I have a different take on life.. And mine is gathered from seeing first hand that life is short, and I've seen firsthand more than my fair share of death.. So my take my rub some people the wrong way.
I say **** it. Life IS too damn short. Party while you are here and enjoy it! If he's your best buddy like you say, I'd burn as much time off work I had. I'd travel, I'd see the world together. I wouldn't sit around my back yard and cook an f'ing pork roast, but hell, that's me. Live life with zero regrets. Go with him, catch reds together. Be by his side. Laugh, joke, go enjoy life!
Been there done that man. It's over too quick. Enjoy it while its here. Make the most of it. We only got one shot. Take advantage. Most people won't understand my take on things, but who cares.. It's my experiance that's brought me this far.