Alfred is sleeping most of the time now. I am planning on giving Elizabeth the Memorial Money on Sunday. Five Hundred Dollars has come in. If you plan on giving something, please do it in the next two days. Les
Les wrote: <Snip> Hurahh for all of you!!
Many thanks to all who have given. Gifts have ranged from as little as $3.00 up to $200.00. The size doesn't matter, it is the spirit that is typified by one list member who is unemployed and has contributed even though he has needs too. The spirit of love and concern in this group is beyond words. You are all awesome! I wish you all could have listened in on the conversation I had with Tom when Alfred's misfortune reared it's ugly head. Let me sum it up this way, we are way more than customers to him, we are family. Les On Mon, 24 Jan 2005 23:56:42 -0500, Ben Treichel wrote: <Snip>
Les wrote: <Snip> FYI, I had one list member ask me about a 'memorial' before Alfred passes on. (not in a critical manner) So, I figured it would be good to address the question in the forum. 1.) Alfred and Elizabeth know that he will die soon. (Life - nobody gets out alive) 2.) Elizabeth has a financial need now. 3.) Isn't it better to let some one know of your concern while they are still alive? 4.) Its comforting and supportive to know that you are cared about (however there are other ways besides $$'s) Ben
<Snip> I am quite comfortable with this idea as it applies to terminally ill friends, but I confess some shock and distaste at the application of this principle to living politicians and other high mucky-mucks. I suppose I shouldn't be, as it is just another variation of the 'naming rights' frenzy (Here in Houston Enron Field becomes Minute Maid Field). So, yes, by all means let us make sure that gentlemen like Alfred know that they are valued while they are still with us. But I'm happy to let ex-presidents, for example, leave this vale of tears without everything in sight having been already named for them. Gene Smith currently residing in Bushtown