It was five years ago today that my dad died. To say that I miss him is an understatement. Our time working together was the inspiration for In the Black, so in a way he lives on beyond just my memories. Less than two years later, my ex-brother-in-law Denny (we got custody of him in the divorce) passed away from cancer. He was not only my dad’s best friend, but one of mine as well. We were all huge NASCAR fans and made the holy pilgrimage to the August night race at Bristol together.

Here’s a picture of us at Bristol. We’re the ones in t-shirts and baseball caps:

Gene & Denny:

Me & my Dad:

I haven’t watched a race in three years. It just isn’t the same anymore…