Originally Posted by Fabricator
i remember thinking, while he was on here = dude, that is a volatile region. you are lucky, and that may not last long. turns out i was right.
Bouda and I way back when, developed a pretty good friendship based on not just our enthusiasm for Home Theater, but we found other common ground as well .. He was a strong believer in Syria and he loved his city of Damascus, hoping that someday a more Democratic way of life would evolve ..
Prior to the fit hitting the shan, he and his family lived in a gated community, not much different from what we have in the USA .. it was walled off / had security cameras / etc .. their lives were as normal as anyone else with the normal things we all do .. he had a good job, etc .. in one of our last communications, he was preparing to evacuate his family and himself .. the danger they faced developed in less than 48 hours .. within 2 days, he and his family became, essentially, refugees and lost pretty much all he had spent his lifetime building ..
Sometimes, I think we lose track of the fact that the many that have been directly effected by things of this sort are just ordinary folks, living ordinary lives and trying to get by .. just like most of us do .. they do not expect, nor do they plan for, total disruption .. they just want to live their lives in peace ..
It is a lesson in learning that things can fall apart quickly and unexpectedly ..