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#3499310 Long time personal friend of Woggie

Posted by johan1901 on 06 September 2016 - 06:05 AM

Hey. I remember you, although I don't think we spoke more than once or twice. I was probably 15 and sulking at a computer in a small Australian town. For the juxtaposition: currently finishing a small cry for an old friend over my iPhone in a sandwich shop outside the Tower of London.

Ryan meant a lot to me and I think about him frequently, as I did when he was alive. He always encouraged me to write, although not to study. I dedicated my PhD thesis to him when I started it in 2010 but I didn't submit it until 2014. Dedication stayed the same. We didn't communicate much after 2011 but I always intended to send him the damn thing so he knew what he'd done for me.

I managed a mental health/suicide prevention campaign for young men in remote areas of New South Wales in 2014. It was a good (in some ways brutal) thing to do. I like to think I've found some peace with his death, and sometimes I'm sure I have. This is the first time I've posted on GTU about it.

It is good to know that the sadness felt by GTUers was received. Thanks for letting us know.

#3492881 Woogierama

Posted by johan1901 on 30 November 2015 - 07:50 PM

Yeah, I had a drink for Ryan on Thursday. Didn't he'd approve of this spilling it on the ground business.

Love you Em.

#3479823 What's made your day today?

Posted by johan1901 on 11 December 2014 - 02:54 PM

I packed my rain coat ;). Central Australia in Summer is like living at the business end of a hair dryer so I'll be pretty happy to see a bit of rain. But mainly happy to see you. At the airport now - early, as Sydney traffic was uncharacteristically merciful. I have a copy of Wolf in White Van for some holiday reading.

#3479800 What's made your day today?

Posted by johan1901 on 10 December 2014 - 09:21 PM

All packed to go see Em tomorrow :guitar: . Also, Em lives near the beach B)

#3478632 What's made your day today?

Posted by johan1901 on 02 November 2014 - 10:40 PM

This particular one is in Vancouver but I've got some strategies for securing more interesting work based in Montreal. Are you still there? That'd be sweet. Submitting the application was mainly uplifting as it signified I am finally moving on some future-planning, which I have been niftily avoiding for the past year by running fun projects in remote areas of Australia while playing percussion in a jug band. Also, I have nothing insightful to say about the new Aphex Twin album.

#3478626 What's made your day today?

Posted by johan1901 on 02 November 2014 - 04:30 PM

I applied for a postdoc in Canada and reserved a couple of sweet airfares to NZ to see Emma next month :yes2:

#3476653 For Em, long overdue

Posted by johan1901 on 18 September 2014 - 11:38 PM

Yep, definitely due for an Em appreciation thread.


Em has been a fixture in my life for an alarmingly good chunk of said life. We've shared highs, lows, weird, and not so weird phases. She's super cool and I've always been pretty sure that if life got too rough I could probably go bunk with Em for a while. Em is always doing something inspirational. Also, she let me sleep in her driveway once and we had cheese cake. Looking forward to seeing you again in December, mate.

#3471869 What was your first car?

Posted by johan1901 on 19 May 2014 - 01:22 PM

'91 Toyota Camry wagon. Automatic. My dad bought it and gave it to me when I left home. It constantly broke down and wouldn't start if I parked it in the sun on a hot day. There was a neat trick to get it started involving a hammer in the solenoids that I never quite got the hang of. I had it for about 3 years and it had a lot of kms on the clock. I had trouble selling it so eventually I gave it to a homeless guy. He crashed it a few times and I doubt it's still on the road. I don't miss it.


The idea of Jack driving a car also makes me feel old, but it's also pretty cool.

#3471177 Happy birthday, Spongeypoos!

Posted by johan1901 on 25 April 2014 - 04:47 PM

Happy 30th Tyler. If you send me your address I'll post you that 'Sympathy' card I bought for your 21st but felt it was too mean to send. May hearts continue to harden with age. Cheers, man.

#3464848 Let's talk about some books!

Posted by johan1901 on 06 December 2013 - 10:11 PM

Hmmm, must be all those children he has.

#3464841 Let's talk about some books!

Posted by johan1901 on 06 December 2013 - 06:35 PM

Sounds like it's a case of lots of things happening rather than time moving slowly. Who knew procreation was the cure for procrastination all along?

#3405657 This....this almost like something I would do

Posted by johan1901 on 25 December 2011 - 09:47 PM

He really needs to sharpen that mystic knife.

#3383986 I used to think Em was just awesome....

Posted by johan1901 on 16 July 2011 - 01:36 AM

Geeez, Em. The man needs some L&P to wash all that down/bring on type II diabetes.

*Note to self: you have to try a perkynana on visit to NZ in December. Do not verbalise this intention to anyone.

#3376321 So, books.

Posted by johan1901 on 26 May 2011 - 01:08 AM

I'm currently reading "For the term of his natural life", which is free from the Un-named-ereader Store. "My crowded solitude" is similarly challenging, and can be found in ebook form at http://gutenberg.net.au/ - which is a good site for out of print Australian books (uh, 'cause that'll come in handy). I imagine you've read "Heart of Darkness", ahem, for posterity.

He finished the last book in the Wheel of Time series after Robert Jordan passed away last year, his estate actually chose him based off of only 4 books that Sanderson has written (3 of which were a trilogy). I'd say it's a pretty big deal if the family of the guy who wrote one of the most epic fantasy series ever and was working on the 14th book when he died, chooses you to finish the book, you would do a great job.

Whenever I'm tempted to respond to your posts it occurs to me that perhaps you are a brilliant troll, up there with the likes of Paris Hilton, or Newsgirl (though I now understand the latter was totally serious, I believed). Oh, the subtleties. True genius.

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