Here's another story about Patrick from my second year on staff at acen (first year in charge of amvs). One of the things Patrick had said to me before is that he's willing to help any con that asks him. If he cannot go he would be willing to loan the equipment to the convention and mail it out to them. I thought it was amazing because there was a situation where someone could easily steal a computer. Personally I don't trust people enough to do something like that. It just goes to show what kind of person Patrick was. The other thing he noted is that it was pretty much a thankless job. That is while the people he's helping would often appreciate the hard work he puts in. Most of the regular people on staff, or attendees had no idea the physical and mental strain involved with running the technical side of amvs. I learned what that meant first had that year and the year before what kind of taxing work that was and he handled an even larger workload than I. Knowing this, I realized that many cons under appreciated Patrick for all he's done and I decided that it was high time he got some recognition. So I approached some of the section chiefs and higher ups at Acen and told them my idea. During the awards ceremony I wanted to honor Patrick and show him that I really did appreciate all the dedication and time he was willing to sacrifice to put on the best possible show. We secretly ordered a plaque, it simply stated how much acen appreciated patrick.
I had to hide this thing from Patrick the entire weekend. Keep in mind He, Debra and I were sharing a room from the con that year so it was in the room with the other awards. I was so worried that he'd find it and ruin what I had planned. Thankfully, he didn't. On Sunday, as I was calling out the winners for the AMV contest, I acted like something was wrong and signaled for Patrick to come up and give me a hand. Just as he got to me I put my hand on my shoulder, turned him to the crowed and told them that the person I was standing besides put a lot of work, dedication and personal time into making the contest we had there a success. I then handed him the plaque and told him that on behalf of Anime Central and the AMV Community we would like to honor him for all the years of hard work he's given to the community.
Patrick of course was speechless. He was confounded as to what he had to say and searched for words. Finally he looked at me and said "Well Julius, you've finally found something that has made me speechless." I laughed, we said a few more things to each other and he went back to the tech area. I found out later that evening that I had made him cry. But he told me it was a good cry and was grateful for the gift. Sadly that would the last year he attended acen. He took a break from AMVs and convention staff. It wasn't until a few years later that he returned to doing conventions, a very exciting moment for many of us who knew him personally.
There was so much more about Patrick that I want to note. Patrick was the reason I got addicted to World of Warcraft. I joined him shortly after acen 2005. He had been playing the game for 7 months at the time. Just like with amvs he always went out of his way to help us lower level characters. Sadly I never had the chance to run a high level raid with him. About a month after getting level 60 and applying for raid status in the guild he and Debra left the game over a dispute between the other guild leaders. It wasn't until a year later after transferring my character to a different server that I discovered that he also had made an impact on the Warcraft servers. He was the original author for the mod "Decursive." Since his departure others have taken up the reigns of developing it, but he was the one who thought of it and created it originally.
Gimme a minute, I'll make a cool one....