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suicide at BM

Postby crackle » Wed Jun 22, 2005 4:12 pm

I lost a Burner friend to suicide last year. He had talked about overdosing at BM...atleast he would not feel so alone if he did it there he thought. We morbidly laughed sometimes at the thought of a suicide camp where he could find others willing to help him out and to be with him when he died. Instead he did it alone in secrecy and shame in his small town. What are your thoughts about assisted suicide, especially at BM?
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Postby theCryptofishist » Thu Jun 23, 2005 8:59 am

No, No, No. That would be a big headache for the Emergency Services Department, for the Law Enforcement Agency Leisons, for the LLC itself. The press would be all over it in the worst way. Plus it's leaving a pretty large piece of moop (a human body) for someone else to take off the playa. Some of us already carry the deaths of Kathern Lampmen and the plane crash victims (I'm sorry, I don't remember thier names--anyone can add them) and the car crash on the road victims at or from the event, as a weight that the event carries. We expect that in time there will be more deaths. We hop e that homicide and suicide do not become part of the event.

BTW--reluctant as I am to make a diagnosis of 4 lines of type, I would say that is sounds as if your friend didn't need death so much as a good therapist and the proper drugs. I know a lot about major depression from various angles, and I'd say that assisting your friend would have been closer to murder than anything else. It sounds like he has more that 6 months to live--the Oregon standard adopted as the nearest available.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Fri Jun 24, 2005 11:32 am

Not to mention that it is illegal.

That post really bothers me.
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Postby Kinetic IV » Tue Jul 12, 2005 4:11 pm

R.I.P. Kevin Hagen, known to millions as Doc Baker on Little House on the Prairie, and a damn fine actor.
Thank you for over 7 years of eplaya memories. I have asked Emily Sparkle to delete my account and I am gone. Goodbye and Goodluck to all of you! I will miss you!
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Sweet, wonderful Nipples

Postby Miss Kate » Fri Jul 22, 2005 5:52 am

Hi everyone,

I am writing to let you know that Nipples, Peter Anderson, passed away.

The man in the bunny suit, riding the playa on the pike bike, a smile and conversation for everyone he met. A helping hand, and the kindest friend.
He was so wonderful..his silly dances, his beautiful work, the kindest heart...he is an angel now as he was on earth.

Rest in peace my dear friend. I love you so much and will miss you even more.
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Postby buckethead alien » Fri Jul 22, 2005 11:36 am

This makes me very, very sad.
Buckethead, Buckethead you are like an Alien
Buckethead, Buckethead your head is like a dish
Buckethead, Buckethead sometimes you wear the Maybelline
Buckethead, Buckethead sometimes you're full of fish
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Postby Ivy » Fri Jul 22, 2005 11:38 am

I'm at a loss for words.

I only met him in person briefly, but I thought he was a great person. So exceptional.

Anyways, You are my sunshine (both of you), on a rainy day. You are my rain, on a sun baked plain... blah blah, de freaking I miss saying hello, and hugging you both, close, to say we are safe.

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Postby RebA! » Fri Jul 22, 2005 11:51 am

not that it will make me feel any better or change the situation. but are there any details anyone can share?
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Postby Rian Jackson » Fri Jul 22, 2005 11:53 am

Alerhamu. Allah yselmak, Nipples. Salaam daymaan. Daymaan.
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Re: Sweet, wonderful Nipples

Postby III » Fri Jul 22, 2005 11:57 am

Miss Kate wrote: Peter Anderson, passed away.

well damn. i hope that, wherever he went, he continues to put smiles on peoples faces like he did here on earth. even when they were bittersweet smiles, they were always good...
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Postby Sensei » Fri Jul 22, 2005 12:10 pm

I'll try to remember what you taught me, Nipples.
Rest in Peace, poet. Rest in Peace.
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Postby geekster » Fri Jul 22, 2005 12:27 pm

Pabst Blue Ribbon - The beer that made Gerlach famous.
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Postby Kinetic IV » Fri Jul 22, 2005 12:27 pm

a smile and conversation for everyone he met

That even includes me. Damn. This is sad news and a real loss.
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Postby Martiansky » Fri Jul 22, 2005 12:42 pm

This is from an email from Blueniteowl:

I'm sorry to have to pass on such terrible news, but many of us here
knew Peter. I only just found out today. Here is the Star Trib Obit.

