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Rick Tyler
02-24-2007, 06:56 AM
David LeBlanc passed away a few minutes before 4am PST this morning, Feb 24. According to Mike, the nurse watching over David last night, there was no crisis -- he just stopped breathing. David was 55.

Sometime later today Lew or I will post information on final arrangements, and suggestions for charitable donations in lieu of flowers. Per his request, David's remains will be cremated and his ashes will be spread at sea. Lew and I haven't spoken yet this morning, but there will probably not be a public memorial service.

Larry P.
02-24-2007, 07:03 AM
Good bye Meer.

ishmael
02-24-2007, 07:03 AM
Godspeed soul of David LeBlanc. I know you didn't believe you had one, but godspeed nonetheless. I'm glad your long struggle has ended. Even though we were often oil and water, I'll miss you.

Rest in peace.

Bill R
02-24-2007, 07:05 AM
Godspeed.

Milo Christensen
02-24-2007, 07:12 AM
This life, you must know
as the tiny splash of a raindrop.

A thing of beauty that disappears as it comes into being.

Therefore, set your goal.
Make use of every day and every night.


Peace, David, Peace.

Concordia...41
02-24-2007, 07:17 AM
Peace my friend. Peace.

- Margo Geer

KNOCKABOUT
02-24-2007, 07:20 AM
Peace.

Figment
02-24-2007, 07:20 AM
Though comforted that he came to his end peacefully, I miss him.

David Tabor (sailordave)
02-24-2007, 07:22 AM
oh Meerkat....

I hope your body is at peace now.
Goodbye David...


Damn. I got to work early, CHECKED THE BILGE for news (none @ 0615) and now I see this. I think the rest of the day is going to suck.:(

LeeG
02-24-2007, 07:24 AM
It was good to meet Dave last Sept. Thanks Rick.

Lew Barrett
02-24-2007, 07:24 AM
I haven't spoken to Bill or Bob but we do plan to call them tomorrow morning. Rick and I just got off the phone. We will be gathering in Seattle tomorrow (Saturday) at noon at our house to go over arrangements and celebrate our friendship with Meerkat.

Om Mani Padme Om, David.

Beowolf
02-24-2007, 07:35 AM
I'll miss you David.

Peace and God bless.

Jeff

Lucky Luke
02-24-2007, 07:38 AM
..the fairwinds have finally carried you away, my friend....

See you on the other side, some day....

A great friendship is going to be celebrated tonight, too morrow, different ways, in many places round this world.

I am going at the Irish bar of Saigon, the Sheridan, and you will be with me all evening my old friend....the Irish *saudade* will be just right....and I shall try not to drink for two....well: not sure!

Wild Dingo
02-24-2007, 07:39 AM
Far to young... sail on my friend :(

Lew, Rick your missus's and Bob along with the nurses and others along the way... it is an honor to know you

Russ Manheimer
02-24-2007, 07:39 AM
Farewell David. Be in peace. Thanks again Lew and all.

Russ

ishmael
02-24-2007, 07:43 AM
"Has anyone supposed it lucky to be born?
I hasten to inform him or her it is just as lucky to die, and I know it.
I pass death with the dying and birth with the new-washed babe, and am not contained between my hat and boots,
And peruse manifold objects, no two alike and everyone good,
The earth good and the stars good, and their adjuncts all good.
I am not an earth nor an adjunct of the earth,
I am the mate and companion of people, all just as immortal and fathomless as myself,
(They do not know how immortal, but I know.)
Every kind for itself and its own, for me mine male and female,
For me those that have been boys and that love women,
For me the man that is proud and feels how it stings to be slighted,
For me the sweetheart and the old maid, for me mothers and the mothers of mothers,
For me lips that have smiled, eyes that have shed tears,
For me children and the begetters of children.
Undrape! you are not guilty to me, nor stale nor discarded,
I see through the broadcloth and gingham whether or no,
And am around, tenacious, acquisitive, tireless, and cannot be shaken away."

Walt Whitman

JTA
02-24-2007, 07:45 AM
Farewell.

Jack Allen

glenallen
02-24-2007, 07:47 AM
Peace, David LeBlanc !

Harry Miller
02-24-2007, 07:48 AM
At peace but far too soon.
Thanks to all those who helped him.

hansp77
02-24-2007, 07:55 AM
far too young.
peace.
as the wind fills my sails, I will spare a thought,
someone I never met, likely never would have, but who's thoughts, posts and most recent bravery have been a pleasure and inspiration.

Phillip Allen
02-24-2007, 07:57 AM
Good bye to you Meerkat...sleep in peace

I heard a hawk at first light this morning...

davidagage
02-24-2007, 07:58 AM
Peace be with you friend,

David

paladin
02-24-2007, 08:02 AM
Fair winds, David....I shall surely miss you...

Ken Hutchins
02-24-2007, 08:02 AM
Peace, I hope our cyber friendship helped ease the pain he endured.

sawcutmill
02-24-2007, 08:05 AM
Peace be with you on your next journey David.
stephen

Paul Pless
02-24-2007, 08:05 AM
peace

rbgarr
02-24-2007, 08:09 AM
Didn't realize David was my age. He seemed much younger. I'm just going to leave this thread up and refresh it from time to time. I imagine there will be alot of posts.

(It's probably redundant but I notified Scot about his passing.)

jack grebe
02-24-2007, 08:10 AM
Fairwell David

erster
02-24-2007, 08:10 AM
Rest in peace Meer. Thanks Rick, Lew et.al. for showing the kindness that still exists in humanity.

ssor
02-24-2007, 08:20 AM
Crossing the bar and calm water on the other side.

Ron Williamson
02-24-2007, 08:21 AM
...

John Bell
02-24-2007, 08:24 AM
Grace and peace be yours, David.

Rich VanValkenburg
02-24-2007, 08:24 AM
Not a happy thing to wake up to, but he's at peace now. God bless you David, and also Rick and Lew.

Rich

J P
02-24-2007, 08:24 AM
farewell

J. Dillon
02-24-2007, 08:26 AM
Sorry, but at the same time a kind of rejoycing. The suffering is over. His soul is in a better place along with Das Bot and Norm. My deepest sympathies to his loved ones who must carry on. May they recover and cherish fond memories.

JD

mariner2k
02-24-2007, 08:28 AM
Bless you David. You've touch many and brought so many together.
Rest in Peace. And Bless those who have helped see him through this journey.
Kevin

cs
02-24-2007, 08:31 AM
:( Damn :(

At least he is feeling no pain now. Go in peace Dave and we will always remember you.

Chad

clancy
02-24-2007, 08:39 AM
Wrap me up in my oil skin and blanket,
No more 'round the docks I'll be seen,
Just tell me old shipmates,
I'm takin a trip, mates,
and I'll see you some day in Fiddler's Green

Fair winds David

cjp63
02-24-2007, 08:40 AM
Another sad day

peb
02-24-2007, 08:42 AM
"Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.
And let perpetual light shine upon him."

geeman
02-24-2007, 08:46 AM
He wont hurt anymore.
Meer and me argued several times.I'm gonna miss that.

Claudia
02-24-2007, 08:49 AM
Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

written by Mary Elizabeth Frye

Joe (SoCal)
02-24-2007, 08:51 AM
Woke to this news :(
Fairwell my friend :( :( :(

brad9798
02-24-2007, 08:53 AM
David-

You deserved the dignity of passing!

I told you that you were wrong in your beliefs (hope I am right!) ... and that you enjoy your new iteration of life!

May you seek all that you sought!

I love you, David.

---------------


Lew, Rick, Bob, et al-

I cannot believe how wonderful you folks are!

When folks think the world is going to hell ... all they have to do is read this forum!

Love to you all too!

Brad

Wild Wassa
02-24-2007, 09:02 AM
Cheers Meer.

Sad, sad indeed.

Warren.

huisjen
02-24-2007, 09:08 AM
Thank you for everything, David.

Dan

StevenBauer
02-24-2007, 09:12 AM
Peace, David. We'll miss you.

Steven and Mary

Bruce Taylor
02-24-2007, 09:13 AM
Goodbye, friend.

S/V Laura Ellen
02-24-2007, 09:13 AM
David, you will be missed.

Gary E
02-24-2007, 09:27 AM
Godspeed David. you are missed
Peace

Uncle Duke
02-24-2007, 09:27 AM
Thanks, David, for all that you brought to the table and shared. We hope you enjoy your peace.

Keith Wilson
02-24-2007, 09:30 AM
Goodbye, David. We'll miss you. Be at peace.


Fear no more the heat o' the sun,
Nor the furious winter's rages;
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
Home art gone, and ta'en thy wages;
Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.

Fear no more the frown o' the great;
Thou art past the tyrant's stroke:
Care no more to clothe and eat;
To thee the reed is as the oak:
The sceptre, learning, physic, must
All follow this, and come to dust.

Fear no more the lightning-flash,
Nor the all-dreaded thunder-stone;
Fear not slander, censure rash;
Thou hast finished joy and moan;
All lovers young, all lovers must
Consign to thee, and come to dust.

Katherine
02-24-2007, 09:31 AM
Peace and fair winds to my beloved non-rodent.:( :)

Memphis Mike
02-24-2007, 09:45 AM
Good bye, Meerkat.:(

Mrleft8
02-24-2007, 09:47 AM
Adieu, Mon frere...

Bruce Hooke
02-24-2007, 09:56 AM
Goodbye David.

Peace.

Peter Kalshoven
02-24-2007, 09:56 AM
David, you were a troublemaker and a gadfly.

Higher praise I can not give.


By God, we're going to miss you here.

Peace, old friend.

Tristan
02-24-2007, 10:06 AM
Bless those who took such loving care of you. we'll see you later Meercat. Namaste.

mmd
02-24-2007, 10:10 AM
I am pleased that Meer is past pain and suffering now. I believe the narrative of his decline and passing will linger on with many of us for a long time. This has been a truly moving experience.

