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.