I once referred to the man in the photo above as my eighth brother, or my brother from another mother.
Unfortunately, we have completely lost touch. I deleted the content of this post in 2019 when it was apparent to me that I can’t refer to him as a friend any more. He stopped communicating with me in 2013 and I have not heard from him since, and I do not know why. This is sad; we once were very close.
Life is short: recognize when you have friends … and when you don’t.