...to prostate cancer. He was the sort of friend that makes it difficult to find the right adjective to say what sort of friend he was. He certainly wasn't always "good" but he was always interesting. I live in North Carolina and he commuted between Florida and California so he wasn't "close" either. There were times I wouldn't talk with him for months at a time. But that was OK; I was saving up stuff to talk about
next time we got together. Then I heard he was sick and, next thing I knew, I heard he had died. He didn't like to talk about
his illness but my spies reported that he had been diagnosed late with multiple metastases and was receiving chemo. I figured he would follow the usual course -- a couple of years to castrate resistance and after that his oncologist would need to get creative. But instead, he died. How annoying. I have a number of things queued up to discuss with him. Most of the topics would violate the politics/religion rules for the forum but there are two that seem OK.
The first thing was to straighten him out on Scotch. I'm not sure he knew how and when to add a few drops of water to
open up the flavor of high-proof drams. Oh well, if (as I hope) he has gone on to a better place then they must have Scotch there.
The second thing was a G. K. Chesterton quote he showed me once. It was Chesterton making fun of H. G. Wells and I just couldn't find it. Brad had showed it to me in one of my own books over a decade ago and I couldn't remember which book it was in and I couldn't quite remember the exact wording well enough for Google to help me. From time to time I would think about
the quote and make a mental note to ask him about
it next time I got a chance.
I never got that chance.
But... Oddly enough, shortly after he passed I tried Google one last time and there it was. It was in Maisie Ward's biography. It came from a bit of satire where Chesterton imagined interviewing various figures about
recent scientific evidence of a prehistoric flood that might have inspired the biblical flood story.
In Chesterton's imagined interview, Wells said...
I am interested in the Flood of the future: not in any of these little local floods that may have taken place in the past. I want a broader, larger, more complete and co-ordinated sort of flood: a Flood that will really cover the whole ground. I want to get people to understand that in the future we shall not divide water, in this petty way, into potty little ponds and lakes and rivers: it will be one big satisfying thing, the same everywhere.
So I found the quote but I am still bummed about
65 Slow PSA rise 2007-2012: 1.4=>8
4 bxs 2010-2012: 1&2 neg, 3 pos 1/14 6(3+3) 3-4% (2nd
opn. 7(3+4)), 4 neg
DaVinci 6/14/12. "some" nerve sparing on left
Path: pT3a pN0 R1 GS9(4+5)
Pos margins on rt
24 mo ADT3 7/12 - 7/14
Adj IMRT 66.6 Gy 10/17/12-12/13/12
8/2012-3/2015: Incont., Trimix, VED, PSA<0.015.
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