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Tomorrow is Promised to No One

Posted on February 3, 2008 by under Life.    

Jan and I drove to Hutchinson, Kansas yesterday to attend the funeral of Brian Rush. Rush worked with Brian at Cox Communications before working with me. Brian left Cox shortly after Rush left Cox, so they only worked together briefly.

My fondest memory of Rush is how we kinda-sorta met, but didn’t meet. I initially met Rush online in 2005, playing OGame. Everyone at Cox played OGame. Naturally, when Brian worked there, he played OGame too. Since he was playing it, I started playing it too. Rush was one of the highest ranking members of the Cable Mafia, our OGame alliance. He was a great ally in OGame. He, along with a few other players, sent me some resources to help me build up my planet. It wasn’t long before I beat Brian. I couldn’t have done it without all the help, though.

Anyway, as things got busy with work and school I quit playing the game. As luck would have it, Rush got hired on at work so instead of playing together online we began working together. I didn’t ever meet him face-to-face until his first day of work, though. We were buddies on OGame for a while without ever having met.

Rush was a really cool guy. He was well-liked by everyone. People had a tough time at first because he was hired from outside the company, but he turned them all around. He made everyone realize that if you hire the right person it doesn’t really matter where they come from, whether they’re coming from inside or outside the company. Before long it seemed like all the CSRs wanted to be on his team. That’s how great of a guy he was.

Just as he was a great ally on OGame, he was a great ally at work too. We both pushed for friendly competitions. Before his cancer returned, we competed with each other. We would often ask each other how our respective teams were doing in terms of stats. He was always trying to beat me. I’m lucky because my team always had great stats. I have an outstanding group of CSRs. He had his work cut out for him. Each week he’d make progress and he would proudly tell me his team’s average availability and then he would ask me mine. Of course, I knew where he was at already. Eagerly, I’d tell him my figure and burst his bubble.

It’s tough to burst his bubble, though. Rush was always so positive and optimistic. Each week he would make progress, while my figures pretty much remained the same. After a while my figures started to dwindle and his team eventually surpassed mine in terms of availability.

He fought cancer with the same gusto. He sought treatment of all kinds — experimental, traditional, what have you. It didn’t matter. He was willing to try anything. Each week we would receive updates. Whether it be good or bad news, Rush stayed positive through it all and kept his sense of humor.

He passed away of cancer at around 1:30 am on January 29th. My only regret is that I never got a chance to visit him before he passed. He inspired me not just to become a better supervisor, but a better person overall. I never had the chance to thank him for the positive impact he has made in my life. He made a tremendous impact on the lives of many others. I already knew this, but hearing others speak at the funeral yesterday only confirmed it.

I didn’t speak, but I wish that I would have.. I didn’t have the courage to… Maybe they have computers in the after life and he can read this blog entry in his honor, and he’ll know how very grateful I am for the opportunity to work with him and to know him.

I leave you with a PPT slide show that I created at Kasey’s request. I got the pictures that Kasey selected on Thursday evening. I didn’t get a chance to start working on it until Friday because scanning the pictures, which were all in hard copy, took a lot of time. Thankfully, Darcy helped with the second part (the family section) of the slide show. Without her help, completing the slide show before the funeral would have been an even bigger challenge (specially since I had to go to the doctor with Brian on Friday afternoon).

My section is set to the tune of Ozzy’s “See You On the Other Side” song, one of Rush’s favorites. Kasey said he specifically requested for this song to be played at his funeral. Garth Brooks’ “The Dance” is the background music that Kasey selected for Darcy’s section. The clip above doesn’t have music, unfortunately, because I couldn’t figure out how to add it.

Here’s one that I made through Slide.com with music. Except I couldn’t find the “See You On the Other Side” song. All I could find is the YouTube video. I hope this works.

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Trojan  on February 4, 2008

first of all, sorry for your friend 🙁

I just wanted to say that your blog is great, and also would like to add a link to your site from mine (www.ogameblog.com) maybee a article too.

Thanks Trojan

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