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Old 1 December 2016, 13:15
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Happy birthday SOTB, I hope there's no shortage of peanut butter up there.
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Old 24 December 2016, 14:08
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As I mentioned much earlier, almost every damned year Andy would say "Mike, why don't you come down here for Christmas" and every damned year I'd say "No" - He knew I wouldn't, but he still asked.

I don't regret not going down. It was almost a game after a few years. But this Christmas if I could have one wish it would be that Andy was still around to call/text/or message me and say "Hey Mike, why don't you come down for Christmas?"

RIP my friend.
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Old 13 January 2017, 19:21
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Holy shit. I had no idea.

Andy was a great friend. I got to know him on this site, but then personally and I've been witness to him overcoming some major life challenges with ae stoicism and steadfastness that would impress anyone. He was an awesome human being, and I'm just shocked to see this. I hope his family is in good hands, and that whatever went down was as painless as possible for all.

See you at the final RP buddy.
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Old 22 January 2017, 20:59
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SouthOfTheBorder/SOTB/Andy...

I remember the first time I met him. I couldn't believe the scary, intimidating Admin with the withering wit that could eviscerate newbie posters with ease was actually an incredibly friendly and easy going man with a passing resemblance to Alan Alda.

Even though I was a civvie, he invited me to local get-togethers, and the one or two times I went, I always felt safe near him. He was always a gentleman in person. And kind.

It would be fair to say that I learned some of my most colorful language and most damaging verbal takedowns from reading his posts, and for that I am truly grateful. Every time I see the word assume, I read it as ASSume, just because of Andy.

But most of all, he was incredibly smart. I knew that if there was a topic I was unsure about, I could get the straight scoop from SOTB, along with a clear, well-reasoned argument that cut through the issue to the core. We need that more than ever these days.

RIP, Andy. I am a better person because of your example.
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Old 22 January 2017, 21:47
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WOW... Where have you been?

Welcome back!
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Old 22 January 2017, 23:20
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WOW... Where have you been?

Welcome back!
Seriously. Welcome back.
I think I first met Andy at that same linkup I first met you.
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Thanks guys. Believe it or not, I came back to read up on SOTB's posts re:current events- I feel like he had a good grasp of things and more often than not I learned something from his perspective. Was looking for that this afternoon.

I'm stunned. I just can't wrap my head around this...
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I feel like he had a good grasp of things and more often than not I learned something from his perspective.
Yes, that is for sure.
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Thanks guys. Believe it or not, I came back to read up on SOTB's posts re:current events- I feel like he had a good grasp of things and more often than not I learned something from his perspective. Was looking for that this afternoon.

I'm stunned. I just can't wrap my head around this...

Welcome home.
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