This blog is probably not what you were expecting. I want to say a few words about my friend, Geoff (Geoff_Boggler on the site). He passed away from a heart attack this past November 22nd. His memorial was held on December 20, 2014.
I awakened early this morning to sign on and read this tragic news. He was just 53 years old. Truthfully, he looked much older. A couple of years ago, he lost his wife to cancer. He said that his friends here helped him through those long months. I don't think it was a heart attack, as much as it was a broken heart.
Geoff was one of my first friends on the site. He welcomed me into his clubs - we especially shared a love of pop music. We traded Beatles trivia. We chatted, swapped stories, even played a game of chess!
He was an old school gentleman. Geoff has a great sense of humor. He sometimes answered posts with a quirky one-word reply. Often, it was "shoes." I never quite understood, but I smiled when I saw it.
In my mind, I figured it was short for "Blue Suede Shoes" - a song we both liked. Who knows?
He was a talented musician. I saw some of his YouTube videos. I admired his talent. It is how I will remenber him. Talented. Kind. One of the good guys.
I am sitting here in the library, about to break out in tears again as I write this. I thought I had cried my eyes dry earlier today, but it seems not.
I am going to cut this one short. I have so much I can say about Geoff, I just don't have the ability to say it.
For those you you who knew him, please recount the good times.