Thursday, May 28, 2009

Gone Too Soon

One of the most incredible parts about being part of a circle of friends is that sometimes your circles merge with their circles and you meet all of these wonderful, amazing, people that you may otherwise never have known.

The MonkeyGirl calls those “bonus friends.” I’ve always thought that an apt description. And it’s why an email from her today shook me to the core. One of those bonuses has been lost.

Joe Longi died Saturday, May 23. That’s all I know. It’s all I really need to know, I guess. He has a memorial page on Facebook and I will invariably contribute some photos to a collection that one of his closer friends started. I have quite a few, though they’re a bit scattered and I’ll need to find them.

Some of the tributes there and on this blog are emotionally crushing. These people remember Joe the musician or Joe the artist. I can attest he was talented in both cases. That’s not, however, what I will remember Joe for. I will remember him as the man who introduced the chainsaw to the annual Pumpkins & Powertools party.

And I will remember him as my dance partner. (For the record, I don’t dance. Or, more correctly, I don’t dance often or well.) Joe was forever trying to get me to dance. I used to call him Denny Terrio. Surely you remember Dance Fever? Joe did.

Because he would tease me about so many things, though never maliciously – always in jest, I thought my clumsy awkwardness at dancing would be added to the list. Instead, he was patient and encouraging. I told Joe I would always be his Solid Gold dancer and we both would laugh.

Of course, Joe always seemed to be laughing. He was one of those people you couldn’t help but laugh at or with. And movies? He and I talked some trash about some movies.


Laughing, dancing, making faces, or just generally making others laugh … we’re going to miss you, Joe. I guess now you truly are dancing (or drummin’) with the stars.




8 comments:

MonkeyGirl said...

I love any pic of Joey - he seemed to bring out the best in everyone. I'm gonna miss him more than words can express......

plumbelieve said...

What? Is this B's Joe? I guess she was serious when we last got together.

I am so sad right now.

C&C said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

Why S? said...

I'm very, very sorry.

De-Blurker Kate said...

I too am very sorry for the loss of your friend.

Ty'sMommy said...

Oh, NV, I am so sorry. Big hugs....HUGE hugs.

Jayne said...

I am so sorry. I know all too well, unfortunately, what you're going through now. ((hugs))

Angie said...

I'm truley lovin' the pictures posted of my little Bro Joe, and the dancing thing! Joe and I would go out to see friends play....
and 'dance' often.
To the best dance partner EVER. Salutte.