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Old 03-11-2013, 06:59 PM
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Bye, Opal

News today on social network Facebook posted by her mother says that OpalCat has passed away today. For those who knew her, knew of her, or just did lists of two and didn't have a third point, she will be missed.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:03 PM
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Opalcat

We have been advised that Opalcat passed away today.

This has been confirmed by a member of her family.

We have no further information at this time.

She was one of our earliest of the early -- her Straight Dope registration number was 36 -- and was with us since the AOL days. Opalcat was a part of our history.

Our condolences to her family and especially to her son Dominic.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:03 PM
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Oh no! I gave her a lot of shit, but that is very bad.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:08 PM
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Oh, dear. That is awful.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:10 PM
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That's terrible.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:10 PM
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Tuba, perhaps a merge is in order before these two threads grow.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:11 PM
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3. Bye, Opal.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:13 PM
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WHAT THE HELL?!?!?! She can't be gone!!
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:15 PM
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Done. And thanks, Uncle Bill. I'm sorry that we have to see you under such sad circumstances.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:16 PM
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That is so sad. Her poor son and family.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:16 PM
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Wow.. from her online postings, it seems she was just embarking on a new chapter in her life. I hope that her family and loved ones take solace in their memories of her, and my thoughts to her son who is entirely too young to lose a parent.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:17 PM
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Holy shit. That's awful.
My condolences to her family, especially her poor son.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:19 PM
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Had she been ill? I know I hadn't seen her around here in ages.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:20 PM
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Holy cow...how awful! And unexpected!
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:20 PM
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Wow, this is awful. She was always kind of a staple here.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:21 PM
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How terrible for her son and her family! My condolences.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:21 PM
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:24 PM
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Oh, NO! Oh, my eyes just bugged out of my head when I saw this. I joined this site in the last nineties and Opal had already been here forever when I arrived. Oh, I'm genuinely sorry to read this.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:24 PM
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Damn.

My condolences to her family, especially Dominic.

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Old 03-11-2013, 07:28 PM
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OMFG!!! My thoughts are with her family.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:29 PM
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Oh shit, she and I have chatted many times. I am so sorry to hear this, and hope the family has a chance to see the and receive all our condolences.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:30 PM
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Oh My GOD!

Opal?!

Damn, I just don't know what to say. I always liked her, very sad day.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:30 PM
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OMFG!!!

You always find the words, etv78.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:30 PM
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Well, crap. If anyone finds out what happened, please do share. My condolences to her friends and family, and to little Dominic who probably isn't so little anymore...

Therapeutic virtual bubblewrap popping, anyone?

Edited to add: my favorite self portrait of hers. Damn, she struggled with that thing, remember?

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Old 03-11-2013, 07:32 PM
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This is such a shock, and my heart goes out to her loved ones.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:38 PM
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That's awful news.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:39 PM
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Back before I joined the SDMB, I put together a website for the local running club. One of the Misc. links was Opal's bubblewrap.

RIP Opal.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:39 PM
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That's horrible.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:40 PM
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wow. her poor kid.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:41 PM
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Aw, jeez.

Bye, Opal. You'll be missed.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:44 PM
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It's hard to imagine this place without Opal. I don't think I ever interacted with her directly, but she was omnipresent.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:45 PM
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This is terrible news. I was wondering what happened to her just a couple of days ago. I liked her as a person and admired her artwork. Like another poster said, she seemed to be embarking on a new and better life. My condolences to her family and son. She will be missed.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:45 PM
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Holy shit, that's awful. Ugh, I referred to her in a snarky way in a pit thread today, I feel terrible about that.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:48 PM
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Well, crap. If anyone finds out what happened, please do share. My condolences to her friends and family, and to little Dominic who probably isn't so little anymore...

Therapeutic virtual bubblewrap popping, anyone?

Edited to add: my favorite self portrait of hers. Damn, she struggled with that thing, remember?
I've used that picture of her as my wallpaper on and off for a long time.

This is awful, few people I've never met have I felt as though I knew so well.

What a loss, for her son, for her friends and for the world at large. We need more Opals.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:50 PM
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Damn. Opalcat was an integral part of this board from way back- not sure if newbies will ever know to what extent. I had wondered how she was doing lately. She was not forgotten and will not be.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:51 PM
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Her poor family. How old is her son?
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:52 PM
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Oh good grief, what awful news! RIP, OpalCat.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:55 PM
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What terrible news! I literally was thinking of her today and wondering what she was up to.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:55 PM
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Terrible news. I'm so heartsick for her family.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:57 PM
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Very sad news indeed.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:57 PM
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Oh, man. Words fail. That's just awful.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:59 PM
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I still have the shirt she made for me.

3. Hi, Opal!

Opal came to parties at my place way back when. Hell, she made the trek and came to parties in two different states 350 miles apart. I always felt for her, she was such a troubled soul.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:01 PM
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Oh no! How horrible.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:06 PM
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I'm stunned and confused and very sad for her family.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:06 PM
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So sad.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:08 PM
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I knew her only by name, but it was an omnipresent name.

This appears to have been her last post here, six months ago in September.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:11 PM
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Her poor family. How old is her son?
17, I believe.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:11 PM
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Dominic was 6 in 2002.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:13 PM
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She was young, wasn't she? I hate to be nosy, but this is a real shock. I can't help but wonder what happened.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:15 PM
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Very sad news.
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