Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Blogger Down!

Sending up the Bloglight, for one of ours, kids.

You may or not be familiar with blogger Wil Kyle, of Paradise Driver. He began driving a cab in Hawaii after retiring as a San Francisco police officer. His stories from both careers have kept us in stitches since 2003. Alas, he's been down on his luck for the last couple of years. His eyesight is failing, and he is unable to drive now. He returned to California about a year or so. He changed the format of his blog, updating less with updates, and more with interesting trivia and political cartoons. He's been facing health, vision, and financial struggles, and potential homelessness, but has been gettin' by with a little help from his friends.

Wil has virtually been by my side by the last few years, holding my hand as I saw my son off to bootcamp, and to a war, and sending comments and notes of encouragement, to let me know he was in the wings. I consider him my friend.

Wil's son has been blogging on his behalf for the last couple of days, after a sudden (sudden to us, anyway) surgery last Friday. Wil is currently in ICU, and will hopefully be moved out soon.

Do me a favor and pop over and leave a get-well note for him, will you? His son will make sure he knows that we're cheering for him. It's nice to have people in the wings.


Sidenote: If you just want to help a brother out, there's a "donate" button in the sidebar, a button that Wil put up reluctantly, after a few of us urged him to. I have clicked that button, I hope you do too. Wil's a good cause, my friends. Seems the donate button has been removed.


  1. Wow! He looks a lot like my late Dad. I'll pray for him.

  2. Tiffany9:10 AM

    Hmmmm. I donated to him yesterday after I read the post. I wonder why they took it down.

  3. G'day from Australia. Came here from Jazz's blog. Hope Will is on the mend.

  4. Lori,
    The donate button is still on the February posts on Wil's blog. Go to http://paradisedriver.blogspot.com/2009_02_01_paradisedriver_archive.html to see them. It apparently is something that Wil added manually to each post, which is why it doesn't show up on the updates his son has left.

  5. Anonymous9:27 PM

    i was not familiar with Wil, but i plan on reading his stories, may he have a quick and full recovery!

  6. Hello. You don't know me, but I saw that you commented at Ducks Mahal (Audubon Ron.) The Little Woman left an important post there today. Thought you would want to know...(not sure if he replied to your email).


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