What an amazing time we live in when technology allows the passing of a single man to unite a group of strangers from around the world in a common emotion. When it comes my time to pass over the bar, if I have a quarter of the support and love shown here bestowed upon me, I shall depart this world a very rich man. What a nice group of people you all are!

Good-bye, David. I hope you return as something wonderful.

htom
02-24-2007, 10:14 AM
We squabbled and fought, and I never thought to say "I love you".
Rest in Peace, Meerkat, until your journey brings you to joyful play.

---
Lew, Rick, ... all of you who helped David, a "most very well done", indeed. Thank you.

willmarsh3
02-24-2007, 10:15 AM
Fair winds, Meerkat. We'll be thinking of you as we watch the wind blow over the water, and move our boat.

Nanoose
02-24-2007, 10:19 AM
The pain is done, the release has come. Blessings on you, Meerkat. Gone, but not forgotten.

capt jake
02-24-2007, 10:22 AM
I am deeply saddened to hear this. He will be missed. His pain is finally gone. :(

Henning 4148
02-24-2007, 10:25 AM
RIP

Memphis Mike
02-24-2007, 10:27 AM
It just seems fitting to put this here.


http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid223/p19fba4d603bf106eee3d31894013e7fa/eac94965.jpg

Hal Forsen
02-24-2007, 10:30 AM
Fare well and fair winds David.
We can only pray to have such strength and dignity when our time comes.

Tom Hunter
02-24-2007, 10:30 AM
I'm sorry he is gone, but glad that his suffering is over.

Scrolling through the messages I am struck by much the same thought as MMD. When the chips are down this is a very good group of people.

Bob Adams
02-24-2007, 10:35 AM
Eternal fair winds and following seas David. Your legacy may be a civilized bilge, something I'd have deemed impossible. God bless your caretakers, I stand in awe of their kindness. Goodbye Meer.

TomF
02-24-2007, 10:36 AM
Blessings, Meer.

Time zones being what they are, I was talking with my wife about David at precisely the time of his passing. We were yakking about him, his suffering, his coming death, and this place's journey through it between about 7:30 and 8:00 Atlantic time this morning. Just before 8, there was this incredible wash of joy.

Read that how you prefer. I'd asked Meer to be put on the notification list when he passed.

Fair winds.

t.

Steve Paskey
02-24-2007, 10:49 AM
Godspeed, dear Meerkat.

"What the caterpillar perceives is the end, to the butterfly is just the beginning."
-- Buddist saying

Brian Palmer
02-24-2007, 10:50 AM
Rest in Peace.

-- Brian

Tar Devil
02-24-2007, 10:51 AM
I am so thankful for the hands that held him during this journey.

God bless you, David, my friend.

Phil

High C
02-24-2007, 11:04 AM
Goodbye, David. May heaven be all that you expected.

And God bless the Seattle Saints who held your hand through it all. What a great bunch of folks.

JimM
02-24-2007, 11:09 AM
A sad day for the forum but a happy day for David. No more pain.
May Meerkat remain in the forums memory as has Norm M and the other fine people that have crossed over the bar.

abe
02-24-2007, 11:13 AM
The battle has come to an end. David will now rest in peace.

His caregivers in Seattle can also rest knowing they gave the most of their time, energy, friendship and love during Davids final days.

abe

Bob Smalser
02-24-2007, 11:38 AM
Fair winds and Godspeed, David.

http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL12/1104763/8408305/233064190.jpg

George Jung
02-24-2007, 11:54 AM
A peaceful passage; how wonderful is that?
I tried to argue with Meer when I first started here ( to say I argued would imply I held my own :D ) but later got to be a friend, and for that I'll always be thankful. I saved the personal messages we exchanged; always insightful, to the point, and as others have noted, with a rapier wit. I expect many here talked with or exchanged messages with David. He was prolific, definitely added some of the hotter spice to this place, and will really be missed.
I've commented a few times, on various threads, that while there are many very interesting folks here, there are a few who stand out, who have really made this place the rich community that it is. We've lost a few, and now Meer. It's our loss, and changes the dynamics here, not for the better. Godspeed, David. And thanks to the Seattle crew for all they have done.

Dave Gray
02-24-2007, 12:03 PM
Fair winds across the bar. Thank you Lew and Rick.

capt jake
02-24-2007, 12:04 PM
If you haven't yet seen the movie that Joe made as a tribute; it is well worth watching. It brought a tear to my eye.

adampet
02-24-2007, 12:07 PM
What erster, clancy and mmd said and then some. I awoke to this early this AM and couldn't post at the time, off on my appointed rounds.

I'm glad David is at peace, with no pain. I'm honored and amazed at those who looked after him in his need. Our world is a better place when this group of diverse, sometimes quibbling, people can unite and remember our humanity.

I like to think that Norm and others were there to sail away with him....

Fair winds and following seas Meerkat..

Adam

ccmanuals
02-24-2007, 12:08 PM
We shall all be together someday. May God bless the family in this time and comfort them in their sadness.

Tom

ljb5
02-24-2007, 12:08 PM
Fair winds, friend.

I'm better for having known you.

Peter Malcolm Jardine
02-24-2007, 12:21 PM
David, you will be missed. I hope you find a heavenly version of the WBF to add your views.

I'm glad you're out of pain, and there are a lot of people here that will always remember you.

Lew, Rick, and all the others... thank you.

Carlo
02-24-2007, 12:26 PM
Godspeed, Meerkat, fair sailing.

Tom Montgomery
02-24-2007, 12:26 PM
Farewell, David. You will be remembered fondly.

John B
02-24-2007, 12:34 PM
Yes, rest in peace.
...

Dan McCosh
02-24-2007, 12:38 PM
Goodbye David.

JimD
02-24-2007, 12:43 PM
Til we meet again, Meerkat.

Lew Barrett
02-24-2007, 12:57 PM
We don't want the morning to slip by without adding something, but neither can we add much without consulting amongst ourselves how to go forward from here. We have a number of ideas and have made some plans, but like life itself, some things are uncertain and the plans of Meerkats and Men are subject to change and revision.

Speaking here for the Barrett family; We are greatly relieved that Meerkat is past his suffering. We know Meerkat is at peace now, a great comfort. Sometime today, later tonight, certainly in the next two days, we'll have a plan for going forward. It's tempting to suggest to you what our plan has been, but it occurs to me that as his family, you might wish to say something about how we go forward in detail.

David's earthly remains will be scattereed at sea; that was his request. We have had some thoughts about this, and we have the means here, but there are several ways this can be accomplished.
You may wish to speak to those. Meerkat's memory will also certainly be honored by the WBF in some fashion that is very real. The details, while having been discussed, are open to revision. The plan has always been to take this opportunity to support the hospice services that have nurtured our Meerkat and supported him, and many others like him, through the last passage and to the end of his crossing. This is not the plan of one. It has been counciled all the way through that this be the plan and action of us all. Perhaps there are those with ideas who would like to contribute them now.
First, I'd suggest our considered thoughts, made in love and without attachment, then can come our actions together. We'll post some thoughts later today. Feel free to post your own here or in a seperate place. Perhaps someone may wish to start a topic on this, and keep this place as the place of reverence and memory, and the new place as the place of ideas and discussion. That seems a good way to approach this to me, that is, as it's own topic.

I write this without council, so I beg the indulgance of our community in taking the liberty to do so.

Kim Whitmyre
02-24-2007, 01:00 PM
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/139/400928528_20743e07a3.jpg

pipefitter
02-24-2007, 01:03 PM
Rest in peace Meerkat.

Very nice, appropriate touch and photo Bob Smalser. I recall the significance of the boat in the photo.

Ian McColgin
02-24-2007, 01:07 PM
Fair winds and keep space at the eternal EBS for those of us yet to cross the bar.

BrianW
02-24-2007, 01:18 PM
I'm sorry for our loss, and for that of his family and other friends.

Rest in Peace David.

boylesboats
02-24-2007, 01:26 PM
I'll remember you, David...
Rest in peace.

stumpbumper
02-24-2007, 01:30 PM
His intellect made us all richer. His wit gave us joy. I'm glad your struggle is over. Sail peacefully through eternity.

Leon m
02-24-2007, 01:31 PM
:( Goodbye Friend :(

Bob Cleek
02-24-2007, 01:42 PM
I woke up around 3:45 PST this morning and couldn't sleep. This doesn't happen often. I checked the Meer thread compulsively, as we all have, I'm sure. Odd coincidence. Reading the latest update, I had the feeling that was it.

I didn't know David personally, but for the seven years or so that we peopled this den of iniquity, we shared our net personas often. I'm happy to know that I've finally WON the "is there a God" argument and Meer can't dispute the fact that there is. I'm sure He welcomed him aboard this morning!

Dave Fleming
02-24-2007, 01:49 PM
Crossing the Bar
Alfred Lord Tennyson

Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.
Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;
For though from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.
http://pic4.picturetrail.com/VOL780/3097474/6292566/142465433.jpg

johnw
02-24-2007, 01:51 PM
We all die, but our friends all wish we wouldn't.

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
02-24-2007, 01:53 PM
One of the best.

Now, when I talked to God I knew he'd understand
He said, "Stick by me - and I'll be your guiding hand
But don't ask me what I think of you
I might not give the answer that you want me to"

Scott Rosen
02-24-2007, 01:55 PM
Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Dylan Thomas

Goodbye Meer. God bless those who took such loving care of him during his last months.

Nicholas Carey
02-24-2007, 02:04 PM
Farewell, Meerkat. Good luck on your next trip around the Great Wheel. While it might not be exactly your cup of tea, I hope you don't mind if we all all turn to page 339 in the Sacred Harp, and line out a song for you:
Shed not a tear o'er your friend's early bier, When I am gone.
Smile when the slow tolling bell you shall hear, When I am gone.
Weep not for me as you stand 'round my grave,
Think who has died His beloved to save,
Think of the crown all the ransomed shall wear, When I am gone.

