Today has been quite a weird day.
It started with a phone call. It was my sister asking me, like every day, who was gonna pick her up from work. It was 5:00 pm. I had slept like a polar bear. I got up, and went to pick her up. As i drove her back home, she told me the sad news that a friend of mine had passed away today.
This came as no surprise. In fact i was expecting this news, but i was expecting them sometime on the weekend.
You see, this friend had been suffering from a hardcore and aggressive case of leukemia for the best part of the last 18 months. Just last week i got word that his health had deteriorated tremendously, and as the movement to get people to donate blood and funds increased he was hospitalized, and later on moved on to the ICU.
My friend “Peluca” passed away today.
We were never close friends. In fact, other than hanging out at gigs here and there -he was a really good and iconic drummer here in Panama- we barely talked much.
When we did talk we would talk about zombies, Star Wars, The Muppets, old sci fi movies, old japanimation, robots and a whole lot of nonsense. Most people would tell you they talked about music. He liked trash metal. He liked most of the shit i liked.
One of my fondest memories is of him talking -nonstop- about the Superman animated DvDs he had gotten a few years back. We were at a bar, during a soundcheck. He was telling me about the eppie he enjoyed the best. One where a common thug figures out Clark Kent is Supes, just as he died. What made so memorable the conversation was that at the end Peluca said “Bruce Wayne is Superman!”. He was so into telling me about the eppie that he got all mixed up and confused Batman with Superman.
He was an awesome dude.
I leave you here with one of my old BUTTERFEST TV eppies. In this one, i went to a gig done by a church… a gig where Peluca played with his band No Hay Dia. I interviewed them, and Peluca Stole The Show. Feel free to watch the whole thing.
Today i join many of my countrymen in mourning for the loss of a great dude. We might not have been the best of friends, but i held him in the highest of regards. I will miss running into him at gigs.
May The Force Be With You, Peluke Skywalker!