Today I got some sad news. A friend of mine who I met through Fark.com, as a TotalFarker, passed away yesterday in an automobile accident. Obviously someone should mourn the passing of someone they knew and liked. And I am doing so.
My issue with the whole thing is, how do you mourn someone you really didn’t know/never met physically? I don’t want to do something…inadequate. To me, writing this is helping me, by making me think of some of the many hilarious conversations we’ve had.
It also makes me feel a bit selfish, though.
I guess I will just say my piece about Thai, and leave it at that.
Thai Williams, known to me and others as his TotalFark handle Arelas, was someone that I talked with on a daily basis for an entire year’s time. Now that I think back on it, he helped me feel comfortable at a job I didn’t really enjoy.
He didn’t do anything in particular, but, he was just there to talk to. And that did help me trudge through. I remember passing a day making a banner for a fictional Presidential Election in which Thai was named President.
It reads: “Vote Arelas for President in 2008. The candidate with a vision (and the meds to clear it, eventually!). I was known as Thai’s vice-president in those days. It’s a position I will always cherish, since he kindly bestowed it upon me.
Though I wasn’t around in TotalFark for a long while, I still thought of Thai (and all the rest of my friends). I am saddened, though, that I fell out of contact with him. I wish his family and friends all the best.
I will miss you, my friend, and I will think of you when I see an alpaca! Good-bye!