|As I'd like to remember him best... Picture from Need More Rage :D|
Yesterday, an old friend left for pastures new.
Our relationship was, for a long time, a very one-sided affair. I'd watch him from afar, marvel at his dress sense and his ability to make outrageous sentences out of a language I thought incapable of accommodating him. In a sea of alike, he was very much the Joker, the Rogue, the fly in the ointment, and I loved it. It takes a particular style of awesome to play a character with such style, and so convincingly after all, especially after so long. This is my favourite picture of him, from 2009, the year I began blogging seriously.
For a very long time I was far too shy and nervous to communicate anything outside my immediate sphere, but this year that changed. This community, the great place that it is, helped me find the confidence to reach out to the people who had inspired me, and Ratshag was high on the list. The day he replied to my Blog for the first time was the day I realised that actually, if you want something badly enough and you work hard enough, it can happen.
There was also an inordinate amount of squeeing, but that's not important right now.
I'd like to wish him Good Luck in his continuing journey, and I'd like to wish Michael all the best in whatever he chooses to do in the future, because I can guarantee it will be quite unlike anything else you've seen, with a side order of win.
Thank you for helping me to take my first steps in a larger Universe :D