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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Wish I Hadn't Been Too Young

I was alive in 1972, but far too young to attend anything like this. I do remember my oldest brother and one of my older sisters going. It was officially billed as the Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival, but they were calling it Bull Island, because that's where it was held. Neither were into heavy drinking or drugs (which were apparently plentiful) ... they both went with friends for the music.

My sister said someone came up and asked her if she had any brownies. She smiled sweetly and said, "No, but I've got some pretzels and chicken-in-a-biscuit." The guy got a really confused look on his face and walked away ... that's when someone with her said, "He asked if you had any downers, not brownies!" It doesn't matter, her answer would have been the same!

Monday, October 15, 2018

I Like to Think This is What it was Like When My Son Went to Heaven ...


PLEASE KEEP YOUR EYE OUT
FOR THE CAR THAT KILLED MY SON!
Even if you don't live in the Evansville area, please keep an eye out for this car. It was traveling South on I-69. It could have been coming from and going to anywhere. The Sheriff's office will follow up any ANY lead.

The Sheriff’s Office has identified the make and model of the suspect vehicle from the fatal hit and run crash that killed 23-year old David “Davy” Egan, father of two, on Friday, June 22, 2018 on I-69 near south Green River Road.
SUSPECT VEHICLE: Silver 1998-2002 Honda Accord sedan. 2-door or 4-door body style. The vehicle will have damage to the front end.

If you know of a vehicle matching this description, please contact the Sheriff's Office TIP line at 812-421-6297 or leave a web tip here.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Four Years Ago Today

Davy walked his sister down the aisle to marry the love of her life. It made him so happy that she asked him to do that for her. It made me happy, too. Everything about that day was perfect.




PLEASE KEEP YOUR EYE OUT
FOR THE CAR THAT KILLED MY SON!
Even if you don't live in the Evansville area, please keep an eye out for this car. It was traveling South on I-69. It could have been coming from and going to anywhere. The Sheriff's office will follow up any ANY lead.

The Sheriff’s Office has identified the make and model of the suspect vehicle from the fatal hit and run crash that killed 23-year old David “Davy” Egan, father of two, on Friday, June 22, 2018 on I-69 near south Green River Road.

SUSPECT VEHICLE: Silver 1998-2002 Honda Accord sedan. 2-door or 4-door body style. The vehicle will have damage to the front end.

If you know of a vehicle matching this description, please contact the Sheriff's Office TIP line at 812-421-6297 or leave a web tip here.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Davy's Son Turns Three Today

Davy died about a month before his daughter turned two, and now he's missing his son's birthday as well. It doesn't seem possible that he's gone. I still find myself reaching for my phone to call or text him. We try to keep his memory alive for the babies, but they will only remember the stories they've been told, and the pictures and videos they've seen. They will have no real memories of their father ... and I find that so profoundly sad.

Davy's birthday started off the "Birthday Season", so all of us will spend our birthday's without Davy ... but his kid's birthdays are the hardest for me.


Davy could get his little boy giggling like no one else ...


He loved his Daddy ... and his Daddy loved him ...




The Sheriff's Office still has not located the car or driver that killed Davy. According to their report, the two drivers who did stop were from Kentucky. There is no telling where the person who did this was coming from or going to. As time goes by, I find myself losing hope that they will ever be found, but I will never give up hope entirely. 

Whoever did this will have to answer for it one day ... on earth or in heaven ... but I hope it's here on earth. I want to look then in the eye and ask why they didn't stop. Even if they have a long history of drunk driving or drug convictions, they'll likely only get a slap on the wrists. There is no way of proving they were high or drunk when this happened. There will be no way to search the car to discover an open container of booze or drugs or a felon with a gun ... yet they still won't come forward.

I just want to know who did it and why they didn't stop. 

PLEASE KEEP YOUR EYE OUT
FOR THE CAR THAT KILLED MY SON!
Even if you don't live in the Evansville area, please keep an eye out for this car. It was traveling South on I-69. It could have been coming from and going to anywhere. The Sheriff's office will follow up any ANY lead.

The Sheriff’s Office has identified the make and model of the suspect vehicle from the fatal hit and run crash that killed 23-year old David “Davy” Egan, father of two, on Friday, June 22, 2018 on I-69 near south Green River Road.
SUSPECT VEHICLE: Silver 1998-2002 Honda Accord sedan. 2-door or 4-door body style. The vehicle will have damage to the front end.

