Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Eric hosted a BBQ on behlaf of Drew Saturday Dec. 27th 2008. It was nice to see faces I havent seen for a while. We did a gift exchange, with Drew in mind, and it was beautiful. It took us down memory lane. Everything Drew loved was there. Friends, family, steak, chicken, chili, beer, wine, cameras, pictures, and lots of love. Can't wait until next years.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
2nd annual Drew Goren Memorial BBQ
Date/ time: Dec. 27th, 2009 at 6pm
Location: The Topanga Roadhouse (Eric's place)
1704 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Topanga, CA 90290
For more information, to RSVP or for directions, contact Eric:
Dear friends and loved ones,
It's hard to believe that 2 years have gone by since the passing of our dear friend Drew Goren. In some ways it seems like he was only with us yesterday, in others, it is like a lifetime has passed. One thing is sure, Drew's memory has not dimmed from our minds nor our hearts. I plan to keep doing these annual gatherings as long as I am able and I hope it will provide all of us with an opportunity to remember Drew as well as to stay connected and to reconnect with each other.
Although Drew was a vegetarian for a while toward the end of his life, somehow I can think of no better way to celebrate his memory than charring beast-flesh and imbibing liquid spirits, in the spirit to which he was accustomed for most of his life.
Another long lost tradition of our merry band of friends is the annual Holiday Gift Exchange, which has fallen by the wayside in recent years, but I would like to try to reinvigorate that tradition in this context. I invite anyone who would like to participate to bring a wrapped gift so that we can revive this tradition.
For those of you who were not part of the original gift exchanges, we would all bring a gift of similar value ($20-$40.) We would be secretly assigned someone to purchase for by a neutral 3rd party (my mom) and then at the exchange ceremony, we would pass around a candle and each person would take their turn to speak about the person they had bought the gift for, and what that person means to them, at the end of which they would announce the name of the gift recipient and present the gift.
In this way we managed to have a deeper experience than simply trading gifts, but also we would each express our appreciation for one another and also hear appreciation expressed for us.
I suggest we take this model but have Drew as an underlying theme throughout, giving each other gifts which have something to do with Drew, whether they might be actual possessions of his or simply things which he loved or would have loved, or just something that reminds you of Drew.
If you are reading this, even if we have never met, I want you to know that I love you from the bottom of my heart for continuing to remember Drew and for being his friend, as I was, while he lived.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Since Drew became sick i would always put him in my scrapbook.
I made one afer he passed cause i needed too, to try work through it.
I just titled this chapter 10.4.06 of new scraapbook
and I usually always did the cover. This was the cover Drew the inspiration in life.
Drew holding Nina in shadow in camille's room ( you can see ninas curl peeking out)
think drew was wearig a yellow sweatshirt
saying he was " leaving now
Thought I share. I know you cant see nina or drew. But just wanted to share.
Of course the US ( was drew and nina)
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Mad and Mike's wedding in the pool hall.
Dinner party in Brooklyn
Bucket of Beers in Tijuana
BBQ at Eric's place in LA
Thinking about Drew a lot this week! Of course because of his birthday. But other stuff too:
I pulled out my oldtimey 35mm camera and some notes I had written down about film stocks he recommended to me.
I recently experienced a new high with some excellent mexican hot sauce.
There's a grilled meat restaurant in my neighborhood that the mere mention of sends me drooling.
Planning a snowboard trip in the spring.
All these little things bring Drew to mind.
That's how it is. He's always around.
And I miss him so much.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Nina and I here...looking through pictures. These were a couple of her fav's.
Nina says "We spent last night sharing drew stories and it was his bday. I especially love hearing about drew when he was a kid. We had a wonderful night and i asked Hana to write these stories down for me to read always."
p.s. my dad was a silly kid. ha ha ha.
I LOVE YOU DAD
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
it wasn't until i was about 26 that i was able to appropriately share drew's love for all things food. we spent our childhood as food opposites...drew tried everything, i ate chicken fingers and chocolate chip ice cream.
he was thrilled when my taste buds finally developed. since then we spent many of our moments sharing what we called 'the perfect bite'. this often included the careful layering, toasting, sprinkling, or spreading of ingredients we were sure was the ideal combination to warrant such a title. we'd trade tastings back and forth...no matter the hunger time was not a factor...he say "wait jenn, you've got to try this bite...hold on i'll make you one."
this pic is from my 30th? bday...another great party at amiees apt in bushwick.
a perfect cheese cracker bite i just knew he had to have.
happy bday drew...
