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Thursday, October 12, 2006

On Cory Lidle's Passing

I was stunned to see the news that former Phillies pitcher Cory Lidle was on board, and may have been piloting, the plane that crashed into a building in Manhattan yesterday afternoon. Just because he was once a Phillie, and I had cheered his successes and cursed his failures, I felt like there was more than just the usual impersonal reaction when someone you've heard of dies. And after all the news stories and black humor and stock celebrity/athlete death commentary, this was oddly the most touching thing I read about it all day.

It's stupid, I know. Maybe I should say a prayer in thanks for the little insignificant things that make life here a pleasure, and if I do, then maybe somewhere it'll bring a smile to somebody's face.

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You know what, I had good chocolate chip cookies last night. Thank you, whoever's listening.

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