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PSYOP ROB 15 May 2016 19:31

RIP SOTB, you will certainly be missed around here

Silverbullet 15 May 2016 19:38

Please keep this thread on target in celebration/ rememberance of a life well lived.

SOCNET always takes care of its own and other issues will be addressed later, as needed. Thanks

Ex-PH 15 May 2016 19:51

Like quite a few of us in this thread, I never knew Andy outside of his posts here, but, it was pretty obvious that he managed to squeeze at least 10 lifetimes into his short time on earth.

RIP SOTB, your insight will be greatly missed.

Silverbullet 15 May 2016 20:32

[QUOTE=KidA;1058562994]The world, and especially SOCNET, lost a great man today, my friend, Andy Potts aka SOTB.

I don't remember my first interaction with Andy. SOCNET search has too many hits with him calling me on something, or agreeing with something, for me to get back farther than 2012.

[B]Snip[/B]

Until we meet again. [I]Semper Fi[/I], RIP and Fuck Cancer.

Your pal, KidA[/QUOTE]

Powerful post.

I remember when Andy and I met you for first time. He was in town and we had a small SOCNET link up in Old Town. None of the BTDT's had a kitchen pass (whipped) and you and Baildog said you would come by. Jimbo may have done a quick fly by and split to go "work out", but I can't remember.

I had recently spent a week arguing with you over coal mining or some other touchy feely cause you expoused back then while I was on a job in Nigeria or another garden spot and he was in from a trip to Afghanistan.

Resigned to my fate of meeting up with the SOCNET lefty I dutifully showed up with Andy to wait for you.

While waiting the conversation goes something like this.
Me "how will we know him?"
Andy "he'll be the gayest dude in here"
Me "gayer than Sharky or just normal gay like Pirate Mike?"
Andy "no ones gayer than Sharky and I think he's taller than Pirate Mike so he probably has to take a knee to do the deed"
Me "dude this Old Town, that could be anyone"

Luckily a text came in from you saying you had arrived. To no ones surprise in walked this skinny dude wearing black leather pants looking a bit skittish. I knew it was you right away. Andy whispers "shit, he's gayer than Sharky".

Turns out you were GTG and once we got you to stop speaking Latin the night picked up. I considered smashing a chair over your head to uphold the stereotype people have from here, but let it go. Andy being Andy nursed one beer all evening and then tried to give away the remaining half.

That was a good night and I know Andy valued your friendship.

MixedLoad 15 May 2016 20:39

You're going to be missed, Andy.

Rest in Peace, Brother, and Fuck Cancer.

JD6415 15 May 2016 20:45

Rest easy SOTB. Always enjoyed reading your posts and appreciated your way of thinking.

x175Ranger 15 May 2016 20:46

Rest in peace Andy, I am glad our paths crossed a few times and it was truly an honor knowing you. God bless.

9533 15 May 2016 20:46

My hope is peace for you and your family SOTB...

9533

LGD 15 May 2016 20:47

Rest in Peace SOTB....

specat93 15 May 2016 20:57

It was a pleasure to have known you, Andy. The world is truly a lesser place now.

MacDuff 15 May 2016 21:03

I've enjoyed reading SOTB's posts for the better part of a decade now. I'm incredibly sorry to hear that he's gone.

It's amazing to see how many lives he has touched, even just on this site. Most people associate internet forums with anonymous personalities but it's obvious that he transcended that.

Atrax 15 May 2016 21:11

Damn. RIP Sir.

Andy0331 15 May 2016 21:13

I think the last time I saw Andy was when he was in FL... sadly too long ago. It sucks to hear he's gone, it really sucks, but I'm glad to have known him and my life is better for it.

RIP brother.

KidA 15 May 2016 21:15

[QUOTE=Silverbullet;1058563083]your post[/QUOTE]

Fucking allergies. Thanks a lot. I thought I had the water turned off[I] at the source[/I] for the day.

And nice try. :biggrin: They weren't leather damnit.

I am humbled to be able to call you both [I]friend[/I]. I am sure there were bets taken as to whether I'd show up or not. I want to know who lost and how much.