If you know of a vehicle matching this description, please contact the Sheriff's Office TIP line at 812-421-6297 or leave a web tip here.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Black Belt


Ten years ago yesterday, October 3, 2008, Davy got his Black Belt in karate. I have a copy of the above picture at home and at work. It's one of my favorite pictures of the kids.

I remember that day very clearly. Before the Belt Graduation Ceremony, we all went to out for pizza, talking and laughing the entire time. At the ceremony, after Davy performed his kata, he was given his black belt, embroidered with his name. He was very proud of that belt, and I was proud of him. It was a lot of work to earn, and it was one of his prized possessions.

Now it's one of mine.

PLEASE KEEP YOUR EYE OUT
FOR THE CAR THAT KILLED MY SON!
Even if you don't live in the Evansville area, please keep an eye out for this car. It was traveling South on I-69. It could have been coming from and going to anywhere. The Sheriff's office will follow up any ANY lead.

The Sheriff’s Office has identified the make and model of the suspect vehicle from the fatal hit and run crash that killed 23-year old David “Davy” Egan, father of two, on Friday, June 22, 2018 on I-69 near south Green River Road.
SUSPECT VEHICLE: Silver 1998-2002 Honda Accord sedan. 2-door or 4-door body style. The vehicle will have damage to the front end.

If you know of a vehicle matching this description, please contact the Sheriff's Office TIP line at 812-421-6297 or leave a web tip here.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

If You're Looking for Vinca Vines ...

I'm sorry, but I bought all of them!


A while back I found some vinca vines on sale for 99¢. Thrilled, I bought 15 of them. I wanted to buy more, but I didn't know exactly how many I needed, and I didn't want to buy so many that I couldn't get them planted before winter.


Then, last weekend I found vinca vines for 31¢, and I got really excited. I bought 36 of them. The next day, I wondered why I didn't buy more. I don't know exactly how many I need, but I do know I need more than 36! I easily need twice that many ... so I went back and bought the rest of them. I now have 84 vinca vines to plant. I spent $27.86 for seven dozen plants. At full price, they would have cost me $268.74. I wasn't planning on planting the vines this fall, but at a savings like that, I couldn't pass them up.

I decided clearing the sod was the most important, so I spent a few hours Sunday clearing part of the hill. It had rained a lot, so it was "easy" work (easier than when it hasn't rained, that is!). Once I get the hill cleared, I'll start planting. I've got some vacation scheduled, so I'll get the vines planted, bring in the outdoor furniture, and tidy up the yard for winter. (Sob!)


It's a thankless job and the dirt looks mighty lonely with the baby vines right now, but vinca vines spread very quickly. By next summer, they will have completely filled the hill and will be encroaching on my yard ... but I can keep them in check with the lawnmower.

Next year I'll need to pull the sod up from around the box woods, put up a border, and fill it with mulch. I'm hoping that next year I'll be able tackle the fireplace down the hill and clear paths in the woods. That was supposed to be a project for this spring/summer ... but torn cartilage in my ribs and my son's death kind of knocked the wind out of me ... literally and figuratively ... so I didn't get to a lot of the things I had planned.

Things will never be the same without my son, but I'm hoping 2018 will go down as the worst year of my life. I stop shy of saying "What could be worse than losing my child?" because I don't want to tempt fate ... and I don't ever want to face more pain than I've been dealt this year.

PLEASE KEEP YOUR EYE OUT
FOR THE CAR THAT KILLED MY SON!
Even if you don't live in the Evansville area, please keep an eye out for this car. It was traveling South on I-69. It could have been coming from and going to anywhere. The Sheriff's office will follow up any ANY lead.

The Sheriff’s Office has identified the make and model of the suspect vehicle from the fatal hit and run crash that killed 23-year old David “Davy” Egan, father of two, on Friday, June 22, 2018 on I-69 near south Green River Road.
SUSPECT VEHICLE: Silver 1998-2002 Honda Accord sedan. 2-door or 4-door body style. The vehicle will have damage to the front end.

If you know of a vehicle matching this description, please contact the Sheriff's Office TIP line at 812-421-6297 or leave a web tip here.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Nutty Owl

I'm not sure what kind of nut this is, but cracked in half, it looks like an owl!


PLEASE KEEP YOUR EYE OUT
FOR THE CAR THAT KILLED MY SON!
Even if you don't live in the Evansville area, please keep an eye out for this car. It was traveling South on I-69. It could have been coming from and going to anywhere. The Sheriff's office will follow up any ANY lead.

