My mother-in-law died last week at the ripe old age of 95. We were never really close, but I respected her and that she raised five very successful daughters. Her death made me think about the end of life. We all know that eventually we will die but it seems abstract, in some distant future with lots of life to live until then. A death of someone close makes it seem much more real and immediate.

The thing I’m going to hate most about dying is all the remarkable things I won’t get to see. For the last 30 years or so we’ve tried to advance the concrete industry with the media at hand: first mostly paper, now mostly digital. New technology affects our businesses and lives every day and that will continue. How will that information get transferred, though? What amazing new technology will impact the way concrete structures are built? I’m dying to find out—oh, I guess that won’t work!