My Best Memories of Pete

• A brilliant mind always looking for a challenge.
• Technical chops beyond anyone I know due in part to his curiosity of technical specifications that most people take for granted.
• An amazing storyteller that saw the world in a way to expose some fun or interesting fact that no one else would see.
• Long talks about philosophy and religion, I especially remember many talks about C.S. Lewis’ work. He also got me to read a bunch of books on pop phycology including “The Invisible Gorilla” which I really enjoyed.
• Flying remote-controlled helicopters at work and breaking a couple pieces of his best helicopter.
• Going as a team to Great Adventure Park to celebrate his birthday and it poured rain all day but we still considered getting a “fast pass” to beat the lines.
• Installing the security cameras at the Aikido Dojo using a remote-controlled tank to feed the wires through the duct work. It didn’t work out so well because we almost lost the tank in the duct work. We even caught someone on camera breaking into the Dojo and he gathered the information for the Police.
• After he bought a slow motion camera the first thing he wanted to test it out on was me slapping him in the face. It took 3 takes to get a good shot (thanks to Steve) and the last slap cupped his ear a bit which gave him a good ringing of the ears for a while.
• While our ideas on technical certifications differed from one another, he did have the “COOL” certificate in his email signature block for quite some time, which most of us found hilarious.
• After helping him move to his last apartment, Andrea him and I (I think there was someone else too – Dan?) went out for a good Chinese dinner. During a bathroom break that Pete took, I loaded his small hot cup of tea with as many packets of sugar as possible (supersaturated). When he came back he took a sip of the tea, Andrea started laughing uncontrollably and he thought that the tea “tasted like raisins”. Needless to say we had trouble finishing our meal being doubled-over from laughter.
• Pete always brought his personal computer into work which was a very helpful sandbox tool. I decided to pull a prank on him by scotch-taping the end of his network cable. He came back to his desk, got a call on his cell and needed to use his personal laptop. He sat there for a couple minutes diagnosing the problem with the network while I giggled in my cube. I eventually helped him out as he was getting a little frustrated. Don’t worry, he got me back soon thereafter and my mouse was having problems the next day. (Don’t worry since we didn’t smoke, these were our “smoke breaks.)
• After he received a call from an old girlfriend that he hadn’t heard from in a long time, I sent a prank text message to his cell from “her” which rustled his feathers a bit but was well worth it.
• We still have tons of test code that has “Pete is cool” or “Taffy is delicious” as the output.
• Pete decided to grow his hair out and got razzed from all of us. It got pretty long and he was trying to donate it but I guess it just wasn’t long enough.
• During a meeting at work, management asked if we had any questions. Pete asked inquisitively if there was any update on the mysterious hall pooper. He could keep a straight face, but when he was teasing he had a slight “tell” in his face that I learned over time.
• In the middle of one of his technical presentations, he explained the difference between east coast vs. west coast gang signs. It was completely off the wall and did a good job of waking everyone up for the last segment of his talk.
• I gave him a safe for Christmas without the key. I told him the actual present was inside and he was super excited for the challenge of picking the lock later that evening. He opened it without much issue and said it was a very thoughtful present.
• I miss Pete very much and have a deep sadness for the loss of my very close friend.

Submitted by Jason Camp

4 Responses

  1. Steve Mayhugh

    Like Jason said, he could tell a story.

    It seemed like every day as he strolled into work, the first thing he would say to us was “Dude! You won’t believe this but guess what happened to me as I was…”

    examples:
    -Witnessing a wedding party fighting in the middle of the street while he was at a gas station.
    -Buying a candy bar from some crazy lady on a train.

    Good times….

    July 25, 2012 at 2:57 pm

  2. All of the stories you mentioned there are ones he told me as well. Normally you would be believe that anyone that interesting was full of shit, but as it turns out, he sure wasn’t. :-)

    July 25, 2012 at 3:28 pm

  3. Linda Stipa

    I will miss being called, “Lady”, and for some odd reason, it made me laugh every time he said it. I would go back to his desk to say hi and I usually always got the “Hey Lady” from Pete. The helicopter flying in work is a great memeory, until we broke it!
    I learned a lot, laughed a lot, and will remember him always. Happy Birthday Pete.

    July 25, 2012 at 4:17 pm

  4. I miss “an den”. Pete always had that phrase in every story. When we first met, I would ask “You mean ‘and then’?” to which he would reply “Shut up, punk.”

    July 26, 2012 at 1:17 pm

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