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birdman7601 15 May 2016 14:05


IronCross 15 May 2016 14:09

Wow. His input here on SOCnet will be missed.
Rest in peace Marine.

SF_BHT 15 May 2016 14:22

Andy you will be missed.

Rest in Peace !!!!

V.A.P. 15 May 2016 14:23

RIP Marine

Frog 15 May 2016 14:37

Semper Fi Andy. It was a hell of a ride with you in our lives.

Expatmedic 15 May 2016 14:43

I am really sorry to hear of SOTB's passing. Shocked I must say. I truly enjoyed his presence here on SOCNET. My deepest condolences to those who were closest to him. May you find peace.


KidA 15 May 2016 14:47

The world, and especially SOCNET, lost a great man today, my friend, Andy Potts aka SOTB.

I don't remember my first interaction with Andy. SOCNET search has too many hits with him calling me on something, or agreeing with something, for me to get back farther than 2012.

I have been fortunate in my life to have existed in the shadows of some very great men. I've mentioned some of them in threads here and there but most of the shadows I spent in with Andy have been very shadowy - emails and PMs that only he and I would ever see, texts time to time, and, most recently, on FB when I opened up my messages one day to read a friend request: "Hey homo, it's me --Andy/SOTB."

Andy stood up for me more than once. Not because he felt that I needed standing up for, and he would make that abundantly clear, but because he felt I was right and knew that while people can stand alone on their own merits, sometimes it makes a big difference when someone else stands with them. And that's something that will forever be etched in my brain: Andy didn't care about popularity contests and wouldn't hesitate to stand up for someone he thought was right, even if everyone else thought they were wrong, or were simply nodding along silently. Andy would let you, and everyone else, know he was standing beside you. Andy also wouldn't hesitate to tell someone they were wrong, either, and that happened more than once for certain.

Andy did some things for me, too, that need not be mentioned in public, but some reading this will be well aware of, and he took some shit for it, too. In fact one very major thing he did took two tries. He didn't give up after the first, retreated a bit, built up his case, and went at it again - because that's the kind of man that he was.

I never went to war with Andy. I never saved his six, and he never saved mine, at least from getting dead. But he metaphorically waved me off very hot DZs at times, not because he felt I was wrong, but because I needed to do what he did: back off for a moment, regroup, and come at it from another angle. And, yes, sometimes because I was wrong and wouldn't survive the landing.

I only met Andy in person a couple times and I still never saw him finish an entire beer. Lots of food though, he could put away some food.

In recent months Andy was going through some things which need not be public, either. In his way, in this way in fact ("it isn't required you worry or offer or anything -- it is what it is. But whatever.") he was letting me, and I am certain, others, know and also in no certain terms telling us he would be ok in the end. The last thing Andy wanted anyone else to do was burden themselves with something he was going through.

There are no doubt people who have been on this board who didn't care for Andy. I know there are people who don't care for me. What Andy taught me, and others, is to not worry about those people, at all, in the least bit, but to be true to yourself, and if people didn't like it: fuck them.

I was pretty excited recently because Andy had been talking about visiting Montana and meeting my wife. He was very excited to meet my wife, whether to see what kind of person who would put up with me....nah, because he was my friend and he knew I was finally happy and I think he wanted to meet the person who could make me happy.

I am sad that Andy didn't get to visit me in Montana and meet my wife.

I am sad that I didn't get to visit Andy on his home turf, either, but it wasn't for lack of him asking. Before I met my wife Andy asked me to Christmas a number of times, because he knew I spent them alone. It never worked out, mostly because at times I wanted to spend Christmas alone, and he understood that and wouldn't push, but he'd reach out regardless, almost every year, knowing that I'd come up with some kind of excuse not to come.

Andy wouldn't be mad at me for being sad because he's gone. He'll be mad if I, and others, dwell on it. So I won't. I'm going to pack some things and take a trip to a place I was going to take him when he visited, and I'll drink half a beer. Next time I watch some girl-on-girl porn I'll probably think of him, which he'd think was remarkably GAY but whatever. There are going to be lots of things that happen for lots of us that will cause us to pause and think of Andy.

I will miss my friend, but I won't mourn my friend, and trust me, brother, if I can figure out how to do this, [URL=""]I'll get our business off the ground:[/URL]

One thing Andy may have been wrong about is the afterlife. I was burning some old lumber this morning when I got the word. I started musing about him and sent a photo of my wood stove to another brother mentioning how I was making the fire hotter to guide him on his way, [B]at the very moment I posted that picture[/B] the glass shattered on the stove door - his way of letting me know, I'm sure, to hurry up and commiserate and then get on with my life. So, Andy, if you were wrong about the afterlife, and there is one, I hope it's full of pinky-tested chicks and good food.

Until we meet again. [I]Semper Fi[/I], RIP and Fuck Cancer.

