Beware the Ides of March, indeed. A friend died last night. Ila was a former coworker and a friend of my wife, and she was found dead in her bed this morning. She had hypertension - high blood pressure - and had been suffering chest pains recently, probably due to stress. She'd been fired by her employer about a month ago for no good reason, and therefore she was awarded unemployment compensation, but she hadn't found another job yet. My wife cried when she heard, and I'll miss Ila, too. She was nice.