Saturday, August 26, 2006

Jim Wilson

I woke up to a nightmare today. Every Friday, at 4:00 Jim Wilson showed up at the Captains wheel. He had one drink, then asked, "Is there any of Herb's Potato Salad left? I always had a go box full of potato salad for him.

I made potato salad Friday. Jim showed up on schedule. Before clocking out, I made a go box for him, like always. I brought it out to him, and thanked him for his loyalty. He left with good wishes, and he thanked me for the Potato salad, and left, after buying me a beer for the courtesy.

Jim died in his sleep last night, and I find myself breaking into tears, and I don't know why, except my keyboard keeps getting blurred.

God Bless you, Jim...

May you have a safe journey to what is beyond. I loved you Man...


green libertarian said...

So sorry to hear of your loss, Herb.

Just goes to show ya, you never know when your number is up. Enjoy each and every day, and enjoy the company of friends and family, always.

Dogwalkmusings said...

Herb. I'm so sorry. The suddeness makes the loss of a friend all the more difficult. You take care.

shaydaims said...


Your blog entry means more to me than you will ever know.

Since I have recently been faced with a zoning problem in Bayview, my research led me to your latest blog entry regarding the planning and zoning meeting. I almost left without reading your next entry. Until, that is, I saw my father's name in the title.

My name is James Wilson. Jim Wilson was my father. Your blog entry meant alot to me, and I want to personally thank you for taking care of dad like that. I'm not sure if we've met before or not. I grew up around Bayview (my dad had custody of me from the time I was a baby on... and I spent the majority of my youth in Bayview).

Anyhow. Thanks Herb. I hope to meet you at the memorial this Sunday. Oh, and if you have any advice or contacts that may be able to help me with the zoning variance that I need to get in order to get my dad's new place put on the property, I'd greatly appreciate it. I highly suspect that my uncle could sign an easement and the whole thing could go through without a hitch, if I had the right person's approval! The only issue is the distance from my uncle's property line. Please e-mail me at if you have any info. I meet with Planning and Zoning tomorrow at two. And again, thank you for remembering my dad in your blog!

- James