I just found out today that an old, dear friend of mine, Rachel Dow, died recently falling through the ice on the Mississippi. That completely breaks my heart. I knew Rachel for a long time -- she was probably more a friend of my daughter's mom but I always totally loved the hell out of her. If you're from Minneapolis and you frequent Chiang Mai Thai, you know Rachel. She was the totally friendly, beautiful, vivacious waitress/bartender who had so much energy it was almost frightening. She had an amazing old soul and always knew the right thing to say at any given time. She used to take my daughter for walks around the restaurant when she was a baby, and Nadija completely idolized her. And for good reason -- she epitomized punk rock spirit and was a damn cool person to boot.
So sad and tragic. Rest in peace, Rachel.