I don’t post a lot of person stuff often, but here goes. I lost both my cousin David and my friend Jacob to cancer on Saturday.
David was a Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy. He worked in intelligence and was in the Pentagon on September 11th. He leaves behind a wife and two little girls. David never smoked a day in his life, and because of his military service, was in great shape. He developed stage 4 lung cancer about 5 years ago. He lived much longer than ever expected, but the cancer spread to his brain, spine, liver, and kidneys. It couldn’t be stopped. He loved serving, and worked very hard to protect our country. He loved his little girls. He loved his wife. He loved music and musical theater, which is not something commonly heard about servicemen. He loved performance, and while I didn’t get to see him often because of his travels, he would always ask about my marching experiences. He will be buried with full honors in Arlington, Virginia as soon as a spot is available for him.
Jacob was 18. He was, is, the same age as my little sister. He had one of the sweetest hearts I knew. His brother Garrett was in school with me, and was always kind and selfless. You could tell that their family was a strong one, a kind one, just by the way Jacob and Garrett carried themselves. Garrett was in band with me, and Jacob was in band with my sister until he was unable to march anymore. Before he got sick, whenever I came to see my sister at her shows, Jacob was always one of the first kids to come up and hug me. He barely knew me, but he always made time to talk and share his little stories with me and ask about my life. He made me feel special, just for the brief moments he would talk to me. Thats how Jacob was. He made you feel like the only person in the world he wanted to talk to, the only person in the room. He had a long, and very hard fight. His family is sad, but strong together. It was hard seeing him yesterday at the visitation, but I’m happy I got to say goodbye.
I didn’t mean to write such a long post. It just kind of spilled out of me. Both of these guys were so briefly parts of my life. They both loved music, and loved the people around them. I’m having a hard time with their deaths, but I’m sure it’s nothing compared to what their families are feeling. David and Jacob wouldn’t want people to mourn too long, or to suffer in their grief. I’m trying to remember that, to remember them happy and healthy, and not in any pain. Take a moment today and give thanks. Pray if you want to. Be contemplative if you don’t. Be kind to one another. Do good. Life is short, and it seems that people who are too good for it are taken too soon. We should all try to be better than this world for David and Jacob. For ourselves.
Anyway, if you made it this far, thank you. It felt good to write again. I hope you’re all doing well.
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I don’t know if anyone noticed this (because it gave me a little chuckle when I first saw it in Walnut, CA at Corps at the Crest) but in SCV12 (Music of the Starry Night), there’s a set with a giant zigzag across the field that forms just before the corps begins Mars.
OKAY so Mars (the actual planet) does this thing called retrograde motion every two years or so where it appears to move across the sky, reverse in direction, and then continue back in its original direction (forming a zigzag shape if tracked). I mean, obviously http://mars.nasa.gov/allaboutmars/nightsky/retrograde/ is better at explaining it than I am.
So moral of the story, I don’t know if Pete Weber was being tricky or clever or just coincidentally wrote the drill to look like Mars, but I thought it was cool little gem and thought most people wouldn’t have noticed it. The more you know.
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