Today marks the 5 year anniversary of the passing of one of my dear friends…Martin Streek. Ok so where do I start? Martin was awesome, he was funny, crazy, and had an insanely big heart! Martin and I worked together for years at 102.1 the Edge and we had a blast, he was more than a co-worker he was a friend.
I can honestly say that there isn’t a day that goes by that he doesn’t cross my mind. It’s a song I hear on a radio, something someone says, a picture I see or a memory that comes to mind. There are so many memories of Martin that fill my mind like the many Halloween’s we spent together at the station with all his amazing costumes or my wedding day and him sitting in the back of the church waving at me so excited as I signed my marriage certificate. These are the memories I will cherish for life!
It’s been 5 years, 5 years that have gone by in a flash and 5 years without him here 🙁 . I remember that day so clearly as I sat at my desk in Edge Promo and remember reading a weird status on his facebook page, I didn’t really understand it but I knew something just wasn’t right. I called him on my way home that night, got his voice mail and left him a message “Hey Martino I just wanted to say that I love you, I miss you and I’m worried about you…please call me back”. Little did I know that hearing his voice on his machine that evening was the last time I would ever hear his voice again. A few hours later I got a call and found out that Martin took his life. That was it, it was done, he was gone and there was nothing I could do or anyone could do to bring him back. I remember crying and being over come with a mix emotions…I was sad, mad, angry and confused. How could he do this to everyone and be so selfish. Then naturally I began to think and wonder if there was something I could have done to help him and if it would have made a difference. Maybe if I had made that call earlier, he would not have gone through with it. One thing I do know is that I miss him terribly and sometimes I forget he’s gone. I often go pick up my phone to call or text him (yes I still have his number saved) and then reality hits.
Today the Edge had a tribute for Martin and as they played his favorite tunes Sammy Baby and I listened. I told her that the music she was hearing was for my friend Martin who was an awesome person and that I’m sad she never got the chance to met him.
Martino if you could read this right now all I can say is that you’re lucky you’re gone because if had the chance to see you again for even a minute I would beat the crap out of you for being such an idiot! Chooch, I miss you so much and I know I’m not the only one. I just wish you were here so we could check another NIN show, go for another ride in you Audi so I could crap my pants with your driving (haha), grab a Double, see another one of your famous Halloween costumes and of course introduce you to meet my little ladies.
Martin broacasting live from
Pina the Inside Edge Chick’s Birthday Bash at Sound Academy
Martino, I miss you, love you and wish you were still here!