This writing is a funny old lark.
For years now I have been scribbling my thoughts and rants, and over the years you too have been commenting.
Some people drop in a comment or two while others hang around. Some indeed have been commenting here for years.
Now I have met very few in the flesh as it were. Some I met fleetingly years ago at the Blog Awards, and some I have met many times and enjoyed many a coffee in the village or elsewhere. Some I have made good [I hope] friends with without ever us meeting. Some I have spoken with via Skype while most I have only met virtually through their comments and through reading their own sites.
Captain Ranty was one of those I had never met ih person. He commented on this site many times, and I always read his outpourings, rants and fights with the system as he wrote them over at his place. I always looked forward to his posts and his comments. Indeed we have exchanged quite a few emails in the past as well.
A while ago, he announced that he was quitting his site. I was saddened by this announcement as I knew I would miss his humour, and in fact I wrote to him and told him in no uncertain terms that he would be missed. He recanted and said he would post less frequently and promised that if the time came he would come back at full speed, tearing the system apart and giving us all a chuckle in the process.
Sadly that wasn't to happen.
I heard during the week that he has passed.
It may seem strange mourning the loss of someone I never met, but somehow the Interweb is a meeting. Did I know him any the less because I had never seen him face to face or heard the sound of his voice? I don't think so.
May the winds always fill your sails, Cap'n.