This is my first time posting on this blog; while having followed it throughout its existence, I did most of my mourning and reflection in private. Today, on Drew's birthday, the following Instant Messaging session with Jenn inspired me to share how Drew's talent inspired (no time for thesaurus) me:
The first quality time I got to spend with Drew as an adult was in 2005 in Israel. While the main event of that summer was Orie's Bar Mitzva, Drew and Eric also set on a personal documentary(/mockumentary) tour of the country; Eric with an oversized first generation mini-DV, and Drew with the manual film camera—not that I had the slightest idea why or how to appreciate this oldschoolness back then. Throughout the summer, I joined the 2—along with Jenn—on every expedition I was available for. That summer illustrated a fundamental mathematical equation that forever holds: ∂rew = 1 - photography (had to play with the algebra, otherwise it'd sound too corny). While—looking back at it—I was not yet able to appreciate the true art in Drew's gift, I immensely admired his talent, dedication, and PASSION. God, he had passion... what else could possibly drive a man to do a photo shoot while hooked up to a bag of chemo?
Many summers have passed since, and with them our beloved Drew. This past May, when I had saved up enough money to get a camera, I initially went out and got what the typical consumer would get–an ultra-compact camera "to carry around anywhere"---------------------------------------------->
After a few days with the camera, some internal drive—which, retrospectively, I've increasingly attributed to Drew—was telling me to get a "real" camera and see what I can do with it. So I returned the sub-compact, dug out of the last pennies form my college-student pockets and got myself a Nikon D60, along with a fashionable carrying case so I would "take the camera everywhere I would take a sub-compact"------->
I skipped the free Ritz Camera courses I got with the purchase and got a couple of books from the library instead; one that taught me the technical basics in 15-20 minutes, and another with brilliant photos and descriptions of their styles. ~6 months later, I CONSTANTLY tell myself, as well as others how I wish I had discovered photography while Drew was still here; WOW, the possibilities...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DREW! I think of you every time that shutter snaps bringing a bit of you in each of these:
Love you always; your cousin, Leeron
[Chronologically ordered from June up until the picture I sent Jenn, which was taken last night]
Monday, November 3, 2008
Big day for election and Drew's birthday, Jenn, Julia, Nina and I will have a quiet dinner to celebrate his life. I wonder if Drew was here, who he would have voted for.
Happy Birthday Drew, you are gone but not far from our hearts and thoughts.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
I picked nina up from school, june 9th, we were going to spend the afternoon with Justin (drew's cousin). Justin was getting ready for her prom.
As i got there, i noticed that nina was upset, there was a little mix up with who was picking her up. The teachers called her back as she was running to that person. I tried to explain to her why it is so important, to the school, that the right person picks her up and what can happen if it was the wrong person.
Sweet nina told me, as i was going into graphic detail about what can happen, "don't talk about it, it scares me and gives me nightmares." "Don't be scared, there is a little angel that sits on your shoulder, your dad, and he is always watching over you" I told her.
She calmed down and we drove to LI and met up with Justin and her mom, aunt Eliza. We went to the hair dresser and watched as Justin got her hair done.
Next it was the makeup artist's turn. Justin says she is psychic. As Justin sat in her chair, before she started applying the makeup, she saw her looking around as if she was looking at someone. She then turned to Justin and said, with nina sitting next to her, "there is a spirit here, i can feel it and it is a male. You are connected to this male, she told Justin, but he is very important to that little girl and she is important to him. He is watching and smiling, he is very happy that you are spending time together."
I hadn't been there at that time and Justin told us about it later when we were in the car. As she was relaying the story to me i was sitting next to nina in the back. Nina looked up at me smiled and said "see that was dad." I smiled back at her and said "he is with you where ever you are..........."
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
HERE WE ARE TRYING TO DREW IT UP AT JENKINS BEACH THIS PAST SUMMER. AND I HAVE TO SAY WE DID IT PRETTY WELL. BURGERS, RELISH, FISH FRY, THE BOAT!, AND GOOD OLD RELAXING AT JOE BEACH. SUCH A BEAUTIFUL PLACE. AND SOMEWHERE DREW LOVED--NICE AND QUITE AND OUT OF THE WAY. JUST A TRAILER AND THE WATER...WE WENT ON VACATION HERE FOUR TIMES WITH DREW AND THIS LAST TIME IN HONOR OF. IT WAS GREAT AND WE WILL ALWAYS BE BACK!