Raw, adjective: 8. brutally harsh or unfair: a raw deal
Lost a good friend and mentor over the weekend. Doubtless many of us spread around the country have heavy hearts right now, knowing the memorial is in progress this morning back in Lincoln.
Uncle Joe was rough on the outside, intimidating, callous at first glance; little did any of us know his insides were made of pink flamingos and pumpkin carols and cartoon socks. As one guestbook commenter wrote: "He was a hard man to please, but you knew pleasing him meant something." True that. I'll remain grateful to JJS for being an impatient hardass who made me sit up straight on the edge of my chair, who humored me as a bossy little 17-year-old who thought she could run the show, and for nurturing the seeds of a love for music that will stick for the rest of my life.
Got the news Sunday just as I headed out to Opera in the Park, and the day was resultingly more bittersweet than intended. Thanks for the memories.
Joseph J. Skutchan