Hannibal V Constantine (hannibalv) wrote,
Hannibal V Constantine
hannibalv

June 11, 2001

Headachey, but I've taken something so I should be OK.

Today was…unpleasant. We discovered that my dad has a staph infection in his right foot. Which means that this time tomorrow he is very likely to be hospitalized.

Then there was a message on the voice mail telling my mom to call her best friend in Poughkeepsie, NY. This friend of my mom's was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer about 18 months ago. So my mom made the callback, and…

Elizabeth Jean ("Jeanne") Popavero (née Halstead), October 31, 1947-June 11, 2001). She is survived by her husband, Tom, her children Renee, Bryan and Michael, her sister Charlene, and many others who loved her.

(I was thinking about making mean, cynical comments here about how this came as a surprise to no one except my mother, who is still gobsmacked by the news, but I'm not in the mood.)

Anyway, Mom's flying to NY for the funeral, etc. Wednesday, returning Sunday. And like I said, Dad's likely going into the hospital tomorrow (Tuesday). Which means I'll be all alone in this big house during that time.

I have yet to entirely figure out how I will make lemonade out of this particular batch of lemons. One note, though: this is NOT an open invitation to drop in, and CERTAINLY NOT a declaration of some kind of open house. Seriously. I'm not saying one thing when I mean the opposite-I'm saying one thing and meaning exactly what I say.

If I were a larger fan of fate, destiny, cheap sentimentality or any of that other garbage, I'd make some kind of observation linking Jeanne's death with this morning's execution of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. But I'm not.

Speaking of McVeigh (which seems to be the thing to do today) can I just say: Is anyone really sorry to see this scumbag go? He did it, he said, repeatedly that he did it, and he was convicted of it. About the only problems I'm seeing with his execution are:

Lethal injection is too nice.
They can only do it once.
The survivors and their loved ones aren't being allowed to take a more active role.

My dad is the most anti-death penalty person I know, and even he volunteered to pull the switch on McVeigh. The last comment left to say is: good riddance.

But enough of that. Today's Link of the day is Howard Tayler's webcomic "Schlock Mercenary", which celebrates one year of strips today. Find it at http://www.schlockmercenary.com

JHR
6/12/2001 1:41 AM
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