Plant you a rose that shall bloom o'er my grave, When I am gone.
Sing a sweet song such as angels may have, When I am gone.
Praise ye the Lord that I'm freed from all care,
Pray ye the Lord that my joys ye shall share,
Look up on high and believe that I'm there, When I am gone.

Rick Tyler
02-24-2007, 02:14 PM
Psalm 23

A psalm of David

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

John B
02-24-2007, 02:34 PM
That was about 6.30 this sunday a.m. I read the thread and posted. Very sad, I've been up since , gone for a good bike ride, sun is out and its warm, going sailing soon... I'll be thinking of David all day , and the wonderful support you men and women around him have been. What fine people you are.

As was suggested in another thread, I too would love to hear more about David's life, see some more photos perhaps. When you're ready of course. Thanks again.

capnharv
02-24-2007, 03:15 PM
Rest in Peace. . .

Harvey

Todd Bradshaw
02-24-2007, 03:16 PM
So long buddy. It's been a pleasure and we all wish you the best of luck on the next phase of your journey. You think we should try to warn the other side that he's coming?????

brian.cunningham
02-24-2007, 03:26 PM
Rest in Peace

Phil Heffernan
02-24-2007, 03:30 PM
I didn't expect to be shedding tears on this cold Saturday, but there they were.

Adios y via con Dios, Meer...You are remembered with affection and respect, and that's an immortality in itself...

PH

Milo Christensen
02-24-2007, 03:39 PM
...You think we should try to warn the other side that he's coming?????

Nah, he's already posted 27 times. They know he's there.

ingo
02-24-2007, 04:00 PM
Good bye David, we will meet in heaven.

Tom Robb
02-24-2007, 04:02 PM
God's speed and fair winds, David.
Free at last....

Tommy Bonds
02-24-2007, 04:23 PM
He seemed to take great pleasure in his insults. May I have given him a smile.

RIP

Joe (SoCal)
02-24-2007, 04:35 PM
If you haven't yet seen the movie that Joe made as a tribute; it is well worth watching. It brought a tear to my eye.

I can now reveal the cinematic choices I made in the movie. Some of you may have noticed the Norm reference in the opening clips. My thought was that Norm would come to visit Meerkat and row out to meet him and take him on his final journey. thats why you see Norm rowing out to get David in the opening clips.

I like to think it happened that way. Fair winds my friend.

Leon m
02-24-2007, 04:35 PM
I close my eyes
Only for a moment, then the momen't gone
All my dreams
Pass before my eyes, a curiosity
Dust in the wind
All they are is dust in the wind Same old song
Just a drop of water in an endless sea
All we do
Crumbles to the ground, though we refuse to see
Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind, ohh Now, don't hang on
Nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky
It slips away
And all your money won't another minute buy
Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind Dust in the wind
Everything is dust in the wind
Everything is dust in the wind
The wind

few3
02-24-2007, 04:56 PM
May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
The sun shine warm upon your face
The rains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again.....................

Traditional Irish Blessing

My thoughts Meerkat.......

ishmael
02-24-2007, 05:00 PM
A lesson I get, over and over, when someone I care about dies, is that I should have been gentler and kinder with them. I spoke with David, briefly, about three weeks ago. He was out of it. But I told him there were no hard feelings for some of our scrums. Hopefully, he heard that. I'll miss him.

From another wanderer, thinker, lover of the sea, who died too young.

Requiem

UNDER the wide and starry sky
Dig the grave and let me lie:
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.

This be the verse you 'grave for me:
Here he lies where he long'd to be;
Home is the sailor, home from the sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.

R.L. Stevenson

Stiletto
02-24-2007, 05:03 PM
Farewell Meer. RIP.

JormaS
02-24-2007, 05:18 PM
Goodbye, Meer. Your wit and your style will be remembered.

Bill Griffin
02-24-2007, 05:57 PM
Peace and fair winds, Meerkat.

Last night I dreamt of Davids passing.

River Sailor
02-24-2007, 06:00 PM
Fair winds and following seas, David. I'm new around here and didn't even know you, but it's obvious you made a real difference in people's lives. What more of a legacy could any of us ask for?

Vince Brennan
02-24-2007, 06:07 PM
I have no words.

Adieu.

Domesticated_Mr. Know It All
02-24-2007, 06:21 PM
(sigh)
Sniff.
tears.

TimH
02-24-2007, 06:26 PM
Thanks Dave.

Flying Orca
02-24-2007, 06:30 PM
UNDER the wide and starry sky
Dig the grave and let me lie:
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.

This be the verse you 'grave for me:
Here he lies where he long'd to be;
Home is the sailor, home from the sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.

Thank you Ishmael, that's the verse that came to mind but I didn't think it was my place to post it.

Like some other latecomers, I never had the pleasure, but I have been overwhelmed by the devotion all of you have shown to your friend. This thread brought a tear to my eye this morning - not for Meerkat, though I think we'd have got on, but for all of you. You're magnificent.

Paul G.
02-24-2007, 06:31 PM
farewell

WX
02-24-2007, 06:33 PM
http://www.michiganflowers.com.au/shop/images/arum_lily.jpg

Be at peace now Meer.

carlg
02-24-2007, 06:43 PM
Rest in peace, Meer.

If I may be so bold, Ian McColgin posted this at Das Boat's passing. It touched me deeply and I thought it could be repeated. Thank you Ian.

Into the Cloud

My course home is south southeast a quarter south
And the moon rises east southeast, rising over my shoulder
As I row. And my beautiful straight wake
Neither catches nor intersects the moon's path.
These paths don't last. The moon's path moves with me
Constant in a relative way 'till I see the declination shifting
As she rises, as I row. And Leeward's wake is dappled out astern
Until the zephyr dissipates that faint track.

We weep for paths that appear to us too short.
A moon path occluded by fog and not reaching the horizon
Is a promise not quite kept, a route to nowhere,
Or perhaps that moon path is the only route home,
Into a cloud that holds no wake or trace
and into which we all will someday sail.

The Bigfella
02-24-2007, 07:17 PM
Farewell mate.

rufustr
02-24-2007, 07:21 PM
To David, rest in peace.

To all those wonderful people who helped him through him troubles, my sincere condolances.

Bob Myers
02-24-2007, 07:22 PM
Although I mostly lurk on here, I did read a lot of David's threads, but don't believe I ever responded to one. It was really inspiring how you guys (women too) rallied around him in his time of need. May he rest in peace.

Nanoose
02-24-2007, 07:23 PM
Just a month...Lew posted on 1/23 that Meer had been admitted to hospital. Just a month ago....

PeterSibley
02-24-2007, 08:13 PM
bye Meer .....I'm going to miss you .......too many funerals lately .

Andrew Craig-Bennett
02-24-2007, 08:16 PM
I would have liked to get to know David, I think. He seemed intelligent, thoughtful and humane, though desperately unlucky. I wish him well.

Hwyl
02-24-2007, 08:21 PM
...

G. Schollmeier
02-24-2007, 09:02 PM
:( ..

crawdaddyjim50
02-24-2007, 09:05 PM
I am better for knowing him. Even tho he is no longer physically with us. He will live on in my memory and I will be sure to pass this memory on to others.

botesbabe
02-24-2007, 09:40 PM
Just seeing this... Peace and God Bless, Meer. You will be sorely missed.

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d31/botesbabe/plants/137_3782.jpg

Tonya, Doug, Summer and Mackenna. :(

Kermit
02-24-2007, 10:01 PM
Farewell, friend. It is my priviledge to have known you.

I have no care about where he may be now. What matters to me is that he was here. It was a joy.

Love to you all,

Kermit

Hughman
02-24-2007, 10:21 PM
No more sailing to weather for you, my digital friend. Pax.

Tar Devil
02-24-2007, 11:19 PM
It was hard telling Lauren this morning. She asked me about him every day.

Life - and death - is hard to explain sometimes.

Phil Eves
02-24-2007, 11:40 PM
Ample winds for your sails mate.....

LisaS
02-24-2007, 11:40 PM
Rest in Peace...

Lisa

PatCox
02-25-2007, 12:42 AM
Here is the impact Meerkat has made on me. I have been an avid poster here for years. I love to argue, I have had some great conversations and been privileged to get some intimation of the personality and reality of people like Norm, whose loss was the first one that hit me.

But I never felt it was real. I always thought this thing was a fake imitation of real human interaction. I just never felt connection.

Meer has made it all change for me. I see now its very real, there are real people behind the words on this screen, I see now that for the the sincere posters, the relationships and the interaction and the love and affection and caring is very real. I have awakened to the fact that its not just words on a screen, but real people with real feelings genuinely interacting and getting to know each other and getting married and dying and having children and helping each other and doing all the things people do. Meer, and those who were there with him to be with him and comfort him, have made all of you real to me far more than before. I never felt connection before, but in our vigil for Meerkat I felt it. I now realize it is real, and it has changed how I think about all of you and my relationship with all of you.

To Meerkat, my thanks in teaching me to appreciate the people in my life, including you people here, so much more.

I will miss him, I will remember him, I hope that as is often said, remembrance keeps the person remembered alive.

There's a song thats become sort of a joke, among the tops in everyone's worst song of all time list, called "Seasons in the sun." But the song is not a joke, its a translation of a french classic by one of the great french balladeers.

There's a line in it, "goodbye papa is hard to die, when all the birds are singing in the air, and pretty girls are everywhere, think of me and I'll be there."

I can only imagine how hard it is to die, to have to say goodbye to the birds and the sunsets and the pretty girls and the life that goes on. I hope our community and the saintly acts of Lew and so many others made it easier for Meer.

Goodbye, Meer. I hope all our doubts are false and that we will all meet again.

ishmael
02-25-2007, 01:04 AM
Let's not get too sappy. Meer, in my experience, was a rude obstreperous pain in the ass at times. He said things to me I wouldn't offer in polite company. I forgive him, as I hope he forgave me.

