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KidA 24 December 2016 14:08

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.

RipperTOW 13 January 2017 19:21

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.

Ergogirl 22 January 2017 20:59

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.

B 2/75 22 January 2017 21:47

WOW... Where have you been?

Welcome back!

Baildog 22 January 2017 23:20

[QUOTE=B 2/75;1058626181]WOW... Where have you been?

Welcome back![/QUOTE]

Seriously. Welcome back.
I think I first met Andy at that same linkup I first met you.

Ergogirl 23 January 2017 00:17

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...

Sigi 23 January 2017 01:05

[QUOTE=Ergogirl;1058626228] I feel like he had a good grasp of things and [B]more often than not I learned something from his perspective[/B].[/QUOTE]

Yes, that is for sure.

Sharky 23 January 2017 09:53

[QUOTE=Ergogirl;1058626228]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...[/QUOTE]


Welcome home.

Freebird 10 February 2017 00:41

For various reasons, none of which matter, I've been away from SOCNET for a couple of years. To come back and see that one of the legends here has passed on has really blown me away. Rest in Peace and Semper Fi, Andy.

Raider Rakkasans 23 February 2017 02:33

Wow! After all this time away from here I come back to find this out. Never met him in person but we did correspond a lot. He gave me some great advice when my little girl was ill always checked on me and my family. RIP Brother. Until we form again!

Ranger7 2 March 2017 10:49

RIP brother. I don't I ever met Andy in life, but his life was something worth living and I hope and pray his family can recover and press on.

just11b 15 May 2017 11:54

Hard to believe it has been a year..

Rest in Peace, Andy Potts. You are sorely missed.

godfather 15 May 2017 12:41

RIP

Mars 15 May 2017 12:44

You haven't been forgotten, Brother!

The Fat Guy 15 May 2017 12:47

Save me a Seat Brother. You promised.....

Sigi 15 May 2017 13:01

Neglected to have breakfast due to a busy schedule of back to back to back conference calls. Seeing this thread again gave me a taste for peanut butter.

RIP SOTB

Baildog 15 May 2017 14:45

Damn, has it really been a year?
We all miss you, dude.

Gray Rhyno 15 May 2017 14:52

I'm gonna stop on my way back to my hotel and get a jar of PB...

Chimo 15 May 2017 15:01

RIP Andy. You will always be part of the soul of this site.

Forestboy 15 May 2017 15:38

R.I.P. my friend. Hard to believe it has been a year.

Fuck Cancer!

Dark Helmet 15 May 2017 15:49

[QUOTE=Chimo;1058649236]RIP Andy. You will always be part of the soul of this site.[/QUOTE]

Amen to that. A year already? Wow.

8654maine 15 May 2017 15:55

RIP brother.

BackInTheDay 16 May 2017 12:50

Hope they have "all you can eat" beef ribs in Valhalla. RIP

Floyd 16 May 2017 13:03

[QUOTE=BackInTheDay;1058649505]Hope they have "all you can eat" beef ribs in Valhalla. RIP[/QUOTE]

And no shortage of peanut butter...

btq96r 18 May 2017 08:59

Anyone want to proffer a guess at how many women have been found wanting for admission to heaven on the basis of a pinky test over the past year? :smile:

SOTB is still sorely missed around here. Here's hoping the anniversary of his passing is gentle as can be to his family.

HighDragLowSpeed 18 May 2017 09:06

This thread still saddens me even with a year gone by. RIP brother.

Steamin 18 May 2017 13:51

RIP

Outofcontrol 9 December 2017 18:40

First time posting in a long time. I recently ran into a fellow SOCNETter who had informed me of Andy's passing. I must admit--it stung. Andy and I had spoken several times via SOCNET and on the phone, although we had never met face to face. I appreciated his candor. If Andy agreed with you, you had no stronger ally...if he didn't, you had no fiercer opponent.

I'll celebrate his life, tonight.

Fair winds, Andy.\\

OOC, sends

Expatmedic 12 December 2017 11:39

SOTB is still here in my opinion. His posts are very much worth reading even if you have done so before. We chatted via PM here and there. What a loss.

Sigi 12 December 2017 16:50

I caution myself when hitting send because SOCNET always holds its members to a higher standard, always reminds members that you're going to get called out.

Either don't hit send or be prepared to back up what you say. There is no in between.

SOTB held many of us to this standard.

Hoepoe 12 December 2017 20:51

[QUOTE=Sigi;1058691173]I caution myself when hitting send because SOCNET always holds its members to a higher standard, always reminds members that you're going to get called out.

Either don't hit send or be prepared to back up what you say. There is no in between.

SOTB held many of us to this standard.[/QUOTE]

And he really enjoyed it!

Doc P 12 December 2017 22:27

[QUOTE=Sigi;1058691173]Either don't hit send or be prepared to back up what you say. There is no in between.[/QUOTE]

So, so true. Great lesson for SOCNET and life, sometimes you need to just sit back and listen. RIP SOTB.

Gumby2/6 13 December 2017 04:41

RIP, Brother.

Gigi 27 December 2017 03:02

Blue skies, Andy.

RGR.Montcalm 28 December 2017 00:25

Andy was a giant among us- I fervently wish that I was held in such regard- not for popularity's sake but for the wisdom that gave pause to so many. Miss you brother!

Sigi 28 December 2017 00:41

[QUOTE=RGR.Montcalm;1058694369]Andy was a giant among us- I fervently wish that I was held in such regard- not for popularity's sake but for the wisdom that gave pause to so many. Miss you brother![/QUOTE]

SOTB would be first in line to tell you how in high regard you are held here.

RGR.Montcalm 29 December 2017 09:37

[QUOTE=Sigi;1058694375]SOTB would be first in line to tell you how in high regard you are held here.[/QUOTE]

As I commented to another member- "I just want to be the person my dog thinks I am"- the same applies here.

I just want to be worthy of the company I keep here; all of us are flawed, but 'keeping company' with the folks on this site, emulating the example set by Andy, who WAS the same person both on and off the keyboard- that's what I meant.

Many people can be "Internet badasses"; this place is full of 'reality badasses'- that's why I'm here and why I miss Andy. The term "Been There Done That" has an 8 x 10 glossy of him next to it- a real life 'quiet professional' whom was as generous and caring as he was caustic.

Gray Rhyno 29 December 2017 13:07

[QUOTE=RGR.Montcalm;1058694668][B]I just want to be worthy of the company I keep here[/B]; all of us are flawed, but 'keeping company' with the folks on this site, emulating the example set by Andy, who WAS the same person both on and off the keyboard- that's what I meant.[/QUOTE]
Well said.

67 Fastback 29 December 2017 13:24

Itís been a long time since I posted here. I joined the site...what...fourteen years ago? As an arrogant, brat teenager.

I never forgot the lashing I received from SOTB, rightfully so.

I havenít kept up with much stateside, and I didnít know he was gone.

I can say this - I had a huge amount of respect for him, and tried to convey this to him. Itís a distant connection, but years afterward, Iíve risked my life on multiple occasions, and stood my ground. He was part of that on some level.

Iím sorry for your loss, all of you.

Rest In Peace, sir, and thank you for the influence you had on me.

Forestboy 15 May 2018 08:58

Two years. R.I.P. Andy....

Fuck Cancer!


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