It's been 10 years since my friend Bulmaro Junior passed away. His death was one of three that escalated my already heavy drinking. He was my good friend, and he was also my drinking buddy. We loved drinking together. He lived across the street from me and we called ourselves "backyard neighbors".
Anyone who is close to their neighbors might know what this means. We can be polite and friendly in the front yard while bringing in our groceries, and then be our real selves in the backyard.
This usually included drinking, smoking, and swearing for me.
Sometimes tears and always rip-roaring laughter about the dumbest stuff.
The way he mimicked our kids tossing their Capri Sun straw sleeves in the yard is…to date…the best stand-up comedy routine that I have ever seen!
As a father of five, he had to keep his sense of humor.
There’s nothing I appreciate more than someone who can make me laugh.
Junior made me laugh at our first meeting...