So Long, Eric Faine, And Thank You For Being You

Eric, it’s now been almost exactly 48 hours since I found out that you have passed from this plane of existence. I will never forget you, my brother, and I know that I will never enjoy, as much as I did with you, staying up until all hours of the morning just talking about all of the assorted things that we did over the last decade or so. Never again, at least in this life, will I share the hearty laughs that we shared, the invective-filled rants against all of the stupidity, avarice and greed of those we mutually loathed. (They know who they are and I promise to carry on your avowed fight against them.)

You were a true modern-day Renaissance man. Never have I met an individual who had been dealt such a crappy hand at the beginning of the poker game of life, only to turn it into a royal straight flush. Your knowledge, wisdom, ingenuity and creativeness were decades ahead of your young years. I consider myself a truly lucky man to have ever had the privilege of knowing you and even more so for having you, of all six-billion-plus people on this ball of dirt, call me “friend”.

It tears my soul apart knowing that I will never again be able to come home from a shitty day at work, sit down, sign onto the ‘Net and have a friendly “Eh, white bullah!” waiting on me to put a smile on my face and make me forget about the real world and its sundry problems , if only for a brief while. Without even trying (or probably knowing), you brought a kind of joy to life that can’t be put into words. Even though you lived almost exactly on the other side of the planet, it seemed like you were my best friend living next door. The all-too-brief time that I got to spend with you when you came to visit will forever be ingrained deep in my mind as some of the best I’ve ever spent with a good friend. I only wish that I had had the means and wherewithal to have been able to spend more time with you. I envy your friends in Australia who were fortunate to be able to share their lives with you in the real world, but I know that they have got to be missing you as much, if not more, than I do. (At this time, I can’t see how that is possible, but they were lucky enough to have been able to know and grow to love you in person for so much longer.)

Eric, I hope to meet you on the other side of this mortal vale and share eternity drinking your world-famous rum. Forgive me for not letting you know how much you meant to me in this life, but know that you will never be forgotten. Ever. You were taken away from us far too soon. Rest in peace, brother. There will never be another like you.

F.E.T.E., one more time, my friend.

B.C.

24 comments

  1. 1
    LC Gladiator growls and barks:

    Didnt know EFA…………………….. but if BC was moved to post, its a good thing

  2. 2
    Djach growls and barks:

    I’d be lying if I said this didn’t bring a tear to my eye! Such an eloquent post, and thank you for sharing…

  3. 3
    LC Grammar Czar, G.L.O.R. growls and barks:

    It’s perfect, BC, and as I told you on the chat, it didn’t need to be eloquent (tho it was, in your own way); it simply needed to come from the heart. 😎

  4. 4
    LC Scott growls and barks:

    Thank You BC

  5. 5

    BC, this is beautiful. Just when I begin to move forward, the hole left by his passing rears and I am once again engulfed in grief. Thank you, dear friend.

  6. 6
    LC Mike in Chi growls and barks:

    Thanks BC, I wish I could have known him by your words alone.
    A kindred spirit is a rare find, a brother from another mother.

  7. 7
    LC Grammar Czar, G.L.O.R. growls and barks:

    From Nick: Erics funeral arrangements have been finalized for this tuesday at 2pm. The service will be held at the centenery lakes community hall on greenslopes st for those that wish to attend. I have also been asked to inform people NOT to send flowers – its just not Eric`s style.

  8. 8
    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    Thanks, BeeCee, that was beautiful. Especially to somebody like me who missed the Florida Rottfest, and now I’m even more sorry that I did. But you gave me a great picture of who Eric was in person and for that I’m grateful.

    Besides, anybody who’ll tell you to “fuck off” will instantly impress me. Not something anybody would be advised to do lightly 😉

    Kidding there, brother.

    OT: In other matters, after a bit of wrangling with PayPal’s fund transfer slowness, I got the funds that you guys so generously provided for LC purple raider boxed, stamped and shipped. Thanks, once again, for standing up for a member of our community. You all are great folk and I am truly privileged to know you and call you friends.

    Which is why it hurts so bad when we lose of of ours.

  9. 9
    LC HJ Caveman82952 growls and barks:

    A finer tribute could not be penned…….thanks, BC

  10. 10
    Radical Redneck growls and barks:

    Thanks BC that was very good. EFA was a moderator over at the Conservative Cave. The original DUmmie FUnnies.

    You can see his many, many posts there which will give you a good take on his wit, irreverence and fun.

    http://www.conservativecave.com/index.php/board,10.0.html

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    LC hilljohnny growls and barks:

    does anyone have a picture of EFA?

