R.I.P. Hippie3 - Eulogy Thread
Posted 29 December 2009 - 11:08 AM
All I can muster up is this.
From the day I came to topia
I knew this was a special place full of special people.
For without you this special place many of us call home
would never be.
We have all lost a friend, a mentor, a father figure, a great man
and a true leader in the OMC.
Like myself arriving with very little knowledge
Ive seen many come and be molded into a teacher as well as student.
Mycotopia is a place unlike any other online forum.
Without you it will never be the same.
If only the words seemed enough,
but thank you for everything you have did for us.
We all will miss you more than ever thought.
You truly where one of a kind my friend.
Posted 29 December 2009 - 11:37 AM
Thank You for helping me with so many things in my life.It is because of You and this website that I am the person I am today,Thank You.I am forever grateful that you let me be a part of this community,I will never forget you and what you taught me.
Rest in peace Hip. :rasta:
Posted 29 December 2009 - 11:46 AM
what you've meant to me
what you've meant to this community
My first real grow was on your cakes
a great crop of cambodian mushrooms
they touched me and my loved ones deeply
I love you Hippie and i miss you
You were always fair, showing compassion
You had a knack for verbal exchanges
unlike any i've ever seen :)
and somehow you did it with tact and humility
Your lessons will live on through the board
and the many people you've touched
You were a psychonaut, you had your vision
a beautiful journey with the angels
and now perhaps you are one or among them
The body decays, but the spirit flies free
enjoy your time between worlds my friend
surely you will find the way
and now the tears flood over me
if only i had made that phone call
one time and heard your voice
but i will not let the regrets eat away at me
because you wouldn't like that
i miss you Hippie :heart:
This community you've created
this library of sacred knowledge
is a beautiful thing
when you asked me to join the mod team
that was one of the best days of my life
it was always an honor to work with you
and see the fair way in which you operated
Thank you so much for the many lessons
You will be sorely missed, but also
You will be celebrated :bow:
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Posted 29 December 2009 - 11:55 AM
That was very well put man
but really brought on the tears.
Posted 29 December 2009 - 12:33 PM
So many thoughts,
Yet the right words do not come easily.
When I think about all that I've been given
and all that I've learned--
from a man I've never met...
It feels as if we have all lost a father of sorts.
Like many of us,
I did not know him very well.
I did know enough however,
to know that Hip was a great man.
Generous, compassionate, honest, and forgiving
are just a few of the qualities that can easily be attributed to him.
I have not been here quite as long as some,
but I honestly can't even fathom what the last 3 years of my life would have been like without all of Hippie's hard work and dedication to this community.
I'm so glad that Topia found me
It really is my home
and Hippie made it possible
Thank you Hippie3
For all you have done for me.
You will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing you even the slightest.
R.I.P. Hippie3 '09
Posted 29 December 2009 - 12:37 PM
Posted 29 December 2009 - 12:41 PM
Oh, lys! Those freek bros walking into the sunset choked me up bad. That is perfect.
Me too man
Posted 29 December 2009 - 01:10 PM
You will be missed. Thank you for all you've done in this world. May your legacy live on. :eusa_booh:heart:
Posted 29 December 2009 - 01:53 PM
hippie was truly one of a kind
a true cowboy in the truest since
he lived by his own rules
and fallowed no mans path but his own
and yet never for a second lost his humility and compassion
he built this house from the ground up
he built this place into the wonderful home that we have today
and while i have never met the man known as Hippie3
i feel like i have lost a very integral part of myself today
he was a great man, and a valued friend and mentor
and he will be missed
RIP my friend
Posted 29 December 2009 - 02:36 PM
When I first found this site I have to say the reason I kept coming back was Hip. There were no archives to search back then, and only a few people here compared to today. One recipe for cakes back then. I knew then how lucky I was to get to known him.
