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Flowers for the Family of weid man
Posted: Posted August 9th
Edited August 9th by Fox Forever
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A lot of us in FE (Faded Enigma) and GT alike have been really hurt by the loss of our beloved weid man. Some of us over there wanted to get a floral arrangement for his family to be delivered to their house. It took a long talk of what exactly to send but we had decided on GT colors (blue and yellow).

However we just hit the realization that the flowers would only be from us at FE and since GT was really the birthplace of all of our connections, we wanted to bring all of GT in on this so that it's from the entire website as a whole. We weren't sure if anyone wanted to contribute anything from here. Sprays can be somewhat costly but I'm sure we can give his family something really nice if we all pitch in. We have yet to figure out how we are going to collect the money or what the exact arrangement will be (still researching so if you want to help in that we'd appreciate it). But we are floating the idea over here to see what others think.

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Sorry, I'm dirt poor, but it's a beautiful idea.

Posted August 9th by Aurelian
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That's fine. It's still going to be from "The GT Family" so you won't be left out either way.

Posted August 9th by Fox Forever
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Nearly any person that has used any form of gametalk at all has had interactions with Weid man, whether good or bad. People held many opinions of him throughout the years, both good and bad. He could be the most annoying person on the planet, or the most helpful, but he always had good intentions. As someone who was fairly close to Weid, I experienced both the best and the worst of him, but he was a great person that was struggling through something that I don’t think any one of us could even come close to understanding. Weid was always supportive of everyone and loved to make people laugh. Right up to the very end, gametalk still very much was his life. Although I had known for many years that this day would be coming very soon, I still struggle to find the words of what exactly this all means to me. Whatever we decide to do, I will gladly be a part of any sort of memorial/dedication that is put together to help support his family in these tough times.

Posted August 9th by MSS
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You have my bow.


Yes I will donate. I am a spazz with technology but if you can provide me a way to do it I will chip in some money.

Have his parents released any funeral information?

Posted August 9th by S.O.H.
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I am in contact with his mom and she said currently they are figuring it out. We wanted to have it delivered for his funeral but it might be more practical to have it delivered to their house instead.

Posted August 9th by Fox Forever
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I'll donate too if there's a crowdfund for flowers. I'll try to remember to check back with this post later.

Posted August 9th by BryanH
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I'd like to see artwork of a red Yoshi included in there somehow; it would make the whole thing that much more special.

Posted August 9th by Black Yoshi
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There should be a way of letting us all sign or add a personal note or something -- that way we can all contribute even if we can't contribute financially (I'm probably more broke than feral at the moment).

I also added this post up top. Probably not necessary since we get like 3 posts per day but still.

Posted August 9th by Xhin
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Sky's the limit

I'd like to see artwork of a red Yoshi included in there somehow; it would make the whole thing that much more special.

Yeah we were wanting to do something Yoshi related. If I was picking it up myself I would do it but I don't know if it can be requested by flower places.

We did at least have a red Yoshi smash day yesterday for like an hour to honor Garrett.





There should be a way of letting us all sign or add a personal note or something -- that way we can all contribute even if we can't contribute financially (I'm probably more broke than feral at the moment).

I was thinking about doing something like that and compiling a document of everyone's quote. I can give that to his parents myself (I will be attending the funeral).

Posted August 9th by Fox Forever
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i can chip in

Posted August 10th by poptart!
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I can chip in. Is there any way we could do hand-written notes, like for his parents too?

Posted August 10th by Ophelia
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If you send them to me and they get here in time I'm willing to haul them there.

Posted August 10th by Fox Forever
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How about this

Could the members of GTx0 hand write something, take a picture (or scan it or w/e), upload it here, and we can make a compilation collage/letter/poster type thing?

and we could incorporate the artwork you mentioned
and maybe funny weid quotes from Gtx0 (but PG enough for his parents)

Edited August 10th by Ophelia
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Mayhap make a Google Doc for everyone to write messages on and then print that out for the family.

Posted August 10th by Black Yoshi
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I will help pay.

Posted August 10th by Vandy
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I really don't have much, but I would chip in $10-20 if that helps. Sadly, that's just about all I can spare this month.

