12.21.2010

Real Life Happens

I spent yesterday in the car, driving across Texas to arrive in El Paso.  One of my closest friends lost his father in a pretty horrible accident, so I'm here for whatever little support I may be able to provide.

I've got nothing profound to say.  Pain is part of the human experience and loss is inevitable; it doesn't make it any less tragic.

I had three primary running buddies in high school in England.  Three of us live in the states and the fourth is living his rock star dreams back in Europe, filling in as a lead singer in a killer cover band.  We all of us are still in touch and get together every decade or so.  Time falls away when you're hanging out with someone who knows you, and there are very few people who know me quite so well.

I managed to hold on to some of my stuff from the original Space Crusade run.

Games were a big part of our entertainment back then, including (on the rare occasions we were forced indoors) D&D and Space Crusade... and the last, of course, hooked me in a big way.  That said, games are never more than an excuse to hang out with people.

It's why I'll always prefer social games to computer games - playing with yourself isn't the same experience, is it?

Yea, I went there.

Point is, people are what's important.  We will always define ourselves through our ties with others, because man is a social creature.

It's why a hermit is strange.

I hope your friendships are grounded on something important.

13 comments:

The_King_Elessar said...

My condolences to the bereaved.

I don't really have anything else to say.

Brent said...

There never is, my man.

Fridge said...

My condolences to the family, is always tragic to lose someone you care for, and who cares for you.

You nailed it again, without people we are almost nothing. It's a pity not enough people thinks this way.

Porky said...

I'm glad you put the reflections into words. I'm sorry it happened and hope good comes out of it.

Dave G _ Nplusplus said...

what's important is having people to count on no matter what.

Black Blow Fly said...

My condolences Brent. Sad it had to happen now.

G

Fritz said...

Sorry to hear about that man...

Heiko said...

Condolences. I live here in El Paso and heard about the accident.

Jawaballs said...

Jawa man-hug.

Carlos said...

I am sorry to hear about your friend. I hope his family is doing well. As well as to be expected. As for the friendship thing I 100% agree with you. Friends you can count on are one of the most important things in life. I don't know what I would do with out my friends, they are my family; seeing as how I am a military transplant and my nearest family member lives 1,500 miles away, I am grateful for the friends I have.

Venerable said...

My condolences dude.
Nice reflection.
Ven

GDMNW said...

How come you spent your high school days in the UK?

Da Warboss said...

We tend to build our parent's admirable qualities up to space marine levels when they die, forgetting some of the things that we disliked about them...quite the opposite of what we feel when we look back on long-ago friendships.

As an example, I was always ready for my dad to leave after three days when he'd visit for a week (due to genius IQ and the inability to keep his opinions to himself). Now he's remebered as Rogel Dorn...

Death's sting never goes away, nor should it, but as you say, cest la vie.

(A new favorite!) Anon: I haven’t even bothered playing a game of 6th yet, cause I have read the rules, and actually understand how they interact with units. I know my armies no longer function how they should, and so I need to change them.

Strictly Average: 'cause 6-inches is all you get.

Stalking Jawaballs since 2009.

Jawaballs: "My butt just tightened up."

Brent, preferred 2-to-1 over Not Brent in a recent, scientific poll.

Brent: emptied the Kool Aid and DRINKING YOUR MILKSHAKE with an extra-long straw.

Unicorns don't exist.

Home of the Stormbuster, the Dyson Pattern Storm Raven.

I'm a comment whore and this whore is getting no play.

Not Brent hurts Brent's feelings.

I think, therefore I blog.

"You should stop writing for everyone else and worry about your crappy blog." - Anon.

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Dethtron: "Again I feel obliged to remind you that trying to sound smart only works if you are."

MVB: "I am not one to join the unwashed masses of self-titled 40k experts out there distributing advice from their blogs about exactly how your list should be built..."

Shiner Bock on tap: that's how I choose hotels.

Strictly Average: The Home of Hugs and Gropings.

Don't feed the trolls!

MoD: "Welcome to Brent's head."

Competitive is Consistent.

Dethtron: "...you could use that extra time to figure out a way to get your panties unbunched and perform a sandectomy on your vagina."

Dethtron: “When calling someone an idiot, it's generally best to avoid making grammatical mistakes.”

Warboss Stalin: "You know, if it actually WAS funny, maybe I wouldn't mind."

Mike Brandt: "It's not a successful bachelor party if you don't misplace someone".

"The Master Manipulator (every store needs one): "...now, enough stroking."

Kirby: "I don't know about gropings. Seriously, Brent, keep it in the pants, please."

Loquacious: "No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get Hugs & Gropings or Stalks Jawaballs into Brent's little tribute."

Captain Kellen: "I rate this article a Brent on the Faith Hill to Nancy Pelosi scale!"

Drathmere: "Come for the balls, stay for the Brent? Kind of disturbing, man."

Go no further, lest thee see something thine eyes would fain look past!

Isabelle: "So, thank you for supporting your local and not so local unicorns. A noble gesture like that can show some scared kids out there that they don't have to hide from everyone and it's ok to be who they really are."

There is nothing more interesting than We The People... in all our beautiful, ugly glory!

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...I think I'll call it the Gun Shy Pattern Stormbuster, because after the Internet destroyed my first humble effort, I find I'm a bit worried about the reaction to this one.

Lauby: "Is it left over from that time you thought that you could just complete step one 12 times to meet the mandates of that court order?"

Not Brent: "I guess we'll have to read on and find out. Signed, Not Brent. Especially today."

Cynthia Davis: "I think the scrolling text is from Glen Beck's new book."

Grimaldi: "Spamming certain units creates interesting possibilities but also fatal weaknesses."

Purgatus: "Math can inform decisions. It cannot make decisions."

Thoughts? Comments? Hugs and gropings?

You'd be that much quicker to figure out what I mean when I refer to a Unicorn if I covered it in a rainbow flag.

SinSynn: (To Brent) "Curse you and your insidious influence on the internets..."

Dave G (N++): "You know you're an internet celebrity when your following is more akin to tabloids."

I prefer the term Internet Personality (or IP) myself, seeing as how I coined it.

Lauby: "Your attempt to humanize him as failed. I feel nothing but scorn for his beard - it's like a warcrime or something."

BBF: "I've always thought you are a good player but I finally figured out that you are a great player. It's hard to see sometimes because your personality is engaging, sincere and quite charming - to me that is kind of a rare combination."

'Clearly cheating?' I didn't misspeak: you jumped to conclusions. If you'd like to apologize I'll be happy to send you an autographed picture of my ass.

Ass.

I thought I was doing alright before I realized I was losing.

Age and treachery beats youth and vigor every time.

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