Wednesday, May 31, 2006


I came home tonight and was going to post something all light and fluffy. Things are well here. I felt good and happy, I had a great night last night and a pretty good day at work. I took my quarterly reports downtown so I wouldn't be distracted by the triumvirate of time suckage in my apartment (TV, computer, bed) and I got them all done so I could fully enjoy the holiday I have tomorrow.

But I came home and learned that Shawn Matthews, of Korea Life Blog and the now deleted China Life Blog, committed suicide last week in Beijing by jumping off his apartment building.

I am shocked, shocked, shocked.

For a the sad story, go here.

I've got nothing else to say right now, except to reiterate. I'm shocked.

Kevin has some thoughts, though.

Condolences. Sadness. Shock.


Carol said...

The best phrase I've seen in weeks: "the triumvirate of time suckage in my apartment (TV, computer, bed)"
I hope you don't mind if I quote you. I can SO identify with that!

Carol said...

And I clicked "publish" too quickly in that last comment.
I meant to add that I'm very sorry about the suicide of the blogger you mentioned. We never know what demons other people are battling.

Jef said...


I read Shawn's blog haphazardly, often found his perspective on living in Asia fascinating. Never in his words did I see a hint of the darkness which must have led him to this end.

I'm at a loss for words, really, and I have to drive up to a funeral in Virginia in about an hour.

Life goes on, and then it doesn't, and then it does...

Jelly said...


I'm sorry for your funeral. I learned of Shawn and I thought like you did. But I also thought about talking to you.

Amen, Jef.