My friend Tim Tripcony passed away this weekend. As many others have said, he was a kind, caring soul who always gave of himself, and it’s a tragedy that he is no longer with us.
Since hearing the news, I’ve been haunted by something he said to me one time. One night after too many drinks at Kimono’s or some other Lotusphere party, we were talking and he no-so-jokingly said that he always felt “like he didn’t fit in.” When I asked “Where?” his answer was “Anywhere.” It lead us to a long talk about being an awkward introvert, and I explained to him that he very much fit in within our community, and our group of friends, and that he would always fit in with me. I was proud to call him my friend.
The thing that saddens me so much, is that he never got to see the outpouring of love that came from this community this week. There were tributes and blog posts and tragic tweets of disbelief from all over the globe. I’m in no way exaggerating when I say that Tim was universally loved, respected, and looked up to by a great many people. Myself included. I really wish he could have been able to appreciate that before he departed this world. I’m sure it would have made him smile.
So I ask you, for those friends of yours around the globe you care about. Let them know a little more often. Check in and say Hi out of the blue. I’ve done a lot of texting and emailing this week doing just that. Chances are, if you read this blog, I call you a friend. And I love a great many of you.
So in a few minutes, I’m going to mix up a white russian, and connect to a Google Hangout celebrating his life. I’ve posted the video to Warren Zevon’s “Keep Me in Your Heart for Awhile.” Tim always kind of reminded me of a redheaded Warren Zevon for some reason (check out the resemblance in the black and white footage of Warren playing the piano) and this song, while it almost always makes me cry, is a perfect sendoff.
Farewell Tim, I’ll definitely keep you in my heart for awhile.