegun — June 26, 2011 @ 8:51 pm

    We here at the Southern Command second that motion.

    But these times are trying mans’ soul indeed. The time has come for some major decisions, both for the country and closer to home as well. Taking the time to examine things is not only the prudent thing, but it also serves to remind us who we all must truly depend on. God. Men will fail us, God cannot. Ever.

    Take your time, we’ll mind the store.

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