BBQ2013: The First Annual Last Goodbye

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On the evening of July 19 I went into my nightly routine of coughing and choking. A few weeks ago I spent 9 days in ICU and learned how to deal with these episodes on my own and in my home. While this is not an easy thing to experience, it is a case of deal with it or die. On this particular night It was two hours of pure hell,coughing, choking and trying to clear my lungs. (about 90 minutes more than usual). At the time I was thinking I am not going to miss the First Annual Last Goodbye BBQ.

On the morning of the BBQ I was totally spent and felt comatose all morning, right up until the guests started arriving in the afternoon. As the day progressed I felt like I was injected with a miracle drug. The energy, smiles and laughter lasted into the late evening.

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It was fantastic to see old friends and a few new friends. I am truly blessed and even though my glass is full, I have more glasses to fill and share with all of you.

Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT’S relativity

Albert Einstein

Cough and choke for two hours and it seems like an eternity. Visit with good friends for a few hours and seems like minutes.

Melissa and I are already organizing the 2nd Annual Last Goodbye on July 19, 2014. Put it on your calendar and tell your friends not to plan any weddings, picnics, camping trips, or vacations. If the wind is blowing and you are a wind surfer you will need a note from your mom if you are not coming. Save the date, and see you soon!

5 Comments:

  1. Fred….. I enjoyed looking at the BBQ pics. Sorry I could not be there, however I was there in spirit.
    I recognized some of the faces in the photo.
    I put next years date on my calendar.
    Since we are the same age and have many fond memories of sailing together in Hood, I long for the time next July where we can review the fun times we had sailing the mighty Columbia ….
    Keep Smiling my friend and I will be by your side..

    Ann Peacock

  2. Patrick Quigley

    Fred- as Aubrey says: YOU ROCK!! I’ll see you at the next BBQ…

    Quigs

  3. Glad you had a good BBQ Fred, roll on 2014!!

    Best regards
    Frances

  4. Claudia Lacey McNeil

    Fred, I am still learning the ALS ropes but love seeing your adventures. Wish I could do the paragliding but am in Vermont until Sept. What a fun and inspiring fellow you are:)
    Claudia McNeil

  5. You are TOTALLY a chick magnet, Fred!

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