Mostly we compare medical conditions and stories about who died recently. It's bizarre. And at first it seems maudlin, but now it seems almost routine.
I was laughing about this over lunch last week with former colleague, Ed Saraydar. We compared back exercises, diets, and the feelings of creakiness that just seem to come with old age. We had a good time, and we made plans to get together next week. Just two days ago we were corresponding about low-carb diets. Ed died yesterday. He was 87.
This comes on top of news of the deaths of others recently, including one friend's dad and another friend's brother. And today news of the death of Jazz great Dave Brubeck, about whom MA and I had been corresponding over the previous two days. And while I know it's all part of the process of life and death, it sure hits hard sometimes.