  12. 12
    L.C. Mope growls and barks:

    I want to apologize to my friends for my erroneous accusation. It is so hard to believe.

    Here, hilljohnny, steal one from me- I stole them myself.

    http://rottie-refugees.com

  13. 13

    Mope, we understand. And thank you for the lovely tribute you wrote.

  14. 14
    BC, Imperial Torturer growls and barks:

    Mope, I had a very similar reaction when I first heard the news. I was wishing to the bottom of my heart that it wasn’t true and that it was all some kind of cruel hoax. Turns out that the only thing cruel is how life allows gazillions of festering fuckbags to live to ripe old ages, yet takes an incredible soul like EFA in the prime of his life. You, my friend, are among brothers and sisters. I’d give you a hug if I could fit my arms around your Sam Adams’ keg caloric storage vessel.

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    LC HJ Caveman82952 growls and barks:

    Which is why it hurts so bad when we lose of of ours

    , .

    Yes, it does…..
    Leaving me to beieve that as a group, we are composed of many unusual, widly experienced, traveled, skilled inividuals. sharing a belief system..
    I am truly honored to be considered one of you.
    My wife was a Rottie,….that is why I came here first that fateful day,
    For what we provide for our fellows in the form of moral support, not to mention financial.
    The true meaning of a hand up, not a hand out………..
    You guide my personal behaviors as well, simply going about my business,
    And Misha is right, they hurt, they all hurt,…..

  16. 16

    All I can say is Amen BC, and the same for Mope. One thing can certainly be said of all the Rotties. Their hearts are a hell of alot bigger than their internal alcohol repositories. 😉

  17. 17
    L.C. Mope growls and barks:

    BC says-

    I’d give you a hug if I could fit my arms around your Sam Adams’ keg caloric storage vessel.

    That there is like a ‘six pack ab’ only with more exercise. I like to think of it as my keg ab. If da broads like six pack abs they should really like my giant ab!

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    BC, Imperial Torturer says:

    I’d give you a hug if I could fit my arms around your Sam Adams’ keg caloric storage vessel.

    Ok, I had to laugh, because the time I gave Mope a goodbye hug at the FL Fest, EFA told me to be careful of getting a hernia!! :em05:

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    LC LOBO growls and barks:

    Eric, I hope to meet you on the other side of this mortal vale and share eternity drinking your world-famous rum. Forgive me for not letting you know how much you meant to me in this life, but know that you will never be forgotten. Ever. You were taken away from us far too soon. Rest in peace, brother. There will never be another like you.

    F.E.T.E., one more time, my friend.

    I think that this song sums up what we really feel, think, want to say, THANK YOU !!!

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    LC Grammar Czar, G.L.O.R. growls and barks:

    For all who are interested: Eric’s funeral is Tues., 1400. The time conversion for the US is: Monday, Central time: 2200; Eastern should be 2300, Mountain time should be 2100, and Pacific time should be 2000. These times are calculated with Daylight time. If you live in a state which just HAS to be different, you’re on your own.

    It would be nice to gather at H&B. While we can’t be there in person, we can be there in spirit.

    Here is a program to help you figure it out, if you need to.

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    Igor, Imperial Booby growls and barks:

    Et Lux Perpetua, Eric Fain. We are with you in spirit, and will soon enough join you. Good on ya, mate! I never knew ye, but it’s enough that you have the Rottie’s admiration. Be seein’ ya!

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    Library Czar growls and barks:

    Dear Eric,
    I’m sorry my friend that its taken me this long to put some words down. My grief and shock at your passing has been paralyzing to me. I thank you for all those nights I would have been lonely were it not for your kind words and quick wit. I would like to say that I grieve now for you but that would be a lie. I grieve for those of us left behind because your wicked sense of humor and keen observation have been torn from us. I miss the late night discussions we had over topics ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous. Hey boong, don’t sleep on the road…

    Eric you made my world a much richer place and I miss you greatly. I will always love you brother.

    Till we meet again….

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    LC Grammar Czar, G.L.O.R. growls and barks:

    Nice one, Azy.

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    LC Grammar Czar, G.L.O.R. growls and barks:

    My apologies, gang, for all those who were coming to H&B tonight…our memorial actually starts one hour LATER than what I posted: 11pm central, 12 midnight, eastern; 10 pm mountain, and 9pm on the left coast. I totally misread it. Sorry.