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A Kind Brother
In July 2003, as Steve, Jacqueline, Elise and I were waiting at LAX to board our plane for Australia to our surprise, Doug showed up to give us a new digital camera.
It was very late at night as our plane was set to leave around 11:00pm. We didn't have a decent camera and we were going to Melbourne for two or more years.
With this camera, we documented all the things that we saw and all the places we went. It was a very thoughtful gift.
And Doug was there at the airport when we came back to the States in February 2006.
He made sure we were able to get on the right train to Santa Barbara.
One winter while we were living in Big Bear, Doug came up to go skiing. There was a bit of a blizzard going on outside but that did not stop him. His parka and snow gear was for sub-zero temperatures.
He looked kind of like an astronaut all bundled up. Jacqueline and he went skiing in the white fog and freezing cold. They came back to laugh about their adventure.
At Thanksgiving in Big Bear, Steve cooked India food. Doug being a sentimental person, had wished for turkey. We all did. But going along with Steve's culinary vision, we gathered around card tables in the game room of the cabin
and ate curry.
Last June, Doug traveled up to Big Bear to see his nieces graduate. For dinner, Steve cooked this wild stir-fry chicken dish. Everyone who was seated, had second thoughts about eating because the chicken didn't look very appetizing. Kind brother Doug, ate it anyway.
Again, Doug showed great brotherly kindness two weeks before his accident. He came down from Glendale to Irvine to help us unload our moving van. He was so kind hearted about it and didn't complain once about all the boxes of stuff that we had. This was the last time that I saw him. I said, "Thank you" but in my heart I felt like there were so many more thank yous to be said.