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I've been very remiss on this blog lately. I have many stories about my kids that I should have posted, but haven't. I've been busy with work, and when I'm not working, I have my family, and my friends. Most of my friends are online. I spend a good deal of time talking to them every day, and have one friend in particular, Gregory, who I've known for more than 10 years.

Greg's had a difficult medical history. He found out about 6 years ago that he had a very serious lung condition that without a transplant would be terminal. Almost exactly 1 year ago, he got that lung, and just about a month ago I got to finally go meet him face to face at his "birthday" party.

About 2 weeks ago, Greg went into the hospital to deal with a small condition that was affecting his lung, and having minor surgery to correct it. He never left the hospital. His heart developed an arhythmia, and between that, and the immunosuppressants that he was taking to prevent rejection, his body couldn't adapt and recover. Greg died tonight at age 37.

I miss him a great deal already.

If you'd like to read about him, about his life, and see some of the comments from friends over the years, he's kept a blog for many many years at . I don't know how long it will stay up, but my guess is for awhile.

To his parents, Eleanor and Dale, and his sister, Rebecca, I can only offer weak "I'm sorries." Eleanor is the one who called me today to tell me, and has promised to send me a few pictures of me and greg that I insisted that she take (over and over, because Greg could never manage to keep his eyes open for a picture). When I get them, I'll post one or two.

To Greg...I miss you buddy. I hope you're someplace that gets a million channels of anime, and always have time to watch it...and someone to watch with. And, knowing you, I hope you can watch them all at once. Thank you for what you gave to me for so many years.

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pure paul: clear, to the point, honest and touching. greg must have been a good guy to earn this, because you don't come cheap.

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