Good night and good luck

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    Sep 18, 2007 3:59 AM GMT
    This is from claybud

    There were a lot of people i wanted to message to say that i am leaving but there were too many, so i am doing it here.

    Ive gotta leave this site and others like it, for many of my own reasons, but i do want to thank everyone for all of the laughs, all of the pics, all of the late late night chats, the cam shows, the heated debates and the forum postings. I have gotten so much more out of this site than i could have ever imagined, i am sorry to have to go. But keep on jockin, discussin, livin, lovin and laughin, but dont forget there is a big world out there, waiting for you to join the party.

    May our paths cross sometime in this life or those that will proceed it.

    Good night, everybody.

    -Claybud
    20
    Chicago
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    Sep 19, 2007 12:56 PM GMT
    Does anyone else see a suicide note?

    There were around thirty guys on his buddy list when I visited his page two days ago.
    Did any one of his 'buddies' receive a private farewell or an explanation?

    Does anyone on RJ know him off-site? Is he well?

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    Sep 19, 2007 1:15 PM GMT
    It looks like a suicide note to me.

    But I cannot help. I really don't know the guy. I hope he's well.
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    Sep 19, 2007 1:28 PM GMT
    I didn't think suicide note when I read it. When he writes, "May our paths cross sometime in this life" it sounds to me like he plans on living. However, I have no idea what he's trying to convey with "or those that will proceed it."
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    Sep 19, 2007 2:37 PM GMT
    He also alludes to the real world in positive terms: "dont forget there is a big world out there, waiting for you to join the party."

    I'm betting he was spending too much time online and felt he needed to stay off the Internet for a while. Many of us have done the same thing.
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    Sep 19, 2007 2:49 PM GMT

    hey , think positive!! the guy is just leaving this site not this life ... i hope good luck for him in the outdoor life
    and most important .. we all will miss him a lot (;o;) ..(although i don't know him)
  • iHavok

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    Sep 19, 2007 2:50 PM GMT
    Aero needs to learn that leaving RJ isn't the same as being dead...

    ;-)
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    Sep 19, 2007 3:20 PM GMT
    I did hesitate 24 hours before posting the above.
    There were reasons, which I cannot disclose, for my genuine concern.

    Being new to the online-word myself, I hadn't considered the withdrawing from too much Internet activity, but I can see how that may be the case.

    It would still be good to get a (positive) response from anyone who had contact with Claybud in the pat few days.
  • iHavok

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    Sep 19, 2007 3:22 PM GMT
    I do appologize for teasing. :-)
    your concern says good things about your character. GOod luck finding someone who's heard from him!
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    Sep 19, 2007 3:25 PM GMT
    Yeah, I just read "dont forget there is a big world out there, waiting for you to join the party." as a statement that he was unplugging from the grid. As someone who makes his living off the internet and computers, I appreciate how important that is.

    No matter how great the internet is, I can't hear the wind rushing through my ears as I go tearing down a trail on my bike here.
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    Sep 19, 2007 5:51 PM GMT
    Same here, I read the reference to the "big world out there", so I didn't see the note in a negative way. He may decide to run for political office, move to the Alaskan outback, join the peace corp in the Third World, move in with a jealous husband, join a religious cult, join the military/secret service, etc.
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    Sep 19, 2007 6:51 PM GMT
    I had a buddy on here who left because it was taking up too much time. He said that he could be on for 30 seconds without someone from somewhere IMing him, and he just found it too draining. Could be the same here.
  • cacti

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    Sep 19, 2007 6:57 PM GMT
    I didn't know him well, but I chatted with him a few times 1-2 days before he posted this. He seemed fine and mentioned going to a Bison BBQ over the weekend.
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    Sep 19, 2007 7:02 PM GMT
    My guess is that he found that he was getting obssessed with this site and not living in the real world. But even if that guess is wrong, this does not appear to be a suicide note.

    If he didn't have 30 online buddies he probably would have just deleted his profile. But this was a way to let his 30 buddies know that (a) he hadn't deleted them from his Buddy list (saving, perhaps, some hurt feelings); and (b) he was onto other things, without having to write each.

    John
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    Sep 20, 2007 4:28 AM GMT
    Good night, Clay. I wish you very Happy Trails.

    Thanks to everyone that posted; it's seems more likely to me that Claybud just felt he needed to 'unplug from the grid'. Brianhawk, no worries 'bout the ''teasing" - its what I would have expected from myself. ;)
  • zakariahzol

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    Sep 20, 2007 4:44 AM GMT
    When it time for me to leave Real Jock. I just leave, no teary sayonara goodbye. It really sad when somebody we response with just disappier. It like one of your family member is gone. But like some Hindu myth, they can comeback, reborn into another person. So at least in RealJock you never know the person we interact with could be the ghost or reincarnation of long dead member.
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    Sep 20, 2007 4:48 AM GMT
    A number of other forums that I use for other interests actually ban people for these kind of "I'm Leaving" threads, especially if they are sympathy trolling or threaten to leave for no reason.
    I guess the difference here is that you can delete your own account, whereas with vBulletin you can't.
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    Sep 20, 2007 5:08 AM GMT
    Maybe he got a boyfriend who was jealous of him spending all this time with a community full of hot studs.

  • MikePhilPerez

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    Sep 20, 2007 5:32 PM GMT
    OHhiker,

    My man is a bit like that so he joined to keep an eye on me :-)

    Mike