At this stage in my life it seems that too often I am reading the obituaries of my contemporaries. So far I have been blessed with a long and essentially fortunate life. As a survivor, I regret that that as I approach the beginning of the new ski season, too many of my companions of the past are now memories of past glory days.
Recently on of my good friends unexpectedly passed away. Last winter our geezer friend Phil Dankert was at least an occasional visitor to the slopes. A retired research librarian, he was a most erudite individual; an avid reader of books our group was passing around! He also had great wit and could twist almost any conversation into a bit of wry humor. Over the years there have been dozens of geezers who have been fixtures of our local Greek Peak ski slope. Each could be identified by their unique style of skiing and and favorite gear. I am thankful for all their good memories. Living in the precious present and enjoy each remaining day I believe is a good goal to strive for as a means of honoring those that have past. Hopefully I can go on leaving some great memories for my companions at least for a little while longer.