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Death of a Proud Sailor, a Board Legend - RIP Lord O' Bones

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John and I used to text each other, "the moon looks cool. go take a look."

I was just outside, and the moon looks cool. If you can, please go take a look and think of John.

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What can be said?  He was compassionate and charismatic.  Smart and witty (they are not the same thing.)  I liked him a lot.

I remember him telling me how he liked scuba diving.  I remember his pride in Navy service.  I remember him telling me about fixing fancy radar detectors with the spring from a ballpoint pen.

I haven't used it in a couple of years but I have a number in my phone.  What to do?  It's the last connection I have with him but now it's useless.  I can't send him a text anymore.  I can't talk to him anymore.  I can't tell him how much I wish he could have stayed with us.

All that's left is the Board Wake, where you cry your eyes out over a keyboard

He was a quality human being.  We don't meet many and we must give respect. 

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I didn't know him well, but I remember Bonesy well from my days when I posted all the time.  But I still feel like I've lost a friend.  Goodbye, Lord of Bones.

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I'm very sad to hear this news. Bonesy was a good guy, a friend to so many on this board, and way too young for something like this. May he rest in peace.

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Ouch. My condolences to the Lord O'Bones close friends and family. His absence will be felt on this board, but the memory of his legacy will not be forgotten on this board. 

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To repeat what I said on the Facebook post about this, I sadly never had the chance to meet him but I've read his posts on here for many years (it is hard to believe the legendary towel incident is almost 8 years old now), they were always worth reading and had a lot of his personality in them.

11 hours ago, Arbor Gold said:

I have a few pictures I'd love to post but I'm middle-aged now and the new-fangled technology on this forum confounds me.

I think posting pictures directly on the forum is disabled, so you would have to post them elsewhere and link to them.

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8 hours ago, Arbor Gold said:

John and I used to text each other, "the moon looks cool. go take a look."

I was just outside, and the moon looks cool. If you can, please go take a look and think of John.

Dammit, that made me start crying again. I guess I'll think of John whenever I look at the moon from now on. :)

 

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as others told i would chat with John on Yuku.  i was going through a divorce and he (and the rest of you) provided a great distraction from what i was going through. 

on the board we argued about baseball. his love for the giants mirrored my hatred for them. we said terrible things to one another,  but it came from a place of respect and a need for humor. i can never hate the giants ever again and not have him in my mind. so glad those fuckers won three titles in the last six years that bastard could savor.

in january 2015 my father was very ill and in a va hospital in Boise. on Facebook i mentioned Boise.  he sent me a message asking why i was there.  we then chatted about his own experience in the va system and helped put my mind at ease. 

sadly during the election cycle i like others lost touch with him. regrettably i blocked him. i let his political fervor cloud my ability to just be his friend. i am sorry, John. 

you will be missed by so many.

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RIP Bones. :( 

I did not know him well but back when I was more active I chatted with him in oschat from time to time. 

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Wow, what the fuck. Terrible news. Rest in peace man. 

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4 hours ago, williamjm said:

I think posting pictures directly on the forum is disabled, so you would have to post them elsewhere and link to them.

Oh, so still a PITA then? *sigh* Thanks for the info!

Speaking of pictures, those of you who remember a picture of me involving non-regulation use of a U.S. Navy-issued sailor hat may enjoy knowing that that sailor hat was...not my hat. We got a kick out of having secrets like that. For a long time his custom title was "Arrogant Bastard". That wasn't a reference to the beer, that was a quote from a text message I sent him. And that was when we were on good terms. :lol:

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I understand he was having health problems but I had no idea.  I don't check in all that often anymore but am glad I did or I would never have seen this.  About 8 years ago he said to me life was to short to allow random assholes you meet online to get you angry.  He was absolutely correct about that.  

R.I.P. 

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Saw the news on Facebook.  Man, Bones, I'm gonna miss you.  May you arrive at your next destination shouting cusses.

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During the last election cycle, I was never tempted to block our LoB.  He was infuriating, yes.  But he, also, was so ANGRY.  His posts helped me to understand an entire group of people that just baffled and enraged me.  

He was so clear and so human that he managed to take the razor's edge off of my post-election misandry.  In his own way, he redeemed a whole lot of people that had me in a smiting fury.  I love him for that.  

Still never dating a dude again after that election.  He wasn't a MIRACLE WORKER.

Sleep well, friend.  I'll be up there sooner or later to pick up where we left off, you unconsciously misogynistic, aggravating, and brave weirdo.  

Edit:  handsome, forgot handsome.  Though that bit goes without saying, Navy man and all.

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Wow.  RIP Bones.  I am saddened to hear about your passing.  My condolences to your friends and family.

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Truly terrible news.  As others have said, I didn't know him except for the board.  But I always enjoyed reading what he had to say - whether I agreed or not.  My condolences to his friends and family.  Rest in peace, LoB.  You will be missed.  

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Bonesy was one of the first people on Gen Chat to engage me in conversation.  Having joined the board in 2011, I was a first wave noob, and the transition from upcountry discussions to the south lands of the board was interesting.  Lord o' Bones was always kind to me, a great storyteller who appreciated the tales of others.  Like a lot of people here, we became Facebook friends, and I enjoyed his posts there, even when suffering through his love of Bernie and hatred of HRC.  I looked back and saw he was posting as recently as the beginning of May.  I don't understand how he is gone.  When I learned he was sick again, I thought he'd beat the illness as he had done repeatedly in the past.  We have lost a friend, someone who was hysterically entertaining while also exhibiting kindness to those of us who needed it most.  @ArborGold and @rocksniffer--Your stories have made me cry (with a certain Commie questioning what on my phone was making me weep), but I so appreciate your sharing them with us.  @ArborGold--I love the story about the moon.  For those who did not know John or who perhaps found his election views problematic, I found this posting that is so emblematic of his personality.  In response to his dad's criticism of his saying one could not be a Republican and a Christian in 2017, "Well yeah dad, but it's only Facebook. There is no one I'm friends with here I don't love and respect."  I miss you Bonesy, and I miss your posts on the board and on Facebook that made me laugh, and I miss your kindness.  I hope somewhere you're telling stories, while elated that you finally got your old name, avatar, and post count returned.  Good bye, sweet friend.  I will miss you always.

 

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R.I.P.

Though I don't really interact on the board, I've been coming here a couple of times a day since 2011. I was wondering the other day where he and a couple other regulars had gone (Galactus, Shryke, solo, FLOW ect), so seeing these news is both saddening and shocking. I don't really have anything to add, but I wished to pay my respects and say that him being gone makes me sad.

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