Peter Wells, AKA countingducks delivers a great character sketch in this short piece. Humorous, scarily accurate, and always worth reading, countingducks is one of my favorite blogs.
“Was he the last man alive,” I asked myself. He who’d walked another life than mine; climbed mountains I would never see but whose eyes lit up with understanding when I talked . You do not have to be young to be lost, and living on the edge of approval, sited somewhere near exile, was a fate we had in common. I was twenty four and he “just over eighty” as he’d said for several years.
He was difficult by all accounts, and refusing to be wrapped in his obituary: we shared a common horror of the commonplace as seen from Chaos Road. His morals were doubtful, his career had been patchy, but he was exuberant and a celebrator of the smallest episode.
He was there by force of circumstances and I, because I lacked vocation, but our bond was to “Grab the moment and let the morrow damn you if…
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