Normally, this week would be "Comics Week" here at the stuff, but some recent events have postponed them until next week. It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my cousin, Ivan Santana, 31. Ivan was an easy going guy who loved music, painting, video games (He had every system and console ever made!) and Gundam robot kits. Sadly, he also had some issues with mental illness and substance abuse that often led to him doing some bad things. In recent years, however, he made attempts at getting better and even reconciled with his family. Admittedly, I hadn't seen Ivan in almost eleven years, but I always prayed for him and hoped he would get better. I know now that he is in a better place and probably chilling with our Tio Jose. The lasting impression I will always have of my cousin is his smile, because he always had one. Never in my life did I see him frown, yell or even threaten anybody. Even now when I think about him, I don't think about how sad it is that he's gone. I think about all the awesome times I had with him; wrestling around, going surfing, playing hide and go seek or just plain hanging out. He was always able to cheer me up, no matter how down I was and I thank God for giving me the chance to know and get close to him.
Where ever you are Ivan, and I see you sitting on a cloud somewhere tinkering with one of your Gundam Models, just know that your cousin loves and misses you.
Ivan loved "Weird Al" Yankovic, so in his honor, I present his best video "Headline News", a send up of a bunch of goofy crap that happened between 1992 and 1994. "Mike and Mindy" and their One-Shot Pals will back next week. Take care folks, and always remember to love and look out for one another. You only get one shot at life, so make it count.