Thanks, Mike

Mike Hugh (AKA Wasaabi)

Mike Hugh (AKA: wasaabi), my best friend

I have someone I need to thank, and that person is Mike Hugh, also known as wasaabi. He’s my best friend, and also my workmate, which means Hugh’s passing had no less effect on him than it did me. Mike came down and stayed with me for a week upon hearing the news. His presence here helped me through one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to face in my entire life, and I cannot thank him enough.

He stepped up to the plate, where I could not, and took care of a lot of things I was too incapacitated to do myself. This guy has covered my ass so much the past few months that I have no idea how I could ever repay him. During my back surgery and my recovery, it was him who stepped up and covered for me at work.

Few things exist on this earth that I am as grateful to have in my life as Mike. Nearly everything I have in my life – including my career – is a direct result of his influence, for, I seriously doubt I would have ever become a software engineer if it weren’t for that chance encounter in meeting him back in 1994.

I do not take you for granted, I recognize and appreciate everything you have done for me, and I wanted to say thanks.

3 responses to “Thanks, Mike

  1. Oh so amazing to have a friend like that…but remember…these aren’t pure accidents….I’m sure you must be a good friend, too, to be on the receiving end….best to you as you move through this tough grieving process….

  2. Thank you, Mike – words cannot express how touched I am by this.

    You truly mean a great deal to me, you have become my brother in work, in play, in life … and especially in my heart. I thank the gods every day for being able to meet you.

    And I know you would do the same for me if situations were any different – or the same, for that matter. I have always felt us to be kindred spirits… I could not imagine life without you – nor can I even think of life before.

    And you are in the top 3 of the list of people I would take a bullet for – no questions or hesitations. I recognize your abilities and talents every day, and I also try to express to you that they do not go unnoticed.

    If you need me, I will be there.

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