Death is an acquired trait

Jobs explaining to the Creator (long rumored to be Woody Allen) how the new iPod Nano will allow each angel to privately listen to Heaven's celestial music (and appealing for a switch to Arvo Pärt.) Which, since the iPod Nano now comes in white, will also color coordinate with their robes and wings...

Tito Jobs will read from a prepared statement later today… 1

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I am an inate iconoclast.

This tendency was reinforced early on by i.) my father, a mean drunk who hit like he was throwing rocks; ii.) the late 50s-early 60s, which cumalatively hit like it was throwing rocks; iii.) Uncle Sam’s green machine, which threw actual rocks…at everyone: hippies, college students, Charlie, hell…even itself.

So from a societal context Jobs’ death means little to me. 2

But his passing reminds me of my brother, as well as a lifelong friend. Both had Hep C. Both passed quickly.

My brother took the ‘early out’ option.

He hated the meds -interferons and ribavirin- and how they fucked not only with his body but his head. He also hated his future: no this, no that, daily meds at prescribed times…if he was lucky. No fun.

So he pulled the trigger himself.

In my friend’s case the strain was so virulent it literally ate his liver. His doctors also had him on the nasty interferons and ribavirin cocktail. In his case it eventually knocked his viral load down so low he became a candidate for a liver transplant. 

7 years ago this fall he underwent a successful transplant in Omaha, Nebraska.

He stayed at the Omaha facility for 6 more weeks, then returned to KC a vibrantly healthy, walking pharmacopia for the multitude of meds he would ingest for the rest of his life.

Which turned out to be another 5 months. The Hep C roared back and destroyed his new liver.

No one knows 3 but the most bandied about speculation as to Jobs’ penultimate illness is pancreatic cancer. It also eats livers.  Jobs eeked out another 2 years after his liver transplant: better than 5 months, less than the statistical 5 years 80% of patients ‘enjoy’.

I sincerely hope he spent those years fruitfully with his wife and children.

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Isn’t it way past time that we aggressively moved forward with stem cell research?

Perhaps Apple could lead the push.


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  1. Too soon?
  2. Granted, he was obviously a great salesman; however I still contend there is absolutely no need to have a PC or iAnything in one’s home. A desire or want, yes, which Jobs played beautifully. More power to him I guess.
  3. Again – more power to Jobs for being able to (mostly) keep his life to himself.

One thought on “Death is an acquired trait”

  1. Seriously?

    You don’t own or use an Apple device of any kind? I find that heard to believe.

    And what everyone says is it was AIDS he died of, not cancer.

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