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    Godspeed burro!
    THIS IS WHERE I WOULD PUT SOMETHING TO REPRESENT MY THINKING, BUT THEN THEY SHOW UP!
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    This is so sad to hear. My heart grieves for his son. Thank you, jp, for sharing your visit with Burro,,,

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    Thinking on Burrocrat, reminds me, back in July 2016, burro and nnutt were so supportive to me. The discussion on July 4, veterans enduring their pains, and then again with the noise of the fireworks. My son, Naval Rescue Swimmer, Ret., trying to get thru the days, especially the nights. His medical folks got him involved with Warrior Canine Connection in Boyds, MD, a short drive from his home, was just selected as a receipient, and now finishing up intense daily training with his dog.
    Warriorcanineconnectio.org is a fantastic outfit, one also in Menlo Park, CA. Very worthy. Check it out. I
    I visited last year, everyone very kind, knowledgeable, thorough in vetting for needs. The dogs initial training is by volunteer veterans. The near constant human contact from birth onward, is by volunteers also.. There are video cams at the different activity areas, can be seen at their website, thru explore.org.
    My thanx to Burro. to nnutt, and you others who were with me in thoughts and prayers.


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    I am unable to reply to all of your private messages at the moment. I will do so as soon as I get back home to Florida in the next few days. I am at Matt's place in North Dakota trying to leave Matt's elderly father and 15 year old son set up for the next few months while they wade through all the legal hoops. Yesterday i took him to get a haircut and today we are going to the school district to upload his lunch spending account and maybe do a little school shopping as well. We have many conversations about "dad" and he is enjoying reading all your responses. He said "it feels really good to see my dad had so many friends."
    If tears could build a stairway, I would walk right up to heaven and bring you back again.

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    Thanks jp. Thanks for the info you sent.

    So, it sounds like Matt has set up his son up financially, but it will be a couple of years before he has access to those funds. His dad also lived with him. Maybe we should start a GoFundMe campaign to help in some way in the interim. It may not be much, but they still have bills to pay.

    Any comments or suggestions? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsptalk View Post
    Thanks jp. Thanks for the info you sent.

    So, it sounds like Matt has set up his son up financially, but it will be a couple of years before he has access to those funds. His dad also lived with him. Maybe we should start a GoFundMe campaign to help in some way in the interim. It may not be much, but they still have bills to pay.

    Any comments or suggestions? Thanks.
    Good idea, Tom. Set it up. A quick and easy way we can help out.

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    I created a GoFundMe campaign. For some reason I am terrible at expressing myself in these situations so if anyone wants to reword what I have created, just send me a PM with suggestions.

    Here is the link.

    https://www.gofundme.com/matt-shell-aka-burrocrat

    (Update: we met our goal and I will be sending Jacob the funds on Tuesday.)

    Thanks so much!


    (http://www.tsptalk.com/mb/site-news-...tml#post608101)
    Last edited by tsptalk; 08-13-2018 at 07:18 PM. Reason: Update

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    OMG....this is such shocking news !

    Just a thought : Back in early 2016, Burro posted a request in my "Vacation" thread...he was looking for some "waypoints" from Uluru :

    Quote Originally Posted by burrocrat View Post
    Uluru: Tourists return stones to 'cursed' Ayers Rock - Telegraph


    there seems to be varying opinions about "souvenirs".

    well, i have great respect for native culture, having lived on reservations, having a navajo foster brother for a while, having married a (part) nez perce gal - boy could she fight - my son carries the blood, having spent time twice at the bottom of the grand canyon with the havasupai, witnessing hopi kachina dances, and other events i won't mention. i am convinced there are mystical things in this world we don't really understand but are not necessarily contradictory to christianity.

    so i have over time in my life collected some 'markers'. not really actual pieces of something sacred, rather something from the vicinity, it is not the origin of the piece but the location, the coordinates which it came from. that uluru is a giant cosmic vortex and i'm building a series of waypoints, to help find the ways in case i get lost in that in-between gauzy world again.

    i am not so worried about the first things mentioned in that article: i am familiar with bad luck - and good, i've know sickness - and health, been through a marriage breakup and child custody that made hell seem like a vacation - although it was heaven sometimes, and been close enough to death more than a few times that i'm pretty sure some of them i was on the other side or at least in the transition zone. so that is why it helps to keep markers, to orient yourself, to find your way back, to call in your guide (guardian angels of a sort).

    so if you find yourself in a location near uluru where it doesn't violate your moral code to acquire a chip of red sandstone, i would sure enjoy having it. we can work out a deal later.

    ...
    We went on to bring back some samples from Uluru and Kata Tjuta ; he sent me a TSPTalk silver coin in exchange.

    Burro ? I hope the addition of our "markers" helped you find your waypoints...RIP, my Friend...


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    In memory of burro.

    “Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.” -Thomas Jefferson

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    I got a message from GoFundMe saying my payment violated the Terms Of Service. Perhaps it is because it is like I paid myself? I'm not sure. The TOS is encyclopedic in size so I am just going to try a different payment method. If it also does not work again, I may just have to add my contribution to the check on top of whatever we collect. We'll see.

    OK, I found this:

    The information in our system indicates that youmade a payment to your own account with your credit card. Unfortunately, thiscan be interpreted as using our system to provide yourself with a cash advancewhich is against our Terms of Service. You may review our terms at thefollowing link: 400 Bad Request.If you are attempting to enter donations on behalf of others, we recommendedusing the “Offline Donation” feature. This allows you to give credit toyour donors, but also avoid the transaction costs of running the paymentsonline.
    Quote Originally Posted by tsptalk View Post
    I created a GoFundMe campaign. For some reason I am terrible at expressing myself in these situations so if anyone wants to reword what I have created, just send me a PM with suggestions.

    Here is the link.

    https://www.gofundme.com/matt-shell-aka-burrocrat

    Thanks so much!


    (http://www.tsptalk.com/mb/site-news-...tml#post608101)
    Last edited by tsptalk; 08-10-2018 at 08:10 PM. Reason: found this...

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    This is a very sad shock. Since the election in 2016 I haven't been to the forum much, but whenever I did the first thing I wanted to do was to catch up on burro's comments. Truly an interesting and entertaining man, and damn funny! He was also a man of his word, paying up on a bet we had made. I always thought that it sure would be fun to be neighbors with burro.

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    Rest In Peace, Burrocrat. May the Lord forgive you of your sins; may He write your name in the Lamb’s Book of Life; and May you reside in Heaven forever; in His precious name we pray, Amen!
    God bless the United States of America!


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