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Green Room - Week 3 - Day 12

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3KK6CJfZ8c 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: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/876790.html 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.

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bleodswean
Dec. 30th, 2015 05:21 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I'm sorry. And yes, this is wisdom but so easy to forget or ignore.
muchtooarrogant
Dec. 30th, 2015 05:23 pm (UTC)
My condolences! Bruce sounds like a very unique individual.

Sandwiches rule!

Dan
lrig_rorrim
Dec. 30th, 2015 05:29 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry about the loss of your friend. Thank you for sharing some of who he was with us.
swirlsofblue
Dec. 30th, 2015 05:33 pm (UTC)
Condolences, sorry for your loss
tijuanagringo
Dec. 30th, 2015 05:44 pm (UTC)
loss, grief, transformation
I am deeply sorrowful that you have lost a loved one in your life. My heartfelt condolences reach out to you and all those who were, and are forever, close to him. God bless.
roina_arwen
Dec. 30th, 2015 05:57 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear about your friend. He sounded like a wonderful soul. My next sandwich will be enthusiastically enjoyed in his honor.

Edited at 2015-12-30 05:57 pm (UTC)
kathrynrose
Dec. 30th, 2015 07:34 pm (UTC)
Damn, now I have a craving for grilled cheese.
sinnamongirl
Dec. 30th, 2015 06:29 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry for the loss of your friend, especially as he sounds like exactly the kind of guy we as a society need to have around. I'm glad you got to experience his awesomeness and can remember him so poignantly.
kathrynrose
Dec. 30th, 2015 07:35 pm (UTC)
::hugs to Gary:: (don't kick me)

I'm sorry about your friend. Thanks for sharing him with us.
misfitmanor
Dec. 30th, 2015 08:52 pm (UTC)
I would have liked to have known Bruce, and many more like him.
This is the kind of Christian I strive to be.

I used to feel shame at wearing the name, because of so many who abuse it — even the very concept of the faith it represents — to do harm to others. But then I thought, how does hiding help anyone? Maybe there needs to be more people who are willing to openly advocate for social justice for women, people of color and other minorities, as well as equal rights for those who don't fall into the hetero spectrum; to support the progress of science; to recognize the need for a separation of church and state; to condemn the harboring and festering of hatred in ideas, in speech, and in action; to be slow to judge; ...and to hold these as well as many other stances that don't seem to toe the current party line that so many claim to wear in lip service, all WHILE being willing to also boldly say, YES, I AM a Christian, because I believe THIS is who the man Jesus was.

I'm so glad you've been blessed to know someone who was truly fighting the good fight. And I'm so sorry you've lost him. Love and support to all those impacted by his life and loss.

Edited at 2015-12-30 09:01 pm (UTC)
alycewilson
Dec. 30th, 2015 10:23 pm (UTC)
In a world filled with hypocrisy and religious zealots, it is comforting to know there are still some people who embody the best aspects of their religions.

I am happy to hear you have learned so much from your friend. As someone who's a month further into mourning, I wish you peace as you navigate the rise and fall of emotions.
adoptedwriter
Dec. 31st, 2015 02:17 am (UTC)
I ate dinner w my sister and nephew tonight at a local Frisch's Big Boy. Cincinnati Big Boys are superior to other Big Boys. Trust me. I enjoyed every bite while my nephew, who is five and I pondered why some kids who he knows are " bad" still got presents instead of coal. He's devised a plan to rectify this injustice, so look out everybody...The Elf Police are stepping up their game for next year. He's gonna fire and strip naked the slacker elves, steal their elf clothes and bust bad kids who hit other kids! The slacker elves will be put in dog kennel cages, and he will get all the candy! Lol.
Now that's a story and a sandwich to enjoy!

AW
dee_aar2
Dec. 31st, 2015 03:57 am (UTC)
I am sorry about the passing of your friend. But Gary you had the privilege of knowing someone wonderful who made a positive impact on lives of people irrespective of age. We do need more people like him around in this world ... and I hope you find strength to tide over this loss. Hugs
impoetry
Dec. 31st, 2015 06:40 am (UTC)
I'm sorry for your loss my friend, but thankful that you had the experience of knowing Bruce. We still need to get together some time.
eternal_ot
Dec. 31st, 2015 10:43 am (UTC)
My condolences. *Hugs*
prog_schlock
Dec. 31st, 2015 07:36 pm (UTC)
So sorry for your less. Yeah, Zevon's "Enjoy every sandwich" statement had an effect on me. I can't watch his last performance of "Mutineer" without getting choked up.

I was very touched when Letterman chose to have Shires/Isbell cover "Mutineer" on one of Letterman's final shows.
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