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Iowa [Mar. 12th, 2002|03:06 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
Austin LJ party was cool. Met some neat people.

I'm in Iowa now. My grandpa died, so instead of flying back from Austin to Seattle, coming here for two days instead. First funeral ever. Kinda weird. Churches spook me out enough as is.

After this it's back to Seattle, then Portland, then LA, then Seattle, then Portland, then Dresden. Aaaah. At least I flew first class from Austin to Minneapolis... not sure how that worked. Certainly didn't pay for it. I didn't question it, though. :P

So I'm missing my music class today and an important concert tonight. Anybody want to go to a Music 185 concert for free? They're pretty damn impressive. It's tonight at 7:30. Email me if you can? My phone doesn't work in Iowa. :-( I guess I could mail the teacher, but I don't know her email address, and she seems hostile. The ticket to get in and the blank scantrons are in my bedroom. If you want to go, let me know and I'll let you know both where the key to my room is and my student ID number, etc. for the scantron.

Totally jet-lagged. I woke up at 5:00am this morning, but it felt like 3:00am because I don't think I adjusted yet to central time.

This library computer sucks. And I had to sign an agreement saying I wouldn't surf 640x480, 256 color, Pentium porn. Serious. So slow.

Immediate family should be in town by now, so I guess it's back to the church and see if they're there.

[User Picture]From: kewidoll
2002-03-12 01:28 pm (UTC)
sorry about your Grandpa.
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[User Picture]From: visions
2002-03-12 01:39 pm (UTC)
my condolences. :(
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[User Picture]From: ladydiana
2002-03-12 01:44 pm (UTC)
Aw, Brad...

I'm so sorry. :(

My grandpa died in December.

If you need a shoulder, I'm here.

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[User Picture]From: jwendl
2002-03-12 01:47 pm (UTC)
My grandpa died <= Sorry to hear it...
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[User Picture]From: niko
2002-03-12 01:54 pm (UTC)
I've only been to one funeral myself, also my grandfather. It was.. unreal. And creepy.

Partly because I know what they do to prep the bodies. (Friend of mine is going to mortician school.) Trust me, ignorance is bliss.

He looked like a wax dummy laying in a coffin. He had always been a tad pale and of course had liverspots (who dosen't at 81?) but his complexion was too.... I dunno. At first I want to say perfect but.. no, he looked like a wax dummy. That orangish color to him.. It just didn't look like him. My grandmother was standing next to the coffin, clutching his hand.

I couldn't bring myself to get closer than a few feet.

They made me a pallbearer. I tried not to think about what I was carrying.

Blah enough. I have a big journal entry about it somewhere but I can't find it.

Hope you're doing ok.
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[User Picture]From: jkkatt
2002-03-12 02:36 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry. That would be so hard for me.

Are you in Northern Iowa? I'm in southern Wisconsin/Minnesota. Yeah.
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[User Picture]From: saveyoursanity
2002-03-12 02:49 pm (UTC)
whoa, that's just plain bizarre.

which town in iowa are you in?
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[User Picture]From: toregone
2002-03-12 03:27 pm (UTC)
Sorry about your grandfather Brad.
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[User Picture]From: sahrie
2002-03-12 03:50 pm (UTC)
i'm happy you had fun on your trip
it's good that his death wasn't a surprise, but i'm still sorry you had that loss
looks like you'll be busy... drop me a line if you wanna kick it (if you get a free chance...)
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From: rain_king
2002-03-12 03:52 pm (UTC)


I WILL GO! don't i need a scantron?

my friends are going so if you reply with the necessary info (student number, full name, etc or whatever i need for the scantron) and times i may be able to work it out

Let me know
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[User Picture]From: graceadieu
2002-03-12 04:03 pm (UTC)

:( and :)

I am so very sorry about the death of your Grandfather. I am glad that the LJ stuff in Austin went well and later when you have time, I hope you will post some photos or at least tell us what you thought of Austin. God bless!
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[User Picture]From: ironman1231
2002-03-12 04:49 pm (UTC)
Sorry about your Grandpa.

Nice meeting you though.
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[User Picture]From: angelicdestiny
2002-03-12 04:52 pm (UTC)


thats shitty :o\
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[User Picture]From: ddelapp
2002-03-12 09:39 pm (UTC)
Sorry about your grandfather.

