Meeting Linda Teufel

So some of you know that I was in a helicopter crash in 1992 in which two people died. One of them was the pilot, Tom Teufel. He was responsible for the crash - while he was performing stunts and maneuvers. The NTSB report officially listed “Pilot Error” as the cause of the accident.

I did attend his Celebration of Life and met his family briefly. Among his survivors were his wife and children, his sister, and two brothers. That was the last contact I had with any members of the Teufel family.

21 years passed (22 years in May) and today I came across his sister. She was at my office. She didn’t have any idea who I was, but Immediately recognized her name in our schedule. So I sat down next to her and said, “Hi, I’m Kate. I knew your brother, Tom.”

And she began to weep.

And she asked me, “How did you know him?”

And I said to her, “I was in the helicopter when it crashed.”

…the moment it occurred to her that I was one of the survivors, she began to cry and asked if she could hug me. I told her, “of course.”

We spoke today for a while. I was able to fill in some of the story that was missing for her and she was able to share with me some of the details that I didn’t know about Tom and the search.

It was a beautiful meeting. I felt so sad for her, because she is obviously still in so much pain over the loss of her brother and also carries with her some guilt. She assured me that her brother did everything he could to save our lives. I didn’t have the heart to tell her that he, in fact, did not. I simply said, “I have no doubts that he did his best.”

She shared with me that one of her other brother had just committed suicide last month and that one of Tom’s sons is a heroin addict (they were so young when their Dad died, it’s sad that this has happened). They seem to be still very much in pain. For that, I am so sad.

She asked me to forgive him. I told her that I already had. She cried more.

I, astonishingly enough, did not cry. I felt very strong. Very healed. Very good. I assured her that I’m living a very happy life, with two beautiful daughters and a very loving husband. 

…it was a surreal experience. I certainly wasn’t anticipating such an emotionally packed day, but life is like that sometimes. Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.

I was watching the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and remembered this one time I ran into Fred Armisen at the record store and told him I would make him tumblr famous. He laughed at me and said, “I’m already famous.”  I was like, Oh, yeah… that’s right. Also, why am I biting my lip like that? Whatever. Here is a post. It’s been a while. - you can find me 63 pounds thinner on my other blog: my-vsg-life.tumblr.com.

I was watching the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and remembered this one time I ran into Fred Armisen at the record store and told him I would make him tumblr famous. He laughed at me and said, “I’m already famous.”  I was like, Oh, yeah… that’s right. Also, why am I biting my lip like that? Whatever. Here is a post. It’s been a while. - you can find me 63 pounds thinner on my other blog: my-vsg-life.tumblr.com.

I’m still around, but as you know, Radiohead is not doing much (publicly) right now.

Also, I have been blogging on my other tumblr (my-VSG-life.tumblr.com) a lot.

To catch you up, in the past 12 weeks:
I have lost 42 lb
I had major surgery (Gastric Sleeve)
Manly lost his job
Manly started a new job
I turned 42
I was so sick and ended up having to have IV fluids
I started a new job
…and that’s just the beginning!! Lots of big changes.

In other words, I am around! I’m still here. I still listen to Radiohead every day.

I’m still around, but as you know, Radiohead is not doing much (publicly) right now.

Also, I have been blogging on my other tumblr (my-VSG-life.tumblr.com) a lot.

To catch you up, in the past 12 weeks:
I have lost 42 lb
I had major surgery (Gastric Sleeve)
Manly lost his job
Manly started a new job
I turned 42
I was so sick and ended up having to have IV fluids
I started a new job
…and that’s just the beginning!! Lots of big changes.

In other words, I am around! I’m still here. I still listen to Radiohead every day.

thatgoeswithoutsaying asked: congrats on your blog turning three! btw, I got your postcard a few weeks ago, thanks so much for it :3 and thanks for not murdering me haha

Haha! You are totally welcome :) murder is just so messy and I don’t think I would get along well with some of the women in prison. Radiohead forever!!

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Radiohead at the 49th Ivor Novello Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel. May 2004

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Radiohead at the 49th Ivor Novello Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel. May 2004

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first page of my old notebook. bad poetry covered up with a minotaur

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first page of my old notebook. bad poetry covered up with a minotaur

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Is it #Caturday yet?!

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I just added Radiohead: Creep (Limited Edition Numbered Gatefold Sleeve #9019) to my Radiohead Collection. It is every bit as beautiful as you might imagine, but too large for the scanner. I’ll try to snap a photo of it later when I can work out the lighting.

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