Ed was a sweetheart. I loved his little stories. I always hoped he'd be published someday.
I recall that he was trained as a UDT (Underwater Demolition) - the forerunner of the SEAL teams, back in WWII, iirc. I was always touched that someone so physically and mentally tough could be such a kind and gentle person, with the open heart of a child. Damn. I'm just gobsmacked.
A veteran and a sucker. Posted by oneighty in The DU Lounge Thu Aug 24th 2006, 11:37 AM The suckers made of hard candy mounted on a white cardboard sucker stick and wrapped for sanitary reasons sell for ninety-nine cents a bag at the local drug store.
The veteran made of flesh and blood and and dreams and tears and fears sometimes wonders into and out of the various rooms at the VA hospital where I am a guest much as he is.
I am a little bit afraid of him as I watch him in his nightly search for midnight goodies. He has found my bag of suckers.
He sits in a nearby chair his teeth pulling hard at the wrapping covering the goodness of his sweet find. At first I watch fascinated by his ravenous greed. Then I become slightly disgusted.
I watch as with his teeth he tears the wrapping off the sucker. He is slobbering now; his saliva dripping from his mouth. He has the sucker pushed as far into his mouth so as to choke or otherwise cause himself damage. He is enjoying this treat. I no longer care that he more or less stole it.
Later the ward person fusses at me because the diabetic Vet got into my suckers. "Please hide them from now on." Alas there is no place to hide.
Suddenly I am sent home from the VA, uncured and uninformed. I do not know what my health status is. Not a clue but I do think it strange to be sent home with what was said to be pneumonia.
So at home I stare at my bag of remaining suckers. I do not want them. In my four days in the hosp I never received a bath. I did not observe other vets getting a bath. I did ask for a wet wash rag several times and wiped myself down as well as I could under the conditions.
I take a final look at the bag of suckers. In my mind they are dirty now contaminated with germs and meanness. All the sweetness has been stolen and all the hopes and dreams of the old veteran are gone. I have my daughter throw the suckers out onto the scrap heap of life.
And all the old veteran wanted was a little sugar, a little love. Nothing more.
180 ---------- I missed this when he posted it. It seems I missed a lot of what he posted. :(
180 was one of the first DUers I ever noticed. His wit and his... humanity... hung from him like a pauper's rags, a king's cloak, a priest's vestments. He wrote eloquently, but without the slightest trace of pretention.
I didn't join DU for the politics. Sounds strange, but I had Buzzflash for news. I didn't need an echo chamber. I needed a group of like-minded individuals with whom to discuss politics, sure, but also literature, art, frivolity, LIFE. 180 was one of the people who made me realize that the Lounge was the place for me.
He was clearly a great Democrat, a great community member, a great person. He had many friends here, but I've no doubt that didn't even scratch the surface. He was kind, he was intelligent, he was always spot on with the perfect observation. Someone like that does not die without friends. DU was not his only connection to the rest of the world, not for a moment. Not to knock DU, but this man had others in his life.
Others who must have loved him very deeply.
I miss 180 already. I will miss his insight into everyday life for a long time -- probably until DU ceases to exist, or I get banned for good finally. But it's these "others" I truly mourn for.
As much as we love him, there are those who love him more. As much as we miss him, there are those who miss him more. Please keep them in your thoughts.
Godspeed, fellow traveler. May you know peace. :loveya:
83. Today, I hate myself for my procrastination...
Ed had sent me the last copy he had of his book. I was going to return it when I was through. I just finished it, strangely enough, yesterday. It's one of those nights when you wish you had acted differently. I wish I had finished it and been able to tell him how wonderful it was.
Rest in Peace Ed. The world has lost a great human.
Edited on Tue Sep-26-06 10:53 PM by 5thGenDemocrat
One of my favorite fellow veterans -- and a wonderful storyteller. If o-e's family is reading this, my sincerest condolences. John Truth is, I feel my time is all too short, too. I've been working like all hell getting stuff done around here (not just the usual projects -- but healing damaged friendships and paying off old debts and so on) and I'm sure I'm not going to make it. I'm not even sweating the '08 elections, because there's no guarantee I'm even going to see them. It scares the shit out of me.
Edited on Tue Sep-26-06 11:00 PM by socialdemocrat1981
My deepest, most sincere and profound sympathies, condolences, thoughts, prayers and best wishes go out to Oneighty's friends and family both online and offline. This is very, very sad
I know that Oneighty was a DU'er who touched many lives around the globe and made this forum and this world a better place for his having been in it. May Oneighty's legacy endure forever in the hearts and minds of those who knew and loved him and in the lives that he touched
RIP Oneighty. May you find peace, light and happiness in the next world and may we never forget you in this one
Once again my deepest and most heartfelt thoughts, prayers, sympathies and condolences are extended to Oneighty's friends and family both online and offline. We have lost a good man
I am so heartbroken about my dear friend Ed. :cry: We struck up a friendship after I first signed in at DU.
I have been away for awhile and to come back and get this sad news... The last thing I did before leaving on a trip was to tell Ed all about my trip and now I can't... I just feel so terrible about this.
I know Ed is in a better place now, being rewarded for his good works.
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