Posted August 10th by Jet Presto
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As a FE mainstay, I:

Am already on board with all of this and am willing to chip in my piece.

Like Ophelia's idea of the handwritten collage.

Miss Garrett.

Posted August 10th by Jahoy Hoy
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I will donate money, just let me know how once you've worked it out.

A crowd funding site like gofundme or something might be easiest if they let you set a short timeframe.

Posted August 10th by Moonray
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after a little bit of thought I think that PayPal may be the best way to do it. GoFundMe takes 5% of a cutaway. I was thinking that whatever gets donated to the PayPal if there's an excess of money, Then whatever is left over will be donated to the NF to fund on Garrett page. I don't mind letting Xhin have access to this account either. If it is underfunded I will pay the difference myself.

For now get your statements or words of well wishes ready for Garrett Family. I'm a little bit bogged down today. But, I will set up the PayPal tomorrow. Let me know what you think of this plan.

Posted August 10th by Fox Forever
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Please forgive any grammar or punctuation errors in my last statement. I have to use talk to text Because I am a tiny bit preoccupied.

Posted August 10th by Fox Forever
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IIRC, paypal takes a fee as well. Probably the sanest option though.

I've been looking around, and something like this sounds perfect for what we're trying to do:
https://www.kudoboard.com/

Posted August 10th by Xhin
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Sky's the limit

With PayPal I do not think there are fees if you transfer directly from your PayPal balance or directly from a linked bank account. If you use a debit or credit card there is a fee.

Posted August 10th by Vandy
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Paypal fee is relatively minimal for something like this. I recently sent a friend $30 and the service fee was $1.17.

Whatever we decide, I'd like to contribute as well. I didn't really know Weid personally, but it was impossible not to get a laugh out of some of the things he posted here. I'll miss seeing him around.

Posted August 11th by Count Dooku
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If I remember to check in on this before you do whatever, I'd be happy to chip in a few bucks.

From what I understand, the paypal fee is just what it costs for the bank transaction. Maybe a little bit more, I dunno.

Posted August 11th by Axem Great Water
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Apparently if you transfer from bank you don't pay anything as long as you don't select "instant" (as said on the PayPal site).

Posted August 11th by Fox Forever
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Ok I've made the PayPal account address to "FoxForever9690@gmail.com". Just to make everyone sure/confident, I will send Xhin the password to the account.

I just used an email I had at the ready instead of making a whole new one. Hope you understand.

Edited August 11th by Fox Forever
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I can donate a tiny portion.

Yeah, I've found Paypal to be the best route of transferring money to people online.

Posted August 12th by Laxan
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I'm trying to link my bank, but Paypal says "We're sorry. We're unable to process your request right now. Please try again later."

So... I'll try again later. If not, I'll use my Mastercard and pay a small fee.

Posted August 12th by Laxan
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Can you get the paypal.me link for the account?

Posted August 12th by Axem Great Water
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Oh yes I'm sorry about that. Here's the direct link:
https://paypal.me/weidfuneral

Posted August 12th by Fox Forever
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Fox, do you mind telling us what the funding 'goal' we're going for is?

Posted August 12th by Count Dooku
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I'm looking for some sprays that could contain the GT colors. They run anywhere from $120 to $150 for your average spray. I'm still looking into finding a local flower place in SD in my spare time but those seem to be the average prices. If I find something nice that isn't a spray I may go with that.

Posted August 12th by Fox Forever
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Yeah I was just looking online and it seemed it would go from $100 - $150 from what I was looking at.

I imagine if everyone contributes ~$10 we should be fine. There are 15 contributors in this post.

EDIT: Forgive my cruelty but I had never heard of "sprays" and thought that they were literal scents to spray and was thinking how weird it would be for everyone to spray different scents on weid man. But I was relieved to see they are simply larger floral arrangements on an easel.

Edited August 12th by Vandy
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I may have found something that seems to be pretty good, it's about $199 but I can get a 20% discount since I entered into their subscriber list.

