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July 16, 2009

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Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Apologies for vanishing without explanation. A family emergency needed immediate attention: My wife's brother, who had struggled with Parkinson's Disease for a couple of decades, entered a period of steep decline, and then died. He was an ornery, smart, and funny guy who fought what he knew would be a losing battle with a lot of gallantry and class. So, for the past week, there has been much of real life to attend to. The sadness will linger for a long time, of course. Now that the the sense of crisis is relenting, though, I'll soon be easing back into blogging. Thanks for everyone's patience.



posted by Michael at July 16, 2009


My condolences Michael.

Posted by: slumlord on July 16, 2009 4:13 AM

My condolences.

Take all the time you need to grieve and recover.

I'll look forward to your return.

Posted by: Shouting Thomas on July 16, 2009 6:14 AM


That's a rough one. My sympathies to you and your wife, and hopes that you both will make your peace with the loss soon, but no sooner than is necessary for your own healing.

Posted by: Rick Darby on July 16, 2009 9:06 AM

Michael, please extend condolences to that fine lady known hereabouts as "The Wife" as well as to her mom and the rest of the family.

I will try my best to hold the fort till you're back full-time.

Posted by: Donald Pittenger on July 16, 2009 9:39 AM

You and those you care for seem in recent years to have been facing many difficulties, some of them ultimate. You have my condolences also, and you and your wife are in my thoughts.

Life trumps blogging every time. Take it easy, okay?

Posted by: PatrickH on July 16, 2009 9:57 AM


Take your time and take good care of your wife.

Looking forward to your return.

Posted by: Pupu on July 16, 2009 10:45 AM

There is nothing more important than attending to family in times of need. You have my deepest sympathy.

Posted by: Chris White on July 16, 2009 11:31 AM

That sounds like a tough loss Michael. My condolences to you and your wife.

Posted by: Steve on July 16, 2009 12:12 PM

Your wife's family is blessed to have a support guy like you.

"He was an ornery, smart, and funny guy who fought what he knew would be a losing battle with a lot of gallantry and class." I hope that's how I would deal if presented with Parkinson's or Altzheimers, or any progressive mental disability. With time, if you have any thoughts on this, please do share. If so, I have some too.


Posted by: jz on July 16, 2009 12:53 PM

My sympathies, Michael.

Posted by: onparkstreet on July 16, 2009 3:40 PM


I am very sorry for your loss. He sounds like an outstanding and inspirational individual. Best to you and your wife.


Posted by: Mark on July 16, 2009 4:40 PM

Thanks to all. The good wishes really do count for a lot.

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on July 17, 2009 3:09 AM

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