I'll admit I'm unsure about posting this, but here goes. It seems @brax – Christopher Street – died just about a year ago. I found out a month or two later, but hadn't really known what to do about it. Now that this whole great MLKSHK show is ending and becoming something else, I just wanted to take a moment and say good-bye. I guess I hope that someone would do the same for me.
I didn't "know" him any better than I know a lot of you; but we shared enough interests/posts/comments that I think we would have been friends in "real" life. I selfishly miss him because I had a wonderful thing to share with him (http://mlkshk.com/p/1BFJE), and now I can't do that.
So Godspeed, man. I'm sorry I didn't have a chance to know you better.
For 5 yrs I've seen all posts on mlkshk. Yes, all of them. During the silent lonely hours of my insomnia. So I thought I might just as well help fight the spammers as an admin. Sometimes hundreds a day. There's something about the unclassifiable diversity of images and gifs that reminds me of the interstitials of early mtv. It just tickles the visual part of my brain. So for 5 yrs I've been gathering what I think is 'the best of mlkshk'.
I've downloaded the images and plan to turn them into a site that shows off the wonderful diversity. Of course nobody will visit that site but me. So I guess that shows the loneliness of my having been on mlkshk.
The first image I personally shot that was posted on MlkShk three years ago was making fun of an Austin H-E-B for offering a deal on flour tortillas and refried beans when you bought Django Unchained on DVD.
I still think this is hilarious, and I thank you all so very much as I slowly learned where my idea of hilarity overlapped with the rest of y'all.
'Autumn Leaves' has been a song of parting in my life for quite a while. Heard the Nat King Cole version through a few passings, plus I've been asked to sing in from time to time in karaoke. So, though I know we have a few hours to go before The End has truly reached us, I figured it would be a good time to wax on a bit before this shop closes, and we look forward to the next one.
I generally hate social media. Dread it, abhor it. I keep a LinkedIn account, but that's about as close as I get to touching it. I dabbled on Facebook for all of a month before I completely rejected it. It brings out the worst in a lot of people - the attention-seekers, those who chose to put mouth before brain when addressing things, dreadful levels of incoherency and knee-jerk reaction. And it seeks affirmation of those behaviors.
Here, it has been completely different. We're here as a community to put up something funny, or something interesting. For me, MLKSHK has been like a semi-anonymous gigantic bulletin board, to pin up things about me - what I laughed at, what I cried at, my worries - sort of an emotional SWOT board.
And if that weren't enough, we all shared ours with each other, and we got to agree, to converse, maybe occasionally quibble over things. And there was some level of assurance that it would keep going that way. And that is in no small part to the familiar, familial sense we shared as a community.
I'm hoping that continues with MLTSHP, but it brings me to my closing laments. MLKSHK has become a habit to me, because of all of you. I expect that if some scientist were to care enough to see my physiological reactions to clicking that lovely MLKSHK link on my phone, or the tab in my browser, there is probably some sort of dopamine reaction by now.
Even though I know MLTSHP is around the corner, having to depart from MLKSHK will still leave a gap for awhile, and maybe a hint of grief. Maybe it's not as tremendous, given we've come to the precipe several times, but still, there's going to be a few tears when I click on that tab, and see that 404.
Sorry for the long verbiage. I'll just let Eva speak the rest for me.