I’m not sure what to say about this. My mind is a haze.
If you haven’t heard, writer and all-around good guy Adam Finley died on Thursday night. He was riding his bike a couple of blocks from his apartment in Minneapolis and was struck by a bus. He was only 30 years old.
I never thought it was possible to become truly great friends with someone that you only know via e-mail and chat, but that’s what happened with me and Adam. We got to know each other many years ago when we were both writing for Ironminds…maybe even before that. He was a contributor to Professor Barnhardt’s Journal and then I hired him a couple of years ago at TV Squad. The single best decision I ever made there. We were supposed to meet up at some point, hang out, write a book together.
It really hasn’t sunk in yet (all those cliches happen to be true). I can’t believe I’m going to turn on my computer tomorrow morning and there isn’t going to be an e-mail from Adam about something happening at TV Squad, or a link to a cool web site I might be interested in, or what Amy Sedaris is up to (many of our conversations revolved around our love for Amy). This morning I was going to mail some Dinner For Five DVDs to him but didn’t get to the post office in time.
I just went into my AIM settings to delete his name, and a little box came up on the screen that said REMOVE BUDDY, and I got a lump in my throat.
ARE YOU SURE YOU WANT TO REMOVE ADAM FINLEY?
Adam, you are missed.