An old friend of mine died recently. We were business partners, roommates and at times rivals.
Patrick was a real dichotomy of inner demons, vices, insanity and redeeming features, work ethic, competitiveness, creativity, masterful persuasive ability and ambition. I learned a lot from him.
His body was found in his vehicle in Florida, it was a none violent death. He was not in imminent danger of death from chronic illness so when it happened everyone was really surprised - but not me. I saw this day coming for him over half a decade ago and I became even more certain of it just a few years ago.
About 10 years ago we were doing what everyone who knew us will probably remember us for: partying at a nightclub. That night we were rolling in a brand new Maserati (that the company we worked for had insanely bought) as the ladies night crowd was spilling out of the entrance of the lounge, Patrick illegally parked the Italian beast of a car in front. An attractive older woman posed with the car and Patrick invited her to sit in the red leather racing seats for a photo. The car was idling and Patrick encouraged the woman to rev the engine, the exhaust snarled like an angry cat, making quiet the scene. At that moment a cop approached, assumed the car was the woman's, closed her door for her and ordered her to move the car, which she promptly did. Me and Patrick were dismayed to see this woman who's name we didn't even know drive off into the night with the $125,000 car. Luckily she just drove around the corner and parked the car, we ran after her and got our car back. Patrick invited her to after party with us and 3 other totally random girls in a yellow car followed us back to our friend's apartment nearby - these sorts of things happen with a car that costs as much as a house. Back at the apartment me and the woman ended up in a bedroom and started having sex. I kept hearing the others rudely peaking in at us, finally balls deep Patrick and my other friend burst into the bedroom, cheering me on. I promptly withdrew and kicked my friends out.