Word just came to us this week that our friend, Thor Hesla, was killed in an attack and bombing of the Serena Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan. Thor had been working in Kabul since October, and happened to be at the hotel gym working out.
I wasn't one of Thor's closest friends, but I keep finding myself stopping and thinking of him. Of course, you didn't have to know Thor long to know what a funny - and I mean hysterically funny -- warm, kind guy he was. His famous "Big Letter," a much anticipated annual update he sent out that poked fun at himself, the world, our government, and the press was reknown. His stories and online articles made you belly laugh. He was a terrific uncle to his very lucky niece and nephew. Our thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends.
...and, in honor to Thor, I am posting a link here to his most infamous piece, Ann of a thousand lays, a dating guide for Ann Coulter that appeared in Salon.com in 1999. Sure, it's rude, irreverent, and crosses several lines of common decency, but it's pure Thor, and that is something I will miss -- along with a lot of other people.