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END OF THE YEAR AND A FINAL SAD GOODBYE

END OF THE YEAR AND A FINAL SAD GOODBYE

I hope I’m doing the right thing here at the end of this year of ‘07.

I thought of doing it at Christmas but then, how do I say a Merry Christmas and then go on to remember Allan Kelly in the same breath.

But I believe I can wish the best for all of the regulars here and hope the new year will be good for us all and a damn sight happier.

But for tonight guys and girls, sorry but I am one sad, oh so slightly down at the mouth individual who can’t help but think of Allan Kelly. 

The Skipper.

Some of you knew him better, longer and on a personal level.  I didn’t have that privilege being fairly new here.

It was quite easy to like The Skipper and I sure did appreciate his writing and humor. 

It isn’t being negative or critical to state the fact that the old saying whereby nobody is irreplaceable, is false.  Allan was not replaceable.

I feel somewhat cheated that I didn’t know him better, but am very thankful that I knew him at all.  No matter how slightly.

I’ve no idea how many may read this, but it’s my hope that a fair number of you will and you’ll simply remember him as the old year fades into the new.

His memory I hope will never fade, because Allan Kelly deserves better from us.  I hope that somewhere down the road we might have some small icon or something in the BMEWS masthead that acknowledges Skipper. 

As the year ends there’s someone else who I think deserves our year end good wishes and sincere thanks.  And that is Mr. Christian.
His patience with a newbe, the questions answered and some of em not very bright questions and his help to a total stranger is well appreciated.

I am very grateful that he has kept this blog going, up to now at least.  With a family and another life, running a blog can not be easy and it’s a job I would never want.  Nor could I do it if I wanted to.  I think it does take special and quite savvy people to do the job.

So, a public Thank You Mr. C.  You as well are one of a kind.

And speaking of savvy people, the regulars I’ve seen posting comments on this blog site are some very sharp folks indeed.  I have the greatest respect for
you all.

My personal Best Wishes and Regards to all with the hope that you will have a very Healthy New Year.  If you have health, happy will follow.

Cheers

JayD (peiper)


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Not that very many people ever read this far down, but this blog was the creation of Allan Kelly and his friend Vilmar. Vilmar moved on to his own blog some time ago, and Allan ran this place alone until his sudden and unexpected death partway through 2006. We all miss him. A lot. Even though he is gone this site will always still be more than a little bit his. We who are left to carry on the BMEWS tradition owe him a great debt of gratitude, and we hope to be able to pay that back by following his last advice to us all:
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