My basset hound had arthritic hips and a cancerous tumor in her mouth. She was put to death yesterday at the ripe old age of 13. May she be as smelly and comfortable below the strawberry patch as she was above it.

Before that my oldest freind's grandfather died of natural causes.

And before that, an incoming freshman I had not met died in a car accident on a steep country road. However, I did know his older brother by aquantence.

A few days after school let out, a good friend and beloved member of my small community of 4,500 died of a seizure off South Padre Island on a recon training mission with the Marines.

I have never faced so much death in such a small time-frame in my whole life. It's a little unnerving.

And on top of all that, my most recent node got nuked!