Today I was supposed to go paddling with a group of people down the Ten Mile River. Well, it was raining most of the morning so the trip got cancelled. However, the rain was due to let up and I went paddling out on my own on Falls Pond instead. I hadn’t been paddling in over a year so I really was itching to get back out there. I also wanted to get some quiet time to do some thinking. I learned some very sad news yesterday.
I learned that a friend of mine from High School died on Monday in a motorcycle accident. His name was Michael Balboni. He was a year ahead of me in school. We spent a lot of time together, theater, Junior Achievement, even the school bus. He was someone that I looked up to and despite not having contact since High School I still felt a deep sadness and loss upon hearing the news. I learned about his death from another friend on Facebook and in his update he mentioned that they would go fishing together. So fishing out on the water seemed a fitting place to be so I could reflect. As I decided to leave I made one more cast and caught my only fish of the day.
Thanks Mike, you will be missed.
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