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Source: (consider it) Thread: Erin: Jason breaks the news
Caz...
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I haven’t been here in nearly 3 years I don’t think, and I haven’t been here regularly in more like 5 or 6. It's just taken me ages to work out what my login used to be!

I never knew Erin personally, but she always made me smile.

Jason, the reason I’m posting is this: last night, before I knew any of this, I had a dream about Erin. In it she and I shared a bar of Maya Gold chocolate. I woke up this morning feeling like it was a significant dream, but didn’t really have time to dwell on it. In my dream she was relaxed; happy; at peace. Not at all the Alligator she often had to be here!

Then a few hours later someone emailed me to tell me to check the Ship and I just knew, instantly, what the news would be. I had no idea about her health problems, and like I say, I’ve not been around here in a long time. I don’t know why I dreamt what I did. But I’ve pondered it quite a bit today and here’s what I think it means: that she’s through the other side, and it’s full of good things.

I realise you don’t know me from Adam and all that might make me sound quite odd! But I hope that it is of some comfort to you, and I wish you and your family comfort in the coming days, weeks, months and years.

God bless.

[Votive]

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Funny the effect loss has on us. As I was looking through the gallery, I saw so many posts by the inimitable KenWrtiz, it made me want to find his pic too. Then I looked for Gambit, and Miss Molly - alas they are not there. I have been around SoF for half its life, but never got to appreciate Gambit & Molly as I appreciated Ken & Erin (ie: firsthand - which is actually a strange thing to say when I never met either of them in person).

But it made me realize that in six years I have never bothered to post a pic of myself, and that if I shuffled off my mortal coil tomorrow, I would like others to know there was a very real person behind all the words I jettisoned into cyberspace. So I have amended that oversight, and I hope others will too.

It's probably too late to ask for pics of Gambit & Molly. Others here may have better suggestions, but FWIW, that's mine.

And Caz...beautiful post, thank you.

[ 04. January 2011, 21:06: Message edited by: Banner Lady ]

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[Votive] For all who mourn

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All afternoon I've kept expecting to see her avatar pop up and have her post that we don't need to know everything that's going on but that she's on top of it and it's going to be ok.

This just really sucks big time.

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Erin once asked me to marry her on one of the public boards. I still regard that as my personal zenith of 10 years on the Ship.
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What terrible news. She was a force of nature and one of the Ship's great servants. Prayers and condolences for all who knew her.
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quote:
Originally posted by Caz...:
last night, before I knew any of this, I had a dream about Erin. In it she and I shared a bar of Maya Gold chocolate. I woke up this morning feeling like it was a significant dream, but didn’t really have time to dwell on it. In my dream she was relaxed; happy; at peace.

Caz, have you seen Erin's last extant post outside Oblivion?

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Prayers. [Votive]

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So this is what it feels like to be pleasured with a rusty farm implement.

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quote:
Originally posted by malik3000:
Rest in peace, Erin. When i think of you i'll always remember the smiling alligator. (I'm assuming alligator and not crocodile since she was from Florida.)

Florida has both. There was a running joke about her exact reptilian nature many years ago. I think it started when someone called her a crocodile.

Erin's teeth marks on the forming of this community are both evident and invisible. This could have been another site filled with like-minded individuals. Instead, she formed it into a place that is challenging, gritty, joyous, rough and tumble, uplifting, and altogether unique.

ITTWACW indeed.

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Jason, I'm so sorry for your loss. You can see how much she meant to all of us.

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Others have already been more eloquent than I could be. But very sad, and shocking news. Erin was unique, and this community itself is witness to her hard work over many years.

R.I.P.

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quote:
Originally posted by Matrix:
Wow, this just sucks.
[Votive]

We'll miss you croc

Mx

Don't think she can't zap you from Heaven for calling her a croc....

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How terribly sad. [Votive] May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

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No words. [Votive]

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Fuuuuuuuuuck

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quote:
Originally posted by Chorister:
quote:
Originally posted by Matrix:
Wow, this just sucks.
[Votive]

We'll miss you croc

Mx

Don't think she can't zap you from Heaven for calling her a croc....
Heh. I keep expecting her to turn up and make it very clear to Jason just how much she doesn't like people borrowing someone else's account. [Tear]

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That was one of my thoughts when I started reading the Thread, Gumby .

