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The Summer fetes are upon us, after two dry years. Some of our favorites didn’t make it – though a couple of those died before the lockdown.

We went to two on Saturday. We knew most everyone at the first one and no-one at the second. I’m happy to say, it was absolutely 100% the old normal. People were hugging and shaking hands, there were no masks. I pointed it out to Uncle B and he was startled that he hadn’t even noticed.

It’s just so easy to fall back into that groove. If they try to lock us down again this Fall, they may have a time of it.

This pretty little church is in the village of Stone cum Ebony. We took a detour down a shady country lane to see it. We’ve never visited this one before – it’s kind of a trek for us – but we weren’t disappointed. English churches are left unlocked, even the very remote ones, so we could go inside and sit in the quiet for a while.

If you haven’t heard, blogosphere giant Dave in Texas died last Wednesday. He was once a major co-blogger at Ace of Spades and longtime member of the merry band at Innocent Bystanders.

I only Twitter knew him, but he was always a ray of fucking sunshine (it says so right in his bio). He was posting dog pictures the day before he died.

Internet bereavements are strange, aren’t they?


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 25, 2022, 7:15 pm

I have no idea how he died. There was no mention of it anywhere, and he was on Twitter the day before. Nobody seems to be discussing it, so I assume it is not tactful to ask. I’m not always good at knowing what’s tactful.

Comment from Mrs. Peel
Time: July 25, 2022, 7:20 pm

All we know is it was unexpected.

I thought you did meet Dave in person once, at an AOSHQ meet-up in either NYC or Boston. This was right around the time you revealed you were a woman. I could swear you mentioned getting a big hug from him. Maybe I imagined that.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 25, 2022, 7:51 pm

Yes, I met him once in person at the Boston meetup. And yes, I got one of his patented hugs. I didn’t want to sound like I knew him knew him.

I’m sure some people who visit this blog interacted with him much more.

Comment from Mrs. Peel
Time: July 25, 2022, 8:08 pm

Oh yeah. I didn’t *know* him either. We saw him maybe half a dozen times at various events. He met us for dinner once when he was in town, so he did meet our oldest (youngest wasn’t born yet).

Well, regardless, I will hit the road at the ass crack of dawn tomorrow to head up to Temple. I will try not to be too weird despite being from the internet.

Comment from Teej
Time: July 26, 2022, 12:43 am

I know what you mean about internet bereavements. I’m still missing Oregon Muse, who wouldn’t have known me from Adam.

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