Please join me in bidding Nichomachus goodbye
For those who haven’t already heard, Nichomachus passed away on Feb. 24.
Nichomachus was a friend of mine. Although we originally met in person more than 15 years ago and would occasionally meet for a meal or for a hockey game that involved his beloved Bruins (even though he lived hundreds of miles away), our friendship was primarily nurtured and strengthened online and in e-mail. More than 12 years ago when I revealed something personal on the Smirking Chimp that he was already aware of, he quickly sent me an e-mail headed “Busted!” Not long after our covers were blown, we both fled to SV, where it took us longer than it should have to realize that we weren’t welcome there and that our shared antipathy toward neoliberalism was construed as a fault rather than as an advantage. And so, like many others, we both wound up here (although, unlike me, he stubbornly maintained a presence at that Other Place, mainly, I suspect, to cause trouble.)
Nicho was a skeptic and a scholar, he was arguably a curmudgeon, he could be hilarious often, but fundamentally he was a deeply caring person, who had the misfortune of remembering, asking questions, and of actually paying attention, attributes that are generally frowned upon today. Is it any surprise that he was a big fan of H.L. Mencken and George Carlin?
It was a rare day when I didn’t receive at least a half dozen e-mails from him. Even though we were on the same time zone and I am an early riser, his were often the first in my inbox every morning. Although his messages covered a variety of topics, everything from hockey to science and, of course, to current events, there were a few subject headings that he often repeated. One was “Tell me again why you haven’t moved to Canada?!” (through the luck of birth, I qualify for dual citizenship) and the other, my favorite, was “Why aren’t we rioting in the streets?”
So long, Nichomachus. I’m sure that I’m not the only one who misses you. Nor am I the only one who will never forget you.kjg, Smarmie Doofus, Rehrucken and 81 othersslipslidingaway, B Calm, Major Hogwash, MistaP, Blackspade, Pastiche, liberal at heart, hopemountain, pacalo, no retreat no surrender, Port tack 8, Odd John, ablamj, bvar22, Segami, Wood, dlegendary1, VoiceOfReason, Mod mom, Melissa G, BlueAK, Land of Enchantment, FourScore, Cleita, vadem, frylock, jeff47, historylovr, GloriaMundi, Bernin4U, Octafish, N2Doc, senz, Mac1949, SurrealAmerican, Silver Witch, azurnoir, closeupready, Doremus Jessup, jwirr, OzoneTom, Half Century Man, Marym625, twenty, WillyT, Salemcourt, disillusioned73, turtlegurl, HeartoftheMidwest, liberalbeforeitwaspopular, tk2kewl, canoeist52, d3lic, Enthusiast, nenagh, area woman, LiberalElite, Colors of the Rainbow, A little weird, Bluesuedeshoes, FanBoy, Ichingcarpenter, glinda, shanti, Piperay, 7wo7rees, Pangolino, PennLawyer, Xyzse, Haikugal, Hunter S, Baba OhReally, Passionate Progressive, Pacco Fransisco, KarenS, Manny Goldstein, ThouArtThat, Art from Ark, NV Wino, broiles, beltanefauve like this
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