In 2001 my first year here, Hippie3 immediately stood out from the rest of the folks here as a man who while running a site about peace and love realized the other side of that coin had to exist for his site to grow and flourish. He excelled in both departments to say the least :lol:
He never waivered from his vision of Mycotopia and how it would be. He knew what he wanted, and worked every single day to achieve it. Only recently he took a single vacation. He loved Mycotopia as it was his creation, his bliss, the cross he chose to bear. His mark in time, Mycotopia is literally Hip's "Hippie3 Was Here" sign. It is his gift to the world. I would not venture a guess at how many lives he touched, but I know the number is many.
He had a rare and special gift to welcome a person to his internet home with genuine open arms. He guided many personally into the knowledge and illumination he had to share. He truly cared that every single pilgrim who landed here would find what they needed; although what they needed and what they wanted were not always the same.
Hip loved those that loved learning. He was a man of great integrity and principles. But if a newb showed disrespect to Hip, his home, or his friends, the ensuing action of artistically strung together words were truly the work of a genius. Often the "Former Member" sign appeared soon after to serve as a warning to those even conceiving the notion to act similarly.
Many times I would pm my friend to show him an "evil doer" who found their way to us, just to witness the man's natural ability at work. Some of the most beautiful, succinct, and intelligent writing I had ever seen anywhere would come from his everyday posts. The Hippie3 posts were always the first read to start my days.
After being here a while and seeing Hip dressing down a disrespectful person, I realized he was still teaching. Tough love is what he believed some needed, while others needed gentler handling. He was not afraid of either.
Hip could argue both sides of any topic and have you believing each side as he finished. Hippie3 was that good. He loved to debate with those brave enough to attempt sparring with him.
As mods we would anxiously await his posts to see how the Master Jedi would handle certain people and circumstances so we too could hopefully some day be worthy of being a member of Hippie3's team. He guided us to be open minded and reminded us of our purpose here when we needed it.
You felt like a child trying to please their father at times, and when you look at the big picture we were family to him. I know he loved us, and took care of the entire membership during tough times. He never failed to protect us, not in all the years here.
Aside from being the father figure Hip revelled in the role of the mischievous little kid. I loved to see him laugh, and would try to make him smile when I could. He had a wonderful sense of humor.
I miss you terribly my friend, but that is selfishness on my part. You are now teaching the angels to grow invitro, and asking God everything you ever wanted to understand. We were blessed to have our time with you, and we sadly let you go from this earth to go on to help somewhere else. We will never forget you or the gifts you left this world. A world made more beautiful because of your work here. But today it is a world that is less bright and less beautiful without you. Goodbye my beloved friend. May your new journey be a sweet one.
I love you my friend, goodbye.
Edited by rocketman, 30 December 2009 - 06:34 PM.
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Posted 29 December 2009 - 03:26 PM
Shortly before he invited me to become a mod, he was on the brink of banning me. I used to let my mood swings and some residual immaturity make me say things I ended up regretting, and I'm very grateful that Hip saw past that and took the time to kick my rhetorical ass a few times. He even quoted a passage of the Bible once that clued me in to the fact that he did that sort of thing consciously and with a higher purpose in mind. It was Proverbs 27:17; As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. When he said that, I understood him a lot better and this new awareness made me look forward to the next sharpening session. Over the years that followed I became very sharp indeed, and it's helped me tremendously in many aspects of my life. That was a very powerful gift Hip gave me, and I haven't even begun to talk about mycology yet!
Most of us are here because we've taken a Journey that taught us how much more there is to existence than meets the eye, and in my case it's not any kind of exaggeration to say that magic mushrooms literally saved my life. From that point on, all I've wanted to do is help others have such an experience and when I found Mycotopia I knew I'd found a means to do this on a scale I hadn't dared to imagine before. I used to be like a tiny little mushroom casting a few spores/ideas into the wind here and there, hoping one or two might land on fertile ground and continue to spread.
Now, thanks to the years of hard work Hip and everyone else put in to make this site what it is long before I got here, I'm a much larger mushroom scattering many more spores, and I'm sure the same can be said for many of us in this community. Hip gave us a place to shout from the rooftops instead of whispering in the shadows about the things we love that others don't understand and seek to destroy, and being a member of such a tribe gives me the courage and inspiration to keep going that I might otherwise lack. Thank you for that too, Hip.
