Nearly everyone will wonder who klaus was but ill try to get to the point quickly. I met Klaus by his brother who was told to have home show up in a snowstorm to enjoy a bit of skiing with persons he’d never met. It was 1972 he was an x- German downhill skier who had some training mishaps but he had loved recreational skiing. I skied, my friend skied so this very brief acquaintance results into…" Hey, I tell your brother to stop by, ok?" “You said its about 9 hours away? Ok”
99% of the strangers you set this up with will never follow through. A 2am in a blizzard, he knocks on the doors and arrived. Whoa,that alone was a surprise. The next 10 years found all of us very close and rarely strayed far from each others company in all walks of life. Marriage and kids separated us significantly and all seemed lost. My wife and I found them in Palos Verdes, CA and flew out to surprise them. Kids getting bigger and individual lives changing. We had a great visit picking up as if no time passed at all. Another 12 years passes but I often think of calling him, but never had.
About 2 months ago it was getting too long to not have been in touch so its time to try a reconnection. My wife and I found them again north of the Bay Area in California and were going to fly out and surprise them again. Some Internet data flies across the web and other information seems to Just creep along. It was very sad for us to discover that Klaus had passed away 2 years ago, likely from lung cancer . Our trip has changed. It becomes more of an obligation now to not so much time go by for people that have those values that we need in our lives and should refresh once and a while. I know it’s a old story and likely biblical in proportion. Reading the notes in his obituary by his kids, now half my age was still upsetting.
Just keep it in the back of your mind,you never know. I know there’s a song here
Mr. M. Sorry about the beer…next time?