You are living quite the jetset life.
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[User Picture]From: whitaker
2002-03-12 10:41 pm (UTC)
> This library computer sucks. And I had to sign an agreement saying
> I wouldn't surf 640x480, 256 color, Pentium porn. Serious. So slow.

Welcome to the midwest.
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[User Picture]From: diane_court
2002-03-12 11:37 pm (UTC)
sorry about your grandpa.
hope you get through it ok. funerals are a generally unsettling experience.
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[User Picture]From: film_girl
2002-03-13 12:51 am (UTC)
I'm sorry about your grandfather Brad.
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[User Picture]From: insomnia
2002-03-13 02:02 am (UTC)
Glad you liked the party... that Shiner beer is damn good stuff. Sorry to hear about your grandfather. I was wondering why you were flying off to somewhere other than SEA.

I don't like funerals much, and family funerals least of all. Best you can do is just to talk about any particularly good memories you have, really.

Looks like I'll be driving down to LA. Find a big mailing tube for the banner and bring it with you, if possible. I'll use it for Atlanta, and for a few conferences around here, if possible. There is a small O'Reilly conference in a few months, and the O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) on July 22-26, 2002 -- San Diego, CA. (This also coincides with the Perl Conference, btw.)

Want to fly in for that and do a lightning talk? I'll see about getting us a booth and hopefully a party organized too. I was also going to have the S.F. LJ Bash sometime around then. I could shoot for having it either the weekend before or afterwards, if you'd like to attend. I'm planning on it having a big party at the DNA Lounge.
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[User Picture]From: notcharming
2002-03-13 03:21 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear about your grandfather Brad. Funerals are never too much fun but they can allow alot of closure for some people.
I had a family funeral to attend today but i chose not to go... i felt that i could remember her better in my own way than by attending a crematorium that scares the bejesus out of me..
I hope that you are doing okay and that all this travel isn't taking to much of a toll on you.
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[User Picture]From: thelance
2002-03-13 11:17 am (UTC)
sorry to hear about your grandpa. my granddad died in january. it was weird for me too. still is.
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[User Picture]From: flickeringsoul
2002-03-13 05:23 pm (UTC)


I am also sorry to hear about the loss of your grandfather, Brad. Cherish the memories and the fact that you had a grandfather. Maybe unlike most people in here I never had any grandparents because they all passed away before I was born. So I was always left with a serious void inside of myself of never having any grandparents, or never getting to even meet them. When I was really little, I'd be in school and other kids would talk about their grandparents and I'd always have that void inside of me never having one. Right now my dad is really ill with kidney failure and I am really young in comparison. So I guess that instead of a grandparent being older and/or ill, I am dealing with my father being ill on dialysis having to get 3 blood transfusions a week. And all I can say is that it is really difficult for me. He almost passed away 2 times in the past 5 years. So, no grandparents for me, and a father who is seriously ill. It's difficult and I am so scared. The one picture I saw in here of an older man and a baby made me want to cry. But at least things like www.deadjournal.com can pick me up on the days in my life that aren't too sunny. You have a good sense of humor. ;)
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[User Picture]From: thelance
2002-03-13 07:17 pm (UTC)

Re: condolences

The one picture I saw in here of an older man and a baby...

sorry. that was me. that's a picture of my granddad and i when i was about two years old.

sorry to hear your father isn't doing well.
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[User Picture]From: flickeringsoul
2002-03-14 07:04 am (UTC)

Re: condolences

Awww. It was a nice picture. How special that it was of you and your granddad. It just reminded me of my father and how fragile life and everything else is. You are sweet. Thanks for showing some caring. :)
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[User Picture]From: flickeringsoul
2002-03-13 05:26 pm (UTC)


OK now I am crying :-( It was that picture because it reminded me of my very ill father.
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[User Picture]From: ladyeight
2002-03-14 06:45 am (UTC)


My grandfather passed when I was about your age, it's tough, need a friend, just hollar.
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[User Picture]From: yizhe
2002-03-14 07:17 am (UTC)

Sorry for your grandad.

my greatest condolences to you and your family.

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my greatest condolences to you and your family.

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