I write all this through eyes blurred with tears even though I don't know Hip's real name and have never met him in person, and like others have said I also painfully regret not calling him and having a chat. I never even knew what he looked like, but those minor details don't tell us anything relevant about each other anyway. How do we really truly know each other if not by our thoughts and deeds? It's attitudes, philosophies, compassion, and common interests that are the stuff of friendship, not names and appearances. I feel more compatible with Hip and most of the members here than I do with the majority of people I encounter who know my real name and what I look like. When Hip passed away I didn't lose an "online" friend, or someone who meant any less to me than my closest inner-circle friends I see in person; I lost a very real and true friend.
I believe, or rather I know that we are born with a job to do and that we don't get to go home until it's completed, so whenever a friend passes away my sadness always has an element of acceptance and though I hesitate to admit it, a tinge of jealousy. Hip is off the hook now, but we're still here firmly caught in the illusion. We will all walk one at a time though that same gate, but I cannot bring myself to think of it as a tragic or frightening prospect. So many people I've loved have already taken that walk that I know I will be in very good company when it's finally my turn. None of that means I don't miss my friends or grieve their passing, it just means they got to go home early and I'm still here.
We will meet again someday. See you then, my friend. :bow:
All day I think about it, then at night I say it.
Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing?
I have no idea.
My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that,
and I intend to end up there.
This drunkenness began in some other tavern.
When I get back around to that place,
I'll be completely sober. Meanwhile,
I'm like a bird from another continent, sitting in this aviary.
The day is coming when I fly off,
but who is it now in my ear who hears this voice?
Who says words with my mouth?
Who looks out with my eyes? What is the soul?
I cannot stop asking.
If I could taste one sip of an answer,
I could break out of this prison for drunks.
I didn't come here of my own accord, and I can't leave that way.
Whoever brought me here will have to take me home.
Death is not bitter for those who Know.
If an earthquake opens the prison walls,
do you think an escaping prisoner
will complain of the damage done
to the stone and ironwork?
No prisoner has yet talked such nonsense.
The soul roars when it's freed from the body,
like a convict in his cell sleeping,
dreaming of a rose garden.
He knows he's dreaming, and he doesn't want
to go back into his body, his dungeon.
He prays, "Let me keep walking here, like a prince."
God says, "Yes. Your prayer is granted.
Do not go back." He dies in his sleep
and stays in that rose-paradise,
with no regrets for what he's left
back in the prison cell.
Stand under the pointed arch and weep.
Burn all night like a candle being beheaded
in its own flame. Close your lips
to food and drink. Hurry
to this other table, trembling
like a willow. Forget your weaknesses.
Your longing is everything.
People will say "so-and-so is dead."
But you'll know how alive you've become.
Show us everything as it really is.
No one who has died is grieving
because of death
just as no one objects to exchanging sour buttermilk
for choice wine.
-Selections from Rumi's Mathnawi
Posted 29 December 2009 - 08:47 PM
Thank you doesn't begin to express the gratitude of the amount of knowledge and friendship you brought into my life.
Your wisdom has never been matched by anyone else I've known in life.
I will miss you and will be forever thankful for all of the gifts you've given me throughout my time spent on your internet creation.
R.I.P. Hippie3 :heart:
Posted 29 December 2009 - 09:05 PM
You will be missed by many Hippie3 but your spirit will live on.Thanks for teaching me many things and having confidence in me as a mod.Your Hippism's were classic and I will definitely miss your early morning posts,those always got me going.You will never be forgotten.Thanks for everything Hippie3 :bow:
How do you ever say goodbye to a person that you don't want to be gone? :heart:
Posted 29 December 2009 - 09:18 PM
we didn't always agree and sometimes you really pissed me off! But I always respected the fact that you were your own man and lived your life as you saw fit.
