Tuesday, April 18, 2017
PSA: Preventative Maintenance
Some of you who come here may also drop in over at WeaponsMan's blog, linked over there somewhere --------->.
The only information I have, is secondhand, from someone who got the info off the Book of Face.
Having duly listed such as gossip until further confirmation, what I read was that Hognose, Keeper of the Blog there, allegedly suffered a heart attack. Degree of seriousness unknown.
(And if that's not the case, my profound apologies, and continued well wishes for a speedy recovery to whatever the problem is.)
I suspect many of us (self included) are of such an age where that is always a possibility in life. (FTR, I've seen them as young as 35. Cheeseburgers do add up, boys and girls.)
Casting no aspersions nor blame on his Hoginess, not least of which because his fitness regimen, residing deep in the frozen wilds of New Hamster and vicinity, is probably better than mine, I offer the following no-charge health advisory:
Get your damned annual check-ups.
Take your meds.
Watch your diet.
Lose some fat.
Do your exercise.
Again, I am in no way stating nor implying Hog failed at any of those things.
But many of us do. Myself included.
Nothing is going to give you immortality. But doing the routine maintenance can let our inevitable physical decline from prime to grave be a prolonged and gentle glide, rather than a smoking crater into the ground from altitude.
And the parts last longer if you take care of them properly.
We lost people like Andrew Breitbart to failure to do basic things, listed above.
And I wish Hognose nothing but a speedy recovery, and hopes that this was a minor event, and not the kind that shaves years off one's life or future activities.
But as inevitable as each of our ends is, I don't want to lose anyone, (including some people that are mainly internet trolls) to stupid, preventable health issues.
I see what that failure of self-care leads to every day, and I hate that kind of waste with a passion you really don't understand.
It'd be a real shame if any of you missed the apocalypse because of treatable but ignored health issues, because come the day, those zombies aren't going to shoot themselves.
If you want to live and learn, you cannot do it in that order.
Take care of yourselves. Please.
UPDATE: Per online announcement from his brother Brendan, WeaponsMan, Kevin O'Brien, AKA Hognose, passed away this morning (before this post even went up) at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston. Initially conscious after a Friday afternoon heart attack, he later suffered a complete and hour-long cardiac arrest. His heart was restarted, but he never regained consciousness.
He is survived by his father, brother, and hundreds to thousands of loyal and intelligent blog readers who counted his posts a daily joy, including myself for the last four years.
"May he be safe in Heaven half an hour before the devil knows he's dead!"
(As I type this, it seems to be awfully dusty in here at the moment, and I seem to feel like I swallowed a potato whole. Hopefully I'll see him on Fiddler's Green someday.)