Thursday, January 9, 2014

"Lucky bastard"

From the National Park Service's Morning Report for today:
Rocky Mountain National Park (CO)Snowshoer Dies Of Heart Attack
A 74-year-old man from Fort Collins suffered a cardiac emergency while snowshoeing near Mills Lake on Tuesday, January 7th.
The man’s friends contacted park rangers by cell phone and began CPR, but were unable to revive him. He was pronounced dead around 1 p.m.
Mills Lake is almost three miles from the trailhead and close to 10,000 feet in elevation. Park staff, assisted by Larimer County Search and Rescue, recovered the man’s body and transferred it to the Larimer County Coroner’s Office.
As someone who has entered the Grumpy Old Men stage of life, i.e., the one where you start checking the obits in the morning to make sure you're not listed, I can't help but think that if there's such a thing as a good death, this guy experienced it -- out in the mountains, enjoying a hike with friends in a place he probably loved, and he keels over. Not much fun for his friends, true, but you can't win them all. 


  1. One of my fathers friends was found dead of a heart attack up in his bow stand. I sidled up to him and his two brothers at the funeral, expressed my condolences, and told him I'd sign up for that particular style of 'movin' on' right now. They told me that everyone from the old camp had told them pretty much the same thing and that they agreed.

  2. The older I get the more I think about this. Lowell knows to burn my under roos etc. Ray Prill knows what to do about stuff on my puter, brother Ray takes Genealogy stuff. Guess I am set to go. There won't be a U-Haul going to the Cem.....Barb

  3. I agree with a good death...but having sex in bed would be my first choice - but my wife might not agree.
    the Ol'Buzzard

  4. Ol'Buzzard, every time I see the warnings given for Cialis or Viagra (don't take if you're using nitrates for a heart condition) I kind of wonder if there are any geezers out taking the stuff anyway in hopes of committing suicide by orgasm. For sure they'd die happy.

  5. Before getting interested in either I would need a sex partner. But my recent illness seems to have knocked the wood out of my woodie.


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