May 20th, 2011


James Ellsworth O'Dell Sr. 1936-2011

My dad passed away today. As you recall, he thought he was going to die three years ago and had called me to say his final goodbye, but he recovered from that and a few more scares since. But about a week ago, he was put on a ventilator because his lungs were filling with fluid, and over the past few days, his kidneys began failing as well.

We finally did say our final goodbyes to him, though he could not speak. The nurse would just hold a phone to his ear. I didn't want to make him feel any more distressed, and since we'd already had that talk, I just talked about normal stuff to him -- how Linda and I got our marriage license last week, how I'd recently rebuilt the clutch of my motorcycle, etc. I wanted him to know that I was well and content.

I also told him how people around the world had been enjoying some of the interview clips I shot with him in March 2009 just before I moved out of California. I had not gotten around to posting all nine clips, though. There were four left to post. I posted one three days ago after talking to him for the last time, and the final three tonight.

They're put into a playlist so all of them can be watched together.