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Enjoy Another Sandwich -- Kent Tegels

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Enjoying Another Sandwich

It is hard for me to believe that 1,366 days have past since writing this post in my now abandonned SQLJunkies blog. Now as then, this explains the title of this blog and gives you a peek at my non-technical life. Enjoy it. I'm going to try to keep the signal to noise ration much stronger here. That said...

Why "Enjoy every sandwich?" -- posted 2003-09-10

Because you never know when you won't get your next one.

Last Sunday, Warren Zevon, passed away with nearly year long battle with lung and liver cancer. He said that he made a tactical mistake by not seeing physician for more than twenty years.

I'm not going to on about how wonderful of a musician he was, how smart or edgy his work was. None of that mattered to me. What did matter is that his music spoke to me. I really identified with "The French Inhaler" and "Excitable Boy." These days, "Keep Me in your Heart for a While" seldom leaves my mind these days. I also like to think that some of Warren's dark humor has been part of my own soul.

When Zevon was asked if he has any insight about death now that others might, he simply and honestly replied "not unless its... how much it is you are supposed to enjoy every sandwich." Having lost my mother to cancer a couple of years ago, I can say that once again, Warren's words mattered to me. Death isn't about the process of dying. Death is about the process of living. Mom's amazingly strong, positive spirit, non-stop love and sense of peace helped all us live a better life. It is the simple things that matter most in life. It is not what you accomplish or accumulate, it is how much you enjoy doing those things that matter most in the end.

So the next time you've got a sandwich in your hand, stop. Close your eyes and think about all the sandwiches you have had with your loved ones. Remember the good times of simple pleasures shared. Then enjoy that sandwich with a smile on your face.

Thanks for reading and remember, Enjoy Every Sandwich.

Published Thursday, June 07, 2007 3:01 PM by ktegels
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Adam Machanic said:

Welcome to your new home, which we will not abandon and leave for bitrot as that other site decided to do..!

June 7, 2007 3:29 PM

John Jewell said:

Hi Kent!

So, I found your new blog.  First off, I wanted to extend my condolences on the loss of your mother, since I don't think I ever did back when it happened.  Anyway, I hope things are going well for you.  As for me, I'm now working in Redmond, WA on contract for MS as a BI Analyst.  Just wanted to stop by and say hi and leave a link to my blog which I hope to start keeping up on a regular basis.

P.S.  I thoroughly appreciated your message here.

August 23, 2007 5:07 AM
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About ktegels

Kent Tegels passed away on July 31, 2010. Kent was an Adjunct Professor at Colorado Technical University and a member of the technical staff at PluralSight. He was recognized by Microsoft with Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status in SQL Server for his community involvement with SQL Server and .NET. Kent held Microsoft Certifications in Database Administration and Systems Engineering, and contributed to several books on data access programming and .NET. He was a well known industry speaker, and resided in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
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