Wednesday, January 27, 2016


Greetings, friends of Ivan.

My father passed away this evening. It was peaceful and as comfortable as possible.

A book of memories and condolences can be found on the Roadhouse and Rose website.

Best wishes to all that knew him.


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

An update on Ivan

Greetings, friends of Ivan.

My father has been fighting a serious infection in his legs for several months, which he has been unable to conquer. Recently, he began to suffer from a lot of pain.

Today, his pain medications were increased to ensure that he is comfortable, and I've been told by the doctors that he will likely remain asleep until he passes.

Dad has had a good run - 77 years living life completely on his own terms.

Best wishes,


Monday, November 02, 2015

Circling from rags to riches

Life is a circle, my in-law tells me. It is a circle indeed, I offer. The last time I was in my present plight, my father in law, seeing me broke and depressed, chided "Oh, come on now. You're sitting in your own Ukrainian sh*t!." (But ones own class, at least at the time, was reaching up to help me out. Father-in-law did sign the cheque). Egad. Forty yeas later, I am still "sitting in my own Ukrainian sh*t." And this time there is no cheque signer. Or has one found one's own operating principle? My father-in-law's cheque was for $100, 000. Migod. I have f*cked up totally. Come on million dollars!