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Curtis, et. al...

Joanne & I have been SURROUNDED by your loving comments, posts, emails, cards, letters, phone calls, flowers, SIDS Foundation contributions, and on... and even the "gasp, we have nothing to say" comments count... every single touch is another small breath of oxygen that we have been surviving on.

The loss of a friend, sibling, parent or grandparent all bring with it a significant grieving... but "skipping backward a generation" and losing a child... especially a child so painstakingly planned for, anticipated, and desired... raises ongoing series of emotional turmoil beyond any "loss pain" that could ever be imagined.

ODDLY... I feel I can deal with the mechanical issues of financial planning, lending, investing & investment management as plain & easily as ever. POSSIBLY even better, bizarrely, because after Dagny's death I have found I have absolutely zero "bullsiht tolerance" (as though I ever did... guess I did a lot more before...) and somehow in the current environment that intolerance SEEMS to universally 'ring true' with more people than it turns away (or maybe I just don't give a damn anymore about those it turns away... whatever... too many emotional game-players & drama addicts... no effing time for them... life's wayyy to effing short... dammit...)

IN ADDITION, the reality of Dagny's death brought forth the critical "empty space" issue of financial planning, much as the rule that "music is defined by the silence between the notes." That is all to say... financial planning is NOT there to support the damn money.... but rather to support the quality of LIVES (especially right-effing-now lives) of those inside the family.

MAYBE this turmoil is all for the best... maybe this is why some artists create their masterpieces when they are miserably insane.... I dunno...

THANK YOU ALL... I "miss me" too... not really sure if/when the old me will return... hope so (or perhaps an improved version.)

In ANY case... bumping into me today (like a burglar running into my labrador retriever) is far more likely to get you loved to death than ever attacked...

Cheers,
Dave
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