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File 770 has already published Murray Moore's report on last night's memorial service for Mike Glicksohn.

Reading it quickly had me laughing. How very fitting. Murray reports that Mike didn't ask for a memorial service, that Susan Manchester wasn't sure he would have liked it very much. I'm positive he would have loved the stories and the ringing laughter I'm sure filled the sanctuary.

Well done, Murray. Thanks also to Mike Glyer for its quick publication. Recommended, even if you didn't know Mike (Glicksohn, that is. I'm used to an abundance of Davids, but it's taken Mike's death to remind me about just how many wonderful Mikes I know. Anderson, Benveniste. Glicksohn. Glyer. And that's just off the very top of my sleep-deprived head).

I wasn't able to be at the memorial service. As it was starting, I raised a glass to Mike. A glass bheer bottle, in my case. I reached into the fridge for one of my default brews: Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale. But my hand turned up one last bottle of Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale instead. Ah, yes. That was perfect for the occasion. The last time I had one was Wednesday, November 17, 2010, when I shared a bottle with Randy Byers here at Toad Woods the night before we drove to the first SFContario. That was two nights before the last time I saw Mike.

RIP Mike. Here's hoping I do your memory honor.


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Mar. 24th, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
I told some of the family how many of Mike's friends were there in spirit.
Mar. 25th, 2011 03:47 am (UTC)
Thank you.
Mar. 25th, 2011 01:12 am (UTC)
He got some details wrong, but that's a fine write-up of a funny and loving remembrance. The gathering afters was packed to the eyeballs and filled with kindness and amusing stories and dear friends. Susan is in good hands.

Mar. 25th, 2011 03:49 am (UTC)
Thank you; it's good to hear from friends who were there.

Susan is in good hands.

That's ever so reassuring. My heart is with her.
Mar. 25th, 2011 02:45 am (UTC)
As I was leaving the service I overheard somebody commenting that they had never before laughed that much at a funeral. I think Mike probably would have liked that.
Mar. 25th, 2011 03:54 am (UTC)
I'm certain Mike would have liked that. I'm betting that much laughter was the saving grace that would have made his friends' grief at his death in any way tolerable to him. Laughter and good drink all around.
Mar. 25th, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
I liked that even his newspaper obituary said something like, "In luei of flowers, raise a glass." And I did.
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