“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, champagne in one hand, strawberries in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and screaming ‘WOO-HOO, WHAT A RIDE’.” ~Anonymous~
Peter Folgner passed away on January 25, 2011. I will respect and honor him the rest of my life and am blessed have been his friend in the world of Fencing. I had wished when I wrote the entry on January 14, 2011 that there would be an autobiography on his life. I had a gut feeling that his life was soon ending and I do not like to think about such things because things "happen". I know there was a notebook around at the tournaments outlining his Fencing career. He had so much in his life from Hitler Youth, Bombing of Dresden to Swordsmanship in other countries. He would speak about his German childhood from time to time. He loved the smell of my vanilla musk lotion one time and he sure was charming! One day, I can remember him coming into the gym around Memorial Day 2003 and there was a dead silence. His stepson, Staff Sgt. Michael B. Quinn was killed in Iraq. He was deeply upset which one could see in his silent walk to his Fencing case which was always on the floor of the shiny wood strips on the west side of the gym. He told us to enjoy life that it would not be around for long. RIP...stern German man to those who did not show RESPECT...Touche. Do not accept your touches! He made a mark on my life.
Today, I was thinking of my Fencing Master. I cherish the days when I was fencing with my kids, Kelsi and Zachary in the hustle bustle of life and driving an extra 50 miles and special bouts for years upon years. Self injuries, life ventures, and his own life challenges has made changes to occur. I love the strict discipline and sportsmanship Peter inflicted upon me or was it the "special" chocolates. I feel very fortunate to have known such an athlete and the beauty of his life. Respect and Honor. ~Thanks to Ed Ploy for the video~