That’s when we discovered that Josh had a whole world of friends we’d overlooked. They were just inside that box, hiding behind that fish. Turns out, he played poker with guys from all over the world. He also played medieval music with a girl named Harpichord from Colby, Kansas. He enjoyed arguing about television shows in online forums under the name “WhoJackie”. Friday nights, he had dinner with a friend he met online from India. And every weekend he played war gamer with a guy named Sharpshooter.
So starts a wonderful sequence in season two of My Name Is Earl. In the episode, Earl found out that someone on his list is dead and tries to throw a funeral for him but the guy has no friends so it fails miserably. Later while clearing up, Earl moves the mouse on the computer making the screensaver of a fish go away and dozens of instant messages start popping up on screen. The funeral is back on for a second attempt, this time a living funeral with eulogies from his real friends, some of them still online.
Man, Josh could make me LOL. I’d always be ROTFLMAO. And he was there when you needed him. He’d never give you a BRB, or an AFK.
He always sent the best forwards. And when you sent him a chain letter, you knew he’d pass it on. Excuse me. Hello, this is technical support. How can I help you today? My name is Mary Smith.
He was the best damn war gamer I ever played with. He was always a medic, cause he liked to heal people. If only he could have healed himself.
It got me thinking: what happens when we die. No I’m not getting philosophical or theological with this subject. I just mean, how would my online friends get to know? I assume Kim would come on and let everyone know eventually, but there’s always a chance she’d be too distraught to do that, or that she might somehow die with me if it’s some freak accident.
How about you guys? Do you have someone you trust who knows your passwords and will relay what happened to you to the online people you care about? Maybe some of you have created a death post to put up when you’re dead and had it included in your will.
Perhaps you’ve set up a timed post for a couple of months in the future (not the best option) and keep changing the time on it.
What would you say in your post death post? I look around this site and I see so many people keeping their feelings to themselves. So many things left unsaid while we have the time to say them. Will your last message be an admission of secret love? Will it be a thank you to friends who were there for you when you needed them? Will you tell people that’re not worth fighting with alive, that they’re idiots and you never really liked them? Or will you have the courage to say all these things while you’re alive and simply say “Goodbye, my friends.” in your final post? I’d like to think I choose the latter myself.