Farewell to a Terrible Year

I’m not going to spend New Year’s Eve at a party with friends or family. Nor am I going to watch the festivities on television.

I’m going to spend the New Year with my brother’s ashes.

I’m sorry, 2014. It’s not your fault. But when I look back upon you, there’s only one thing that I will remember, and it’s the sudden and unexpected passing of my brother, Mark.

I couldn’t spend Christmas with Mark. The rest of my family went overseas on a long-planned trip, so they sent me to California to be with family there. We left his ashes alone, and I feel terrible about that. I should have stayed.

So tonight, I’m gonna light a candle next to him, and remember.

I miss you, Mark.

Former editor with GameSpot, IGN, CNET Gamecenter, EA.com, and Computer Games Online. Graduate of the University of Washington. Ensconced outside of Seattle and former denizen of California, Michigan, and Vermont. Once described as a Fountain of Useless Knowledge. Jut finished a stint as a content mercenary for one of those big Internet companies that’s always advertising on TV.