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It's been a strange day... :(

On the one hand, one of my last remaining uncles passed away last night.  He was 93 (would have been 94 on the 14th), pretty much blind and deaf - and could still kick ass in card games.  My sister said the last time she was visiting, she actually managed to beat him at cards - so now she's got bragging rights :P - and yes, we all have very similar black humor.  He was my mother's brother, and I'll never forget how he looked as he leaned over my mother's casket at her prayers; I just about lost it (they were very close).  When we were at my cousin's house after the prayers, and I was chatting with him, and somebody came up and asked if we wanted anything to drink.  I asked for a beer, and my uncle said, "I wasn't feeling well a few weeks ago, and the doctor says I shouldn't be drinking...I'll have a whiskey. Straight."  Bwahahahaha!!  :D

He shared a birthday with my sister (40 years apart), so it's hitting her hard, because she always went over to visit him on their birthday.  :)  He was a good guy, and his family loves him very much...and at the end of the day, that's what counts.

And now there are only two left out of the eight uncles I had on that side of the family.  It hurts to see them go, but I'm so glad I had/have them.  :)

So, that's the one hand.  The other hand was lunch with a friend I haven't seen in a year or talked to for months.  So we had a great time chatting and getting caught up.  Then my sister called with the news, and after I got off the phone with her,  I decided that since I was nearby and needed change for the bus, I'd walk to the comic store to pick up the Jericho comics.

To all my Heck buddies:  WE'RE CANON!!!  \o/

And yes, it's very strange to be this happy over something fictional when I'm also this sad over something real...

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