Posted August 12th by Fox Forever
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Ok I have the picture now



It's called "A life lived colorfully" and I thought that I can acquire some small plush Yoshis of every color in this spray and attach it myself. I can also hand the family any printed letters or give it later if we still need to collab on it.

I know it doesn't have GT colors or anything (it's not so easy to find a good arrangement in those colors). However I know Garrett was fond of collecting every colored Yoshi under the sun and I personally know that he loved the Yoshi rainbow.

Edited August 12th by Fox Forever
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Hey technically the blue and yellow of Gametalk are included so I think it works. Also I think it's a great idea to have each colored Yoshi included. I like it.

Posted August 12th by Vandy
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It has GT colors, it just isn't exclusive to them -- maybe you can talk the people there into making it exclusively the bluish color to the left of the bottom one and the yellow color to the right of the bottom one.

Posted August 12th by Xhin
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Sky's the limit

If anyone is great with poetic words (@jet presto)/(@xhin) maybe someone can come up with a good all encompassing message from GT with it before I give them any personal letters/stories.

Posted August 12th by Fox Forever
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I will create a paypal later today and donate. thanks.

Posted August 12th by s.o.h.
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As of last night, I had no luck adding my bank account to PayPal (which is weird because I've added my bank account to PayPal in the past--just removed it in case my account got hacked). I'll try again tonight.

Posted August 12th by Laxan
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Sent

EDIT: btw I was not able to pay direct from a checking account. I contacted chat support and they said for some reason security blocked it on this one. I'm sure it's nothing on your part but maybe it just seemed kind of random and/or unidentified on PayPal's end. I paid less than a dollar in fees so it's okay.


I apologize, I do see that our internal security system is preventing this transaction to go through for your account security.

Our system does a 360 degree review on the transaction and if it finds something risky it wont let the transaction go through. We do not know as to why the transaction is being stopped.


Edited August 12th by Vandy
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Probably running into anti-fraud measures since Fox's account is brand new and suddenly trying to draw money straight of checking accounts.

I didn't have any issue sending via credit card though.



Posted August 12th by Count Dooku
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Probably running into anti-fraud measures since Fox's account is brand new and suddenly trying to draw money straight of checking accounts.

Yeah that's a possibility. I didn't want to use my real paypal account just to be more transparent about the whole thing.

Posted August 12th by Fox Forever
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Sent my $15. Hope it helps.

Posted August 12th by Axem Great Water
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Sorry!
We can't find that PayPal.Me profile. Either it doesn't exist or it was disabled by its creator. Try checking the link's right.

Hm, am getting the error above. Please let know if this happens to anyone else/what it might mean if you know.

Posted August 13th by Ophelia
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Try sending it to the email, with the name "Kevin McKinley." That's what I ended up having to do.

Posted August 13th by Axem Great Water
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Oh no, my identity is exposed!

Posted August 13th by Fox Forever
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The Paypal.me should be working now. I forgot to activate the email. I just did it now. Money should be accepted soon.

Posted August 13th by Fox Forever
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I've been watching it, and we're up to 87$ at the moment.

Fox, do you have a printer? I had an idea:

  • Make a copy of the garrett post and its replies

  • Take out anything that isn't topical

  • Pull in the posts from the GT moderators and a couple of GT facebook chat groups I belong to as well.

  • Let users add more things to it as well, tightly moderating it accordingly.

  • When the time comes, you can print it out and attach it to the flowers.

  • Edited August 13th by Xhin
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    Sky's the limit

    I don't have a printer at my house but I can use my work printer (greyscale only, no color). They really don't care.

    And yeah that sounds good.

    Edited August 13th by Fox Forever
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    I'll be contributing once I get home from work this evening. Could we contact the supplier and see if the entire set could contain just the blue and yellow? It would be cool if the 'GT' logo could be worked in somehow, but that might push costs.

    Will you be hand delivering this to their residence, or having the arrangement sent to the funeral home? Any updates on the funeral btw?

    Thanks for heading this up.

    Posted August 13th by Bubba
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    Could we contact the supplier and see if the entire set could contain just the blue and yellow? It would be cool if the 'GT' logo could be worked in somehow, but that might push costs.

