Post by wannaberoo'ing on May 12, 2014 7:29:55 GMT -5
The first time we got to really spend time with Mike and Ang was in Cincinnati for a show. Booked a couple of rooms downtown and met up at the hotel before heading out to look for some "great German restaurant" Mike wanted to try. I don't think we ever found the place.
At the show, my husband got a bit too drunk and got sucked into a moshpit. We all got split up because of the monster moshpit- Mike and Ang weren't seen again until close to the end of the night. My husband wasn't having a very good night, he was a bit buzz angry that night. Mike disappeared and came back with a gorgeous Clutch t-shirt and threw at him as we were leaving the venue. I laughed a little, from surprise and from the amazing generosity from someone we were just getting to know. I said, "Why'd you do that?" Mike said, "Because he looked sad! I don't want him to be down." My husband looked like a kid at Christmas and instantly started smiling again. Laughter was all I remember on the cab ride back to the hotel. Thank you, Mike and Ang, for showing us how to open up our hearts a bit more to "strangers." We practice it now ourselves.
Like usual for me, when I drink too much draft beer, I got a pounding migraine that night around midnight. Mike and Ang wanted to keep partying. I bowed out, apologizing, saying I needed to go settle into my room. As I'm lying sick on the nasty hotel bathroom floor, fighting off the nausea, Mike keeps knocks gently on the door, saying "Kaaaaaate. Kaaaate." I'm laughing my ass off. Never has someone made me laugh like that as I'm puking. Thank you, Mike, you screwball. I'm sorry I couldn't keep up with you :).
I'm not good with these kind of things.. Ange, my love is going out to you, and all of Mike's family. I can't begin to imagine what you're all going through. Your inforoo family will always be here for you, and it gives me comfort knowing that. I just wish I could give a giant all-emcompassing hug to this place right now.
I've never met Mike or Angie, or anyone on here for that matter. The connection between them and everyone they've met seems to be a strong tie, and it saddens me for such loss.
Last year, our office lost a young man and someone had taken it upon them self to create and order commemorative rubber bracelets...like the livestrong ones.
Here is a link to the site if anyone that knew Mike better wanted to head this up. They end up being around $2 but could be given out for a $5-10 donation easily, which could either go to his family or something Mike believed in. *I have no affiliation with this company and by no means intend for this to be spammy. Just wanted to pass along something we did and a thoughtful gesture towards a family.
Everyone experiences music differently.To say that something is subjectively wrong with live music is to also say that you are more than just your credentials or experience. It says that you are above whatever it is that you see as being the standard. Breaking everything down critically to the point where you are above every matter looking down on it only isolates you and makes you look foolish.
At the beginning of the year, I temporarily relocated from Atlanta to Indianapolis to do a 3 month project for work. I didn't know anybody up there, but Mike reached out to me come hang out whenever he was in the area. He welcomed me to chill at his buddy's house for football, where he fed me food and booze. He invited to a family outing at the water park. He even met me out to see a little garage punk band and the night turned into an amazing party. I was so touched that he thought to include me in all this and I am so thankful for his friendship and kindness. My thoughts are with LLL and their family.
I wish Mike didn't have to die so young I wish I had known Mike better I wish I got to meet Mike more than once I wish Mike had more time to make me laugh with his clever, witty posts I wish Mike and I had lived close, because with our tastes in music we would have been at a lot of shows together I wish just once I could have sampled some of his awesome food he would describe and post pictures of
I hope that wherever he is, Mike is at peace and without pain I hope that LLL gets through this horribly difficult time as well as a human can and gets every ounce of support and help she needs and deserves I hope that Mike's friends, family and other loved ones always remember him fondly and their pain is eased over time I hope that everyone in life has a place like this where people care so much
My wishes are just that - fanciful things that in this case, sadly, won't come true. My hopes, however, are still achievable and I hold firm that today or someday, they will all come true.
Post by FortSteuben on May 12, 2014 10:59:26 GMT -5
I never met Mike, as a matter of fact I have never met any of you in person. But over my time being active on this board, I have learned and noticed who the most respected and revered posters on inforoo were. What I gathered was that Whoresack and LLL were as good as they come and universally loved by all of inforoo. It just seemed like there were an abundance of stories of them always putting others ahead of themselves and brightening people's days far and wide.
When I first found this thread and found out the terrible news Mike was sick, I was devastated. Having lost members of my family to cancer, and having my mother diagnosed with stage 4 cancer as well back in 2009, I understand the difficulties and hardships involved with having someone close to you go through the long road of treatment and the physical and emotional toll it puts not only on the person affected but also his/her loved ones. I always kept Mike in my thoughts and prayers and hoped that I could meet him at Roo and tell him that I appreciated his wittiness and presence on this forum.
When I woke up this morning and saw the horrible news of Mike's passing, for the first time in my life, I found myself choked up over the passing of a man who I have never met. And I believe that was the case not only because a man was taken from this earth way too soon, but also because I know how much of an impact Mike had on the people of this board.
I offer condolences and prayers especially to Angie and to everyone else who is mourning the loss of a great person.
Post by SilentEyedStorm on May 12, 2014 11:17:39 GMT -5
I met Whoreshack at Bonnaroo last year and was blessed to spend time with Mike and Angie in Memphis at BSMF and be a part of the Love Tour. Prayers for you, Angie and for both your families. Rest in peace, Mike
I do not recall meeting mike, but from reading the great memories you all have of him and just watching how this community came together for such a great cause, i can tell he was a great man, husband and friend to all. Rest in Peace.
When I can stop crying I may post something, in the meantime, Angie please know that we love you and will do whatever we can to help you and Mike's daughter. I knew this was coming but my heart is still broken.
We'd like to take a moment to thank everyone that contributed in any and every way to the "Whoring for Whoreshack" campaign. Together you raised an incredible amount of money to help Mike with bills for the alternative medicines and as Scrog would say 'Living for the dash'.
Here is what you-Inforoo and others raised to help Mike:
Private Donations: $1680 Exchanges, Steph's calendar and Kdogg's 'Bacon on Bacon' campaign: $5363.20 Total: $7043.20 !!!
This does NOT include KrissyJo's Rooting for Whoreshack thoughtful effort.
All donations except $142.00 for Mike have been previously dispursed directly to Mike's paypal. The remainder will be addressed shortly.
Thank you all for 'Whoring for Whoreshack' this past year.
Much love on behalf of QSAROO, Fawn
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Post by easymorningrebel on May 12, 2014 13:52:53 GMT -5
I'm so glad you all of you got to know Mike thru Inforoo, or in person, and so grateful for all the love and help you generously gave from the heart over the past year. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for loving and caring for my friend in a way no one could ever have foreseen. I shared this on FB but I wanted to share it here as well...
Mike, I've known you for so long & we've shared so many experiences that at one point or another over the years we went to school together, shared an apartment, worked together, traveled and shared so many happy moments that I can't even list them all. Your friendship means the world to me and nothing can ever take that away. You're more than my friend, you're my brother and I love you