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Some of you from back in the day may know or remember Somnuk, aka "Som". His care giving sister advised me earlier today that Som had passed away, he was only 49.

I met Som on a group ride about 15 years ago, it was an era or motorcycle nirvana where a group of us would join up just about every weekend and ride the Sierras on the 80 or 50 side. Mostly all Ducati enthusiasts and frequently the late Martin Wong would be part of this social riding group.

Som turned out to be a good friend who lived very close by and through the years helped me out many times, especially after my bad motor accident in 06. Just a few short months ago he came by to ask if I wanted to go golfing, something I previously was addicted to but gave it up after my accident. Not so much because of injuries as it was about not having fun on the course anymore. But, since Som asked me to go I jumped at the opportunity and said "hell yes!". Unfortunately, bad weather came along and soon after Som was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

I was told the tumor was in an inoperable location, but the doctors were confident they could treat it with chemicals and radiation. His progress was good, the tumor shrank, but a follow up MRI detected another growth. This time they surgically removed that tumor and I had the opportunity to see him after his release from the hospital. He had lingering issues due to the nature of brain surgery, but those were temporary and he was facing a fair to good prognosis. However, knowing cancer as I do (loosing two brothers to it), you don't count your chickens.

Afterwards I made many attempts to reach Som over the next couple weeks, no success and this was a bad sign. But then, I got a depressing call from his sister, Som had a major set back when symptoms appeared and he was brought in for further tests which included another MRI. The cancer had spread like wildfire, producing multiple tumors through out his brain. It was at that time there was nothing more the doctors could do and he was characterized as terminally ill.

I had a chance to see him again last week. He was semi comatose and could only respond to things around him by blinking his eyes. Fortunately, he had family members taking care of him and according to his sister, Som indicated he was at peace. I got the call earlier today and all I can say is Som was one of the most generous individuals I have ever known. He will be missed.
 

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You were a best friend. My condolences to to his family.

R.I.P. Som.
 
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Very sorry to hear. Thoughts and prayers for his family and friends.
 

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John this is so terrible to hear, he was really a great guy. 😢

If I recall correctly, didn't he do some coordinating with the casinos in Vegas to VIPs occasionally?
 
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Cancer Sucks. RIP, Som.
 
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John this is so terrible to hear, he was really a great guy. 😢

If I recall correctly, didn't he do some coordinating with the casinos in Vegas to VIPs occasionally?
Yes he did Scott, I almost forgot about that "side job" he had. In real life he was an IT engineer for the state. His Vegas junket stories were interesting, especially about how much cash some of his clients used to carry around with them. I wanted to post up some pictures of Som during a ride or track day, but a few days ago I decided to upgrade to Windows 10 and despite Microsoft telling me I wouldn't lose anything with 10 Pro, I lost a number of things, including two email addresses, and many photos. We will see what happens tomorrow when I contact them. As you said Scott, he was a great guy.
 
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I am sad and sorry that you lost a good friend. Condolences to you, his family, and his other friends.
 
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Some of you from back in the day may know or remember Somnuk, aka "Som". His care giving sister advised me earlier today that Som had passed away, he was only 49.

I met Som on a group ride about 15 years ago, it was an era or motorcycle nirvana where a group of us would join up just about every weekend and ride the Sierras on the 80 or 50 side. Mostly all Ducati enthusiasts and frequently the late Martin Wong would be part of this social riding group.

Som turned out to be a good friend who lived very close by and through the years helped me out many times, especially after my bad motor accident in 06. Just a few short months ago he came by to ask if I wanted to go golfing, something I previously was addicted to but gave it up after my accident. Not so much because of injuries as it was about not having fun on the course anymore. But, since Som asked me to go I jumped at the opportunity and said "hell yes!". Unfortunately, bad weather came along and soon after Som was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

I was told the tumor was in an inoperable location, but the doctors were confident they could treat it with chemicals and radiation. His progress was good, the tumor shrank, but a follow up MRI detected another growth. This time they surgically removed that tumor and I had the opportunity to see him after his release from the hospital. He had lingering issues due to the nature of brain surgery, but those were temporary and he was facing a fair to good prognosis. However, knowing cancer as I do (loosing two brothers to it), you don't count your chickens.

Afterwards I made many attempts to reach Som over the next couple weeks, no success and this was a bad sign. But then, I got a depressing call from his sister, Som had a major set back when symptoms appeared and he was brought in for further tests which included another MRI. The cancer had spread like wildfire, producing multiple tumors through out his brain. It was at that time there was nothing more the doctors could do and he was characterized as terminally ill.

I had a chance to see him again last week. He was semi comatose and could only respond to things around him by blinking his eyes. Fortunately, he had family members taking care of him and according to his sister, Som indicated he was at peace. I got the call earlier today and all I can say is Som was one of the most generous individuals I have ever known. He will be missed.
That is tough - Hey thanks John. Been a while!
 

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All our good thoughts heading to you and the family during this time. May you find solace in the good memories you had with Som.
 

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As an update, I got a phone call from Som's sister last week and she is planning a memorial service for Som in approximately seven weeks, or at a time when it is safe to do so. Even if any of you didn't know Som, but live in the area, I think it would be a good gesture, if you are free to do so and take some time to give this fellow rider a final send-off since all of us have shared a unique place together. I rode around with Som on weekend runs and did several track days with him. But I could never replicate his feat of riding his 748R from Sacramento to San Diego and back. He mentioned he had to ride through driving rain at the top of the Grapevine, soaking wet by the time he got down to the valley floor.

Anyway, give it some thought and I'll keep you all informed.
 
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