"Take care of yourselves and each other, and always remember my motto:
Itís ok to work hard, as long as you play harder."

-Joe Milligan,
in an email to his parents 7/02

Tove og Merethe
December 27, 2002
6:53 PM

We were as fortunate as to meet Joe on Bali. One night at Sari Club in the middle of September, standing there smiling with a bottle of Bintang in his hand. His mates were talking with our friends, and he looked so sweet, innocent and lonely. Time revealed he wasn't very innocent... He wasn't very impressing on the dancefloor, but hey! what a charme! He could be terribly funny, and always made us laugh, but he could also be serious, talking politics and about the future. How he had to grow up when he would return to the US and get a job, but right now he was just living his life, having a good time. And sometimes he was a little child again, like one morning he was playing with some teddybearshaped cookies (our breakfast):-) so adorable! He even learned to speak norwegian, at least one word: Takk! (Thank you)
We only knew him for a month, but that was all we needed to understand what a great guy he was. The funnies memory was when Joe was standing, partly hiding, on the other side of the lower bar on Sari, hoping to catch a glimpsy of something he dreamed of seeing. He looked like a little boy spying on the older boys down the lane. We last saw him friday night at New Bounty Ship, standing by the bar with a lot of girls around him. His face was one big smile as he came towards us upon see us coming. Eventhough the light was dimmed, we could see him blushing. He liked getting to know the girls... Joe was headstrong, stubborn, proud, and at times pretty jealous, but he always knew what he wanted, and he never gave up untill he had it!
We loved Joe very much. Words cannot express the fear we felt as we were coming in to town just after the explosions because we got delayed- we had agreed to meet him in Sari Club around 10pm. We knew he would be there. Seeing nothing but flames where SC used to be, we feared the worst, and got it comfirmed as we found out he was missing...

His memory will be cherished all over the world, and he will never be forgotten by his girls in Norway.

A lot of people will walk in and out of our lives, but only true friends will live footprints in our hearts. Joe did.

Takk Joe, for alt du var for oss. Vi vil aldri glÝyme deg!

Tove og Merethe

If any of Joe's friends who were with him on Bali reads this: please, get in touch with us!

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