Everyone: I have horrible news, and I will be out of the office indefinitely. My partner of 15 years and my best friend and companion, Dean Payne, was struck by a huge lightning bolt at 3:15 p.m. Mountain Time.


Miriam Kinkheune Miriam Kinkheune at 6:01PM

Oh God, Aidan, I am so, so, sorry.

Sarah Madrick Sarah Madrick at 6:07PM

We are devastated.

Pieter Voorhees Pieter Voorhees at 6:23PM

I want the whole staff to come to the coffin burying ceremony, and take a couple days off, Aidan. With full pay.

Nick Carcallo Nick Carcallo at 6:45PM

I’m going to lay it on the line and say this, even though it’s probably too soon. Dean was awesome, man, but he wasn’t right for you … I know that you’re going to find someone even more amazing very soon.

Aidan Weinglas Aidan Weinglas at 7:00PM

Oh my god. I am so sorry everyone. I re-read my message and realize how it could be misunderstood. Dean is doing fine. He is understandably shaken up but we’re here at the Sandpiper House in Boulder just holed up in our suite, thanking our lucky stars. He said being struck by a huge lightning bolt was awful. Headache, vision, diarrhea, e.d. He said for non-victims it is hard to imagine getting struck by a huge lightning bolt such as this.

Pieter Voorhees Pieter Voorhees at 7:07PM

Miriam, please schedule meeting to discuss a “Lightning Rod” show.