i went to college with adam. although i wasn't in his close circle of friends, i took chinese classes with him for several years and always enjoyed his company. adam was always smiling, and making the rest of us smile, too.
the last time i saw adam was when he was living in san francisco - he came over for dinner and told us stories about how he had just met some old chinese people in the park. they were so impressed with his chinese, they invited him to do tai chi with them - of course, he did!
adam's chinese name is bao aide -- a play on that, "bao de ai," means "full of love." the chinese teachers used to joke that he could use that as a pickup line with the ladies. nevertheless, the name definitely fit -- adam was always so spirited, lively, warm, and welcoming. i can't believe that he is gone so soon.
i am in china now and feel so far away. i send my deepest condolences to his family and all of the people whose lives he has touched. my thoughts are with you.