I love Catch 22 - everything about it - it is possibly the finest piece of literature I've ever had the pleasure to read. At any one time there is always a quote from it circling around in my overloaded brain. However, just lately this one has been surfacing the most:
"Yossarian: He was very old.
Luciana: But he was a boy.
Yossarian: Well, he died. You don't get any older than that."
I like to think that my friend had a good life, a full life and an enjoyable life but, I keep coming back to the fact that he didn't have a long life and I didn't get the opportunity to have one last drink with him. It's only when I lose someone that I realise how much they mean to me.
RIP my friend.
PS. Learn a lesson from my friend and don't forget to take out that a travel insurance policy. It is costing his family a fortune getting him cremated in Thailand.