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A Letter To Mrs. Bodine

Postby Billet » Mon Feb 20, 2006 6:15 pm

February 20, 2006

Dear Mrs. Bodine,

Please allow me to introduce myself to you. My name is Xxxxx Xxxxxxx, and I live just outside of Dallas, Texas.

For the last several years, I (and many others) have been discussing politics and current events with your son, Al, on a couple of different web sites on the Internet. The web sites are known as Political Stew, a politics discussion board, and The Lonely Planet, a travel discussion board. I have printed out for you several places from the Internet, where Al was discussed, and mourned, after his passing. Anywhere that you see comments made by 'Billet', that is me. 'Billet' (the name of my last dog) is my Internet name.

Upon hearing of Al's death, we wanted to do something to respect his memory. I held a fund-raiser in his name, to help you defray the costs of his funeral, purchase a headstone, or another other way you see fit to spend the money. People from all over the world gave me their credit card numbers, and mailed me checks to add to the fund for you. I own a heating & air conditioning business, and ran all of the donations through my business, and I am very pleased to present you with a check from my business, in the amount of $ 4,065.00.

These are the people that have come together to honor Al's memory:

** Political Stew Poster # 1
Political Stew Poster # 2
Political Stew Poster # 3
Political Stew Poster # 4
Political Stew Poster # 5
Political Stew Poster # 6
Political Stew Poster # 7
Political Stew Poster # 8
Political Stew Poster # 9
Political Stew Poster #10
Political Stew Poster #11
Political Stew Poster #12
Political Stew Poster #13
Lonely Planet Poster # 1
Political Stew Poster #14
Political Stew Poster #15
Political Stew Poster #16
Political Stew Poster #17
Political Stew Poster #18
Political Stew Poster #19
Lonely Planet Poster #2
Political Stew Poster #20
Political Stew Poster #21
Political Stew Poster #22
Political Stew Poster #23
Political Stew Poster #24
Political Stew Poster #25
Political Stew Poster #26
Political Stew Poster #27
Political Stew Poster #28
Lonely Planet Poster # 3
Political Stew Poster #29
Political Stew Poster #30
Political Stew Poster #31
Lonely Planet Poster # 4
Political Stew Poster #32


None of these folks ever had the opportunity to meet Al, yet they all (myself included) considered Al to be a friend.

Please accept our condolences on the loss of your son, as well as the condolences of our fellow posters on the Political Stew and Lonely Planet web sites. We all miss him. You raised a fine man.

Sincerely,

Xxxxx Xxxxxxx
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Postby Billet » Mon Feb 20, 2006 6:16 pm

**I gave Mrs. Bodine a list of the people's real names that contributed to the fund for her.

Because real people were honoring her son, it felt wrong to me, somehow, to provide her with a list of handles, like Marmaduke, and Dennis the Mennis, as being the people that wished to respect Al's memory.


***Edited to fix typo.
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Postby Billet » Mon Feb 20, 2006 6:17 pm

Along with a sympathy card and the check, I printed out, and mailed to Mrs. Bodine, the following threads:

Political Stew Memorial: <---

Political Stew Thread: <---

Political Stew Thread: <---

Lonely Planet Thread: <----

Lonely Planet Thread: <---
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Postby Billet » Mon Feb 20, 2006 6:21 pm

BTW, incognita and I split the cost of the flowers for the funeral, so 100% of what everyone donated went directly to Vera Bodine.
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Postby Billet » Mon Feb 20, 2006 7:17 pm

I would like to add another 'thank-you' to everyone who contributed to the fund for Mrs. Bodine, but I'd like to add an extra special thank-you to those of you that never knew Al Bodine, or posted with him, but were moved to help a stranger in her time of need. I was especially touched by your donations.
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Postby Billet » Mon Feb 20, 2006 7:49 pm

I edited the OP to change the amount of the check to Mrs. Bodine from $4,015.00 to $4,065.00.

The problem with Political Stew Poster #18's credit card has been worked out, and the $50.00 donation has been added back to the total.
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Postby candy is dandy but... » Mon Feb 20, 2006 8:14 pm

Nice letter, Billet. Well done, and thanks.
I want my fucking money back

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Postby Billet » Mon Feb 20, 2006 8:21 pm

Happy to help, candy.



If Mrs. Bodine writes back to me, I shall post her reply for everyone to read.
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Postby Billet » Tue Feb 21, 2006 4:21 pm

Thanks, loki.

Perhaps I should have told Mrs. Bodine that I am an Amerikkkan, that lives just outside of Dallas, Texas?
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Postby shmishmina » Tue Feb 21, 2006 10:49 pm

I got a little thank you card back from Vera today.

