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Softy, I Wore A Tie Today


Jim, Jim, I wore a tie today
The first one that I ever wore
You'd have said that I looked like a dummy
Out of some dry goods store

Jim I did everything I could do but your fever just wouldn't die down
So I tied your horse to the wagon and last night I brought you to town
When I got you there Jim you's gone and there was nothin' nobody could do
So I bought you a suit and a tie Jim and today I wore one too

Jim I wore a tie today the first one that I ever wore
You'd have said that I looked like a dummy out of some dry goods store
Jim they said a lot of things I couldn't tell you one thing they said
Somehow my mind kept wanderin'
Wanderin' down back that trail back to the times that we've had

One thing bout you old friend is side by side sun or rain
How many times pannin' gold on the cuff
We did about everything in the book I guess
And prob'ly some things that they never read or thought up

Jim, Jim, so you're ridin' on ahead
Well, if that's how it's got to be
When you reach them streets paved with gold
Jim, stake a claim out for me

Cindy Walker
(c) 1962 Four Star Music

As others have aptly pointed out, one sometimes tends to think of people one meets online as immortal, and so it's a shock when one learns that one of them has passed away, especially as I last said hello to him in chat not four days ago. Here's to the first TEUNC to taste the eternal CHOKLIT.

R.I.P. George Doane Freeman IV, The Softrat, who passed away earlier today, according to a note from his family.

"A man of immense learning and no culture" in his own words, George embodied sharp wit. Armed with a lifelong love of learning and his famously acerbic tongue, he was known and respected by many on the net. Through his long association the USENET Tolkien newsgroups and with TEUNC since its inception in 1998, he made many friends and acquaintances.

I came to know George during the last six years of his life, when he was too ill to travel far abroad, and so I never got to meet him in person. I found many of his posts in rec.arts.books.tolkien and alt.fan.tolkien to be insightful, and was always impressed by his keeping up with advances in computing and science until quite recently.

zai4jian4, ruan3shu3. I shall miss you.

Feel free to take these; here are credits for the first (by rmjwell in ff_icons), second (by kiwi28 in goodhplotricons), and third (by irda in goodhplotricons).



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Oct. 6th, 2005 07:46 pm (UTC)

I never chatted with him, or corresponded with him, but I do remember him from aft and rabt.

I didn't know him well enough to eulogise him, but I'd euphemise his death as "going offline for good".

Sad to lose the friend of a friend.
Oct. 6th, 2005 07:55 pm (UTC)
A TEUNC to the end of his days
`Well, I've made up my mind, anyway. I want to see mountains again, Gandalf - mountains; and then find somewhere where I can rest. In peace and quiet, without a lot of relatives prying around, and a string of confounded visitors hanging on the bell. I might find somewhere where I can finish my book. I have thought of a nice ending for it: and he lived happily ever after to the end of his days.

Gandalf laughed. "I hope he will. But nobody will read the book, however it ends."

"Oh, they may, in years to come..." '

Oct. 6th, 2005 09:53 pm (UTC)
Re: A TEUNC to the end of his days
'He was going to learn about sheep, and the high pasturages, and look at a wider sky, and walk ever further and further towards the Mountains, always uphill. Beyond that I cannot guess what became of him. Even little Niggle in his old home could glimpse the Mountains far away and they got into the borders of his picture; but what they are really like, and what lies beyond them, only those can say who have climbed them.'
Sep. 20th, 2007 03:15 am (UTC)
george freeman was also a huge a-hole, much more amusing online than in person. sorry for his wife during his life and death
Sep. 20th, 2007 03:29 am (UTC)
Re: gdfIV
Whatever he may have been, he had more class than to snipe anonymously at the dead. Save a little of that sorrow for yourself, and hope that someday you might be so lucky as to be remembered as "more amusing online than in person".

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