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[Re "The Call of the Wild: I knew his life involved addiction, danger, and despair. So when he advertised for a driver to help him peddle his videos, naturally I jumped at the chance." by David Andrews, July 25, 2003]

August William Tsanakas

Augui Doggy Video

Born: March 30, 1970

Past: June 28, 2007

His force like Hurricane Katrina past through our lives,

Leaving Augie Doggie Videos, CDs and memories of old times.

He would charge down a street with his celebrity walk,

With his "meet & greet" Augie Doggie slick kinda talk.

We argued sometimes about the girls he would meet,

"They are all customers," he claimed, as he took their phone numbers on his sheet.

But I fell in love with him anyway with his spirit so wild,

And I knew his gentleness when he exposed his inner child.

He was loyal to his friends, who have remained to this day,

But we couldn't change his destiny, we couldn't make him stay.

He adored his mom and really loved his sister Lucy and brother Bill,

Who were there constantly to pick up his spills.

Although he made several attempts to try to get clean,

He could not slay the dragon, the dragon was too mean.

But. . . . The dragon did not kill Augie, his force was his might,

It took the power of a train on a track in darkness of night.

So, as he struts and smiles going through those pearly gates,

It is all of still sitting here that he surely awaits.

And when he stood at the pearly gates, did he try to sell St. Peter a CD?

And did St. Pete say, "Gus, are you kidding for me they are always free!!"

So save us a seat Augie 'cause I feel you embracing us from above,

As your legend will live on through our memories and love.

Our song: "Lifting Shadows Off a Dream" by Dream Theater.

My heart is broken and I shall always love and miss you, August.

Annamarie Saraceno

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