Sunday, May 18, 2008

155,000 and 1

roadside death

What is the significance of one death when the world loses 155,000 people each day? People die all the time. I see these roadside memorials along the highway. They are called descansos. Sometimes they are small, sometimes they are enormous. They all mark a place where someone lost their life.

I don't know Xavier Arriaga, but I know how me died.

LA MIRADA, Calif. - A man who was working near train tracks at a La Mirada intersection was struck and killed by an Amtrak train Wednesday while trying to move a piece of equipment out of the train's path, officials said.

I saw this descansos as I drove home from an early morning disc gold game at La Mirada park. The level crossing here is nasty. Drivers slow down to a near stop when crossing. I came to stop in front of this memorial while waiting to cross the tracks. A large black crow flew up from near the candles. It gave me a chill.

I went back later in the day to take a picture and learn more about the man who died. If it were important enough for his friends and family to memorialize the place of his death, the least I could do is find out how he died.

I think on a subliminal level I suspected a train. You see, I am sure that when I die it will because a train nailed me. I've had this morbid fear of level crossing all my life. Arriaga's death by train simply reinforces my deeply held neurosis.

R.I.P. Xavier Arriaga.

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Anonymous said...

i miss him so much!
words cant explane

Anonymous said...

This is sad to see. I knew X he was a very good friend i would be proud to say he was like gonna miss you bro one day well be together so save me a spot.

Anonymous said...

Wow Cuz I can't believe today marks two years since this terrible tragedy!!! I love you so much, and I'm still sad! I know your in a better place.. Just keep watching over our family!! Come visit me in my dreams, it been a long time since you last visit me!!I <3 You BOOBOO MUAH
"There is a light that never goes out"

Mojoey said...

I just drove by the site yesterday. You cousin was in my thoughts.