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Sunday, August 30, 2009

One Day You're In, The Next You're Out

This is what Heidi Klum says on every episode of one of my favorite shows, Project Runway. These words, and the episode I watched, had a bizarre parallel with news that one of my co-workers was killed in a senseless accident.

One day you're in, the next you're out.

He was only 28 years old.

And I found it slightly ridiculous to watch this show and see the designers cry for the loss of their 'teammate'. The loss simply that he was eliminated. 'He's still alive though. He just left the show' I thought to myself, silently mourning for a man I barely knew.

Eddie Ogburn was a young kid when I met him. I mean, he's still young, but I believe he was a college student while we played wallyball. It was usually with our good friend Sterling. He was cute, sweet, and competitive. I liked that.

I didn't see him for awhile...he didn't play wallyball least not with me. But when I did see him, we gave awkward nods or hellos, like 'hey, i know you but it's been awhile and i'm not sure if you remember me.'

Coincidentally, we got in touch two weeks ago, when he delivered my work laptop to me. It was still awkward but we both joked with each other in that 'yeah, we do remember each other' kind of way.

I then read on facebook, from two of my friends' status updates, that Eddie had passed away. I didn't know who they were talking about and I didn't want to ask "what happened?" A bizarre curiosity... And then I saw a picture of him on one of the news articles and then I felt sick because it was this young KID that I barely knew. And I'm sorry, but when a death happens that is remotely connected to me, it feels a little more tender and I start to think more and more about what his family is going through...his friends...did he suffer?

And when you read the article, it just gets worse. A block from his house. He's actually turning into his neighborhood! When an asshole nails him at 80 mph.

The focus will be that the asshole was drunk. Yes, that in itself is bad. But the dude was passing on the left (i.e. the _other_ lane) and doing 80 mph. This is what happens to you assholes that speed and break the law because you think you're better than anyone else. The drinking was just the 'icing on the cake'. I guaradamn-tee you that this dude has done 80 mph before...

Eddie, I didn't know you as well as your friends and family, but I did know you and your death has affected me. Too young to die is at any age, IMO, but surely this was not meant for you, at 28.

1 comment:

  1. That is so sad. It really does hit closer to home when it's someone you know. And it's not too far from where you or i live. That asshole could have been driving down one of our streets. It's scary, and makes me want to cling a little tighter to those i hold dear.