A man, just a man, gone to the great mysterious. No need to get hagiographic about the guy because he's dead. I think he would really hate that, FWIW.

Whoosh, I just had a deja vu. Love it when that happens. Time.

Godspeed, David.

Memphis Mike
02-25-2007, 01:15 AM
And I wished for so long, cannot stay...
All the precious moments, cannot stay...
It's not like wings have fallen, cannot stay...
But I feel something's missing, cannot say...

Holding hands are daughters and sons
And their faiths just falling down, down, down, down...
I have wished for so long
How I wish for you today

We all walk the long road. Cannot stay...
There's no need to say goodbye...
All the friends and family
All the memories going round, round, round, round
I have wished for so long
How I wish for you today

And the wind keeps roaring
And the sky keeps turning gray
And the sun is set
The sun will rise another day...

We all walk the long road. Cannot stay...
There's no need to say goodbye...
All the friends and family
All the memories going round, round, round, round
I have wished for so long
How I wish for you today
How I've wished for so long
How I wish for you today

We all walk the long road (3x)

Eddy Vedder

ishmael
02-25-2007, 01:39 AM
I am just a pilgrim on this road, boys
This ain't never been my home
Sometimes the road was rocky ‘long the way, boys
But I was never travelin' alone

We'll meet again on some bright highway
Songs to sing and tales to tell
But I am just a pilgrim on this road, boys
Until I see you fare thee well

Ain't no need to cry for me, boys
Somewhere down the road you'll understand
‘Cause I expect to touch his hand, boys
Put a word in for you if I can.

Steve Earle

Dave Fleming
02-25-2007, 02:08 AM
I saw you toss the kites on high
And blow the birds about the sky;
And all around I heard you pass,
Like ladies' skirts across the grass--
O wind, a-blowing all day long,
O wind, that sings so loud a song!

I saw the different things you did,
But always you yourself you hid.
I felt you push, I heard you call,
I could not see yourself at all--
O wind, a-blowing all day long,
O wind, that sings so loud a song!

O you that are so strong and cold,
O blower, are you young or old?
Are you a beast of field and tree,
Or just a stronger child than me?
O wind, a-blowing all day long,
O wind, that sings so loud a song


RLS

Bill Thompson
02-25-2007, 02:30 AM
Fare-thee-well, David.

Robbie
02-25-2007, 03:43 AM
Fare well through the path you now sail

botebum
02-25-2007, 03:55 AM
David, You'll be sorely missed. Fair winds on your new journey.

Doug

Katherine
02-25-2007, 10:25 AM
I am sad that he is gone, but I feel a sense of relief that his suffering is over. So far the hardest part for me is seeing my buddy list and realizing his light will never be on again. So more Meerkat to play with.:(

Paul Girouard
02-25-2007, 10:36 AM
Fair winds and following seas sailor.

Hwyl
02-25-2007, 10:42 AM
Dingo wrote this when David Geer died. It moved mre so much to copy it. I ought to ask Dingo's permission to post in honour of this David. I'm not going to.

Let the wind take your sails
and set your course just beyond the horizon

If the battles been fought
The race has been run
If the sails have been set
And the wind is fair and strong
As your life light is now ebbing
Move gently my friend toward that other place

Be not afraid to let go my friend
For your loved ones are well cared for
Youve left your heart upon their souls
Your wisdom knowledge and humour within their minds
Your friends both near and far hold them in their hearts

Dont worry mate
We'll shed a tear and raise a beer
to the mate who was both brave and steadfast
A bloke with cheer and strength
A mate through and through

As each of us your friends one and all
Sit at our desks far and wide across this troubled world
with tears in our eyes
pain in our hearts
We will know that one day
We shall all follow in your wake

A small touch of you
Has been enough for all of us to know
You did your best you tried your hardest
Now its time to rest old mate

And those of us who never met you
Will join you on the other side
When our day is done our race run
Then we'll share a smile,
A laugh, and a yarn or two

You know that soon enough upon those angels wings
Your beloved will come to you
When her race is run and her tide goes out
But for now tis enough to know

You did your best and now mate eternal rest

------------------------------------------------

Lucky Luke
02-25-2007, 10:52 AM
Just over a day has gone...and already three pages and over160 posts...

THAT is an hommage!

jverl
02-25-2007, 11:52 AM
"Ask not for whom the bell tolls ..."
Rest in peace David!

PhyllisMessinger
02-25-2007, 12:56 PM
I'm saddened. He was a unique man whose personality added a wonderful spice to this forum. I hope those who loved him take comfort from the thoughts expressed in this thread. Phyllis

Bob Adams
02-25-2007, 02:13 PM
Hi Phyllis! I suppose you know Norm has been on our minds much as Meer's battle drew to a close. David is in good company.

John B
02-25-2007, 03:01 PM
Phyllis and Margo have been on my mind.
and Das ,and Ian Wright.

skuthorp
02-25-2007, 03:03 PM
David passed on my birthday, I'll always remember that. We went sailing in a friends boat. I thought about him stuck in his bed. He's free now. And Hi Phyllis from down under too.

notwoodbut...
02-25-2007, 03:19 PM
Tough to write when a tear is in your eye. I didn't know David except through this forum but his list of friends is inspirational. I think I'll call some of my friends in the next couple of days.
Thank you David and all for reminding me to make those calls.
jim

Tylerdurden
02-25-2007, 04:44 PM
Good bye and god speed.

Don Kurylko
02-25-2007, 06:07 PM
As anyone who has ever watched a documentary on Meerkats will know, they are the most gregarious and social of creatures - fiercely communal and protective of each other, often zany, always feisty and indisputably full of character - much like the denizens of this Forum. Rest in peace, David, your work is done. We are all Meerkats now!

John Meachen
02-25-2007, 06:11 PM
As much as it saddens me that we have lost Meerkat there is a sense of relief that he is no longer suffering.His spirit triumphed over his physical ailments and his considerable range of interests brought forth a torrent of witty or provocative remarks.To do that knowing his fate was quite something.Bon voyage Meerkat.

R.I.Singer30
02-25-2007, 06:21 PM
Ditto .Almost what you all said. DanL

Wild Dingo
02-25-2007, 06:30 PM
Dingo wrote this when David Geer died. It moved mre so much to copy it. I ought to ask Dingo's permission to post in honour of this David. I'm not going to.



Im glad you did copy it! Cause I have been going nuts lucking for it over the last few weeks... thanks for posting it mate :cool:

bit early I guess but its beer oclock somewhere... vale Davis Le Meerkat Blanc

winslow
02-25-2007, 07:51 PM
gone
not forgotten

Lion
02-25-2007, 07:54 PM
Farewell David/Meer, my cyber friend whose character transcended the limitations of disconnect and and tryranny of distance of a forum.

Peace.

Lion.

Ed Harrow
02-25-2007, 11:14 PM
A good and decent man, who faced his last trial with grace and humor. I can only hope to do as well, and hope to have such friends at my side. I should have been a better friend.

I called his room three times Friday night, planning to serenade Bob with John McEutchin (sp?) birthday song. No answer. I texted one party, haven't heard back. Sat evening we watched a movie with friends, had three to choose from. There were some meerkats in one scene in my choice of movies. I knew then.

Safe in the Harbour
(Eric Bogle)

Have you stood by the ocean, on a diamond-hard morning
And felt the hor-izon stir deep in your soul
Watched the wake of a steamer as it cut through blue water
And been gripped by a fever you just can't control

Oh to throw off the shackles and fly with the seagulls
To where green waves tumble before a driving sea wind
Or to lie on the decking on a warm summer's evening
Watch the red sun fall burning, be-neath the earth's rim

cho: But to every sailor, comes time to drop anchor
Haul in the sails, and make the lines fast
You deep water dreamer, your journey is over
You're safe in the harbour at last
You're safe in the harbour at last

Some men are sailors, but most are just dreamers
Held fast by the anchors they forge in their minds
Who in ther hearts know they'll never sail over deep water
To search for a treasure they're afraid they won't find

So in sheltered harbours, they cling to their anchors
Bank down their boilers and shut down their steam
And wait for the sailors to re-turn with bright treasures
That will fan the dull embers and fire up their dreams

But to every sailor, comes time to drop anchor
Haul in the sails, and make the lines fast
You deep water dreamer, your journey is over
You're safe in the harbour at last
You're safe in the harbour at last

And some men are schemers who laugh at the dreamers
Take the gold from the sailors and turn it to dross
They're men in a prison, they're men without vision
Whose only horizon is profit and loss

So when storm clouds come sailing a-cross your blue ocean
Hold fast to your dreaming for all that your're worth
For as long as there's dreamers, there will always be sailors
Bringing back their bright treasures from the corners of earth

Eric Bogle, 1984, Record: Where The Wind Blows
Copyright Larrikin Music
- Record: Margaret Cristl: Looking Towards Home

Written in memory of Stan Rogers.

Bye Dave, I hope I'm still around if you come this way again.

G Jacobson
02-25-2007, 11:15 PM
Didn't know Meer but I'm glad his suffering is over. This hits pretty close to home because I got my first "how much do you want us to do in case...." speech from my wife's oncologist. I hate this f@cking disease.

Ed Harrow
02-25-2007, 11:50 PM
The Providence link is not working

Jamie Hascall
02-25-2007, 11:51 PM
It's always the strange and difficult to understand ones that give us the most radical and wondrous view into humanity and our own souls.

I'm glad I knew you Dave.

John Gearing
02-25-2007, 11:56 PM
See ya around, Meer. You're missed. Really. Missed. Now we sit in a great circle around our electronic bonfire, a tribe bewailing the loss of one of our own; one with whom some of us had differences, and others simply loved, and probably everything in between. But Meer, your final illness touched us all -- and as we came together holding cyber-hands (as it were) around your bedside we found ourselves connecting on an ego-less, collective, human level. It has been an amazing experience. Meer, thank you for being the Meerkat. See ya later.

