Bob and I became friends about 10 years ago on AOL. Together we would rile up the right wingers in chat rooms and bask in our success at bringing stupidity front and center. We were a tag team and had many years of fun on AOL.
In 2005, I decided to start a blog. Bob had one and I figured, hey, if Bob can do it, so can I. My blog was extremely political, while Bob’s blog was more diverse. I remember when he got angry after my very first post on my very first blog got accolades from a prominent political blog, and I was featured front and center.
Bob was a mentor to me in the world of blogs. We never met, but we talked from time to time on the telephone. He knew me at my core, and we shared a world surrounded by depression and anxiety. He was there for me when I was suicidal. He was there for me when I was hospitalized. He was there for me when I was in pain. He was there during my cancer treatment. We were bonded in a way only he and I could understand and enjoy.
He called me on May 4 ... I missed the call. He never answered when I kept calling him back.
I miss him so much. I will never forget him. I hope he stays near me. I have so many friends in the next world (smiling) ... they will take care of him. I will pray that my family embraces him and helps on his new journey. At least the depression will be gone. And the anxiety.
I love you Bob.