Ever had someone you always loved talking to. Someone that was always so positive that you’d call them on bad days just to hear their was……that was Jake.
I had the good fortune to have met Jake through a woman I’d fallen in love with when I first came to California back in 1975. They’d been friends since they were teenagers and going to the same actors workshops back in the 50’s. They both had bit parts on TV shows like I Love Lucy, etc. But when I met Jake in 75′ she was a good 250 lbs and over the next 35 years never pushed herself away from the table. She was diabetic, ate whatever she wanted and never watched what she ate. She was totally unbridled when it came to eating.
So how do you figure she had such an incredible life and lived just a few months shy of her 87th birthday. Laughter was a big part of it. I never talked to Jake on the phone that I didn’t laugh until it hurt. She had an infectious humor that was second to none. I’ll miss that more than anything. The thought of not being able to pick up the phone an hear her voice, brings tears to my eyes. I truly hope she knows how much she meant to all of us that knew her and called her friend.
I’ve gotten to an age someone once said “where the world has started taking things away that it’s given me over the years”. I think of you Jake and you make my heart smile. The world is a better place for you having been here. You made everyone’s life better for knowing you. I realize I can’t say goodbye. So I hope you won’t mind if every once in a while I have a one sided conversation with you. It won’t be the same but I promise to try and make you laugh as you always did me.
Love Ya’ Jake