Long, long ago there was a show called Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I was looking forward to it because I saw gems in the very campy film. It was so much better than the movie. Around the same time , my DH and I moved to CA. Somehow, even in the move I didn’t miss an episode. I talked with my sisters about the show. But I was lonely. Dh worked a lot, and I found myself going to the grocery store to talk to people. Somewhere along the line , I found THE BOARD. the place were all kinds of people from all over the world were talking about a show I loved – predicting the story line, analyzing, criticizing, and getting to know each other.
We’ve been together for 14 years. we went from invisible friends to buffy friends to friends. Some have met in the physical world. I learned that while some may not be exactly like they are on the board ( some of my friends are so quite in the physical world) , I can trust that what they write is what they say.
Buffy is no longer the focus of the boards. Friendship is. we have had marriages, divorces, school, careers, family troubles, bombs, children,. books, games, death.
Today , we lost one our own. ita was a fierce fighter, very smart, a good coder. She was not afraid to just do something. She moved to LA with need and hope and a stranger to stay with ( yes, another member of my board – Thanks) . She did Krav Maga , coded our board, argue and questioned every sloppy statement you made. The last years of her life were painful . Migraines that didn’t stop and a constant hope/fight for relief. She still worked. She went back to drawing and stayed in fandoms.
We will miss her everyday