[Tear]

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and mine

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Without people like Erin, places like this simply couldn't exist. I might not have encountered her on here much, but it still came as a shock finding out through open intercessions in a service that she had died!

[Votive] to the family, and to all who knew her better than I did. (I don't think we've quite got so many candles lit in this thread to risk burning down the ship)

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quote:
Originally posted by PeteC:
That was one of my thoughts when I started reading the Thread, Gumby .

[Tear]

I think that's the case for many of us. Part of me is still hoping it's all a sick prank.

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Dear lord. No.
[Votive]

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quote:
Originally posted by matthew_dixon:
Without people like Erin, places like this simply couldn't exist. I might not have encountered her on here much, but it still came as a shock finding out through open intercessions in a service that she had died!

really? In Cardiff? Wow.
quote:

[Votive] to the family, and to all who knew her better than I did. (I don't think we've quite got so many candles lit in this thread to risk burning down the ship)

it's all the tears that offset the risk.

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We shared a love of all things Buffy

But I don't understand! I don't understand how this all happens. How we go through this. I knew her, and then she's -- there's just a body, and I don't understand why she just can't get back in it and not be dead anymore! It's stupid! It's mortal and stupid! - Anya

[Votive]

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No just no.

I just can't think of anything trenchant enough to honour her memory.

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Having got fed up with the thoroughly mimsy Christians in the media (largely, it seems, the rentaquote brigade), the utter difference in he attitude on board the Ship was one of things that appealed to me here, and Erin - preferably at her most acerbic - was the antithesis of what I hated. With time I realised just how much she had to do with how the Ship ended up... well, as the Ship.

If there is any justice, she is waiting right now for Stephen Green, rusty farm implement at the ready.

Rossweisse said what I wanted to, except I didn't realise until I read it that I'd wanted to say it.
quote:
I rejoice that she is now free of pain, and in God's nearer presence - but I sure wish she could have put it off a little longer.
And she was my age... Why? Why?

Bless you. great 'gator, and bless your friends and family.

AG

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This is horrible news. My condolences to Jason & all of Erin's family and to everyone here, everyone who loved her. May light perpetual shine upon her.

quote:
Originally posted by Leaf:
What will she do in heaven? There's no bullshit to cut through there.

Incoming prayers, perhaps? [Two face]

Question is, what the hell are we going to do?

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We had a number of very funny exchanges years ago. I haven't been around for a while. Feel really crap when young people die. Is there an obit online somewhere?

RR

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I'm still trying to wrap my head around it.

I'm not sure I can...

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quote:
Originally posted by Mad Geo:
Shocked beyond words.

Sympathies to friends and family.

Reading this thread is a little like seeing all your old friends and family you haven't seen in a long time because you were away and are now drawn together because of.....this. Ugggh.

So sad.

Just so. I got swept away by all sorts of things, and then ... this news. So I'm afraid everyone's stuck with some of us again. We are drawn in the Spirit's tether by our sister Erin.


[Frown]

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What everyone said. I didn't have much direct contact with Erin, but that is entirely beside the point. She inspired me to the sin of schadenfreude - there may be no joy in heaven as that when one sinner repents, but seeing those jaws clamp on the privy parts of the insufferable, the idiotic and the irksome is as good as it gets down here.

There is nowhere online or off like the Ship, and it is bound in pure gatorskin. If one is driven to despair by the manifold madness of Christianity in all its human foolishness, and one is, oh Lord, one is, then this place is a glorious reminder that while feckless nonsense is optional, so is putting up with it.

Erin, I shall miss you, more than is seemly.

LECTOR, SI MONUMENTUM REQUIRIS, CIRCUMSPICE

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Jason, I pray that you and your family will be comforted by the knowledge that she meant so much to all of us on the Ship. God bless you.

