I found out a few minutes ago that my brother-in-law, Carl, passed away suddenly in his sleep last night. My sister, whom I have had a strained, or, more honestly, a horribly nasty and violent relationship with, called to let me know. She asked me if I was still part of her family. I may be a cast iron bitch, but I am not hard or cold-hearted. My heart breaks for her. He was a good good man, and we got along wonderfully...he even took great care of my dad before he died. This is sad news indeed.