Syed
02-25-2007, 11:56 PM
I wish eternal peace to the departed Mr. David LeBlanc (Meerkat).

Rick Tyler
02-26-2007, 12:00 AM
I've read all the nice things people have written about David, and I truly appreciate how you all appreciated him. As Jack intimated above, though, Meerkat (sort of the Mr. Hyde part of David)(of course, the David part of David could be Mr. Hyde, too)(and there was the polite, considerate Mr. Jekyl, too) could be obsteperous -- the very word I would use -- and difficult.

This will either make lots of sense to you, or you will wonder what this has to do with David. If you don't get it, just move on to the next post. John Cleese's speech at Graham Chapman's memorial service in 1990:

Graham Chapman, co-author of the 'Parrot Sketch,' is no more.

He has ceased to be, bereft of life, he rests in peace, he has kicked the bucket, hopped the twig, bit the dust, snuffed it, breathed his last, and gone to meet the Great Head of Light Entertainment in the sky, and I guess that we're all thinking how sad it is that a man of such talent, such capability and kindness, of such intelligence should now be so suddenly spirited away at the age of only forty-eight, before he'd achieved many of the things of which he was capable, and before he'd had enough fun.

Well, I feel that I should say, "Nonsense. Good riddance to him, the freeloading bastard! I hope he fries. "

And the reason I think I should say this is, he would never forgive me if I didn't, if I threw away this opportunity to shock you all on his behalf. Anything for him but mindless good taste. I could hear him whispering in my ear last night as I was writing this:

"Alright, Cleese, you're very proud of being the first person to ever say 's**t' on television. If this service is really for me, just for starters, I want you to be the first person ever at a British memorial service to say 'f**k'!"

You see, the trouble is, I can't. If he were here with me now I would probably have the courage, because he always emboldened me. But the truth is, I lack his balls, his splendid defiance. And so I'll have to content myself instead with saying 'Betty Mardsen...'

But bolder and less inhibited spirits than me follow today. Jones and Idle, Gilliam and Palin. Heaven knows what the next hour will bring in Graham's name. Trousers dropping, blasphemers on pogo sticks, spectacular displays of high-speed farting, synchronised incest. One of the four is planning to stuff a dead ocelot and a 1922 Remington typewriter up his own arse to the sound of the second movement of Elgar's cello concerto. And that's in the first half.

Because you see, Gray would have wanted it this way. Really. Anything for him but mindless good taste. And that's what I'll always remember about him---apart, of course, from his Olympian extravagance. He was the prince of bad taste. He loved to shock. In fact, Gray, more than anyone I knew, embodied and symbolised all that was most offensive and juvenile in Monty Python. And his delight in shocking people led him on to greater and greater feats. I like to think of him as the pioneering beacon that beat the path along which fainter spirits could follow.

Some memories. I remember writing the undertaker speech with him, and him suggesting the punch line, 'All right, we'll eat her, but if you feel bad about it afterwards, we'll dig a grave and you can throw up into it.' I remember discovering in 1969, when we wrote every day at the flat where Connie Booth and I lived, that he'd recently discovered the game of printing four-letter words on neat little squares of paper, and then quietly placing them at strategic points around our flat, forcing Connie and me into frantic last minute paper chases whenever we were expecting important guests.

I remember him at BBC parties crawling around on all fours, rubbing himself affectionately against the legs of gray-suited executives, and delicately nibbling the more appetizing female calves. Mrs. Eric Morecambe remembers that too.

I remember his being invited to speak at the Oxford union, and entering the chamber dressed as a carrot---a full length orange tapering costume with a large, bright green sprig as a hat----and then, when his turn came to speak, refusing to do so. He just stood there, literally speechless, for twenty minutes, smiling beatifically. The only time in world history that a totally silent man has succeeded in inciting a riot.

I remember Graham receiving a Sun newspaper TV award from Reggie Maudling. Who else! And taking the trophy falling to the ground and crawling all the way back to his table, screaming loudly, as loudly as he could. And if you remember Gray, that was very loud indeed.

It is magnificent, isn't it? You see, the thing about shock... is not that it upsets some people, I think; I think that it gives others a momentary joy of liberation, as we realised in that instant that the social rules that constrict our lives so terribly are not actually very important.

Well, Gray can't do that for us anymore. He's gone. He is an ex-Chapman. All we have of him now is our memories. But it will be some time before they fade.

Lew Barrett
02-26-2007, 01:31 AM
This Providence link should work ed.
I'll check and get it corrected, probably won't be until Monday.

http://www.providence.org/Long_Term_Care/Hospice_of_Seattle

Lew Barrett
02-26-2007, 01:40 AM
I've read all the nice things people have written about David, and I truly appreciate how you all appreciated him. As Jack intimated above, though, Meerkat (sort of the Mr. Hyde part of David)(of course, the David part of David could be Mr. Hyde, too)(and there was the polite, considerate Mr. Jekyl, too) could be obsteperous -- the very word I would use -- and difficult.

This will either make lots of sense to you, or you will wonder what this has to do with David. If you don't get it, just move on to the next post. John Cleese's speech at Graham Chapman's memorial service in 1990:

Graham Chapman, co-author of the 'Parrot Sketch,' is no more.

He has ceased to be, bereft of life, he rests in peace, he has kicked the bucket, hopped the twig, bit the dust, snuffed it, breathed his last, and gone to meet the Great Head of Light Entertainment in the sky, and I guess that we're all thinking how sad it is that a man of such talent, such capability and kindness, of such intelligence should now be so suddenly spirited away at the age of only forty-eight, before he'd achieved many of the things of which he was capable, and before he'd had enough fun.

Well, I feel that I should say, "Nonsense. Good riddance to him, the freeloading bastard! I hope he fries. "

And the reason I think I should say this is, he would never forgive me if I didn't, if I threw away this opportunity to shock you all on his behalf. Anything for him but mindless good taste. I could hear him whispering in my ear last night as I was writing this:

"Alright, Cleese, you're very proud of being the first person to ever say 's**t' on television. If this service is really for me, just for starters, I want you to be the first person ever at a British memorial service to say 'f**k'!"

You see, the trouble is, I can't. If he were here with me now I would probably have the courage, because he always emboldened me. But the truth is, I lack his balls, his splendid defiance. And so I'll have to content myself instead with saying 'Betty Mardsen...'

But bolder and less inhibited spirits than me follow today. Jones and Idle, Gilliam and Palin. Heaven knows what the next hour will bring in Graham's name. Trousers dropping, blasphemers on pogo sticks, spectacular displays of high-speed farting, synchronised incest. One of the four is planning to stuff a dead ocelot and a 1922 Remington typewriter up his own arse to the sound of the second movement of Elgar's cello concerto. And that's in the first half.

Because you see, Gray would have wanted it this way. Really. Anything for him but mindless good taste. And that's what I'll always remember about him---apart, of course, from his Olympian extravagance. He was the prince of bad taste. He loved to shock. In fact, Gray, more than anyone I knew, embodied and symbolised all that was most offensive and juvenile in Monty Python. And his delight in shocking people led him on to greater and greater feats. I like to think of him as the pioneering beacon that beat the path along which fainter spirits could follow.

Some memories. I remember writing the undertaker speech with him, and him suggesting the punch line, 'All right, we'll eat her, but if you feel bad about it afterwards, we'll dig a grave and you can throw up into it.' I remember discovering in 1969, when we wrote every day at the flat where Connie Booth and I lived, that he'd recently discovered the game of printing four-letter words on neat little squares of paper, and then quietly placing them at strategic points around our flat, forcing Connie and me into frantic last minute paper chases whenever we were expecting important guests.

I remember him at BBC parties crawling around on all fours, rubbing himself affectionately against the legs of gray-suited executives, and delicately nibbling the more appetizing female calves. Mrs. Eric Morecambe remembers that too.

I remember his being invited to speak at the Oxford union, and entering the chamber dressed as a carrot---a full length orange tapering costume with a large, bright green sprig as a hat----and then, when his turn came to speak, refusing to do so. He just stood there, literally speechless, for twenty minutes, smiling beatifically. The only time in world history that a totally silent man has succeeded in inciting a riot.

I remember Graham receiving a Sun newspaper TV award from Reggie Maudling. Who else! And taking the trophy falling to the ground and crawling all the way back to his table, screaming loudly, as loudly as he could. And if you remember Gray, that was very loud indeed.

It is magnificent, isn't it? You see, the thing about shock... is not that it upsets some people, I think; I think that it gives others a momentary joy of liberation, as we realised in that instant that the social rules that constrict our lives so terribly are not actually very important.

Well, Gray can't do that for us anymore. He's gone. He is an ex-Chapman. All we have of him now is our memories. But it will be some time before they fade.


Thank You!

ishmael
02-26-2007, 02:15 AM
Just curious, whats with the sticky thang?

Remembering David in his undershirt is aces with me. If I get a flowery plant, I'm going to protest with St. Peter.

Dave Fleming
02-26-2007, 02:35 AM
When is the next AA meeting your way, Jack?:rolleyes:

JimJ
02-26-2007, 02:58 AM
Goodbye Meerkat...Rest in peace

Jim

Pagie
02-26-2007, 04:32 AM
Peace Meer.

martin schulz
02-26-2007, 04:42 AM
Ruhe in Frieden.

seanz
02-26-2007, 05:34 AM
The big sleep.
I'll miss his posts.
Meerkat made lurking worthwhile.
Vale

George.
02-26-2007, 05:49 AM
http://www.artofeurope.com/turner/tur13.jpg

carioca1232001
02-26-2007, 06:07 AM
Uncomplaining, faced his plight with outstanding courage. A witty man of strong convictions, a leading personality on this forum.

Gresham CA
02-26-2007, 07:10 AM
Peace and rest for you David.

Charles and Karen

John of Phoenix
02-26-2007, 11:39 AM
Anything for him but mindless good taste.
He'd get a kick out of that.