In it was the card that was given out as Al's funeral.

Since a lot of you sent your money via Billet and may not see one of these I thought I'd share the poem that Vera chose to go on Al's card.



May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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Postby auntie_social » Tue Feb 21, 2006 11:34 pm

Billet, a thousand thankyous for doing this.

I know, being a business owner, that this not only took a lot of time on your part but you also absorbed the CC costs.

Nice poem, Smish, thanks.

I think of Al with this famous poem, I think this is what he is saying, I am sure most of you have heard or read it from time to time but here it is again.
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you wake in the morning hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
(Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there, I did not die!

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Postby Billet » Wed Feb 22, 2006 1:09 am

You are welcome, auntie.

Nice poems, both auntie & shmish.
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Postby RichD » Wed Feb 22, 2006 3:42 am

To Al:

'Go n'eirigh an bothar leat,
go mbeidh an gaoth choiche sa droim agat'

First two lines of the poem below in Irish/Gaelic...it is an old Irish poem.

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Postby Mr. Wisdom » Wed Feb 22, 2006 5:51 am

Billet wrote:Thanks


It takes a special person to leave a legacy in a virtual world. I've been moved by the thoughts and remembrances everyone offered for this fine man.

Billet, you represent all who are decent and kind.

Thank you.

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Postby Mega_Doof » Wed Feb 22, 2006 6:29 pm

Nice one, B.
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Postby wordofmouth » Wed Feb 22, 2006 6:55 pm

Lovely thoughts, Billet - thanks.
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A Letter From Mrs. Bodine

Postby Billet » Tue Mar 07, 2006 4:11 pm

I received a thank-you note from Mrs. Bodine, in the mail, today.

It is very short, but I want to share it with all of you, nonetheless.

The front of the card says:

'Your kind expression of sympathy is gratefully acknowledged and deeply appreciated'

Inside the card, Mrs. Bodine wrote:

'Many thanks to one and all.'

--Vera Bodine

She included the card with the poem that shmish quoted above:

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
'You haven't lived until you have married, raised a son, and dug a well. I've done all three.'
--Sarah Nettle, a 94 year-old Texan

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Postby Billet » Mon Mar 20, 2006 9:12 pm

March 21, 2006

Dear Mrs. Bodine:

It is I, Xxxxx Xxxxxxx, writing to you from Texas, again.

As is often the case with Internet discussion boards, people come and go, as they have time to participate in the discussions. Sometimes there is a political event, happening, somewhere in the world that will cause them to make an appearance to discuss the current event(s).

Three more people contacted me, after I had mailed the initial check to you, wanting to join the effort to honor Al's memory.

I am delighted to be sending you an additional check in the amount of $450.00, for their donations to the fund for you.

These are the other Political Stew members helping to remember Al:

Political Stew Poster #33
Political Stew Poster #34
Political Stew Poster #35


To pay further pay tribute to Al, we have renamed the Lounge Area of our discussion board (where we discuss all subjects non-political in nature):
Streeterville: Albo's Place
The Richard Allan Bodine Lounge.

With this check, all of the posters of the Political Stew discussion board send you our continued best wishes.


Sincerely,


Xxxxx Xxxxxxx
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Postby frog » Tue Mar 21, 2006 2:08 pm

Billet
thanks for all; I m glad to report that "you know what" is about 12 inch tall now; providing everything is fine in the next few months it will be transfered as promissed

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Postby Billet » Tue Mar 21, 2006 4:09 pm

frog:

You are welcome.

When 'the deed is done', you can write to Mrs. Bodine, and tell her, of if you like, I can write to her for you. Just let me know.

B.
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Postby frog » Wed Mar 22, 2006 3:08 pm

will do asap

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Postby Billet » Mon Apr 17, 2006 8:22 pm

I have gotten a card in the mail, today from Vera Bodine, after she received the second check I sent her for $450.00.

The front of the card says:

To All of You
"GRATITUDE IS A MEMORY OF THE HEART"

Inside the card it says:

You've all been so wonderful,
it's hard to know how to begin
to say thanks.
Please know that your kindness
will always be remembered.

She signed the card:

Love, Vera Bodine

And added this hand-written note:

Allan's funeral expenses are paid in full.
Thanks again.
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Postby Billet » Mon Apr 17, 2006 9:00 pm

I would like to add my own final thank-you to everyone who contributed to Mrs. Bodine, whether you gave your money to her directly, or whether you gave your money to her through me.

Each of you has been a part of something special and wonderful.

Thank-you!
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Re: A Letter To Mrs. Bodine

Postby auntie_social » Fri Dec 02, 2011 10:44 pm

I miss Billet
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