[ 04. January 2011, 23:44: Message edited by: The Weeder ]

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quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
Heh. I keep expecting her to turn up and make it very clear to Jason just how much she doesn't like people borrowing someone else's account. [Tear]

quote:
Originally posted by Spike:
I think that's the case for many of us. Part of me is still hoping it's all a sick prank.

Same here.

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I'll miss her.

Not sure I've used this smiley before but I think I need to now: [Votive]

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quote:
Originally posted by Laura:
So I'm afraid everyone's stuck with some of us again.

Even such horribly black clouds have silver linings, it seems. [Tear]

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Jason,

I sadly never knew Erin but the tributes to her here must be a great blessing to you and her friends and the rest of the family, may the Lord grant you the peace that only He can give.

"Throw the whole of your anxiety upon Him, because He Himself cares for you"

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There's nothing I can add to what others have said. I've never had an interaction with Erin.

Even so, I've felt like there was a rock in my stomach all day.

My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

[Votive] [Votive]

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SHIT

My faith is different because of her influence on this board. Better, and different.

CRAP

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Erin has been absolutely formative to SoF - one of the very best sites on the internet. My sincere condolences to her family. May God rest her soul.
[Votive]
Hell will never be quite the same without her.

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Forgive me if this has been suggested already, but Erin's gator icon MUST be retired.

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Very sorry to hear this.
We who love this place owe her a great deal.
[Votive]

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Shit.
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quote:
Originally posted by St. Punk the Pious:
Forgive me if this has been suggested already, but Erin's gator icon MUST be retired.

Who would dare use it? [Eek!]

Well, maybe totally green newbies, I guess.

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quote:
Originally posted by Lyda*Rose:
quote:
Originally posted by St. Punk the Pious:
Forgive me if this has been suggested already, but Erin's gator icon MUST be retired.

Who would dare use it?
I used a modified version of her avatar once, when I thought she was away on vacation. It did not go well for me.
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When I was watching late night news last night (World News Now, I think), I found myself waiting for them to announce her passing.

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Blessed Gator, pray for us!
--"Oh bat bladders, do you have to bring common sense into this?" (Dragon, "Jane & the Dragon")
--"Oh, Peace Train, save this country!" (Yusuf/Cat Stevens, "Peace Train")

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Og: Thread Killer
Ship's token CN Mennonite
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Oh my Gawd......the troll being eaten by the crocodile avatar.


[Tear]

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I wish I was seeking justice loving mercy and walking humbly but... "Cease to lament for that thou canst not help, And study help for that which thou lament'st."

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Lady A

Narnian Lady
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Like most of us, I came onto the Ship and saw the monotones and immediately knew someone special to us all was gone. When I first came on the Ship, someone started to stalk me and Erin was there, all teeth and ferociousness, and from that moment, I never feared posting here because I knew I had a gator at my back. I was probably too much of a fluffy bunny, but she knew it and threw her tough skinned self to protect me and I will never forget it.

[Votive] Thank you Erin. Comfort to her family and those who grieve her leaving of this life.

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Lyda*Rose

Ship's broken porthole
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Originally posted by RooK:
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Originally posted by Lyda*Rose:
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Originally posted by St. Punk the Pious:
Forgive me if this has been suggested already, but Erin's gator icon MUST be retired.

Who would dare use it?
I used a modified version of her avatar once, when I thought she was away on vacation. It did not go well for me.
Shoulda guessed. On both counts. [Tear]

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"Dear God, whose name I do not know - thank you for my life. I forgot how BIG... thank you. Thank you for my life." ~from Joe Vs the Volcano

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Mechtilde
Shipmate
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Erin and I never crossed swords or even paths, but I still feel like I've had a kick in the gut. I lurked here for years before I registered, and the Ship is pretty much the only online forum I've ever taken an interest in. I was struck from the first by how authentic people here were, how free they were to be honest. At the same time, things didn't just fly out of control; there seemed to be a guiding wisdom behind it.

I now understand how much Erin had to do with all of that. And I can only add my "God have mercy" -- the prayer for when there are no words.

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"Once one has seen God, what is the remedy?"
Sylvia Plath, "Mystic"

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Dave W.
Shipmate
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Sorry to hear the sad news - my condolences to you and your family, Jason.
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