August 7, 2006 - Today I was given some very sad news..... A friend of mine, Paul passed away two days ago. Paul was not only a very talented Photographer for WPT, he was a kind, good spirited man who I got the luck and pleasure of knowing through my career. I will miss him dearly and want to wish his family and friends my deepest condolences as well as my thoughts and prayers. His death has gotten me to think alot today. Don't get me wrong, I think a lot everyday (just as we all do) but today I have been thinking alot about things I normally do not think about... .basically the simple things in life that I know I do (and perhaps you do too) take for granted day after day and night after night. I guess hearing about death and when it hits home like it did for me today, makes you think and wonder...I realize that life is short and that on any given day, it could very well be our last last given day. This could be the last day I get to bitch about the weather, the last day I get to bitch about yesterday, the last day I get to bitch about what he/she did to me, the last day I get to bitch period. So today I'm asking myself, "is bitching really the way I want to spend my last day?" The answer is NO! It's just not worth it. Life is too short and as the days and years go by, life becomes that much shorter. You just never know when it is your time--and it doesn't even matter how old you are. I hope my sharing these thoughts with you hasn't brought anyone down, but rather, made you all think... All life is precious and it's too bad that in our busy society, the majority of us only get a sense of how precious that gift is when it gets taken from someone we know. I'm going to try and change that for me. I don't want to be the "majority" in that case--not anymore.