Sep 26, 2007

This guy has it together

CMU professor gives his last lesson on life
"If I don't seem as depressed or morose as I should be, sorry to disappoint you."
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
By Mark Roth, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Read the story here. It really is something...


  1. Jack Palance would be proud.

  2. That's really touching. I can't imagine being able to be that upbeat in his situation.

  3. one of my other bloggers had a post of this gent on his site this past week as well.

    It makes me cry to know that people can be so brave in the midst of death.

  4. GKL: Nice reference!

    Beckeye and Teri: He is an incredible guy!

  5. Egad... I'm suddenly humbled. I'm not going to complain about being unemployed anymore.

  6. Wow. You know, I wish I could say I'd be the same way if I was in his shoes, but I'd be such a fucking basket-case WRECK that I'd probably wander out into traffic and get run over 3 months before the cancer got me.

    Of course, knowing MY luck, I'd wander into traffic and an autopsy would reveal that I'd gone into total remission. BUT, that's enuff about ME.

    What's getting me, however, is sitting here making a list of things I've always wanted to do, and that list does NOT have many checks in the "DONE!" column... I'm oddly put in mind of F. Scott Fitzgerald's quote:

    "At 18 our convictions are hills from which we look; At 45 they are caves in which we hide."

    As I swiftly-- SWIFTLY approach 39 (kinda like a bug approach the windshield of a truck doing 80 MPH) I find myself shuddering to think just how bloody awful my atitude has become over these last few years. Gimmie a wrench-- I need an adjustment. (oooh, that's a good blogcake title!!

  7. That guy is a rock star.

  8. Ghost: He humbles all of us.

    Lemon: I look forward to that post! And, life has handed you many lemons, you are entitled to have an attitude lately.

    EG: Indeed he is!

  9. That defintely puts any problems I have in perspective.