From the first week I started blogging, I had a regular in my comments section. It was Tony from My Road to Freedom.
He was always generous with his encouragement as I marched fitfully forward in my journey toward financial freedom.
He was already there, though not without some fitful progress of his own. He took his losses and was searching Florida and other parts of the country for some land to buy for his RV. I was delighted to share his journey via his blog entries. He signed all of his comments as "Did It My Way," and ended each with "See ya."
In person, we might not have been friends. He smoked. He loved guns. He didn't like land-use planning laws.
But on the internet, these 'indiscretions' paled next to his spirit, and the excitement with which he approached the world and his retirement.
I've been annoyed that he hasn't posted recently.
I shouldn't have been.
I should have known it would take something like death to keep him away from his blog.
Tony Cassise died July 29, 2010.
May the earth rest lightly upon him.
See ya, Tony. Kinda wish I'd seen ya around a whole lot longer.