I don’t know if any of you actually pay much attention to my blog but if so you may have noticed I haven’t been on much for the last week. That is because on Sunday night, Nov. 3, one of my very best and dearest friends, Ryan Huddleston, died of a heroin overdose. This week has been very trying but Ryan has let me know that everything will be ok. Ryan was so smart and funny and goofy. He tutored me in math and got me my first ever A in mathematics. He was always there with a giant hug or if you needed advice or just someone to listen. He was amazingly vibrant and full of energy and utterly unique. He wasn’t afraid to be himself. He was sensitive and extremely loving. He was also an extremely talented musician. He rarely went more than a couple of days without him showing up, often unannounced at my house. I took him on Phish tour once. He was one of my very closest and most cherished friends. As a recovering opiate addict, I tried so hard to talk to him and help him when I saw him beginning his slip into the grips of addiction. I hope his his death can teach others a lesson. Ryan only did heroin for a few months and now he is gone. The world has lost a truly beautiful soul after only 25 years on this Earth. I know that Ryan is still here with us though in whatever way. And I am trying to be happy for all the amazing times we shared. Instead of being sorry for my loss, I am most sorry for all the people who never got to have their lives brightened by knowing and experiencing the amazing person that he was. So please take a few minutes out of your busy day to get to know my best friend Ryan. Please watch this video of him doing what he loved most of all, making and sharing music with friends and strangers. I will never get tired of listening to him play Fluffhead.The second song, Hookers & Blow, is a Ryan original and is hilarious! I love that Ryan puts his whole into the music, so much feeling. It would mean a lot to me if you watched. Thanks. I love you forever, Ryan and I know that your energy will and already is making this world more beautiful. Your friend forever, Roarie.
I set up the table already cause I am that excited. I did the outside yesterday and a neighborhood kid rode up on his bike and asked if I was doing books again this year. When I replied that I am, he goes, “Yessssss” and pedaled away with the “s”es still hissing behind him.