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Wow. Where do I even begin? Well, I’ll begin by saying hi. So yeah. Through some absolute insane culmination of universe/internet magicness, it appears that one of the bestof threads I was randomly flicking through on here contains a quest to find me. Just… wow. I have no words for how surreal this is.
I’ll start by saying that this is the worst possible time for reunions, so please excuse my continuing aloofness right now. I’m at university and I have four huge exams next week, and I barely have time to sneeze let alone emotionally process all of this 🙂 So for now, I’ll have to keep this brief. But none the less, it’s pretty darn cool to hear from you dude, and I hope life is treating you well. So much has happened for me since we last spoke, and I can only imagine that the same applies for you. Nice to know that our chats meant something all those years ago. They were a huge and important part of my life too, and despite some of the ups and downs, you were a good friend. I learned so much from some of the people I met on that board, and I miss that era of my life immensely. Almost feels like a dream. But time goes on, people grow up, and those depressing changes that we saw at the end of “Stand By Me” and vowed never to happen to us turn out to be hauntingly true. We drift apart, we get busy, we run out of time.
And Ben Schumin. What can I say? I’m sorry, man. I meant you no harm. Kids can be dicks, and my sense of humour was a lot more caustic at the time. I had no hatred for you, it was just such a strange and different thing you were doing at the time, and I guess I wanted to interact with it in some way, like an awkward 12 year old boy pulling the hair of the girl that he fancies (purely an analogy, don’t worry hahaha). I hope those photoshops (I used MS Paint, believe it or not) in some way amused you. If not, I make no excuses and I can only offer you my sincerest apologies.
I’ll be back on here to deal with this properly when I have the time, because right now I need to get the hell back to work.
Oh yeah… proof. I have never posted anything on here before, and I have only just opened this account out of respect for everything I have just read. So this might still seem like fishing. Hmm.
Try these memories from the deepest abscesses of my memory… I thought Tiff was a dick for making fun of your weight whilst simultaneously uncovering the truth that she was once fat herself. “Would you get pissed at me for humping a keg? Beer balls, that’s what they call me!” I always preferred the live version. And “I’m Not Straight Edge” is the best collaboration of all time. You really fucking like(d) Primus. I’m sorry, Mark, you were right all along, and I was blind, because Andrew WK is one of the meanings of life. For all his flaws, I still miss Core more than anything. I never quite got over that one. More than 3 shakes = 1 wank. The “Jeff Gorilla” photoshop was one of mine, the “burrow owl” thing is a dead milkmen reference, and the nose was deliberately supposed to be a penis. Oh yeah… and remember that creepy hairy shirtless dude with the webcam, and yet seemed to have a normal and healthy/happy family? I believe his name was also Mark. That guy was pretty strange. You photoshopped my head onto that one in ways that shook my soul deeply.
Hope that seals it. Now, it really is back to studying. Again, forgive the maintained pseudo-anonymity, I hope this is more positive than it is frustrating… I always was a little paranoid, right? 🙂 The internet walls of transparency have broken down since those days, and this is far more out of busyness (and slight astonishment) than anything else. Just know that I’m alive, and well, if not somewhat on the verge of a nervous breakdown right now. This was pretty damn cool. Take care, man.