A (Very Brief) Moment of Sadness

Damien Palanza aka Real Cape Hippie. Photo by Ben Allsup ©

Damien Palanza aka Real Cape Hippie. Photo by Ben Allsup ©

You knew him as Real Cape Hippie. His name was Damien Palanza. He was a hysterical writer with a unique view of Cape Cod who kept so many laughing at their desks daily. 

I was stunned when I learned of his sudden passing over the Fourth of July Weekend. I immediately started crying and was angry. It was selfish. I wanted more of Damien's writing. So I read it again and laughed. I enjoyed his view of people and society. He was a gonzo journalist bringing us along on his ride.

When I went through one of the most difficult times of my life, Damien reached out to me and asked if he could help, even though I was a total stranger. 


The rest is kind of history.

Well, he did pen this gem too click here

Damien also helped organize The Real Cape Music Fest, which brought together great musicians with artists and vendors. I'm laughing as I write this, envisioning him bombing around in his golf cart last August. 

He went on and wrote with Barstool Sports for a while, but when they got bought-out and moved to Manhattan, he wasn't having it. What people don't know is Damien and I conversed a lot through twitter and within the last two months, we had been trying to figure out different ways to make The Real Cape have even more of an impact here within different media. 

This hurts. There was something special with Damien. He impacted so many people in a positive way. Try to pass that on. 

On behalf the family, please join us for a visitation at Chapman, Cole and Gleason in Falmouth on Sunday, July 10th between 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. We will gather for a burial service at St. Joseph's Cemetery on Monday, July 11th at 11:00 a.m, immediately followed by a Celebration of Life at the Coonamessett Inn. All are welcome.