Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Leif Garretson 2003 Photo

I love this photo because it shows the devilish grin and dimples Leif had, and really happy smiling eyes, something I saw less frequently in the past two years. This is how I want to remember him.

1 comment:

  1. This is actually the way I saw him last, about 2004. It's weird to speak of such a good friend in past-tense. Not just weird, it feels alien.

    I met Leif in 2001 at the KSU Computer store where we were both employed. The computer store was a dim and humorless place at first, but then came Leif, a bright spot. I was intimidated at first since he was such a rambunctious person... full of ideas and interesting facts, philosophies, and an overwhelming presence that was almost bigger than the tiny alcove the store was tucked into.

    He quickly became the most interesting person in the store to talk to and work with, and soon my boyfriend at the time was coming up to the store specifically to talk to him as well. He spawned a sort of viral effect... whereas one person could meet him, then tell other people about this guy 'you just have to meet', and a sort of legend develops.

    He invited my boyfriend and I to join him in his beloved RPG (Cyberpunk, I think), though the game never started because in four hours of what was to be character planning and gameplay we all ended up just talking about something. In another non-starting gaming session, he introduced us to a couple more people who became close friends of mine.

    He was always a great person to have along at Fast Eddy's for a game of pool, a few pitchers of beer, and good conversation. :-)

    As time went on and the tasks of completing school, working, and surviving took over, I drifted out of touch with him. The last time I saw him was in the summer of 2004, when he invited me out of my cave-like existence for a dinner and chat.

    I do regret that I didn't spend more time, but I cherish the time I did have. He was an amazing person.