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Friday, 10 January 2014


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Very sad to hear about David.

Last year I lost two close friends, one at 62 and one at 42, both from cancer. Both led extremely full lives and ironically both were very fit. By rights they should have enjoyed a long and active life.

But as one of them said, in a speech read out as his funeral...

'I have had a great life. I have done so many of the things I loved to do that I consider myself one of the lucky ones. I never had to say to myself, "If only...."'

Sounds like David was the same. He lived his passion. He would probably never have wanted to do anything else.

David sounds like a very nice fellow. I wish I had known him. I was very sad to hear of David Vestal's death. Although I did not know him either I had read a lot of things he wrote and hoped one day to meet him perhaps at one of the workshops he did out west in recent years but I was never able to do that and now he's gone. :-(

A salient reminder that we who were blessed in finding our passion should relish it and foster it at every opportunity ..... because, as we see, opportunities don't last forever.

Thank you for a beautiful panagyric to your friend and colleague, Mike, and thanks also for the wonderful words of Goeff Whittig.


After reading Geoff's comment, I can't help but think that even being able to differentiate a fine print from a run-of-the mill print may be lost on my generation (I was born in '82, so I'm not *really* all that young). It seems much like the move to "personal audio" in the last decade and some change: People my age and younger probably haven't had the experience of walking into a dimly-lit room with a handful of high-end loudspeakers accented by the green glow of McIntosh components.

The only "fine prints" that I can ever confess to having seen are Ansel Adams' prints at two different exhibits (the Eastman house being most memorable). Beyond that, I'm sure I've seen *some*, but not enough to truly hone my visual senses.

Whether it be true high-end audio or finely printed photos, I may be part of a generation (and beyond) to whom while the mediums may sound or look nice, respectively, I'm not sure it makes any difference to us.

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