It has been my pleasure to know you David. I'll miss your wit, wisdom and inspirational indomitable courage.
It is a pleasure to share the company of all of you fascinating people.

May we all be as blessed as Meer to enjoy the kindness of strangers become friends.

Bon voyage!

Another One
02-26-2007, 12:08 PM
Fair winds, Meer.

Jami

nedL
02-26-2007, 12:36 PM
May you find peace David. We'll miss you.

Vince Brennan
02-26-2007, 01:18 PM
Ay, Rick... that was a lovely thought!

I can just hear Meer going, "Moi? :p"

Good 'n, Skippy.

Marcio Moreira
02-26-2007, 03:46 PM
Fair winds and peace

Bill7254
02-26-2007, 04:01 PM
Good Bye, David.

Bob (oh, THAT Bob)
02-26-2007, 04:44 PM
Saturday morning 24 February 2007:

Greetings all, this is my first post to the WBF. Meerkat had mentioned numerous times for me to join, and now I have a compelling reason to do so. (I had difficulty posting, thank you to whoever speeded things along after my request for help.)

I always have a hard time choosing nicknames for new website memberships, but today "Bob (oh, THAT Bob") came to mind, as I think I may always be known as one of the local friends of Meerkat, sort of like a commoner being known for being the spouse of royalty :). I knew Meerkat had conversed with others on here, but I had no idea until only a few days ago (after conversations on the phone, at his bedside, with others from all over the world) how known, loved and respected he was on here. You are truly his family.

I met Dave for the first time in the summer of 2002 when I was volunteering at the Center for Wooden Boats, only had spoken for a few hours (hmm...what did we talk about, oh yeah, WOODEN BOATS), then grabbed a bite to eat. We hit it off immediately. We only spoke a few times after that on the phone while I was still in Seattle as I became busy helping someone else in town and working on a sailboat I had just purchased ("plastic", er, 'glass actually, apologies to all), then I was pulled away from Seattle for 4 years for work and I lost touch with Meer. Upon returning here in the summer of 2006, I renewed contact, his email had not changed, and I learned he was dying, in his words. The way I looked at it, I was capable of helping him so I thought I should. For most people I have explained this story to over the past months, it is at this point that I say "You might think that is crazy given the short acquaintance before now. But I do enjoy his company and dry wit when he is not crabby (though understandable given his condition), he is a thoughtful deep thinker on many subjects." But I don't think that explanation is necessary here, you all knew him, he was fascinating to talk to and could be a real hoot at times :).

I have mixed emotions today (written Saturday), I was kind of a mess earlier this morning. I had been at his bedside for two days and nights, but yesterday was an occasion of sorts and my very new and special girlfriend had baked me a cake, and sometimes celebrations are more important to the loved ones around you than to yourself so I made time to see her. I had been fine being with Dave, but it wasn't until I saw and hugged her that I realized that I was a bit drained and needed to recharge my batteries. I called the hospital near midnight local and checked on his condition and it being unchanged, decided to wait until morning to go back. Then I got the call early in the morning that he had passed, and went to see him immediately. My mind is telling me to agree with everyone that says it was ok but of course my heart feels different. I think Dave was just waiting until after my birthday to pass. And perhaps him passing while I was out is just his independent streak showing. Thinking about that while driving back (my mind works very weird), made me think about independence, then the US Declaration of Independence, then these words popped into my head (apologies to Thomas Jefferson): "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all sailboats, great and small, are created equal, that they are endowed by their designers with certain unalienable characteristics...", then I heard David's voice in my head, very crabby, "Oh FUDGE (yes, fudge, David always tried to refrain from vulgarities, at least in front of me), all sailboats are NOT created equal!" Either that, and/or he might have paraphrased from George Orwell's Animal Farm, "All sailboats are created equal, but some are more equal than others." This was Meer, no? I welcome opinions, most of you have known Meer longer than I.

OH, thank you to those that have posted pictures of David, I loved that, it's nice to see him in his prime. That pic (from when?) is how I remembered him in 2002, that twinkle in his eye and that great grin of his.

I would also like to thank the many people from out of town that had sent him wonderful things, now and much earlier; flowers, chocolate, money to renew his subscription to The Economist, an electric blanket that he found wonderfully comforting, and so much else, in addition to your love, I know there are omissions I was not aware of, please forgive me, I just wanted to mention the few things I was aware of to give everyone a taste of both how much Meerkat meant to us, and also the sense of the community here, of which I am only now becoming aware.

I will be carrying out his wishes, in concert with Rick and Lew. Dave let me have his pipe when he saw me constantly playing with it (probably something Freudian there...), though I don't smoke. He had not used it for years, though it still smells of a mild mix, somewhat vanilla in tone. I could easily picture him in a port city, at a cafe at waterside or on a hill overlooking a bay, pipe in hand, sipping a robust, quality coffee. (Dave got me hooked on quality coffee. For you trivia fans, his current favorite was Starbucks Yukon, one scoop per cup (strong), just a bit of half and half, and sweet. For newbees like me, he taught me to mix it 50/50 with milk, Cafe au Lait(?) he called it.) Dave was also partial in the morning to cranberry-coconut-applesauce scones, cheese danish, a good almond bear-claw, damned good cherry pie, pound cake, et al; if it was sweet and of fair quality or better, he loved it in the morning. He was not a chow mein or cold pizza/macaroni/spaghetti person in the morning, though sometimes a sausage/egg biscuit, other egg dish or cereal. But baked sweets were his favorite :). If you are ever in Seattle, I highly recommend Piroshki on Broadway in the Capital Hill ('Cap Hill) district of Seattle, their meat, vegetable, and sweet pastries were highly prized by Meerkat, and now also me, they are addicting. Dave enjoyed the chief proprietor there a great deal, a nice caring lady, but she might remind you of a certain unnamed character from Seinfeld (strong Ukrainian accent, I think): "You want, fine. You don't want, also fine. I don't care." Always made us laugh :). We would stop there often on the way back from visiting doctors downtown.

During a visit to one of David's physicians, he was talking with one of the nurses from the Ivory Coast I believe and they conversed in French. It was very enjoyable to hear him speak French though I had forgotten all I had learned in college, I could not understand a word, but the intonation was very expressive, it was a language that suited him well :).

Dave was indeed quite human and had his share of flaws (as do we all), though I have only known him (99%) during his illness so cannot judge how much was due to that, and could forgive quite a bit given his fortunes. He did make me think, that is what I respect most about someone even if I differ with their opinion.

Evidently, it takes a village to care for someone with cancer or in a similar situation. The humanity I have seen is the best celebration and remembrance. The rest is just dessert. But I like dessert. I will be a part of things and look forward to meeting any and all of you. That is the best gift Dave has left to me, the friendships I have made locally via him, and others I am sure to meet on here. I will be on the bilge myself probably soon enough.

Best regards,

Bob

*******
"I 'tawt I 'taw a Meerkat !"

jack grebe
02-26-2007, 05:01 PM
Welcome.....and Thank You, for all you have done and still doing.

Rick Tyler
02-26-2007, 05:29 PM
Lew and I both feel a little guilty at all the kudos that have been given on this forum. Nearly all of them rightly belong to Bob. He picked up the baton during the time just before David passed and did nearly all of the heavy day-to-day work of personal care, doctor appointments, and money juggling. Bob is one of my heroes.

(On second thought -- to heck with him. His girlfriend is darling, and much too good for him.)

Memphis Mike
02-26-2007, 05:46 PM
Way to go, Bob! Good job!:)

Thad Van Gilder
02-26-2007, 06:14 PM
fair winds...

-Thad

clancy
02-26-2007, 06:36 PM
Thank you Bob for all you have done.

htom
02-26-2007, 07:05 PM
A hearty thank you to you, too, Bob.

rbgarr
02-26-2007, 07:31 PM
Bob-

Thanks for filling in some details about David's ways. Not all of us here had a sense of them.

Welcome to the forum and don't be a stranger.

Rick-

The Cleese-Graham eulogy was great. It reminds me of a television interview show with the remaining members of the Pythons. They brought along an elaborate urn that they set upon the coffee table in front of the semi-circle of chairs they were sitting in. The urn was purported to be Graham's ashes. After about forty five minutes, one of the troupe crossed his legs, and banging his foot against the table knocked the urn over, which of course spilled out on the stage. The other members made a great loud fuss about scooping up the ashes and trying to get them back in the urn... and naturally getting the ashes all over the stage, themselves, the furniture, the interviewer, etc. It was MP at their best and I bet Graham would have loved it.

Wild Dingo
02-26-2007, 07:51 PM
Finally!! Its great to see you posting here Bob... As Rick says one of our heros

Its the way of these things that kudos thanks and notation go to those who one knows or those who do the majority of posting at times like this... but I think we all know or knew that there were others workin in the background... you were one of those quiet heros... When giving our love and support to Lew and Rick we were includng yourself and those other quiet heros... some of us had heard of you working away behind the scenes and made sure to include you others just knew there had to be others... but the point is know that we love you for what you have done with and for our mate

For you Lew Rick and your respective partners... our hearts :cool: And as Ive already said privately to both Lew and Rick if theres a time you ever wander your way downunder come west and the door at dingo creek is open to you and yours

Hes smiling that huge grin of his about now... I reckon this thread would be a treasure to him

oooh and Jack? Its not "soppy" or "sappy"to say ones farewells and consider only the good in a person... When your time comes I will do the same for you and I'll even say I love you mate... if thats soppy or sappy so be it.... we all have good and bad pars to our being reme,bering the good raises the love thats felt

Anyone else feel a group hug brie sipping hippy yippy yaya "koombyah" moment coming on? :D

Fair winds David Le Meerkat Blanc know you were loved... and thanks for listenin to me yammer on the other day when yer should have been resting... but I loved it and though me accent confused the hell outta yer at least we got to tell each other that it was a true pleasure to know you... now have a great time sailin puttin an yarnin with Das Norm Lynn and Dave yer dopey wombat :cool:

boylesboats
02-26-2007, 08:03 PM
Yes, He's sailing on a golden ship up there.....

