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An old DLI classmate passed away 11.25--not a surprise since diabetes and an unhealthy lifestyle had already cost him some toes and part of another leg. Few humans we encounter in this brief life are so fucking weird, irritating, and entertaining at the same time. KInd and good-hearted at times, and opinionated and annoying at others, Jim was like most of us but at the extremes. I feel lucky to have known him and even more lucky that I was NOT his roommate at D.L.I. Thought you might want to know amidst all the war shit.

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ahhh... the blue crapheap! such memories. he lent me the car after the air force chick Carole Stearn that I had met in his car wanted to go out on a date.... she was about 5 or 6 yrs older to me and she basically looked at me like a piece of meat (i was tasty in my youth-) and commanded that i give her the keys --memorable in many ways! but perhaps the confirming story about jim's car not being a mercedes is when he drove me and others to my parents' place for Thanksgiving in AZ. My dad, a mechanic, saw the lack of tread on jim's tires and basically gave jim a couple of tires in hope of his son (me) surviving the trip back.... and then of course the roadtrip to LA with a bunch of us jammed into jim's car ?.....

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