At my age(57) I have known alot of people that just memories now… But some folks just stand out as leaving the Planet Earth sooner than expected. Ryan is right at the front of my brain as a guy that checked out wayyyyyyyyyyyy ahead of schedule. I Always think good thoughts for his family; hoping they can pass each day with some enjoyment in their own lives; remembering the great times they had during Ryans’ life and knowing soo many of us also miss the kid… His legacy is the help he gave to the yoyo community and the videos we can rewatch until we eventually check out… I like to think;; think anyways; that I am part of the YoyoPuzzle. And if you ever messed with putting together a Puzzle; even one with 2500 pieces or more; you know that every piece is important in some way. The corner of a building. A piece of Grass. A little part of the blue sky. All the parts come together to form something complete. On this simple Planet; we have a WorldWide YoyoPuzzle. Especially with the evolution of the ‘internet connection’. Soo many people that will most likely never actually meet in person still get to know each other; from a distance. But on the Internet; it’s almost like we are 10 feet away. Sharing, laughing, teasing, learning, arguing. Trying to outsmart each other, etc. But all the time becoming friends to one degree or another. We have a bond or sorts. A common Ground. An understanding. Mostly we are all better for what we go through. Even if some are just passing through the Yoyo scene; they are better for it.
Ryan was an Amazing yoer and an Amazing person. It is said that 'there is a replacement for everyone. This is not the first time or the last time I will disagree with some old phrase. But that is just what I am gonna do about that one. Because in my view; there is No 'Replacement for Houdini. We still have a WorldWide YoyoPuzzle. And even though the World goes on and the YoyoCrowd marches on; the Puzzle is missing a very special piece. His name is Ryan ‘Houdini’ Monson.
It is said that,’ As long as someone, anyone; remembers you or speaks your name; you are not forgotten. Forgetting Ryan won’t happen any time soon or anytime ever. He was that kinda guy. That’s all…
~ Mo Chavez, San Pedro, California