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Live journal is down as I'm trying to post this entry so I'm posting it here for now and will likely crosspost it later. I hear it's easy to set up crossposting here, woot- so have to check that out.

I'm having a bit of a difficult time right now. Recovering from surgery and two of my favorite uncles died this week. Because of not being able to get out of bed and because of my estrangement from my immediate family, I couldn't go to uncle Joe's funeral and I can't go to Uncle Leon's funeral either. I loved them both very much- they were amazing uncles.

Every time I saw uncle Joe when I was a kid, he gave me some money to buy something fun. He didn't need to do that to be a great uncle though - I also just liked hugging him and talking to him and hearing about his life and what he was up to now. He was a quiet kind of guy. When he got older and his wife died, he used to spend a lot of time doing jigsaw puzzles. He would then glue them together and make them into pictures - he gave a couple to me. We used to go over his house a lot when I was a kid and it was always fun.

Uncle Leon was the guy I wanted to be when I grew up. He was very smart, and a total badass - and he had the best stories. He was a teamster and a union organizer. He had some wild adventures in his youth. He loved the history channel and documentaries, and we would often talk about history things and what we'd watched. We used to share books - he'd read something he thought I might like and i'd do the same for him and then we'd discuss them. He and my aunt Marie often had gatherings at their house when I was growing up. Some of my best childhood memories happened there.

Here's a picture of uncle Joe, and one of Uncle Leon. These are both from a lunch we had with them and my mom in 2008 I think it was. We used to get together every now and then. Here's uncle Leon's obituary, and uncle Joe's.

I will miss them very much and I think my life is better for having known them. They were both in their late eighties and had very full lives, so it's not entirely unexpected just-- I'm sorry I didn't get to say goodbye.

Rest in peace, uncles.
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