sad that my new job doesn't give me the luxury of lurking on this forum as often as i used to.
also sad that it's taken an event such as this one to bring me back.
(here comes the real sap)
upon reading the news today (the LITERAL first thing i read this morning) and realizing the permanence of the situation at hand, i really only had one thought. i needed to call my youngest sister.
currently on a pilgrimage walking the el camino trail in Spain, she was one of the first people i had ever introduced PB to. it's been hard staying in touch outside of the occasional "whats app" message here and there, but i let her know i had some pretty sad news to share.
as i read kyle's blastronaut facebook post to her, word by word, i could hear her welling up. and the big brother started to as well.
ive shared this great show with a wide variety of friends, but she was the only one i felt really got it like i did. my trips back home would lead to the ineviatble "awww my sweetie!" from her as we would see each other. beating each other to who could utter the fastest, "first of all, congrats" also became an ongoing joust of sorts. i knew that this trio meant as much to her as it did to me.
"thank you" does not begin to highlight all that this show has done for me as a person/occasional remotely funny guy. all of you who have engaged our hosts and other members on this thread, we've had the pleasure of being a part of the single-most genuine podcast i have ever come across.
looks like our favorite green circle award-winner agrees:
we'll miss you, hatch - welp. that's been sap.