BrainHellI went to his blog today and found out that he died last night at 8:40pm. What can I say? My feeling is that this beautiful, beautiful person is beginning his next journey and I am sure that it will greater than I could ever imagine or hope for him. BrainHell might have scoffed at sentiments like that, though. He wasn't religious at all. In fact, he was an atheist, and he was completely comfortable being that way. I remember all the times on his blog we all made jokes about The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. He was different from me but I just felt so attached to him. We all were, even though our lives were so different from each other's and from his. I can't imagine him being any way other than how he was.
I don't even remember how I found his blog. At first, I was really afraid to say anything because he wasn't the kind of person to suffer fools gladly. The man had a brilliant mind (His chess skills were unmatched among those of us who posted there). He was really compassionate though. He made a point of sending me an e-mail thanking me for my comments and telling me that he enjoyed me reading his blog. I've held onto it for over a year now. If you were familiar with him, if you saw how little use he had for flattery (giving or receiving it), then you'd understand why his words were/are so special to me.
It's going to take some time for me to really come to grips with the loss of this member of the disability blogosphere.
Oh dear, it seems I've messed up a bit here. Jansenist was kind enough to point out to me how wrong I was with regards to BrainHell's beliefs. He actually wasn't an atheist at all. I apologize for the mistake.