Today, Gino would have been 30. It's still such a tragedy that my brother decided he could not live on this earth anymore. He was so young with so much still ahead of him to live for. The last birthday I spent with him was his champagne birthday, on August 26, 2007 for his 26th birthday. 10 months later he passed away. I am glad that I will always have the memory that I got the chance to spend his last birthday with him. He was in the company of great friends and I know that he had a good time. I only wish that I had spent many more birthdays with him. I also remember him asking Mike and I to come out to Afterlife (a club downtown) to celebrate one of his birthday, maybe it was 23 or some young age. I am pretty sure if Gino was alive today, he would be spending it in Vegas with his friends. I know he has always wanted to go and I'm pretty sure most of his friends haven't been themselves.
So to my brother, wherever you are, Happy Birthday!!! I will celebrate in your usual style with your friends this evening. Since you left, they have somewhat designated me to always bring the jello shots. I guess they wanted me to take over your job.
I don't have many photos with my brother. This was taken at my wedding. I do remember that someone at his party for his champagne birthday took a couple of photos of us. Sadly, she never sent them to me =(