Charlie Peters

It’s been two months since I lost my friend and colleague.  It was just as we began to enter the busiest time of the year for the company where we both work, so busy in fact, I never really had (and very much didn’t want) the opportunity to process what was taking place. And as the days went on, I often found myself getting up from my desk, I wanted to go talk to Charlie about one thing or another.  Charlie and I had a connection…  he hired me 20 plus years ago and along the way had been everything from a boss, to a mentor, to a friend.  We were wired a lot alike, both of us having spent our entire lives with technical things, he was the only guy I’ve ever been able to talk to without having to think about, or translate what I was saying on the fly – something I miss more than any words could ever express.  He’d immediately get it and would often “one up me” in the conversation.  He loved to just make stuff work and it’s what attracted me to this company so many years ago.  Charlie was never full of it, as down to earth as they come and as easy to talk with as anyone could ever imagine.  He was a gift, and my life has been forever bettered because of him and forever altered at the loss of his presence… Miss you Charlie… We all do…

Struggling to stay young

For all us old goobers who we’re lucky enough to find our girl when we were young and stupid, who are now all caught up in the insanity of life, but still young enough to remember all those years ago.

Say goodbye to the halls and the classes
Say hello to a job and the taxes
The weekends with old friends spilling into 9 to 5 routine
Tell me how you feel over and done with Like your life is a map with no compass to guide,
At the bar drinkin’ way too much
We sing along to “Forever Young”.

So here we go again
Wishin’ we could start again

Wendy run away with me
I know I sound crazy
Don’t you see what you do to me?
I wanna be your lost boy
Your last chance, a better reality

Wendy we can get away
I promise if you’re with me, say the word and we’ll find a way
I can be your lost boy, your last chance
Your “everything better” plan
Oh, somewhere in Neverland

We’ll start a life of the plain and the simple
Of great times with far better people
And weekends with our friends
Laughing about the wine that stains their teeth
We’ll talk about how your parents separated and
How you don’t wanna make the same mistakes as them
I’ll say it’s all about stickin’ it out
And trying to feel forever young

So here we go again
Wishin’ we could start again

Wendy run away with me
I know I sound crazy
Don’t you see what you do to me?
I want to be your lost boy
Your last chance, a better reality

Wendy we can get away
I promise if you’re with me, say the word and we’ll find a way
I can be your lost boy, your last chance
Your “everything better” plan
Oh, somewhere in Neverland

So here we go again
Wishin’ we could start again

Wendy run away with me
I know I sound crazy
Don’t you see what you do to me?
I want to be your lost boy
Your last chance, a better reality

Wendy we can get away
I promise if you’re with me, say the word and we’ll find a way
I can be your lost boy, your last chance
Your “everything better” plan
Oh, somewhere in Neverland…

Somewhere in Neverland – All Time Low – circa 2012