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Goodbye To A Friend

Discussion in 'RF Memorials' started by Revoltingest, Jul 9, 2020.

  1. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest Christine's Uncle Fergus
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    John Ugo was another machinery geek. He was active in the model making community,
    friendly, & civil even when discussing religion & politics....but he had one very unusual
    stand-out quality.....when I gave him a ride to engine shows, he was the only person to
    ever offer significant money to cover gas. It might seem minor to others, but to a Scot,
    this made him a legendary paragon of virtue.

    Why post this in a forum where no one else knows him?
    1) His friendly civility & interesting views were laudable & exemplary.
    2) He died of the plague....Covid 19. His wife is now in the hospital with it too.

    In the antique engine community, people tend to be very anti-liberal (similar to & often
    including conservatives.) Some of us are working to get them to accept that the dangers
    are real, & to take precautions. (Even a museum safety officer I know is a denier.)
    Advice to all: Gently influence people to become safe & stay safe.
     
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  2. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Oldest Heretic

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    Too many good people have been sacrificed to this virus.
    In our country because we did not shut the door till the horse had bolted.
    And in yours because the administration were either deniers or believed that more
    deaths were a sacrifice worth paying to protect their businesses.
    Or more likely both.

    Every such death is to be regretted. And can not be justified.
     
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  3. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest Christine's Uncle Fergus
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    In Ameristan, the problem is not a single administration.
    We have 50 states, some of which could handle things better.
     
  4. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Oldest Heretic

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    The virus does not recognise States or their borders. Some things are better directed centrally but with the cooperation of local administrative facilities.
    However it seems that disfunction rules.
    It is true that the distances are so huge in the USA that the viruses progress is uneven.
    But that should give useful lessons to those further down the chain.
     
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  5. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest Christine's Uncle Fergus
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    Our government's structure (a constitutional republic) eschews
    strong central control in pandemics. So there will be great variation
    from state to state. It just wasn't designed to be really effective at
    facing plagues.
     
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    Sorry for your loss, Rev.

    Sending virus - obliterating thoughts towards his wife.
     
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  7. Evangelicalhumanist

    Evangelicalhumanist "Truth" isn't a thing...
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    I am sorry that you've lost a friend, and one that sounds like a good one.

    The virus is real, the threat is real. And it really is only up to us all how well we move forward. Be sensible, be safe, for you and for others.

    It's no infringement on your rights to wear a mask -- if you do it because you think it's the right thing to do...
     
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  8. Brickjectivity

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    Wow what a guy.
     
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  9. Vinayaka

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    Sorry for your loss. Times have changed, no? When I grew up the gas would be more than covered. People would fight over who got to pay, with the rider(s) often paying the whole shot, courteously considering depreciation on the vehicle. Cheapskates earned their reputation quickly, and lost invitations.
     
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  10. Wu Wei

    Wu Wei ursus senum severiorum and ex-Bisy Backson

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    Sorry for your loss Rev
     
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  11. KenS

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    my heartfelt condolences!
     
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  12. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest Christine's Uncle Fergus
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    I still invite the cheapskates...if they're otherwise decent & interesting.
     
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    No room for complacency in this pandemic......this virus will not be ignored....:mad:

    So sorry that it has taken so many good people.....hope his wife pulls through, though living without him may well be more of a blow than the virus itself.....:(
     
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  14. Vinayaka

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    I would now too, but not as a kid. Too broke to carry slackers along. Course you've been independently wealthy so yer case is different.
     
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  15. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest Christine's Uncle Fergus
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    I'm driving there anyway.
     
  16. Aupmanyav

    Aupmanyav Be your own guru

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    We tried but the horse was stronger than us. It bolted. 800,000 cases, 21,623 dead.
     
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    My condolences, mate.
    Whether you were close to him or not, knowing people who have 'friendly civility and interesting views' is always something that enrichens our lives.
    I like your advice, too.
     
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    Do you stretch to 'mostly decent and interesting'?
    I like to keep a list of potential free rides around the world.
     
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  19. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest Christine's Uncle Fergus
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    "Mostly" is good enuf.
    Many of my friends have awful views.
    You'd fit right in.
     
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