And by creating mycotopia I really do believe that you changed the world for the better.
Posted 30 December 2009 - 04:24 AM
I first came here after being flamed on another omc website for being old, I instantly knew I found what I was looking for, although I wasn't too sure of the leader...
I thought him to gruff and more than a bit of a hard ass.
After watching the boards for a while I began to see him as tough but fair, his take no crap attitude a necessity and even began to like the very traits in hip that I had not interpreted with wide enough eyes.
Without his firm tenderness he showed all of us, this place would be over run with idiots in no time.
He was a man who really enjoyed a strong debate so long as it remained respectable and he never held a grudge because of one so long as you could provide sources of your information.
He loved learning and this staunch desire for accuracy made this place a good environment to do so because he also loved watching us all learn as well.
This is why one feels so welcome in the world he created here.
He worked hard to bring his best attributes as tools of communication and community for us all to share information.
He not only truly succeeded in this but he did it with humour and wit, with an almost magical insight to sear right through the bullshit and get to the heart of the matter at hand.
Hip you were the nicest curmudgeon I have ever known, there will never be another like you hip and you will be missed forever,
Posted 30 December 2009 - 01:16 PM
Thank you for everything.
People like you Hip are rare to find. A teacher, a leader, a friend. In lots of ways you brought us all together as a family.
Thank you for this home - Mycotopia
I feel blessed to have known you. Wishing only that I could have known you more.
We miss you already and love you more than just being Hippie3 .
Rest in peace, Hip :)
God Bless you and your family and your loved ones.
cheers for you Hip.. you will always be remembered..
Posted 30 December 2009 - 05:49 PM
this man truly helped me through the roughest times of my life.
i owe him and his family much and hope in some way we can help in this time of mourning.
hip brought much knowledge to anyone in his path,
an important player in the mushroom community.
anybody who knew him knew him as a sincere generous and ever-interesting plethora of wisdom
with a bad-ass attitude that stood for 'don't fuck with me'
which was part of who he was and what he stood for.
who didnt love hipster :heart:
all in all he accomplished great strides and will never be forgotten.
its my honor to call him friend, and i shed a tear of hope that he is at peace
and that someday we may meet again.
rest in peace good buddy :bow:
you wont ever be forgotten.
your legacy lives on through all those you've touched throughout the years on this plane.
Posted 30 December 2009 - 05:56 PM
Lost a truly great one
To me a teacher, but much more to some
The senior in high school on my bus
When I'm learning to write in cursive
Taught me how to cuss, but never really did it much
Like my vampire father, what would I know without him?
How long would it have taken to put together any amount of knowledge near the small bits I picked up out of the big picture he's created.
Thank you Hippie for good highs and good times. Thank you for creating the Shining City on the ruined landscape that is the Internet. I will come to this place as long as it is here for my spiritual rekindling, and go and spread a light taken from your Fire that will never burn out - the Fire of your Word.
May your family find comfort in the outstanding life you led, and the thousands of lives that you individually touched. Thank you for your guidance, your continual patience, and for pouring your whole being into this community.
Posted 30 December 2009 - 06:31 PM
I cant believe it. After taking my share of proverbial tongue lashings, Hippie quickly made me want to impress him. I wanted to make him proud. I feel sad to have never done it.
Im so glad to have known him and his legacy will be safe with those that knew him. I think he'll look down on us with pride at what he's built and the fine job he's done here.
In a short time, he was very important to me, always in the back of my mind when beginning a thread or even just commenting- trying to say something clever. What will Hip think of this?
My heart goes out to his family and loved ones. I dont have the words to express my sorrow for his family. He will be dearly missed. :bow:
Posted 30 December 2009 - 06:34 PM
He was my teacher, banned me twice, lol, but in the end, he was friend and mentor, always taking me back under protective wing. Too many tears this year.
We are all one, with no boundaries to confine us to something that cannot be contained. We are the universe, entwined together forever.
Until our paths cross again Hipster, Fly like the wind on that shooting star.