Man, seeing so many familiar usernames here is bringing it all back ... and has immediately reminded me about what Steve was so good at — uniting people.
I haven’t been here in years but I sure do feel like Steve has his hand on my shoulder while sitting here.
I had the pleasure of hanging out with Steve three times:
- at a TI meet in Las Vegas (April 2008) — such a great time hanging with with a big group of the crew / fellow mods
- in Seattle, where I lived at the time (June 2009) — he was going on an Alaskan cruise (just another one of his many travels) and he came in a day or two early to hang out before the ship departed. He stayed at my apartment and we had a great time .. many beers were had and we also went to the top of the Space Needle, something he had really wanted to do.
- in Florida (May 2010) — I was down there with my family as my sister was graduating from college. I made sure to set time aside to see Steve. We met up at one of the parks .. can’t remember which one. He had his famous SSBP GS-R there and I had the pleasure of driving it around for a bit. Great memories. We drank some beers, got some food, and had many laughs.
Steve changed my life.
TI was a huge part of my life, for a long time, and I have lasting friendships in which the roots were forged from behind a keyboard while interacting here. These are people that I still talk to (and see) a regular basis.
I’m really going to miss Steve. What a guy.
Living on opposite coasts, it wasn’t easy to see Steve .. but we stayed in touch on FB. I will (and have, really, for some time now..) miss his posts on FB — he was so active on there and I loved watching him live his life. He was always busy with something .. a project, learning or posting about the latest tech / gadgets, visiting a theme park, complaining about sports, or just helping out a friend or neighbor, as it seemed he did almost daily.
Rest easy, Steve. Thanks for everything.