Your pal, KidA

CA SGT 15 May 2016 14:52

RIP will be missed here

Sierra290 15 May 2016 15:03


Gumby2/6 15 May 2016 15:03

RIP, Andy

Baildog 15 May 2016 15:14

Fuck. Son of a bitch. Fuck.

Fuck cancer

magician 15 May 2016 15:27

Rest well.

cj 15 May 2016 15:34

RIP Andy. Prayers out for him, his family, and his friends.

don 15 May 2016 15:36

What a kick in the gut. RIP, bubba.

SHOOB 15 May 2016 15:38

Rest in Peace Andy. Thank you for years of advice and friendship.

Will miss you!

Crna 15 May 2016 15:43

I, unfortunately, never got to know him. He seemed like a very interesting man.

Doc P 15 May 2016 16:00

In my tenure lurking and posting since 2004 SOTB was known to support, totally destroy, or give no fucks about others in some of the most intellectual ways I've ever read. SOTB was also always pushing himself which is evident by his consistent posts in the non-Crossfit forums and he never failed to impress. I never met Andy, but heard about him when I met others at Skeeter's funeral a few years ago.

Godspeed to Andy, his family, and his friends.

Baildog 15 May 2016 16:03

Now who am I going to fucking vote for for President?

The world in general and SOCNET in particular are less for his loss. He was one of the few people with whom I agreed with on a majority of things.

I had the privilege of meeting Andy a couple times over the the past 10 years or so. When I first met him, his username was still SouthoftheBorder.
I will never forget the last time I saw him in person, when he was busy telling one of West Virginia's Finest "I've got a gun too, motherfucker."

As KidA noted, I should have suspected something was amiss when Andy friended me on ******** a few months back.

I wish I believed we would meet again in Valhalla, but I don't believe that any more than he did. Regardless, Semper Fi, Marine. RIP.

KW Driver 15 May 2016 16:12

this was a shock, but Kid covered my WTF reaction.

blue skies, and rest easy SOTB.

slowloud&harmless 15 May 2016 16:13

Damn it. RIP SOTB.

ChuckaZulu 15 May 2016 16:16


Dre 15 May 2016 16:27

I learned a ton from reading his posts


jdogonroad 15 May 2016 16:53

What a kick in the gut. Felt the life and feeling flow out of me. RIP, Warrior and Mentor. I've learned a lot from reading your post.

Drinking a toast to you now, and hope to meet you in Valhalla!

usacivpol 15 May 2016 16:57

Damn, Rest easy ol hoss.
You have left a large hole in SOCNET and I’m sure a larger one in peoples lives. I never met you and yet I feel loss and will miss your counsel.

Dogwelder 15 May 2016 17:03

RIP SOTB. It says something when the loss of somebody you never met can leave you filled with sadness. I greatly enjoyed reading his thoughts on the myriad of topics discussed and learned a lot from them. My condolences for his family and friends.

rv808 15 May 2016 17:08

RIP Andy, and thank you for your service

Always Jolly 15 May 2016 17:08

Vaya con Dios Andy.

Fair skies and a tailwind dude.

Macka 15 May 2016 17:16

I had a question not too long ago about something and I knew Andy dealt with this particularly subject. I PM'd Andy (thats when learned his "name" He answered back quickly. Provided me the info I needed to help a relative to make an informed decision. He insisted I forward his personal contact info to my relative with instructions for either of us to call him if there were any problems.

Can't ask for much more.

RIP Marine!!!

jasonglh 15 May 2016 17:27

You will be missed.

Just Call Me Doc 15 May 2016 17:41

RIP Warrior

BadKarma 15 May 2016 17:44

RIP SOTB, you will be sorely missed.

mdavid 15 May 2016 17:45

I'll miss his contributions, RIP

Nimja 15 May 2016 18:13

WTF? That sucks. Well SOTB, I appreciate the limited time I knew you. My condolences to those who really knew him and could call him friend, or family.

Mars 15 May 2016 18:21

I miss you already, Brother!

Rest In Peace, my friend!

Stretch 15 May 2016 18:29

RIP Marine.

My sincerest condolences to your Family and Friends.

northwesttech 15 May 2016 18:39

RIP, so sorry to hear this.
Great words KidA and SB.

Fubar 15 May 2016 18:46

Opened up SOCNET today in Charlotte while waiting on a connecting flight. What a fucking shock. Those of you that knew him personally, I'm deeply sorry for your loss. I'm going to miss the man.

Colonel Flagg 15 May 2016 19:07

I read his posts over many years with great interest and always gave the appropriate heavy weighting to them.


Xenonburnout 15 May 2016 19:18

Rest in Peace Andy/SOTB. Never met you but enjoyed your personality through your posts. Semper Fi Marine.

Stopp700 15 May 2016 19:21

Has anyone started a fund for Andy's daughter/final expenses? Please let us know.
I always looked forward to seeing SOTB in a forum, read his remarks first before anything else.
I will dearly miss him.


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