    I haven't asked yet, but I felt really positive about the rainbow one with the rainbow Yoshis. If enough people would rather have the other one I have no problem with inquiring about it.

    As for adding a logo I think that that's something that we would have to do ourselves. This supplier is a larger one.

    Will you be hand delivering this to their residence, or having the arrangement sent to the funeral home?

    If I have things to add (plushes, the letters, etc.) my thought was to send it to my residence and then put it together and drive it down to the funeral. There's not really an option to "pick it up" that I could find.

    Any updates on the funeral btw?

    Still haven't heard anything yet. I check his mother's facebook and his team garrett and caringbridge site at least a few times a day.

    Posted August 13th by Fox Forever
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    It should really be color, to emphasize the gold/blue theme of the site.

    You should be able to print in full color at your local library, for a cost of like 35c per page. If we take out the header and clean up the post a bit, it's only like a maximum of 5 pages.

    Posted August 13th by Xhin
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    Sky's the limit

    It should really be color, to emphasize the gold/blue theme of the site.

    You should be able to print in full color at your local library, for a cost of like 35c per page. If we take out the header and clean up the post a bit, it's only like a maximum of 5 pages.

    I believe I can get a relative that I work with to print it out at their home for me. If not I know of a local place I can go to get it printed.

    Posted August 13th by Fox Forever
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    when is the last day I can contribute


    Posted August 13th by s.o.h.
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    I'm fine with the rainbow one.

    Posted August 13th by Axem Great Water
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    when is the last day I can contribute

    Unclear so far. I highly doubt the funeral is this weekend since it looks like Sunday is taken up by a 5K for Garrett in the daytime. You're likely at least good through Friday. I will post on here as soon as I hear when the funeral is.

    Posted August 13th by Fox Forever
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    It worked today. Sent :)

    Posted August 13th by Ophelia
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    Put in my 2 cents (10 bucks in this case).

    Good luck guys. (I lurk and see...hear...do things.)

    Posted August 13th by Forte Lambardi
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    I just sent some, but let me know if we need any more and I can send some more.

    Thank you Fox.

    Posted August 13th by Cetasaurus
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    is there a deadline on this? i can put in $20 tomorrow

    Posted August 14th by poptart!
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    is there a deadline on this? i can put in $20 tomorrow

    No deadline yet. For now it's open. If it will close I'll let everyone know when.

    Posted August 14th by Fox Forever
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    Thank you everyone for your contributions so far!

    Edited August 14th by Fox Forever
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    Fox I just sent some money over, I'm sorry it's not much but I hope it helps.

    Posted August 14th by Shelbai
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    Shell + Buy

    Knowing weid, I think he'd prefer to see the rainbow one, complete with a rainbow of Yoshi plushes.

    Posted August 14th by Black Yoshi
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    Contributed $20. Price on the Yoshi plushes if we go that route?

    Posted August 14th by Bubba
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    I found small keychains that go for 22ish bucks (for the lot) but imo they don't compliment each other well (the colors that is). There's individual medium plushes I can order ($13 each). I have some spare Amazon gift cards that I was gonna use so it's np.

    Edited August 14th by Fox Forever
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    Sent 25.00 via my Pay Pal. Not sure it went through because of a alert I got from my bank. Can you check and let me know if you got it.










    Posted August 14th by chiefsonny
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    I did get it.

    Posted August 14th by Fox Forever
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    You can order plush collections from china via ebay or aliexpress for pretty damn cheap, with better colors -- the problem is you're shipping from china. Can sometimes take months -- be careful with those!



    Posted August 14th by Xhin
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    Sky's the limit

    The ones I looked at promise next day delivery a lot of the time.

    Posted August 14th by Fox Forever
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    https://www.amazon.com/Super-Brothers-Featuring-Purple-Yellow/dp/B009A1Z5J6
    Nine plushies, each six inches tall, for a bit under $60. Green, red, yellow, blue, light blue, purple, pink, white, and black.

    Posted August 14th by Axem Great Water
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    alright, i just contributed. lmk if you need more

    Posted August 14th by poptart!
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    I just sent over $20. Let me know if you got it or if you need more.

