On what would have been Patrice O’ Neal’s 42nd birthday, his good friend Wil Sylvince remembers back on the time they’ve spent together.
In my life I had 9 different roommates I’ve lived with. All of whom I had to curse out to get the rent money on time. Raising my pressure & stressing me out.
Then Patrice O’Neal came along and did the opposite. He would always pay the rent and bills on time but he would also curse me out. I didn’t understand it but for once I was getting the rent and bills paid on time and I was not the one doing the cursing but getting cursed at. I loved it!
If Patrice didn’t curse you out then he didn’t like you. One day I said “Patrice, why you curse & trashed everyone but that one dude over there?” Patrice said “cause I don’t like him. He doesn’t deserve my verbal abuse!”
He squash all my stereo-types that I had of overweight people… He was clean, good hygiene, wasn’t lazy, didn’t leave snacks around the house, and didn’t have a hard time getting women.
Yet along the years I learned there are a lot of things I can say about Patrice O’Neal.
Like when he first moved in and we became roommates, I caught him trying to sneak a girl who wasn’t to appealing to the eye, out the apartment.
Patrice is Thoughtful
When Patrice was trying to find himself, many comedy clubs ban him because he would not stop his outrageous rants. Then a few years later those same clubs begged him to come back.
Patrice is a Renegade Leader
Many days and nights Patrice would have me laughing uncontrollably and I felt very bless because the world would have his comedy only for about an hour and I had it 24/7.
Patrice is Amazingly Funny
I can call Patrice about anything and he’d always have an answer. If Google had a customer service that you can call, it’d be Patrice.
Patrice is Incredibly Smart
When people couldn’t understand what I was saying because of my speech impediment, Patrice would chime in and and say “I can translate cause I speak fluent Wil”
Patrice is Bi-Lingual
Patrice would spend thousands of dollars to buy food for 4th of July & Thanks Giving, cook it all, and invite all his friends & family over. Then curse everyone in the house out.
Patrice is Love
Yet on November 29, 2011 one thing I thought I would never say is
Patrice is dead
But 2 things I will never stop saying is
Patrice is my Best Friend
And I say “is” and not “was” cause
Patrice O’Neal LIVES ON for ever!
Thank you Patrice O’Neal
PS: “POWS” is how Patrice said how I would pronounce “pals”. He would mock me and say “…of course Wil we’re pows!” I didn’t hear it that way. I thought I was pronouncing “pals” correctly. Coincedently “POWS” also stand for Patrice O’Neal Wil Sylvince – um… no homo.