Its been a week since my dear friend Anthony was forced out of this world by that cursed disease. Nothing is the same. The void is just to big to ever be filled.
Anthony was the kind of person that you meet only once. I can still remember the first time I meet him, the first day as a college student. Since that day we were unseparateble. Along with Bill and Sakis we spend countless hours discussing everything. We even published scientific papers. He was the true kind of hacker. He was hacking into everything.. How can I forget the time he got dizzy by a few glasses of wine more, and finding it a great opportunity to test his reflexes, etc. Anthony was also a big supporter of open source, which came from his general idealistic stand on everything. Anthony would never hurt a fly. I personally never saw him hurt an other being, not even accidentally. His humor was always caustic and smart. Even at his darkest moments we was able to satirize this position, his illness. Anyone that will read his blog will understand the power of his spirit and the wit of his mind.
His funeral was the last Tuesday. We were all there for the last goodbye. I was listening to all the priests praying to god to forgive his soul and it was the first time in my life I wanted to shout at them to stop. Anthony didn’t need that. There is nothing to forgive in Anthony and that can’t be more true.
I try to pretend that he never left. That is the only way I can deal with it. But I’m not always so good at it. Many times I find myself trying to phone him.. refreshing his blog page.. silence..
Well he is probably overwhelmed by the new possibilities of the world he moved to. Busy studying it and discovering it. I’m sure, until we meet again, heaven will run with cron jobs and python..
So long Anthony… so long…