Originally posted by skylar0ne
I would also like to say that your friends here have missed seeing you post. I know the circumstances are sad, but it is good to see you back.
Thanks for your kind thoughts. Actually, I finally had time to return last night, and -- almost as an afterthought -- I mentioned Ted's passing because I felt it was Roadfood Newsworthy. And, when the proverbial smoke clears, I will guide Jessica Greene to this thread so she can read your messages for herself.
Ted had apparently been suffering from depression for some time, but he masked it well. The shock is still as strong as when word first leaked out: I guess that's what comes of a life well lived, no matter how short, no matter how truncated.
Many of y'all might be interested to look up The Grit Cookbook on Google. I hardly think that for me to recommend anyone's buying it that is interested will in any way step on the barely-competing toes of The Sterns or anyone else here. That cookbook has been referred to around town in the last few days as The Ted Hafer Memorial College Fund, and that's truly apropos... it's a beauty.
Ted was a native of Potsdam, New York and came to Athens roughly 23 years ago. He and fellow Potsdamite Curtis Pernice formed, with drummer-friend Sam Mixon, a well-thought-of band here named Porn Orchard. If any of you heard that band, you now have another connection to the all-too-brief life of Ted. They released a 7" record as well as a 12" one; I own both.
Tomorrow night I won't be by here: I'm going to raise a toast to Ted's memory at $ 2 pint night at Copper Creek Brewing Co. I am simply not emotionally prepared to attend his funeral, but my 30-year-friend Kurt Wood, who is manager of the Taco Stand right up the street from The Grit, will be there with his wife Gretchen in my stead.
Your thoughts, all of you, are appreciated... not so much for me, as for Ted's family.
Later this week, I have a few restaurant finds to post wherever space permits and/or time allows. Stay tuned: you're going to love hearing about The Gwinnett Diner's Trash Can Omelette and Dumpster Omelette, as well as Judy's Diner (there really is a Judy, too!) and several other places I've been privy to discover along the road.