CTA 15 May 2016 21:48

Nice posts KidA and Sb. Kid, I especially like the last part with the stove glass cracking. Must be Andy heading to Valhalla. Fair winds and following seas and RIP brother. Fuck cancer!

WS-G 15 May 2016 22:00

[QUOTE=Stopp700;1058563066]Has anyone started a fund for Andy's daughter/final expenses? Please let us know....[/QUOTE]
That's a damned good idea! Whoever sets this up, I [i]will[/i] make a contribution!

It's been a very long time indeed (months!) since last I checked in here, and only popped in just today... to find... [i]this[/i]. :frown:


First off, before I go any further, I acknowledge that [b]SOTB[/b] was a personal friend (in-person) to many of you. He and I did not have the opportunity to ever meet in person, and I think it's fair to say that a lot of you were aware that he and I were not exactly on the best of terms. Gentlemen, I must ask that you please accept this state of affairs, and understand that this post is [i]not[/i] made with the intent of either casting aspersions upon Mr. Potts' memory, nor with any intent of offending any of you.

In all honesty, over the years he and I had rubbed each other the wrong way more than once. Looking back, I know that because he had read me wrong in a number of areas, it's only fair to say that I must surely have been every bit as wrong about him. I could certainly think back on some posts he made which left me thinking "so he's not such a bad guy after all, despite the persona he projects". So.... I probably should have cut him more moral slack than I did.

That said, I [i]will[/i] state that I consider his forthrightness in standing up for his point of view and his beliefs to have been commendable. Whether we agreed with one another or not, I never once knew him to waffle or equivocate about anything. This demonstated consistent moral courage -- a hallmark of United States Marine Corps ethics -- and is deserving of respect. For example, he made no bones whatsoever about the fact that he was a professed and much-confirmed atheist, and often came across as if he openly ridiculed those of us with definite religious beliefs. However much I (and doubtlessly others) may have taken exception to any such remarks, the fact remains that it took a certain amount of spine for him to say that and to have been consistent about maintaining his position. Mr. Potts: I say "good on you!" for having consistently displayed that degree of moral courage.

If we had enjoyed the opportunity to have met in person (his popping in to a SOCNETDrink in PDX, Seattle or Spokane wouldn't have been much of a stretch, I reckon), I'd have at least greeted him as a proper gentleman, shaken his hand, and offered to buy him the libation of his choice. I'd like to think that he'd have accorded me the same consideration. Hell, we might even have ended up becoming friends!

An area where he and I clearly did have a lot of common ground was our clear mutual epicurean streak. I could definitely see a mutual appreciation for good food and drink. With that in mind, I'm going to sit an extra New York strip steak on the [i]parilla[/i] this afternoon -- with my own homemade [i]chimmichurri[/i] -- and have an extra glass of genuine Argentine [i]Malbec[/i] with it on your behalf, [i]Don[/i] Andy!

See you on the other side, Marine!

Sado_1 15 May 2016 22:05

RIP, see you on the other side. Maybe there ... I can show you some skills on the range ;) lol. Prayers for the family. Very sad.

Doc P 15 May 2016 22:07

I hadn't seen these tickets before, but browsing a little bit ago I saw one and the first thing I thought of was this thread. I hope SOTB's maidens in Valhalla pass the pinky test.

[IMG]http://socnet.com/picture.php?albumid=113&pictureid=747[/IMG]

MountainBum 15 May 2016 22:17

Reading Andy's posts on SOCNET as a young E-2 inspired me to pursue a career in SOF. After I got out - we exchanged a few PMs and he helped me through some difficulties transitioning to the civilian world. I never met him in person, but he directly contributed to my success today and for that I'll always be grateful.

Rest in peace brother - you touched the lives of more people than you'll ever know.

bm2bob 15 May 2016 22:30

Damn

RIP SOTB you were a great contributor to what this board is, and I will miss dicussions with you.

I never met you but I wish I had.

fuck cancer.

Fair Winds and Following Seas...


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