I think ( and I hope) that Jiri will use this for inspiration. I know that his dad was the one who went with him when he was a kid and went to all his games and practices and things. So hopefully that will be his inspiration for overcoming the sadness of it.
TLow, My heart goes out to you. I had a second cousin diagnosed with ALS, and luckily he was able to make it for quite a while before it finally got him. It isn't easy to live with. But you're right...live your life as best you can...savor the moments that you can do the things you love. ALS is a terrible fate...long, lingering diseases are a ***** (my parents both had long, lingering ailments). Good luck.
As someone who has lost both parents, I know how devastating this can be. And also as someone who is older than his father was, I can't even imagine how that must feel. My heart goes out to Jiri. I know he isn't here anymore, but I cannot help but be sad for him.
I can see both alternatives...wanting to stay close to family, and yet expanding your horizons by going to a different place.
I kinda envy Drew Miller playing in Scotland...I've always wanted to go there, it's a beautiful country, English speaking (if you can get past the brogue), great pubs, wonderful music, history up the ying yang...what more could you ask for?
So I went back to the place where I found your little goodie, Loo, and it turns out that the guy has something a couple of people here would love to have - an autographed pic of Ozzie fighting Patrick Roy. I don't remember what he wants for it, but it's pretty reasonable, if I remember right. If anyone might be interested, I can hook you up with the person who has it.
I also came home with what Terry said was my anniversary present - a 16x20 framed pic of my Pasha. Nice pic, not signed, but hopefully that can happen later.