Saturday, March 13, 2010

Where Has March Gone?

Sorry to have been absent from the blog these last couple of weeks. Things have been nuttier than usual! I was sad to hear on March 2 that my friend Doug Haywood died during heart surgery at the age of 59. Doug is a past president of the Association I work for, and as the communications director, I work closely with the presidents. Yesterday, at Doug's memorial in Phoenix, I told his friends and family that my job is to make the presidents look good during their year in office. Some require more help than others, but Doug didn't need much help from me to look good. We hit it off right out of the gate and have been friends ever since. In 1997 we held our annual conference in Doug's home city of Phoenix. Doug and his wife Kathy held a memorable party at their home the night before the conference began. I hadn't been back there again until yesterday when we gathered at Doug's house after his memorial service.

The last time I saw Doug was this past June, at our conference in New Orleans. He "kidnapped" me from the welcome reception and invited me out to dinner with Kathy and one of the other past presidents and his wife. I said I was worried about being a "fifth wheel," but Doug told me not to be ridiculous and insisted I come with them. I'm so glad now that I did. We had such a great time with lots of laughs and old stories. Doug treated us all and was in high spirits to be spending time with old friends. That's how I'll remember him, as an old friend who was always happy to see me whenever our paths crossed, as a devoted family man who loved his wife and daughter, as a dedicated public servant who gave his entire professional career to the state of Arizona, and as someone who was taken from us far too soon.

After the memorial service, Dan and I headed over to the Arizona Grand Resort, the same place where my company held its meeting in 1997. Way back when, Dan and then two-year-old Emily joined me here and we had such a great time. We went exploring this morning and checked out the place where we held the conference, which I remembered like it was yesterday and not 13 years ago. It's nice to enjoy some kid free R&R after a crazy couple of months.

This past week, I blogged at Magical Musings about the sale of Fatal Affair. If you didn't get a chance to check it out, here is the link. There's a great story behind the story, and I hope you enjoy it. Have a great weekend!

26 comments:

Judy F said...

Marie sorry to hear about the death of your friend. sending hugs and prayers to you and his family

Mary G said...

HI Marie
So sorry to hear about your friend.
So sad for those who knew & loved him. I hope your good memories will sustain you.

Mary G said...

And yes I did miss you posting.
Just saying.

Marie Force said...

Thanks Judy and Mary! And yes, I will get back on track with more regular postings. I promise! :-) I have good intentions every day!! Does that count for anything? LOL

Mary G said...

Oh yeah. Next time I'm missing you, I'll be sure to think that you're intending to post. I'm sure that will be very conforting NOT.
LOL sorry - don't make me have to chase you.

Marie Force said...

LOL Mary! I've been duly chastised! Will be sure to provide more regular entertainment going forward!

Mary G said...

Just teasing, I know you are busy.
I have a sarcastic sense of humor. My BFF tells me sarcasm is the lowest form of humor but she laughs anyway.

Marie Force said...

OMG, I love sarcasm! I was the queen of sarcasm until my daughter dethroned me. I taught her well! Keep it coming, I love it!

Mary G said...

It's too bad that on-line you have to add an LOL to your sarcasm so people know you're kidding. In person, you'd know I was kidding because I'd be laughing. Drives my son crazy when I laugh at my own humor.

Marie Force said...

My kids love to tell me I'm not HALF as funny as I think I am. I disagree of course! :-) Their friends always say I'm funny, which irritates them! I like that!

Mary G said...

Exactly. My son has actually told his friends not to laugh. "Don't encourage her" is his fave line, to which I reply "Who do you think you inherited your sense of humor from?" Son & hubby are so funny.

Marie Force said...

Oh I hear the SAME thing, Mary. Don't encourage her! LOL!

Mary G said...

Yeah he's saying that while we're laughing so hard we can't talk.

Mary G said...

score one for the moms

Marie Force said...

Moms rule and kids drool. That's my story and I'm sticking with it. Check out my facebook status and you'll see why my kids are crazy! LOL

Mary G said...

I'm not on facebook. I'll check it out on my son's PC

Marie Force said...

I'm in Phoenix for the weekend with my husband and we have a HUGE fountain right outside our door. When we checked in, we were told the fountain is shut off every night at 6:30. Well, guess what? Hasn't happened either night. Last night, Dan got them to shut it off. Apparently the general manager was not pleased by this, so they won't do it again tonight. He went in and tried to shut if off himself but emerged dripping wet and pissed off (and unsuccessful). He is cracking me up with his fountain rage! Last night, he asked one of the non-English speaking employees to shut the fountain off and the guy returned with a stack of eight towels. That totally cracked us up. The fountain is providing some good fodder for laughter! He's nuts and railing against an inanimate object. That's my dear husband!

Mary G said...

Is it noisy?

Marie Force said...

YES! It sounds like Niagra Falls right outside our door!

Mary G said...

I don't want to laugh but I feel bad. I'd want to pee all night LOL

Marie Force said...

Go ahead and laugh! It's hysterical! Especially him going in to try to shut it off himself. I laughed soooo hard! He's such a dork! LOL

Mary G said...

OMG fountains are supposed to be romantic. Aren't you getting turned on?

Marie Force said...

Nope, I have to pee! LOL

Mary G said...

LOLOLOLOL you are so funny.

Mary G said...

you have to include this in your next book

Mary G said...

I changed my mind about wanting to meet you. My stomach hurts from laughing & its not even in person.