Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Quinn Driscoll

I did not know Quinn Driscoll but after yesterday I feel that I do. Quinn was the son of an old co-worker of mine, Scott Driscoll, a guy I looked up to and respected very much. Quinn was the unfortunate victim of a disease that hardens part of your heart causing a massive heart attack. Idiopathic Cardiomyopathy. Quinn was 13 years old.

Quinn died suddenly while in PE class on June 10th 2009. I went to the memorial service held yesterday afternoon to support Scott and his family. In the time I spent listening to Quinn's friends and family remember him I realized that he was very loved and respected on the sports field and off. He was a very active young man and respected by all he came in contact with. Even after death he is giving. His heart is going to the Meyo Clinic for study and his tissues are going to help others live.

What I learned yesterday from the Driscoll family is this... Hug your kids often and remember no matter what happens in your family make it "all good" at the end of each day. Don't let petty things get in the way of having a good relationship with your kids.

I have two young girls. Yesterday I went home, hugged them and took them to the zoo for some family time.

Quinn I did not know you but you have influenced my life already. Thanks for your time with your family and may you rest in peace.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Burgerville FTW

Well it has been way to long since my last visit to the Pacific Northwest's own Burgerville. Got myself a classic Pepper Bacn (yes I spelled it that way on purpose) Cheese Burger and Fries. Oh so hit the spot.

When I moved to Oregon in '98 I could not understand the loyalty that Washington and Oregonians had for BV. I also remember saying to my wife, "Man, burgers there are so expensive." (In comparison to other fast food burger places)

After living here I have realized their is no real comparison at all. BV knows how to make a really good fresh burger. You pay more sure but you get the best. So good job BV on making it just that much better to be an Oregonian.