There are 4 things that stand out in my mind, when I think about meeting Miles for the first time. First, that he was the heir to Purina Dog Food... Second, that his big tattoo on his arm was his Jewish alter-ego, Third, neither one of those things were true and Fourth, that he was one of my very favorite people.
Over the last few years, Miles became a very close friend to Jeff and I. Truly, on of the best people that I ever met. He had a super witty sense of humor and such a contagious laugh. Never a dull moment hanging out, we all kind of fed off each other..usually ending in Miles doing a spot on impression of someone.
He had this way of making everyone feel important, and interested in you and things going on in your life. And not in a fake way at all.... He was so genuine, and really cared. Whether you were a close friend or the minimum wage worker at Jake's Over the Top, he took interest and cared.
It's been a week and a day since he passed away. I am still in shock, and I have so many emotions to sort through, between being devastated, angry, confused... Another close friend in the group encouraged us all to honor the memory of Miles by being all the things that made such a great guy. Being a amazing friend, compassionate, laugh ALOT, devoted, dependable, kind... I intend to honor him by trying to be a better person all the way around, and also to let the people in my life know how much they mean to me, and let the small stuff go, Because you never know when you will get a phone call that changes you forever.
Miles, you are missed terribly and I will always treasure our friendship, because Miles, your friendship makes me want to be a better person. You meant so much to so many people, and to say that Jeff and I are devastated is an understatement. You had become such a big part of our life, and for that, I feel very grateful. I am sure you've already picked out a good fishing spot up there, until we meet again my friend.... we will miss you everyday.