April 29th, 2004



Last nights post-visitation dinner at Perkins was an appropriate sendoff for John. That Perkins is where Rick & I met most of the Geek Crew for the first time, way back in 1992. We had just started dating and he'd come down to the Cities a day earlier than me to go to the opening night of The Crow with a couple of his friends. I picked up my brother & one of his friends in St. Cloud on my way down and as we dropped off his friend at the Holiday store in Fridley, my car's water pump blew. Luckily, since we were in the Cities, I could get dad to fix it. But, it threw my time schedule off and Sandy had to go pick up Rick instead. She hadn't met him yet, and my mom described him to her as "big and scary looking, but he's not really scary" So, while they didn't first meet at that Perkins, we were there the night Rick first met genevra, akdar, chebutykin, oed_1, and probably also lexiphanic, mhuot, shrique and John.
Of the whole crew, Rick & I are the ones who have known John the shortest time. Although, he did claim that Gabriel cat was named after him, even if he was named years before meeting John.
We met John post-car accident. He wasn't driving when we first met him because of the seizures, but if not for that we wouldn't have been able to tell that it had happened. Several people have commented that while it is a shock & hurts to lose someone so young, in a way he was using bonus time because he survived such a horrible accident. Yes, it was bonus time, because it enabled Rick & I to get to know him. He will be missed, and as akdar said, I don't think any of us will be able to drink a root beer, especially IBC, without thinking of him.
shrique was talking about the pictures they had at the visitation, which made me look through the ones I have. Considering how few pictures I have of any of the Geek Boys, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I did have one of John from last year's pool party.
We'll miss you John.

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