December 30th, 2015

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Green Room - Week 3 - Day 12 is Part 1 of the last Warren Zevon interview with David Letterman.

You can find the rest of the parts from there.

If you've never seen them, you should.

The one thing Warren learned about life that he wanted everyone else to know as well was "Enjoy Every Sandwich".

He talks about that philosophy during the interview.

Warren actually recorded an album just before he died, called "The Wind", again, if you haven't listened to it, correct that. There are bits in there, knowing that he was near death that are extremely poignant.

I'm sure that there are those who aren't on my FB, so you don't know this - my friend Bruce died yesterday.

He was older, and suffered from Crohn's disease. Which, as they say, isn't a death sentence but some of the side effects can be. In his case, you know how you hear those commercials that say one of the side effects of a medication could be *death* and you think "Who would take that????" That's one of the medications they were trying on him to make his life manageable - and the side effects put him in the hospital and eventually killed him.

I was emailing back and forth with Bruce a few days before he went into the hospital. He didn't let me know anything was wrong. I only found out when his wife responded to something instead of him and let me know where he was... and a few days later let everyone know he was being taken into hospice care. Yesterday his son let everyone know of his passing.

Bruce was Christian. The kind that you think "why aren't there more of people like this?"

He believed that his faith was a calling to help people, and love his neighbor as himself. His facebook was full of calling out of those who claimed that their religion was compatible with supporting intolerance, racism and xenophobia.

He loved music - which was one of the early things we bounded over. I met him as the father-in-law of a friend of mine and became friends ourselves. That love is probably what is making me connect him with Warren. Because I'm thinking about Bruce right now, and I'm always thinking about Warren... Well, that and he owned a shop where he made sandwiches. (he used to have a catering business - then went into the corporate world only to one day decide to quit and open up his own shop)

There's voting going on: and of course this is still a competition, so I don't want you to lose sight of that.

But, right now, and in the new year - remember to take the time to enjoy every sandwich.