Good bye Pete
I have this web site for a few reasons, one of which is to keep a record of my life so I can come back later and have an account of my life to review. This past Monday I had an acquaintance pass away. Originally I didn't want to write about it. For one, I wasn't super close to this person and I didn't want to create any false image of having a stronger friendship than really existed. Second, I felt writing about him would only demean the actual friendships that my good friends did have with Pete.
To my surprise, I have been having a hard time not thinking about Pete. The thoughts come to me at random times and I get down. Pete was a fun loving guy. His background, as far as I know (sorry if I am incorrect), is Polynesian. As to my experience in life, Polynesians are one of the highest classes of people you can know. Sorry to racial stereotype here, but that's my experience. They are friendly and fun going people.
Pete carried all these traits. From the first time I met him he was chummy with me. I would look forward going over to my friend Tyler's pad because Pete (who lived next door) would always make an appearance (kinda like Kraemer, but Pete would bring food rather than mooch food). It's sad that he's gone. It happened outta no where. Pete was considerably young (40) and appeared to have many years left in him. When James came in Monday after getting the call and announced Pete's death it took me a few seconds to rundown in my head who he was talking about because Pete, in my mind, wasn't close at all to being eligible for death.
The reality is that we are all not far from death nor out of the lottery of having a tragic incident happen to us or one we love, such as Pete. The hope is that with the time we do have, we use it to love one another, and experience joy in the life we have.
I'm glad I got this out, I hope one day after I have forgotten Pete that I really do get the chance to look at this entry and remember Pete once again. My love goes out to Pete, his family, close friends, and especially his wife.