This seemed like an appropriate place to share these thoughts. I haven't been active here for several years, but I built some important friendships here with some outstanding community members. They all were critical to me, helping me through trying times and bringing some smiling relief and respite to me as I stayed up very late talking with very great people. Times changed, and while they've sometimes been trying in different ways, I haven't kept in touch with many of the people I knew here. I sometimes regret this but life is bittersweet and changes.
I did keep in touch with a few and occasionally checked in with others. MelancholyDaydream was one of my best friends while I was active here and stayed my friend even after -- we didn't speak often but still spoke, and I still knew that when I needed her she'd be there. We spent many days and nights knowing each other and supporting each other for nearly ten years. Unfortunately, I have to report that she passed away tonight.
How sad to have someone so special leave us all so early.