I want to thank California Golden Blogs for letting me park this here. You can read the whole post here!
YOLO!!!! You Only Live Once.
Oh do I get grief for that. And for my obsession with the fist bump - the exploding fist bump! So I thought I would take a moment to share with you the genesis of that.
Yep, it's 9/11, so time for my annual homage to my great friend Mark Bingham, who was taken from us entirely too early 12 years ago today. It would almost be impossible for any of you reading this, who likely know me, to not know of Mark Bingham. Mark was one of the heroes of United 93 who in a selfless last act of courage helped bring down the aircraft which experts believe had the US Capitol Building as its target.
Mark was one of my best friends. Now the great thing about Mark is you could probably ask 20 people and each of them would also say "Mark was one of my best friends," such was the infectious, suck-the-marrow-out-of-the-bone approach to life and friends Mark lived. Back in 2001 I, along with Cal Rugby Coach Jack Clark and Cal Rugby Alum Jon Beck were interviewed for a story about Mark in the Daily Cal which you can read here.
One of the tough things about losing a great friend so young is you expect a certain arc in life. You selfishly expect to enjoy that person's friendship and company, to experience the highs and lows, and that they will grow old with you and to share in all that life has to offer. When that's taken from you, you feel a loss that's more profound... and lonelier than you imagine it's going to be.
Read the rest here: http://iamfiatlux.com/2013/09/10/why-i-fist-bump-911/