Once upon a time, Mike, Rich, and me were waiting on a friend in a residential neighborhood. It was around 10pm or so and pretty dark. While looking for some music in the back of his Chevy Citation X-11, Mike found a VHS tape. I think it was a bad copy of The Wall by Pink Floyd…
He decided that it would be a neat idea to use the tape to build a spider web between two street signs at the entrance to a side-street. I argued against the idea and almost had Rich on my side on the grounds that it would be a sin against Pink Floyd… Mike was persuasive, though and Rich caved in and agreed to help.
They cracked open the tape case… I stood look-out while Mike and Rich ran back and forth across this street holding the tape ends and wrapping around street signs. It seemed to take forever and I yelled at them to hurry up a few times.. Eventually they were done and had a decent web-like structure built blocking off the entrance/exit to the street.
We went back to the X-11. Mike moved the car so that we had a good view, but were not obvious and we waited around for somebody to drive by.. The first car was some guy driving a small sedan. He slowed down as he passed the web and looked at it, but kept on driving.
We did not have to wait long for the next car. A middle-aged guy in a big station wagon approached the road and came to a stop as he started to turn in. He looked at the web through his windshield and must have figured out what it was, or he just didn’t care. He pushed down on his gas pedal and slowly drove right through it!
I think Mike was a bit disappointed. I still really don’t know what he had hoped to accomplish with the prank. He was just bored with time to kill and enjoyed messing with people’s minds! Rich thought it was cool and enjoyed it with a cigarette and a laugh. I just kind of shook my head and grinned.
I hope you are all well and healthy. It has been a while since I’ve hit this site but I think about Mikie every single day. It is good to see his face and hear his voice on this site. I miss him so much as I know you all do. The holidays are coming up quick again and I don’t know how to contact his parents or even if I should…
I love you all for keeping this alive for Mike. I don’t know who all of these weird peeps are with their websites being posted on his site but I guess that happens.
Thank you Moe for keeping this site up. You were his best friend, he loved you. I love you as well.
Mike was always fond of pranks.
He also seemed to end up with a lot of cassette tapes of music from various people in his car… At least half of the time, he couldn’t remember if someone had left the tape in his car or if he had borrowed it from someone..
I would occassionally look around his car for any of my cassettes and always seemed to find at least one.. It seemed like he had multiple copies of The Beastie Boys tape ‘Licensed to Ill’ on loan from me at all times… Smile
I was never really sure what happened to the tapes that weren’t mine after I saw them.. I figured the owner probably claimed them at some point like I did… However, I got a clue as to the fate of some of the tapes one summer afternoon when we left a friend’s house near campus.
I had found a cassette in his car of some lame music and asked him what he was doing with it in his car. I don’t remember what the band or singer was.. It was someone that I considered un-playworthy though. If I was telling this story to our old friend, Rich, I would claim that it was Bryan Adams (heh heh.. Rich hated Bryan Adams).
When confronted, Mike shrugged his shoulders and claimed to not know who had left it in his car or how it had gotten there. He smiled a silly grin and cracked open the cassette case and carefully pulled out the tape spool inside…
He tied the loose end of the tape spool to his car antennae. When we got onto the highway, he tossed the other end with all of the tape out of the window!
We laughed for a couple of miles as the tape unwound into a huge streamer of thin cassette tape behind us…!
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ok mikey and me used to play this game on the pc called karts, it was gokart racing with extras.. one extra was a feature called oiling, which means you could use your fire button while racing and drop a patch of oil in front of them to make your oppenent wipe out. Well needless to say we would declare no oiling for a fair game. and one reason I like mike so much, is cuz he would never stick to that.. well was going through some wave files earlier and found this really short clip of mikey and me and some oiling.
It has been a long year.
One thing that I have grown to appreciate about Mike was his great ability to just pass the time. Whether it was just sitting around and shooting the breeze, playing a video game, or watching a TV show like The Simpsons. Mike made time go by ‘quickly’ by his mere involvement.
For sure.. a long year..
We used to hang out a lot on Internet Relay Chat (IRC) back in the day. Mike picked a funny, but strange quote from The Simpsons as his sound. Every time that he would come online, the quote would play over my speakers. I have attached the .WAV file. WinAMP, Mediaplayer, or any decent MP3 player will play it.
Mookie & Barb gave me these pics to post.. They are actually pictures of the pictures that I took with my digicam because I didn’t want to fight with the scanner… So, the quality is only so-so…
Two of the pics have “1997” written on the back, so I believe that they were taken on 12-31-1997… The pic of Mike & Nicole has “1998” on the back of it, so it is from 12-31-98 (I think)…!
Left to Right = Karen, Denise, Gail, Mike, & Don
Mike cheating at Trivial Pursuit
Mike & Nicole
Today is my 38th birthday! I got to remembering what Mike did for me last year. I got home from work and he had candles on the kitchen table and little flowers. He had made a “menu” for “Mike’s Bistro”. He made me grilled chicken salad for dinner with fruit in a champagne glass. He had called my mother that day so she could tell him how to make me a cake. We didn’t have a cake pan so he used pie dishes to make it. It was the ugliest, most beautiful cake I have ever seen! He loved me better than I have ever been loved by anyone!
merry chrismas and happy new year to everybody especilly Bob, Joan, Candace, and Rob. I am at Tree’s house decorating the house. I don’t know Mike but what Tree tells me is that the parents raised him very well. I am Tree’s like step daughter. She tells me alot about Mike so she really’s miss him and so does his daughters, Dog and Miss Kittey. I hope you have a wonderful Chrismas. I will keep you in my prayers. Smile