This week has been a social and business frenzy with the Outdoor Retailer show in town; as always, it’s a great opportunity to connect with not only new and old clients but also a lot of great friends that I’ve had a lot of great adventures and yucks with who - despite their better judgement! – still have their careers pinned to this quixotic – but fortunately somewhat recession-proof, fortunately – industry (apparently people will always spend money on recreation). However, it’s been somewhat muted this week by the shocking news that our great friend Michelle Grey had a heart attack in
Even in a social group that values gettin' after it and staying fit over a lot of things, Michelle stands out: she was the leader of an ultimate frisbee team that battled consistently for the national and world championships for over a decade (and still plays at the ripe young age of 45), runs daily, is one of the most graceful skiers I know, and has become an avid tennis player. So our entire community was stunned to hear that in the middle of a match on Tuesday she suddenly collapsed on the court, and though I don’t know all the details, apparently was “dead” and only quick, decisive action by people at the club kept her alive with CPR and a defibrillator. She had gone for a morning run that day as well with no problems, but if it had happened then – by herself – it’s likely the outcome would not have been good.
|Michelle and Ryan toasting Michelle's parents at their 50th anniversary this summer.|