Fuck, September flew right by. Hate it when that happens.
Chapters closed for two friends Tuesday night. Chapters, of course, not stories. Rog had his DVD signing at Borders with the rest of the “Better Luck Tomorrow” cast, and Chin finished cleaning out Gary’s apartment.
The two stories seem to share the same timeline. From what I remember, Gary’s funeral was around the time “Better Luck Tomorrow” hit theaters nationwide back in April. Chin once told me that Gary was heavily involved in the Asian independent film scene and had eagerly awaited the release of that movie. When he was sick, he was given a BLT poster upon which the cast had all written words of encouragement. Chin told me he almost broke down and cried. For the remainder of his days, it was one of his prized possessions.
Right after Gary passed away, Chin initially wanted to stay in the apartment where they had intended to live together. Gary’s parents even offered to pay his share of rent for the duration of the lease. But it reached the point where Chin could barely spend one night a week there, and even then a friend would stay with her. So she bought herself a condo recently, and moved out of the place that had been rendered uninhabitable by memories.
After she finished removing the remaining items from the apartment, she joined some of us at Borders where Rog more or less fulfilled his last duty for “Better Luck Tomorrow.” The turnout for the signing was pretty impressive. In fact I got there over an hour-and-a-half later, and there was still a long line of people. Rog’s girlfriend told me that they’d run out of the DVDs in a matter of minutes.
Lord knows when there will ever be something like this again. For Rog, for the other actors, for Asian-American films in general. Hopefully soon. Prior to BLT, Rog's biggest movie role was in "Corky Romano." Granted he has other projects in the works, but he's fully aware that being an actor and an Asian male: it's like playing Russian Roulette with two bullets in the barrel.
We went to a bar for some beers afterward. And not too long after that, it was October.
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