BrianW
02-26-2007, 08:58 PM
Rick-

The Cleese-Graham eulogy was great. It reminds me of a television interview show with the remaining members of the Pythons. They brought along an elaborate urn that they set upon the coffee table in front of the semi-circle of chairs they were sitting in. The urn was purported to be Graham's ashes. After about forty five minutes, one of the troupe crossed his legs, and banging his foot against the table knocked the urn over, which of course spilled out on the stage. The other members made a great loud fuss about scooping up the ashes and trying to get them back in the urn... and naturally getting the ashes all over the stage, themselves, the furniture, the interviewer, etc. It was MP at their best and I bet Graham would have loved it.

In the same humor, every time someone mentions spreading ashes in the sea, I get this mental image...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/BrianW/stuff/thebiglebowski1.jpg

Let's be a bit more careful with our friend.

Lew Barrett
02-26-2007, 09:00 PM
Please take a moment to visit the beautiful page made by Vince Brennan and consider his offerings as another way to contribute to our fine supporters. You give, and you get. Pretty hard to beat!

http://www.frayedknotarts.com/meerkat.html

BrianW
02-26-2007, 09:08 PM
Let's make that a hyper-link...

http://www.frayedknotarts.com/meerkat.html

Lew Barrett
02-26-2007, 09:09 PM
Let's make that a hyper-link...

http://www.frayedknotarts.com/meerkat.html


As you like it, my friend!

John Bell
02-26-2007, 09:25 PM
Speaking of spreading ashes, I am reminded of an incident a few summers ago when we were anchored in a little cove in the Thousand Islands. A man motored in to the beach behind us where we observed him quietly and deliberately going all around the rocks and shore holding a little bag. He would periodically stop and dip a small scoop into the bag and sprinkle the contents on the ground. He took a long time doing this, appearing to be very focused upon his task. I couldn't stand not knowing what he was doing, so I rowed the Nymph over to where he was standing by the water's edge and asked what he was about. "Scattering my wife's ashes" was the reply. I was at the same time embarrassed for having imposed myself on such an intimate moment and saddened for his loss. I felt a little better when he explained at some length the significance this place held for her and him. That place was now more special for me too, not because of his actions, but that it reminded me of where I was right that moment: with my wife and children discovering our own special places to remember each other by.

My hope for when the time comes to commit David's remains back to the earth and sea, that the act may in some small way remind someone, all of us, of where we are right now.

This sounds a little sappy, I'm sorry...

WX
02-26-2007, 10:16 PM
Just watched the Meerkat movie, what wonderful thing to do.
Thank you.

Fitz
02-27-2007, 09:35 AM
:(

Rest Meerkat Rest.

Joe Dupere
02-27-2007, 09:46 AM
When wasteful war shall statues overturn,
And broils root out the work of masonry,
Nor Mars his sword nor war's quick fire shall burn
The living record of your memory.
'Gainst death and all-oblivious enmity
Shall you pace forth; your praise shall still find room
Even in the eyes of all posterity
That wear this world out to the ending doom.

Shakespeare, Sonnet 55

Adieu, Meer

Joe, FPoP

Terry Etapa
02-27-2007, 02:43 PM
Sunday night, SWMBO and I were having dinner with friends. We began talking about bad tech support, fried iPods, and Dave. When I told Dave about our iPods dropping dead, he said your USB hub is killing them. The people at the Apple store kept giving us new ones, and said he can't be right. Getting tired of having a new iPod every week, we replaced the hub. When I told Dave, he got a smirk on his face, and slammed just about everything Apple.

I thought I'd check the bilge, and read his current ramblings, only to see he rambles no more.

Late last summer, he asked me to dig through his storage shed, and put together a complete collection of hardbound O'Brian books as a gift for Rick. At the time, my boat was on the hard. I didn't have the time. The following week, he didn't have the time. The following week, I was on vacation. When I got back, we couldn't work out a time to get to the storage shed that week. I asked him to call me in a week or so. The conversation ended, I felt, with Dave feeling that I was just blowing him off. He never called again, I never called again.

Now, it's too late.

Dave R
02-27-2007, 03:00 PM
My condolences and thanks to all who took such good care of David.

Lew Barrett
02-27-2007, 06:33 PM
.

Late last summer, he asked me to dig through his storage shed, and put together a complete collection of hardbound O'Brian books as a gift for Rick. At the time, my boat was on the hard. I didn't have the time. The following week, he didn't have the time. The following week, I was on vacation. When I got back, we couldn't work out a time to get to the storage shed that week. I asked him to call me in a week or so. The conversation ended, I felt, with Dave feeling that I was just blowing him off. He never called again, I never called again.

Now, it's too late.

David could be difficult to make plans with. I often found I couldn't coordinate things with him. These were never things for me, always stuff he wanted done. I found we would make plans and more often than not David would be unable to keep them, and he was almost never able to accomodate adjustments in my schedule that became necessary. I usually felt this was related to his medical condition and his waking habits, which never quite aligned with mine.

David tended to require a lot of maintanance and if I was busy, that maintanance could slip because I have a day job and spare time is a precious commodity. As he wasn't usually in a position to meet me half way, it frequently meant that "nothing happened." David was never shy about asking though, so don't feel too badly.

Bob (oh, THAT Bob)
02-27-2007, 07:44 PM
More and more, I believe in Karma.

I returned to Seattle at just the right time to help Dave. Unlike most others that, um, HAVE A LIFE, I had finished a long contract position, so was not working, single, and generally leading a bohemian lifestyle while trying to plant myself (both socially and real-estate-wise) in Seattle. This is why it was so easy to be tolerant of Dave's needs when I might have reached my limit in earlier times. I'm not a saint, I just had boatloads :D of free time available, and was quite aware of just how lucky I am.

Early on, it would just be meeting him at about 11:00 a.m. to make coffee and lunch, and help occasionally for errands. I enjoyed the coffee and socializing as much as he. The big work up front was organizing his apartment because he just didn't have the energy to get up out of his chair. At that time, his breathing was his impediment. Only in the last month or two before hospitalization, when severe hip pain prevented him from walking, did I need to be there almost round the clock. (But his breathing had greatly improved, he was off oxygen, and the tumors had stopped growing in his lungs, so I was **very hopeful** if they could successfully treat his hip.) Even then it was no great hardship, I just didn't have the time to go out on dates with women that had responded to a personal ad I had posted. (Was getting a bit tired of the solitary life.) But sharing an evening meal (teriaki, thai, homemade) with Dave, as well as watching TV together (The Newshour with Jim Lehrer on PBS, 60 Minutes, the local Seattle soap opera called Grey's Anatomy, and I got him hooked on Ugly Betty (my guilty pleasure)) was always enjoyable. Of course accompanied by discussions. And videos, Dave introduced me to the Master and Commander/Far side movie which I greatly enjoyed. I only wished he had been well enough for some time out on my sailboat, but he just wasn't.

So anyway, I think Karma (unless I am using the wrong term, I'm pretty ignorant of eastern faiths) had a way of drawing me back to Seattle and Dave. And some force also seemed to connect me with a special girl shortly before Dave's passing, she has been wonderful support. I would attribute the meeting to my own resourcefulness (blasphemy) but I met her at random, not via my personal ad. It was a little difficult at the end, missing a planned visit with Dave at the hospital several weeks ago, then visiting the next day, "Umm... (sheepishly, looking at my shoes) ...I was at the girlfriend's..." Dave: "UUUUUuuuuuggggghhhhh......." (rolling his eyes). He felt I was falling for her much too fast, and my feeble rationalizations did not impress him, gee. He was, of course, right. We'll see how long this lasts before I screw it up.

By the way, I found him eloquent at times, but have seen even greater evidence of this from archived posts that people have posted now (hey I finally figured out how to view his past posts), and as far as I know, David was a self-made man culturally; I don't think he attended university though I could be wrong about that, there is TONS about him I do not know, but his knowledge of liberal arts, myths, and faiths was vastly superior to my own, but then I went to engineering school, though I'm trying to redeem myself at this point in my life :p. Dave was a *voracious* reader.

Oh, also (I thought about this before posting, but looking at his recent posts on the subject, I think Dave wouldn't mind and might enjoy others knowing this), the two books that David had requested I bring to him at his bedside, and read from, several weeks before he passed, are: The Practice of Perfection (The Paramitas from a Zen Buddhist Perspective) by Robert Aitken, and The Mind of Clover (Essays in Zen Buddhist Ethics) also by Robert Aitken.

All the best,

Bob

manos
02-28-2007, 01:45 PM
Fair winds David.

gert
02-28-2007, 05:38 PM
My best wishes for fair winds, warm cabin and safe harbours. Meerkat (the only name I knew him by) has always been here; many many thanks...

Bob Adams
02-28-2007, 11:28 PM
"I 'tawt I 'taw a Meerkat !"


Good one Bob, Thanks for all you and the rest of the Seattle crew did.

Phil Heffernan
03-01-2007, 01:07 AM
Meerkat is gone.
Long live Meerkat.

A special one.

PH

glennkangiser
03-01-2007, 02:03 AM
I am an Administrator at www.countryplans.com (http://www.countryplans.com) and wanted to let you know that David was a respected member of our forum and will be greatly missed there also. We have a thread for him there. You are all welcome to have a look. http://www.countryplans.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1172417729

He especially enjoyed the Buildings Under 200 Square Feet Contest. http://www.countryplans.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1121008066

I considered him a personal friend and was very sorry to see him go. Please feel free to drop in and register if you would like to leave a comment. Sorry about that but due to spammers free registration is required. No registration is required to look without posting.

To see all of Davids postings click on his user name and search last _____(number of postings) choice 5000 will show all -

Glenn

Lew Barrett
03-01-2007, 09:51 AM
Thanks for posting Glenn. Interesting forum you have there.

