My father-in-law died of a heart attack this week. He was halfway across the country on business. He died in his sleep, alone, in a hotel room. He was 64. My best friend Bob would have been 39 today. He too died unexpectedly, from complications of a kidney condition. This is him surfing. He was a good surfer even if his style was a tad goofy at times. Nobody had more fun though. Benji Weatherly and some pros laughed at him once. Bob was getting out of the water in Little Compton during a hurricane swell wearing his goofy homemade wetsuit visor. Benji and the other pros had been watching Bob from the beach. When he came up, Benji made a sarcastic remark about Bob catching some "good ones." Bob just laughed it off and went to his car. Benji and his friends followed him up the path. When they got to their car they discovered that they had locked their keys inside, their wetsuits and boards too. They asked Bob if he had a coat hanger. Bob said no even though he had like six of them in his car due to work shirts (waiter at the Millwharf). Bob drove off with a smile on his face while Benji and the other pros stood there looking stupid. Don't listen to all the stuff written about Bob making a saint out of him. He enjoyed being a prick sometimes. Love ya, buddy.
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