November 21 1993
33, Houston, AIDS
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When I think of my friend,
Casey Alan Box (Born August 19, 1960), the first thing that comes
to mind was his charming Southern drawl and his laughter.
Casey had a way of making everyone he met feel at ease and such was
the case when I met him at the Officers Club in Houston, Texas
during the summer of 1981. We locked eyes while socializing on the
patio and I remember thinking what a pretty boy he was. A few minutes
later, he sauntered up to me at the bar and introduced himself. I
was captivated by this guy and liked him immediately.
Our attraction to each other was immediate but at the time we were
each dating someone else, so we kept our blossoming friendship casual,
fun, and a little bit flirty.
We used to hang out together during the week. We both worked in retail:
I worked at Marshall Fields, and Casey worked at a Cavenders
Western Wear. He taught me how to dress like a cowboy, I taught him
how to dress like a preppy. He took me to the County & Western
gay bars, I took him to after-hours discos. Best of all, Casey was
so easy to talk to we talked for hours on the phone about everything.
About two years later, we both found ourselves single and between
boyfriends and took our attraction to the next level. I fell madly
in love with Casey and had hoped we could settle down into a serious
relationship but being that he had been hurt in his previous relationships,
he just couldnt fully commit. Knowing that we wanted to stay
a part of each others lives, we both took a step back to preserve
1991 was the last time I saw Casey. He called me out of the blue and
asked me to come see him. I played hooky from work and happily obliged.
We fell back into each others arms and back into bed where we spent
the entire day. And just like that, I was transported back to that
magical time 10 years before with the sweet cowboy I always loved.
Casey passed away from complication from AIDS
on November 21, 1993. He was 33 years old.
by Andrew Reither @andrewreither