Friday, October 10, 2008

Life interrupts

Sorry for going silent right as the Islanders' season is about to begin, what with all the storylines to follow on the Island and around the league, but life (and death) has intervened. My father passed away this week in his native Czech Republic, after a couple of years of declining health. He is of course who got me into hockey -- and, inadvertently, got me into the Islanders when he let me watch the Stanley Cup finals as a tyke.

Naturally I'm turning to those affairs and family grieving at the moment, so I didn't want to launch the new site without knowing whether I'll be available to post content. As it stands, I'll certainly miss the weekend's games (though DVR is set!) and hopefully resurface next week.

Best wishes and health to all your parents -- and you new parents -- out there. And Go Islanders!

6 comments:

Islanders Outsider said...

Dominik, please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of your father. Take as much time away as you need. Your loyal readers will still be here no matter when you resume.

Take care,
Ken

Uncle Jr said...

Dom
My deepest condolences. You will be in my prayers.

Uncle Jr. (aka Domenic)

Anonymous said...

My deepest condolences too,please look forward. Best wishes from Germany

Adam said...

Dominik,

Many condolences for you on the passing. Take all the time you need.

islesblogger said...

Dominik,

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this tough time!

Stay well!

Dominik said...

Hey guys (and gal, in case there's an anonymous...), thanks so much for your thoughts and condolences.

It was a strange, tough time in a lot of ways, but I'm a firm believer, for these situations, in celebrating more what someone was, rather than mourning what could have been. Seeing your comments trickle in as my family was handling things was a comfort.

For what it's worth, my father lived a long, full life, and with recent failing health he was "ready to go." He was a refugee of Communist-era Czechoslovakia, and he spent his final years, and his death, back in his original homeland. We should all be so at peace when we part.

Thanks, everybody.
-Dominik