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Saturday, February 4, 2023

And the days dwindle down to a precious few……..

Yesterday, one of my very close friends Ed Snyder passed away. He had been hospitalized for several weeks with Covid. I kept checking with him because I did not like what I was hearing. Then, things took a turn for the worse, and Ed just could not make it.

We were friends and colleagues a long time. Ed was my man in New Jersey. He was a splendid lawyer and a wonderful friend. Ed, Lowell Sucherman, Ed Gold and Cary Mogerman took a baseball trip every summer visiting different ball parks and just having a great time.

For many months, Ed and I had dinner almost every night and lunch everyday as we worked on a major case together in New Jersey. Ed had a wonderful marriage to Gail whose life can now no longer be the same.

When I received the news of my friend’s death, I felt like I was kicked in the stomach. Damn, damn, damn. I do not want to lose anyone I really care about and who I know truly cares about me. This one is really bad. Only Bobby and David were on a higher shelf when it comes to friends.

I loved my friend Ed Snyder.

There is no joy in Mudville.


Got whomped in trivial pursuit. Did do almost half an hour on treadmill. Nice dinner by pool tonight with four very engaging South Africans, and the say an enjoyable show, the highlight being a very good full rendition of “Rhapsody In Blue”.

Internet was working so the incumbent happier. Lose another hour tonight which makes her less happy because of her online yoga sessions. Soon she can do them before retiring


I started writing this post early Friday morning right after I learned Ed Snyder suddenly died. It is now almost 24 hours later and I have thought of almost nothing else except Ed’s passing. I just wrote to Gail but there was nothing I could say that would make things better. If nothing else, when this kind of thing happens to you, it is a jarring reminder of how fragile one’s life is and how you should try to make every day count.

Over the past few years I have been culling the herd of people with whom I wanted to spend time. I know I have lost or am rapidly losing the ability to spend time with people not fun, smart, enjoyable to be with. Meeting Ed for lunch, speaking to him regularly just to shoot the breeze, taking our annual summer baseball trip we’re all things I looked forward to I kept saying to Ed that, even though the new year just began, we needed to identify when and where we would be going on our baseball trip this summer so I could be sure to block the time. I was hoping when I woke up this morning that I just had a bad dream. I did not.

Today I have no jokes and really nothing more I want to say. See you tomorrow. At least that is my plan.


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