The Sheriff’s Office has identified the make and model of the suspect vehicle from the fatal hit and run crash that killed 23-year old David “Davy” Egan, father of two, on Friday, June 22, 2018 on I-69 near south Green River Road.
SUSPECT VEHICLE: Silver 1998-2002 Honda Accord sedan. 2-door or 4-door body style. The vehicle will have damage to the front end.

If you know of a vehicle matching this description, please contact the Sheriff's Office TIP line at 812-421-6297 or leave a web tip here.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Yesterday was "National Pancake Day"

This is a classic example of how something so ordinary can trigger memories of my son. Davy LOVED pancakes. Growing up, he was always asking me to make them for him. One day I decided he was old enough to make his own pancakes. I got out a cookbook and showed him how to make pancakes without a mix.


That was all it took. He was off and running, making pancakes for himself, and his sisters and I, at the asking. Thing 2 won't eat anyone else's pancakes. I can't think of pancakes without thinking of Davy ... and wishing he were here to make me a stack.

Davy was actually a pretty good cook. He could take a handful of simple ingredients and come up with some very flavorful dishes. His homemade Sloppy Joe's were better than Manwich. Davy was very intelligent and excelled at anything he put his mind to. How sad that someone cut his life short ... and all of his potential, and then drove away without a word, leaving his body on that dark stretch of highway. I will never understand how someone could do that and live with themselves.

The only consolations I have are that he was a born-again Christian, so I know I will see him again one day ... and that the autopsy report convinced me that he did indeed die immediately. I don't have to wonder if he suffered or if he could have survived had help been summoned sooner.

I am still hoping that the conscious of whoever did this will get the better of them and they'll come forward. Until then, all I can do is to keep urging people to keep their eyes open for a 2000-2002 Silver Honda Accord with front end damage ... and pray the damaged hasn't been repaired.


PLEASE KEEP YOUR EYE OUT
FOR THE CAR THAT KILLED MY SON!
Even if you don't live in the Evansville area, please keep an eye out for this car. It was traveling South on I-69. It could have been coming from and going to anywhere. The Sheriff's office will follow up any ANY lead.

The Sheriff’s Office has identified the make and model of the suspect vehicle from the fatal hit and run crash that killed 23-year old David “Davy” Egan, father of two, on Friday, June 22, 2018 on I-69 near south Green River Road.
SUSPECT VEHICLE: Silver 1998-2002 Honda Accord sedan. 2-door or 4-door body style. The vehicle will have damage to the front end.

If you know of a vehicle matching this description, please contact the Sheriff's Office TIP line at 812-421-6297 or leave a web tip here.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

This is What Happens When You Fall Asleep at Thing 1's House

You become a bed for three dogs and a kitten. They also have another cat ... but she's far too classy to hang around pets!


PLEASE KEEP YOUR EYE OUT
FOR THE CAR THAT KILLED MY SON!
Even if you don't live in the Evansville area, please keep an eye out for this car. It was traveling South on I-69. It could have been coming from and going to anywhere. The Sheriff's office will follow up any ANY lead.

The Sheriff’s Office has identified the make and model of the suspect vehicle from the fatal hit and run crash that killed 23-year old David “Davy” Egan, father of two, on Friday, June 22, 2018 on I-69 near south Green River Road.
SUSPECT VEHICLE: Silver 1998-2002 Honda Accord sedan. 2-door or 4-door body style. The vehicle will have damage to the front end.

If you know of a vehicle matching this description, please contact the Sheriff's Office TIP line at 812-421-6297 or leave a web tip here.

Monday, September 24, 2018

This Was a LOT More Work Than it Looks Like!

Back in July, I bought 15 vinca vines to plant on the hill. I knew it wouldn't be nearly enough, but I they were on sale and I wanted to see how far they'd stretch. I waited to plant them ... having a good rain beforehand would mean the sod would come up easier, and I didn't want to plant the while the temps were in the 90°'s (or above). This past weekend, the temperature was in the 60°'s and we had gotten a good rain a few days before.

Yesterday I grabbed my wheelbarrow, hoe, big spoon, and plants, and set out to pull up the sod. After I got the grass (weeds) pulled up, I planted the vinca vines. It took me about three hours, but I stood there looking at it a lot, contemplating how much more sod I needed to remove before continuing. I wasn't in a hurry or I could have gotten it done much faster.



Sadly, the 15 vines barely make a dent on the hill. I knew I'd need a lot more vines, but it's almost comical to look at it as it is. I estimate I need at least 75 more. I was hoping I'd have a few days to mulch and give the plants time to grab hold before we got a big rain, but it's started raining last night and isn't supposed to stop until Wednesday. All I can hope is that I got them deep enough that they don't wash out.