My First Geeklist: A Tribute to Magic Rat
- Christa Haley(Padawan)United States
So here's a GeekList for you, Jason. These are the games that most remind me of you. I invite you all to add your "Jason Games" to the list.
Edit: All contributions are welcome, even if the game already has been mentioned. Just add a comment to the game. We want to hear your story!
Edit:Quote:From the folks at Game Depot:Edit 06Apr08: It's been a year. I can hardly believe it. I still miss him. We all still talk about him. That will never change. He's still has a spot at our game table. I know he's still around because I very recently found the eulogy read at his memorial, which I thought I'd lost forever. I'd been told to post it here. I'm sorry it's so late in coming. Here it is.
It was with great sadness and shock that we all learned of the sudden passing of our friend and fellow Arizona gaming hobbyist,
His friends believe the greatest tribute to Jason would be to gather together as a community and celebrate Jason's Life by playing the games he enjoyed so much.
Join Jason's family, friends and fellow gamers on Saturday evening, April 21st starting at 7:30 pm at The Game Depot. Please bring some games to play and share with others.
The Sato family wishes this will be a meaningful tribute that focuses not on Jason's death but rather on his life. So, at the request of the family: no flowers, sympathy cards or eulogy speeches.
Anyone who was touched by Jason's Life is welcome to join us for this unique remembrance.
3136 S. McClintock Dr. #11
N/W corner Southern & McClintock
Tempe, Arizona 85282
480-966-4727Quote:Message from Jason Sato's Mother, read at his "Celebration of Life" tribute, Saturday April 21st:
I'm having Chris, a long time friend of daughter Lauren's and us, read this for me. I know my emotions will overwhelm me...no, not because of grieving our loss, but by being so touched by all of your expression of caring and appreciation of Jason. We had no idea he had touched so many people in such positive ways and all this from his passion for gaming. Truly awesome!
I know now that Jason was born a collector and gamer. At age 3, he had a collection of little metal cars, all neatly boxed in match boxes, of course. He told me then, "I'm going to be a taxi driver when I grow up." My reply, "Fine, but you're going to have to be the best taxi driver you can be!"
There followed other collections. Insects, because his father was then an entomologist and because he got such a kick waiting for his sisters' screams when they found the dead cockroaches he had placed in their rooms.
Dinosaurs, this was a biggie. Then games, all kinds, records, and books. Gatherings at Grandpa Sato's in Honolulu, always ended with poker for the adults and Grandma sitting on the floor playing "PIUTE" (a simplified version of poker) with the grandkids. Then came Lego and more games, book...non-stop.
I must admit there were many a time when I questioned my parenting of our "Peter Pan." With his fine mind, he could have "gone for the money" in any profession. I felt I failed in not pushing him to be more materialistic, in being more ambitious for wealth, prestige and power as the world (sadly, in my opinion) defines SUCCESS.
I want each and every one of you to know my deep gratitude for setting me free of all guilt and regret with your caring messages about Magic Rat. FREE, just as I bade Jason "to be FREE & go in peace," then first time we were allowed to see him in ER, 2 1/2 weeks ago. I thank you.
We'll all miss Jason in different and personal ways. I'll miss the butting of our heads. I would tell him not to be such a "Mr. Know-it-all" and he would suggest that I not be so judgemental. More often than not, we agreed that we could still learn from each other (the old and the young), as long as we worked on keeping our minds open. As a Mom, I, of course, had to have the last say with, "Work also on your sense of humor and sense of wonderment."
I sense Jason saying, "Okay Mom. Enough ALREADY. Let the geeks start gaming."
So, no more mourning. No more grieving. Believe me...Jason could NOT have scripted a more fitting EXIT for Magic Rat... Here at the Game Depot, gaming, and with his very good friends with him.
He did grow up to be the best gamer he could be, didn't he?
MAHALO and WARMEST ALOHA from Magic Rat's family.
Mama & Papa Rat and His 2 Sister Mice.
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