I hate how we don’t seem to truly appreciate people until they’re gone, until its too late.
My good friend, Daniel Schreiber, 24, seemed to have the wrong timing late Monday night (July 26, 2010). Perhaps that’s all it was – bad timing.
The above is a blind-continuous-contour drawing I did one night while we were sitting out on the front porch, feasting on his usual (and my favorite) – custard pudding, like only he could make it, finished with a light sprinkling of cacoa nibs.
He could walk up to anyone and ask, “Hey, do you like chocolate?” What a smart way to start a conversation, since just about everyone has some opinion on chocolate and most everyone likes free samples. We had found these molds at the big yard sale on campus and they were in the shape of a kitty and a pumpkin, but, if you look at it fast, it looks kind of like a moon, so Dan called them “cat-moons”. They were the perfect sample size.
I first met Dan at the Mustache Ride put on by the Bike Project. He had knit this wonderful cap/mustache piece that can best be described by a picture:
It has historical references to a group of people (of course I’m forgetting all the details) who used it for warmth. Dan was so good at finding these little, rather obscure hand crafted things. He was always encouraging people to take up a trade or learn a new skill (he kept pushing me to build a stone house – how hard can it be?)
For stories others have posted: rememberingdan.org
For more about Dan and his whimsical creative writing, check out his blog : Artisanal Thinking
An article from Smile Politely (July 28, 2010): The man that is and always will be Flatlander Chocolate
And an article from the News-Gazette (Nov.11, 2009): UI graduate student turns beans to bars of chocolate
Looking at his photos and thinking, I can’t believe I’m writing this. I just can’t.