A wonderful friend of mine, Jeff Benson, someone I’ve known of for nearly a decade but became fast friends with about 3 three years back, happened to be in town this weekend. I really wanted to see him, so he made some time to come hang out with me today after I got off work. He’s one of my most unique friends, where we both share a common obsession: Mario Paint. I’m more of the music aspect of the game, where he’s definitely on the visual side of things like drawing elaborate artwork and animations and going into great detail about his art style and techniques with the Mario Paint mouse. I’ve never known of anyone who loved Mario Paint as much as I did. I’ve played it so much growing up. Nearly everyday after school. Countless hours. When Jeff visits, we always make a joint effort to create a Mario Paint masterpiece, and I love every minute of it. I love every minute I spend with him a well. He’s one of the most interesting people I’ve ever talked to, and wish I could talk to for days. He’s always welcome here, and any chance I ever get to see him, I will find a way. On top of all that, he’s also a fantastic human being.
I miss him already.