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…and then, they died of an overdose…

My good friend Old NFO discussed this most recent of ‘infamous’ drug deaths.  I was reminded of the PBS Series on JAZZ.  They’d mention some historic jazz figure, and then, more often than not came this line:

…and then, they died of an overdose…

So sad.

Is it the artistic personality, fame, fortune or humanity which binds all these folks together?  Are we all, at our core, addicts of some sort?  (Wikipedia – List of Drug/Alcohol related deaths)

I come rife with an addictive personality.  I have excess weight, due to compulsive overeating.  I’m neurotic, but not particularly artistic.  My real mother died when I was in grade school as a direct result of her cigarette addiction.  She had emphysema. ( I remember her turning off the oxygen tank and lighting up!)  My father was an alcoholic, ate too much and smoked cigars.  I come by my addictions honestly.  Even though I’m getting ‘help’ for my addictions, in all seriousness, I don’t expect to see 85, like my maternal grandfather did.  My fraternal grandfather made it to 68.  My own father to 61.

I’m 61.

Today is my daughter’s birthday.  She would have been 31.  Auto accident, age 12.

At least it wasn’t drugs or alcohol.  😦

I love and miss you Molly!Molly birthday1


About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


10 thoughts on “…and then, they died of an overdose…

  1. {{{Guffaw}}}

    Posted by Tomi | February 8, 2014, 9:34 am
  2. Yep, we all have our ‘addictions’… The KEY is controling ours… THAT is what separates us from them. And sorry for your loss, that is something one never gets over.

    Posted by Old NFO | February 8, 2014, 10:25 am
  3. When you talk of Molly my allergies get my eyes all messed up again….

    Posted by KM | February 8, 2014, 11:53 am
  4. Sounds like you´ve had more of your fair share of tough times. Mine pale in comparison, so I´ll add you to my prayer list. Regarding your food addie, I had that too many years ago, and ultimately found it was related to mineral deficiencies, which was alleviated by eating a slice of jicama after my meal. Delicious, and cleans your teeth too.
    Maybe thatś why all those California cuties were always chasing me 😉
    Anyway, climbing our mountains is not always easy, but perseverance to the end thereof has always been intensily rewarding in my experience. So hang in there, and may your future bring brighter days.

    Posted by xS3mdrvr | February 8, 2014, 8:10 pm
  5. Sorry for your loss, but thank you for reminding all of us that we must carry on the best way we can.

    Posted by Wilson | February 10, 2014, 6:00 am

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