First I saw the tweet of Mark Lim yesterday before evening. I didn’t know what was that, so I checked his timeline and tried to refresh to see if he’ll tweet more about it. Then as minutes go by, I kept on seeing “What happened to Dale?” tweets from people in social media. I checked Dale’s timeline, but no update. Then I suddenly realized his last post on Instagram about Life being a roller-coaster ride. And then that’s it. Tweets came in praying for him to rest in peace.
Dale became a close friend because of Geeky Nights. Even before they started officially the live show of the first beta episode, I was already tuning in to Ustream because he posted about a podcast with a #GeekyNights hashtag on Twitter; that’s where I found their URL. Since I was unemployed at that time, I subscribed and followed the show every Wednesday night, until they changed the schedule to Tuesday because Victor had to shoot for a teleserye on Wednesdays. As a geek wannabe, I have joined their conversation through chat and Twitter. As a fan, I even made some fan arts which the hosts appreciated.
He invited me to watch the live podcast at their headquarters. I was very excited because I could finally meet the people I’m watching on the internet sharing the same interests. I went there and though it was awkward since all of them are high-profile personalities, he still made sure that I was ok and even shared their future plans on other Geeky Nights stuff. He asked me to contribute some artworks to be used. He even asked me to join his group at TV5 to design for something, but I politely declined because I’m really not skillful and creative. But he kept on insisting. He believed in my capabilities. He believed that I can improve.
When he transferred to Globe Telecom, he was always reaching out whenever I have issues with my postpaid plans and internet signal. He asked me to email him my concern so he could escalate it. After a couple of days, the problem was solved.
We are not close friends as he was to his close friends. We didn’t share personal problems. We didn’t hang out. But he was there if I needed help. He carried multiple phone numbers but when I text or call him, he was there to accommodate me right away. He was there patiently answering my questions about gadgets. He was there having smart conversations and debates about geek stuff. He was always inviting me to watch the live podcast almost every single time. He was one of the people who believed in me. Again, we are not the usual close friends, but he was there for me.
He told me once that the world needs more geeks. I guess the world has enough geeks. But I lost the only geek friend whom I can turn to whenever I need help, clarification or simply talk to about the geek stuff.
Farewell Dalekins. Thank you for the good times!