Once, I even left him some advice. Here. He dropped by to thank me, which I thought was awful neighbourly of him.
But what do you say about a man who was always the consummate gentlemen? Extremely intelligent, but never coming off as one of "those" people. Who had a gift for writing far beyond any I've seen. Don't believe me? Try Rhythms. [As an aside, I always suspected that young pilot who had such difficulty landing at night was Lex ... he pretty much confirmed that once upon a time.]
He threatened to leave us once or twice, when life became too overwhelming (as it does for us all) but we would have none of it.
He gave us the Flight Deck ... where the longest running coversation on health care ever hosted by a naval aviator was held.
I did some searching through Neptunus Lex to find some of the links above. Came across posts that brought a smile to my face. Then a tear to my eye.
There's only one problem, you see. I don't really believe he's gone.
I actually think that might be an occupational hazard of having close internet friends, ones whom you rarely or never actually see in person. A close friend passed away last year. We met once for a wonderful weekend in Oxnard. But I knew her for ... I have no idea ... over 10 years online. We laughed and cried and supported one another through some of the most intimate, personal time in our lives, those involving the health issues of our children.