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I'm off to bury a friend

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Kyle89K5, Jul 30, 2002.

  1. Kyle89K5

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    I\'m off to bury a friend

    I'm not looking for sympathy, just wanting people to realize the results of some of their actions.

    Last Tuesday I got a call that a good friend of mine, and the father of a close friend is in the hospital. Mark (the son) has been with me every step of the way through building my truck and my house. His father, Dan, has always been there to help us out and has given me more insight and knowledge in the last ~5 years, than I could ever hope for.

    Dan drank, alot. Votka had gotten it's teeth into Dan and wouldn't let go. He had been to rehab twice and no help. When I got the call, I went up there to find out that in less than 24 hours, he had been transferred into ICU with a grocery list of problems. Pankritis (sp), vascular disease, Kidney failure, alcohol induced diabeties, and respritory problems. His body basically told him that enough was enough. On Saturday, I got the call that Dan had passed away. He had yet to turn 50 years old. Dan never felt that he had a problem. During the last 5 years, he didn't drive drunk, go to work drunk, endanger ANYONE other than himself. Alcohol killed Dan.

    I'm off to be a pallbearer at the funeral. I have to bury a friend because of alcohol. Many of us here have had to bury friends and family members. It never gets any easier.

    I hope all of you will sit back and consider this. I'm not telling anyone that they shouldn't have a drink, far from it. Just understand, PLEASE, what it can do to you.

    If anyone needs me, after the funeral, I will be in the Garage, doing what Dan loved the most, working on a car with Mark.
     
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    Re: I\'m off to bury a friend

    My condolences to you.
     
  3. Capman2k

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    Re: I\'m off to bury a friend

    My friend's dad died of the same thing. Drank a bottle of vodka every day... and of course, he was also one of the nicest people I've ever met. He was one of those people you only hear about who would give the shirt off their back for a complete stranger..

    Sorry you lost your friend to alcoholism /forums/images/icons/frown.gif
     
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    Re: I\'m off to bury a friend

    no sympathy, just condolences.
    i'm sorry to hear about your loss.
    alcohol is much more of an evil than people give credit for.
     
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    Re: I\'m off to bury a friend

    I'm sorry to hear that.
    at least you have good times to remember.
     
  6. tRustyK5

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    Re: I\'m off to bury a friend

    My condolences Kyle...

    Rene
     
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    Re: I\'m off to bury a friend

    My condolonces's to you and your friends family. I lost my grandfather (before I ever met him) because of a bar fight while he was drunk. Which they say had the fight not killed him...the alchol eventually would have.
     
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    Re: I\'m off to bury a friend

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Kyle and your family and friends.

    Alcohol is indeed a killer, Alcoholism runs in my family and my dad has given all us sons the talk on it. My dad is the oldest living Howell male. at the age of 54 thats no record to be proud of, alcohol took all the others. /forums/images/icons/crazy.gif /forums/images/icons/frown.gif

    -Jeremy
     
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    Re: I\'m off to bury a friend

    /forums/images/icons/frown.gif My condolences as well...
     
  10. ChevyHuny

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    Re: I\'m off to bury a friend

    Im trully sorry for your loss, I hope that as everyday goes by it gets a little easier for you.
    Thank you for sharing it with us.
     
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    Re: I\'m off to bury a friend

    alcohol isn't "evil"... it has no consciousness or capability for thought. whats more, it has some posetives in that its a significant part of many different cultures/ethnicities identity (my family is, for example, german). Like many things tho, it can be used in ways that result in bad times, and I am sorry to hear of your loss. /forums/images/icons/frown.gif

    J
     
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    Re: I\'m off to bury a friend

    It is never easy to bury a friend or family member /forums/images/icons/frown.gif . Let's hope he is in a better place now, and that maybe his experience can help to keep someone away from doing the same thing.
     

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