Chris Coose
03-01-2007, 12:27 PM
The 4 Noble Truths of Buddhism.
1. All things and experiences are marked by suffering/ disharmony/ frustration (dukkha)

2. The arising of suffering/ disharmony/ frustration comes from desire/ craving/ clinging.

3. To achieve the cessation/ end of suffering/ disharmony/ frustration, let go of desire/ craving/ clinging.

4. The way to achieve that cessation of suffering/ disharmony/ frustration, is walking the Eightfold Path.

The eightfold path to the cessation of suffering:

1. Right Understanding of the following facts:

the truth about suffering ... (The Four Truths);
everything is impermanent and changes;
there is no separate individual self- this is an illusion. (We are one!)2. Right Determination to:

give up what is wrong and evil;
undertake what is good;
abandon thoughts that have to do with bringing suffering to any conscious being; cultivate thoughts that are of loving kindness, that are based on caring for others' suffering, and sympathetic joy in others' happiness.3. Right Speech:

Abstain from telling lies.
Abstain from talk that brings harm or discredit to others (such as backbiting or slander) or talk that creates hatred or disharmony between individuals and groups.
Abstain from harsh, rude, impolite, malicious, or abusive language.
Abstain from idle, useless, and foolish babble and gossip. Abstain from recrimination and negative statements.
Abstain from harsh speech—practice kindly speech.
Abstain from frivolous speech—practice meaningful speech.
Abstain from slanderous speech—practice harmonious speech.
Speak the truth if it is useful and timely. Practice only necessary speech. Let your speech be filled with loving kindness. Speak that which alleviates suffering.4. Right Action:

Peaceful, honorable conduct; abstain from dishonest dealings; take concrete steps necessary to foster what is good.
Do things that are moral, honest, and alleviate suffering. Do not do things that will bring suffering to others or yourself.5. Right Livelihood:

Abstain from making your living from an occupation that brings harm and suffering to humans or animals, or diminish their well being. This includes: activities that directly harm conscious beings, and activities that indirectly harm sentient beings, e.g., making weapons or poisons.6. Right Effort:

Foster good and prevent evil;
Work on yourself—be engaged in appropriate self-improvement. The essence of right effort is that everything must be done with a sense of proper balance that fits the situation. Effort should be properly balanced between trying too hard and not trying hard enough. For example, strike the balance between excessive fasting and over-indulgence in food. Trying hard to progress too rapidly gets poor results, as does not trying hard enough.7. Right Mindfulness or wakefulness:

Foster right attention.
Avoid whatever clouds our mental awareness (e.g., drugs).
Systematically and intentionally develop awareness.8. Right Concentration:

Developed by practicing meditation and/or mental focusing. Proper meditation must be done continuously while awake, and should include work on awareness of body, emotions, thought, and mind objects.Meer's code.

I'm going to continue my retreat now that I'm home, which means paying attention to some undone matters that have caused me some suffering.
You'll be seeing less of me for the near future.

I love you all.

Phil Heffernan
03-01-2007, 11:07 PM
The 4 Noble Truths of Buddhism.
1. All things and experiences are marked by suffering/ disharmony/ frustration (dukkha)

2. The arising of suffering/ disharmony/ frustration comes from desire/ craving/ clinging.

3. To achieve the cessation/ end of suffering/ disharmony/ frustration, let go of desire/ craving/ clinging.

4. The way to achieve that cessation of suffering/ disharmony/ frustration, is walking the Eightfold Path.

The eightfold path to the cessation of suffering:

1. Right Understanding of the following facts:

the truth about suffering ... (The Four Truths);
everything is impermanent and changes;
there is no separate individual self- this is an illusion. (We are one!)2. Right Determination to:

give up what is wrong and evil;
undertake what is good;
abandon thoughts that have to do with bringing suffering to any conscious being; cultivate thoughts that are of loving kindness, that are based on caring for others' suffering, and sympathetic joy in others' happiness.3. Right Speech:

Abstain from telling lies.
Abstain from talk that brings harm or discredit to others (such as backbiting or slander) or talk that creates hatred or disharmony between individuals and groups.
Abstain from harsh, rude, impolite, malicious, or abusive language.
Abstain from idle, useless, and foolish babble and gossip. Abstain from recrimination and negative statements.
Abstain from harsh speech—practice kindly speech.
Abstain from frivolous speech—practice meaningful speech.
Abstain from slanderous speech—practice harmonious speech.
Speak the truth if it is useful and timely. Practice only necessary speech. Let your speech be filled with loving kindness. Speak that which alleviates suffering.4. Right Action:

Peaceful, honorable conduct; abstain from dishonest dealings; take concrete steps necessary to foster what is good.
Do things that are moral, honest, and alleviate suffering. Do not do things that will bring suffering to others or yourself.5. Right Livelihood:

Abstain from making your living from an occupation that brings harm and suffering to humans or animals, or diminish their well being. This includes: activities that directly harm conscious beings, and activities that indirectly harm sentient beings, e.g., making weapons or poisons.6. Right Effort:

Foster good and prevent evil;
Work on yourself—be engaged in appropriate self-improvement. The essence of right effort is that everything must be done with a sense of proper balance that fits the situation. Effort should be properly balanced between trying too hard and not trying hard enough. For example, strike the balance between excessive fasting and over-indulgence in food. Trying hard to progress too rapidly gets poor results, as does not trying hard enough.7. Right Mindfulness or wakefulness:

Foster right attention.
Avoid whatever clouds our mental awareness (e.g., drugs).
Systematically and intentionally develop awareness.8. Right Concentration:

Developed by practicing meditation and/or mental focusing. Proper meditation must be done continuously while awake, and should include work on awareness of body, emotions, thought, and mind objects.Meer's code.

I'm going to continue my retreat now that I'm home, which means paying attention to some undone matters that have caused me some suffering.
You'll be seeing less of me for the near future.

I love you all.



Coose, you always seem to do the right thing.

How do you do that?

PH

Osborne Russell
03-01-2007, 11:33 PM
Them's got ears, let 'em hear
Them's got eyes, let 'em see

glennkangiser
03-02-2007, 02:18 AM
Thanks Lew. My good friend, Paul Girouard - with dual citizenship in this forum and ours was kind enough to let us know about this. I hope to get a bit more time to look around here too.

katiedobe
03-03-2007, 12:02 PM
Rest well Meerkat!
I'll miss your posts and wisdom and input.
:(

Emma56
03-03-2007, 06:04 PM
I didn't know you, But I see that many Love you

Vince Brennan
02-28-2011, 03:24 AM
Damn.

I forgot.

skuthorp
02-28-2011, 04:28 AM
I of all people should remember, it's my birthday.

purri
02-28-2011, 06:01 AM
May Biaime be with him.

elf
02-28-2011, 06:43 AM
My favorite playlist on my iPod is the one called "CD for Meer". It's the length of 2.5 CDs now, but I see no reason to change the name. Lew told me once that it got there too late for the Meer to actually listen to it.

The Bigfella
02-28-2011, 06:53 AM
Hmmm. I'll get a glass and raise it to Meer

........ and the Glenfiddich is good (as was the Meerkat)

Tom Montgomery
02-28-2011, 08:32 AM
A Movie for Meerkat (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2Dg8ikc4Tw)

I miss David.

brad9798
02-28-2011, 07:40 PM
David was a great person ... I still think of him often.

:(

:)

Concordia...41
02-28-2011, 07:52 PM
Thanks Tom -

I Love that video! Joe did such a great job! If I could figure out how, I'd pull up Somewhere over the Rainbow and mute what was substituted :(

It's fun to try to name everyone as their face comes on the screen. I can still get all but a couple. Then when I see the names at the end it's an 'oh yeah' moment.

There's a link to pcford's video on the right.

What a great place this was and is!

-M

Edited to add - just go to iTunes (or where ever) and purchase - Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Kaulana Kanekoa & Vince Esquire) play that with YouTube muted and you'll get the original effect. And possibly a good cry - Mer, Ken, Norm... my Dave (not pictured). Even the long banned stanv made the video.

Peter Kalshoven
02-28-2011, 08:13 PM
A glass of the good stuff, lifted for one of the good ones. Fair Winds and Following Seas, Mr. Meerkat!

John B
02-28-2011, 08:35 PM
Neat seeing that again, and a few of my old pics in there as well.
David always asked me about Swirly World , the boat Andrew Fagan had a few adventures on. I could never find it . Turned out it was out being stored/ refitted for another big trip. Anyway I did finally run into it on the harbour one weekend and had a good conversation with Andrew and told him about David.
I took this clip for him too, but I don't think he saw it.


http://www.youtube.com/user/waioneb3#p/u/7/nDBvPFu769k

john welsford
03-01-2011, 01:32 PM
I found a copy of Davids book about Swirly World ( in perpetuity) and sent it up to David about 6months from his ending, he was really intrigued by the story.
JohnW


Neat seeing that again, and a few of my old pics in there as well.
David always asked me about Swirly World , the boat Andrew Fagan had a few adventures on. I could never find it . Turned out it was out being stored/ refitted for another big trip. Anyway I did finally run into it on the harbour one weekend and had a good conversation with Andrew and told him about David.
I took this clip for him too, but I don't think he saw it.


http://www.youtube.com/user/waioneb3#p/u/7/nDBvPFu769k

Bob Cleek
03-01-2011, 01:54 PM
Just noticed this thread. What a bummer. He certainly left his mark on all of us. A good man.

Hwyl
03-01-2011, 02:47 PM
Just watched the video again a serious case of eye leaking here

Shang
03-01-2011, 02:56 PM
Now he is safe.

Bob (oh, THAT Bob)
03-07-2011, 02:16 AM
I had thought of him on the anniversary of his passing but thought it better to commemorate his birthday. Which I would have to look up. But it did strike me how quickly time is passing. I think of David, and someone else that is gone, when I encounter things that one of them would enjoy.