Posted by at 12:01 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 142020

My cousin Bob Saxton, a decorated Vietnam vet and career soldier, and one of my personal heroes, passed away from Covid-19 yesterday. Bob is the third person I know that has died from it. He was a great guy and will be missed by many. Rest in peace, Bob. You fought hard to the very end.

This is why when I hear people spouting nonsense like this is just a flu, or it’s not that bad, or that they are tired of being cooped up in the house and plan to go out and do what they want, it pisses me off. I don’t care what you call it or what kind of numbers you quote, the reality is that people are dying every day. Not just statistics, real people. People who leave a huge void in the lives of those who loved them. Your statistics mean nothing to them. They mean nothing to me. Unless you have lost someone to the pandemic, you can’t know how offensive they are.  If someone loses a loved one in a traffic accident or an airplane crash, they could give a damn how many cars go up and down the highway and don’t get into accidents, or how many airplane flights land safely.

Somebody sent me this and it’s the absolute truth. The ONLY way this will stop is for people to get their heads out of their collective butts and realize how serious and how dangerous it is.

Yes, I know the economy is in the toilet and the president is saying we need to get back to work to get things going again. Some have agreed that people will die when that happens, but seem to think it’s the price we have to pay. For any of you that think that’s a good idea, I want you to take a look at your loved ones and decide who you are willing to lose to make those cash registers ring? Your wife or husband? Your son or daughter? Your brother or sister? Your mother or father? Because that’s the price we will have to pay. Everyone is somebody’s wife or husband, someone’s son or daughter, a brother or sister, a mother or father. Which of them are expendable?

I’m sorry, but that’s all I have for you today. I am too upset and too angry, and that has already cost me some friends. I’ll talk to you all again tomorrow, and hopefully I’ll be in a better state of mind.

Thought For The Day – The sorrow we feel when we lose a loved one is the price we pay to have had them in our lives.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  19 Responses to “RIP Bob”

  1. I am so sorry for your loss. Take care.

  2. I’m sorry for your loss. I grieve with everyone who has lost someone they love to other people’s idiocy. What part of “stay home” is so hard for some people to understand?

  3. Oh, Nick, you are so, so right! My sympathy for your loss, and I believe it is much too soon to be talking about opening society. While the politicians talk, people are still dying.

  4. Jerry Walter

    The thought for the day says it all. Thanks.

  5. Nick I am sorry for your loss!

  6. We totally agree that many are not taking this Pandemic seriously enough.

    It’s about time.

  7. Nick so sorry for your loss. I know how real this is Terry has been in bed sick with symptoms for 7 days now. His Dr is saying he has it but we can’t get him tested unless he gets critical and admitted because the tests Ohio has are for critical /medical/law enforcement etc even though the president claims there is enough test BULLSHIT. The shortage is real. We are thankful he isn’t critical and hope he starts to get better soon I have never seen him so sick. Stay safe and healthy!

  8. I can only repeat how sorry I am for the loss of your cousin. It is beyond me how so many people don’t take this seriously. If you have lost ‘friends’ because of what you’ve said, they could not have been true friends.
    Peace to you, my friend.

  9. Nick,
    Our condolences on the loss of your cousin. It is sad enough to hear of strangers dying from this virus but to lose a family member, no words can describe what you are going through. We also are amazed at those still not taking this seriously, and we are disgusted with the politicizing, the false hope, the misinformation. Praying that there will light at the end of this dark and depressing tunnel soon.

  10. Nick, I’m so sorry about you losing your family and friends. If people would be smart and considerate about keeping their butt at home the progression would be much farther along with many less deaths. My husband and I have extended our winter stay in Arizona indefinitely until the situation improves.

  11. My condolences. If friends would write you off for something like this, then the depth of their friendship was very shallow.

  12. Sorry for your losses. Your Journal is the best tribute to the people you love. Thank you for putting the next decision into perspective that most people can understand.

  13. I am so sorry.

  14. I am sorry to hear you have lost loved ones!! At least this is something that is very difficult to control…(my brother was killed by a drunk driver…I have had a lot of bitterness over that…cause that one was no accident in my opinion). I am at risk, as is my husband, as we have several compromised immune diseases so we are doing the best we can. Letting our daughter shop for us, though we worry a great lot over her too because she is a single mom…with the sperm donor pedophile who still has regular visitation rights and demands them, in spite of his living in one of the 3 worst places for this disease in the nation!! But that is the country we have now. There is really no protection really, from a great many things. We have tried and I am set up for another try at “pick up” from Walmart in our area…so far they get about a C grade if I was a teacher. But it is close and at least we are able to get a few things and spare our daughter more time and exposure. I hope you and your family will be comforted someway…me and hubby depend upon GOD for solace and that is the only source we know about.

  15. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  16. I,m so sorry Nick,
    it is sad and takes a while to come to peace with such a loss cousins are usually our best friends growing up and certainly understandable that you feel the loss of a dear family member. Blessings
    Bess and Pete

  17. Rest in piece brother,

  18. Nick, I’m so sorry for your loss. Keep on beating the drum of truth.

  19. I’m very sorry for the loss of your cousin and friends. There have been nearly 35,000 deaths in the US from covid-19 as I type this tonight, and as you say, every one of them was somebody’s loved one. Until we have widespread testing, until we have solved the PPE shortage, until we understand this killer well enough to fight it, those of us who can stay home need to do so to make things easier on the overwhelmed health care workers and first responders. If we can’t be a big part of the solution, let’s at least not add to the problem. (And to hell with your ex-so-called friends who refuse to accept that reality. Glad you’re standing your ground.)

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