The LAST time

I had hoped to share 100’s of pictures, and stories about my last few days in Houston, and my subsequent arrival in Las Vegas.  I wanted to to share videos that we made while we were sharing that ceremonious first bottle of wine that you have when you are welcoming someone into a new home or new phase of their life.  I wanted to tell you about the christening of the grill at the new house, but instead I am here sharing my tears….and

I am asking for a moment of silence.

When I woke about in Las Vegas, (eight hours after saying goodbye )  it was to an explosion of missed phone calls and texts from Kristina (dan’s wife).  Honestly I thought maybe I had mistakenly taken the keys to the rental with me, or they couldn’t find something that I had unpacked…..  I read the last text that said…”CALL ME ASAP, Dan is in the hospital.

I curiously wondered if he did really ride the motorcycle off the truck like I wanted to do, and maybe broke a bone or something…. When Kristina answered, I did not expect to hear, “Grace Dan died”

I don’t have any answers, instead I have a hundred questions.

Dan just turned 46 in April.  Did I mention I just hugged him 8 hours ago?!?!?  He grabbed a cup of coffee that morning, went out to the garage to have a cigarette, and collapsed.

The hospital is performing an autopsy and the family that just packed up their whole lives to start a fresh one, lost their “ROCK”.  If you are a religious person, please say a prayer for them,  if you are not please take a moment of silence to help me honor my friend.  If you like Beer, maybe have a couple of those too?

Thank you for reading and allowing me to share this with you.


29 thoughts on “The LAST time

  1. Pressing the “Like” button feels wrong because there’s nothing here to like, but the more support you have the better. I’m so sorry. I didn’t know Dan, don’t know anything about him, but he meant a lot to you and others. That’s all that matters, and in this screwed up world every stranger is a potential friend.
    Two beers. One for you, one for Dan.

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  2. I’m a day behind on my readings so I’m just catching this now. It’s … unbelievable. Grace, I’m so sorry for your loss, it is an absolute tragedy. Please know that our hearts go out to you and the family involved. We love you, and I will absolutely have a beer, a moment of silence and even throw a prayer to the universe for all of you. ❤️

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      1. You are welcome sweetie! Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you. I am sorry, I have not ever drank beer, but if there is something else I am on board!


  3. Holy fuck. Pressed like just as a way of showing support to a bunch of strangers who have been dealt the hardest blow. Because I read about your world, that makes you a part of mine and I’m so sorry to hear you’ve lost your friend.


  4. Grace,

    I was so sad to hear your news. I’m very very sorry for the loss of your friend, a sweet family man and a asset to a community.
    My thoughts are with you!


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