Sunday, July 15, 2012


This Sunday Respite needs a little explanation.

The guitar player is my friend, the late Dan Clark.

Dan was the bass player in my Youth Choir in Miami. He had no thumb on his left hand, was a bit askew bodily and one might have been tempted to call him handicapped.

But Dan knew nothing of handicaps, and was professionally proficient on bass, keyboard, piano, organ and guitar.

He and I used to fish the Biscayne Canal in Miami. We also spent time fishing in the Everglades and loved to tease alligators with our lures.

As the gators stacked themselves up on little islands vying for sun space, they would compete to get to the lures we tossed in the water near them, thinking they were food. The winner would immediately grab a lure and begin a death roll.

Eventually he would figure out that the lure was not food and would release it...most of the time. We lost more than a few.

We also fished a land-locked lake in the Thousand Islands in South Florida and regularly caught one or the others of the three tarpon that were trapped in the lake.

Dan died several years ago in a boating accident.

Imagine my surprise when I stumbled across this video on YouTube.

God really blessed me with his friendship.

His daughter was about 14 when this video was 1993, I think.


sue hanes said...

Joe - Thanks for the special Sunday Faith video featuring your friend Dan Clark - and his daughter. He must have been a special person.

Also enjoyed hearing more about your extreme bravery concerning
alligators. : ]

Hope you had a good Sunday.

Leticia said...

Thank you for sharing! I am sorry for your loss, but now that he is on Youtube, that's forever.

Hope you had an awesome service today at church.

Joe said...

suehanes: He had more personal integrity than any other person I have ever known. And was great fun, besides.

Leticia: We had a great day at church today.

Danny (I'm the only one outside of immediate family who was allowed to call him Danny) and I had some really great times together.

I'll see him soon.

Xavier Onassis said...

Excellent post. Nice tribute.

Leticia said...

Joe, yes you will, but I hope not soon.