Sunday, November 16, 2008

Take Out Mexican and Friendship

Wednesday is Edz' day off. We usually go to the movies, go out to eat or just hang out at Godfather's Bar. Last Wednesday, because I was at the office late with a meeting of the Friends of the Monument, we stayed in. After the meeting I picked up some take out Mexican food from Hawaii Bar & Grill and brought it to her house for a quiet night at home.

Edz' roommate, Ann, also has Wednesdays off. I've only known Ann since she started working at Godfather's about a month ago. She's a nice girl and very close with Edz. The three of us shared the cheese quesadilla, chicken enchiladas, rice and beans while watching some hokey Filipino soap opera on TFC. Afterwards we sat around and watched more TV, just another exciting night in Saipan.

I don't remember every minute detail we talked about that night, but we talked about life in Saipan, complained about the local economy and shared our hopes for the future (Ann urged Edz to go to nursing school). At one point Ann showed us a photo album full of pictures of her and the man she was going to marry one day.

I vaguely remember the commercial for the new iCarly TV movie, iGo To Japan, coming on and both Edz and Ann lamenting that they would be at work during the premier. Like I said, a truly exciting evening.

It was a happy night, just three friends sitting around, eating, laughing, and enjoying each other's company. Nothing of special importance happened, but it is a night I will remember for a long time.

Rose Ann BautistaI will remember it because they were the last moments I spent with a friend.  Ann passed away early this morning.  She was only 19.

She finally succumbed to injuries she sustained in a car accident the night before. Before Ann, the crash had already claimed the lives of two other friends, including Ann and Edz' other roommate, Haydee.  Haydee was just 26.

Haydee GarciaI will reflect on the roller coaster of emotions experienced yesterday before writing them down. In the meantime I am going to appreciate those seemingly insignificant moments I spend with friends and family.

Mom, Alex, Tiana, Kevin, Catie and Jim, I'm looking forward to seeing you on Saturday.

9 comments:

Saipan Writer said...

A nice tribute. Makes me cry.

Bryan said...

Tragic...truly tragic...

Lil' Hammerhead said...

Very tragic. I know how it feels when friends are seemingly snatched away like that. Condolences.

Winter Park Fords said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your friends, Angelo. We can't wait to see you. Love, Mom

Steve said...

Sorry to hear this Angelo. (Yes I still read you blog, though half the time I have no idea what you're talking about with Saipan-centric talk) -- Chicago Steve

Tamara said...

I didn't know any of them, but I am brought to tears everytime I read or think about this tragedy. So sorry for the loss of your freinds!!! They are in our prayers!
Have a safe trip...

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

Thank you.

The girls' friends and co-workers are going to put something together for the families of the deceased. Funerals aren't cheap. Hard to believe this only happened two days ago. I'll let you all know when we have a plan for the fundraiser.

Para i familiaku said...

Hi Angelo,
This is tragic! My condolences for your loss, and also to the families.

Our worker was also killed by an "alleged drunk driver on May 04, 2008" (Grande Nonan). I know how sad it is too loose a friend and also know the expenses. I am all for helping out with a fundraiser, make sure you keep us updated on fundraising.

Grande was an awesome person, and is dearly missed. Another tragic thing is that our police department has not arrested anyone or charged anyone, in my opinion, they do not even have a suspect!

Here is a link: TAOTAO TASI: Tears........and fishing buddies...

SteeleOnSaipan said...

I was joking with both Hydee and Ann just last Thur. night at happy hour. Still shocked, very sad.