    Posted Thursday by S.O.H.
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    alright, i just contributed. lmk if you need more

    Thanks! I got yours but it came with this message attached:

    Do not ship items until you receive payment.


    No idea what it means exactly but it says we received the payment.

    I just sent over $20. Let me know if you got it or if you need more.

    Thank you! Yeah we got it.


    Posted Thursday by Fox Forever
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    I sent some money, the donation should be under the name Colton but let me know if you got it because I've had complications with paypal before.

    Posted Thursday by MarvaIo
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    I sent some money, the donation should be under the name Colton but let me know if you got it because I've had complications with paypal before.


    No problems, it came in.

    Posted Thursday by Xhin
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    Sky's the limit

    UPDATE!

    Got a text from Garrett's mother saying that his memorial service will be on Saturday September 14th at 11 a.m. at "La Jolla Presbyterian Church" for anyone who is interested in going.

    Edited Friday by Fox Forever
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    I'm just sat here assuming my money actually went, maybe I should just confirm it given the amount of people who have since said they had issues.

    Posted Friday by Moonray
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    Money has been received from:

  • Marvalo
  • SOH
  • chiefsonny
  • Shelbai
  • Cetasaurus
  • Ophelia
  • Moonray
  • Count Dooku
  • S.D. card
  • H.W. N.W.B.R.W.N.C.W.
  • A.G. (107.87)
  • M.G.T.O.W.
  • J.J. Abrams
  • J.H. christ

    Anything in yellow is someone's irl initials who I don't recognize.

  • Edited Friday by Xhin
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    Click on the transaction, xhin and most people said their name. There's only 1 name I don't know.

    Edited Friday by Fox Forever
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    LLight
    pop
    Axem Great Water
    Laxan
    Forte
    Bubba

    Also are seen in there. I only don't know HW

    Edited Friday by Fox Forever
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    HW is me. Sorry I forgot to mention my user name.

    Posted Friday by Vandy
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    Only knew you by your FB name, I should've recognized it by the last name but it's not exactly an uncommon one.

    Posted Friday by Fox Forever
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    (Ok here's the re-edit)

    Money has been received from:

    •Marvalo
    •SOH
    •chiefsonny
    •Shelbai
    •Cetasaurus
    •Ophelia
    •Moonray
    •Count Dooku
    •LLight
    •Vandy
    •Poptart (Pending for some reason, not sure)
    •Axem Great Water
    •Laxan
    •Forte Lambardi
    •Bubba


    Edited Friday by Fox Forever
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    Pending for some reason, not sure)


    let me know if it doesn't go through and i'll try again

    Posted Friday by poptart!
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    Got a text from Garrett's mother saying that his memorial service will be on Saturday September 14th at 11 a.m. at "La Jolla Presbyterian Church" for anyone who is interested in going.


    Wish I could, but that's literally on the other side of the country.

    Posted Saturday by Axem Great Water
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    Wish I could, but that's literally on the other side of the country.


    Same. Who knows though, round trip flights look like 300$ and my finances might be better by then.

    Posted Saturday by Xhin
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    Sky's the limit

    I'm not expecting anyone to buy a ticket and fly to go but his mom wanted me to let "all the gamers know" as she put it.

    Posted Saturday by Fox Forever
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    Oh yes I'm sorry about that. Here's the direct link:

    https://paypal.me/weidfuneral


    I've just donated. FF, thank you for organising this.

    Edited Saturday by Chikorita Trainer
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    Wish I could, but that's literally on the other side of the country.

    Same here. I am going to be honest: i didn't talk to Weid much. I do, however, remember seeing him around for a long time and seeing his posts. I would have liked to attended to pay my respects, but it's not possible for me right now.

    Weid is an Ol' G of this community - long live his legacy.

    Posted Sunday by Forte Lambardi
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    I fly out the next day to Miami . that would be cutting it close

    Posted Sunday by S.o.h.
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    If you get a new payment from initials D.B., that's me.

    Sorry I was delayed. Was in the Adirondacks for the past week.

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