"Take care of yourselves and each other, and always remember my motto:
Itís ok to work hard, as long as you play harder."
in an email to his parents 7/02
November 6, 2002
I will never forget you Joe. You are such a good friend of mine. Joey gave me so many great memories of the best years of my life. I will miss his friendship, his laugh, his surfing, and his search...
I have been trying to find a way to write something for some time now. So many things come to mind. I can remember the day Joe called me when he first got to Charleston for school. I took him surfing. From then on he became a best friend, a classmate, a roommate, and we worked together at Quiksilver. I could relate to him with his super laid back personality. He never worried about a thing, whether it was running late for class or his Friday night going out clothes didn't match, fit or were clean. I remember him always getting away with the impossible. Joe never cared about embarrassment, and I think that was a quality of him charging everything he did.
I will never forget some of the good memories we had: The surf trips to Folly Beach, Joe's condo in Florida on Fall breaks, and the trip Costa Rica. The snowboarding trips out west or in Virginia. The parties at our 228 Rutledge house in Charleston. Halloween + Joe's Birthday. Playing surfing, snowboarding video games and Joe would be up all night playing. Taking computer classes together. All the boys sitting around laughing watching the surf video Joe made. The video was classic, sections would be cut short because he said, "The surfing and the song were weak." I remember many long trips back home to Florida on all the holidays, stoping to surf different breaks along the way. These are just a few to share with right now. I just want to say thanks for the memories; I will write again, I will be thinking and praying for you. I miss you bro.
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