As I prepare to leave card gaming for good (unwillingly, but I have too many personal responsibilities), I reflect on all the many good times this game gave me, including all the fine people I've met.
This story is about an IRC conversation between 2 of Magic's good guys: Chris Pikula of NYC and Oscar Tan (Rakso) of the Philippines that went down soon after the World Trade Centers were hit on September 11, 2001 by a bunch of religious wackos ... this story haunts me to this very day, and probably for the rest of my life:
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<Sleepula> HOLY F***ING SH*T
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<Rakso> Was that Pikula?
<Rakso> Oh there
<Rakso> He's alive.
<cbrangel> Cathy: no flights in or out for 48 hours but unless they were IN the WTC building they should be 100% ok
<Pikula> that was insane
<Rakso> What happened to you?
<Rakso> Where were you?
<Pikula> Dave is fine, he is in brooklyn
<Pikula> I was about 1.5 blocks away
<cathy_n> cbrangel: Yeah, they were in their hotel at the time, I believe. It was far too early for Victor to be awake, anyway
<Pikula> my building shook and it was black as night
<Pikula> totally crazy
<Rakso> 1.5 BLOCKS AWAY???
<WakkoCAPS> pikula:At work?
<Booch> Pikula: HOLY SH*T!
<Pikula> i was standing outside like 5 minutes before the first tower totally collapsed
<Pikula> like a jackass
<Rakso> Did you see it?
<Pikula> i'm covered with ash!
<Booch> hehehe, all of a sudden it occured to you to run?
<WakkoCAPS> Pikula:But you're ok?
<Rakso> You're covered with ash
<Dave_Conn> dude thats scary sh*t
<cbrangel> Chris: any idea if the Financial Center building is OK?
<Rakso> And your first impulse is to log onto mIRC???
<Booch> Rakso: His friends are here, and it's a good way to get the word out.
<Pikula> i seriously missed chance of greatest picture of all time
<Dave_Conn> btw : get off irc and go shower, good way of ash removal
<Pikula> and looked back at Trinity Church
<Pikula> and there was a firestorm behind it
<Pikula> it was like the end of the world