Peter Anderson
Anderson Peter Anderson Sculptor & Renaissance Man 9/29/1958 -
7/9/2005 Peter Anderson, age 46, of Pequot Lakes, MN, passed away
Saturday, July 9 as the result of an automobile accident. He was born
September 29, 1958 in St. Paul to Keith & Martha (Smolka) Anderson.
Peter graduated from Mahtomedi High School in 1976. He was the former
publisher of Echo Publishing in Pequot Lakes. He was past president of
the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce and the Minnesota Free Newspaper
Association. He chaired the Pequot Lakes Beanhole Days for many years
and was an active member of the Antique Snowmobile Club and Lions Club
of Pequot Lakes. Peter spent many hours volunteering at St. Joseph's
Medical Center in Brainerd. He loved the outdoors, sculpting and art.
He was most recently employed by Hunt Utilities Group in Pine River,
MN as an Artist in Residence. He is survived by his children, Noelle,
Rachel & Erik, and granddaughter, Lola, all of Pequot Lakes; former
wife, Julie; special friend, Quinn Swanson; his parents, Keith &
Martha Anderson of Nisswa, MN; brothers, Michael (Barbara) of Cottage
Grove, Paul of Austin, TX, Erik (Jill) of Tigard, OR; and sister,
Linda Osborne (Bob) of Jackson, WY. Memorials are preferred in lieu of
flowers. Services will be 11 AM Thursday, July 14 at St. Alice
Catholic Church in Pequot Lakes, with Father George Zeck officiating.
Friends may call Wednesday from 5 to 8 PM at Kline Funeral Home, and
one hour prior to service at the church. Arr. with Kline Funeral Home,
Pine River, 218-587-2067.
Published in the Star Tribune on 7/12/2005.
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Postby blueniteowl » Fri Jul 22, 2005 1:14 pm

I just wanted to share this PM that I had recieved after meeting Nipples for the first time in person. It shows just what a generous spirit he had.

Hello, miss Blue.

I was thinking on the drive home from seeing you
that I would give you $5,000 for one year
if you would like to start your flea-market

i believe in you
i want your dream to come true
you are my sister

So that is that. No strings attached.
Think about it, eh.

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Postby Booker » Fri Jul 22, 2005 2:26 pm

Awwwwww fuck. A glorious, glorious man was Nipples. I loved him and will cherish his place in my life.
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Postby spectabillis » Fri Jul 22, 2005 2:36 pm

Will definately miss his sharp responses via poetry.
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Postby Zulegoona » Fri Jul 22, 2005 2:37 pm

I'm stunned and deeply saddened, Nipples was such a wonderful gentle man. I wish I could have gotten to know him better.

The world is a poorer place without him.
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Postby Lydia Love » Fri Jul 22, 2005 3:02 pm

less poetical
less colorful

damn, Nipples, you will be missed.
It's all about the squirrels.
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Postby gigglesnort » Fri Jul 22, 2005 4:02 pm


what am I gonna do with
the rubber chicken now?

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Postby Badger » Fri Jul 22, 2005 4:38 pm

That just sucks so much. I'm bummed!

What a sweet guy he was.
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Postby sputnik » Fri Jul 22, 2005 5:22 pm

Damnit! RIP Nipples...
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Postby Chai Guy » Fri Jul 22, 2005 5:35 pm

His presence was poetry. I'm going to miss him.
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Postby unjonharley » Fri Jul 22, 2005 5:41 pm

Only known you on the eplaya. It's sad to lose a person.
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Postby Spokes » Fri Jul 22, 2005 6:15 pm

All too short wonderful memories of this man!
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Postby emily sparkle » Fri Jul 22, 2005 6:19 pm

oh man. nipples always sheepishly asked me to delete particularly rough haiku he created with sharp emotion after he'd thought better of in the sober light of day. he was super sweet. my condolences.
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Postby cowboyangel » Fri Jul 22, 2005 7:37 pm

Nipples. I'm shocked. I'm saddened. I only knew you on this board, inspite of that you live on in my mind as a vivid, cheerfully creative, original intellect.
I will miss your posts. I will truly miss them. It also touches my heart to see the emotion poured out on this board. God bless you man and all your friends and all that knew you.
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Postby joel the ornery » Sat Jul 23, 2005 8:00 am

My condolences to the family and friends of Nipples.
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Postby Booker » Sat Jul 23, 2005 10:24 am

Lack of access to the old eplaya is hiding an enormous collection of wonderful haiku and other writings from nipples. Sure wish I and others could look back at that material right now. It's such a loss at this moment. Used to be at
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Postby Last Real Burner » Sat Jul 23, 2005 11:43 am

I have felt this enourmous loss all week and have had to fight hard not to break down into tears constantly and I just couldn't figure out where it was coming from. When I heard Nipples had passed I knew why such a universe wide sadness had touched me.

you're bestest pal,

RIP my friend Peter, you are much loved, and sorely missed.
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