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    FORT Fan pikaki's Avatar
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    What tragic news to hear about sdl . . . he was such an intelligent, insightful and informative poster and I became his FORT friend during one of the past Bachelor seasons. I wondered why he had not posted much in March, and was missing reading his thoughts. He was a great online friend to all, and I will really miss him. My heart goes out to his family and friends . . . may he be at peace now and know how much he meant to those of us who came to enjoy his wisdom and wit. God bless!

    Thank you peacemar for sharing sdl's PM communication . . . it was so touching.

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    As a newbie myself, I looked forward to SDL's insight and humor of this game we call "reality". He "knew" everything or at least where to find the information. His passing will leave a huge void in this, and future seasons of Bach-ette. Rest in peace, Scott. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and those of you who were lucky enough to call him "friend".

    Scott - PS: I hope you find all of your questions answered. Now, can you send us some hints?

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    Very sad to hear this.

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    Who, me? Chacharo's Avatar
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    Rip Sdl

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    Such very sad news. RIP sdl.
    "Feel the sky blanket you/ With gems and rhinestones/ See the path cut by the moon/ For you to walk on" - EV

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    My thoughts and prayers are with his family and those who loved him. I also enjoyed his post to this site. I am just a lurker, but when I saw sdl on here it was an interesting read.

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    This is soooo sad. sdl you are missed! I send prayers for you and your family.
    Someday all of us will meet up again. RIP, sdl.

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    RIP SDL. Although I didn't know him, reading his posts always added so much to these boards. he will be missed I'm sure by his family and friends and my condolences go out to you.

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    On March 12, Scott sent me a message updating me on a discussion we had been having. Because I needed to contact someone to get the ball rolling on a little intrigue we had concocted to get a former "The Bachelor" together with a well known admirer of hers, I didn't reply to him until early on March 17. I didn't know that he was in critical condition at that moment in a Houston hospital. For several days I waited to hear back from him and finally made a concerted effort to contact him. The news of his death that came in response to my search left me quite literally without words. I have lost a valued and very trusted friend.

    The person so many of you have described so well through your interaction with him was so much more to many in his real life, but he was never greater than in the kindness of his interaction with so many here at FORT. It is the best of him which we should all remember.

    He really was an iconic figure in the legal community. While we never faced each other in court, our firms were on opposite sides of many well known cases. He was a partner in two celebrated law firms and was managing partner of one in Houston before opening his own firm. Those who faced him in court knew him to be a great legal mind and one of the most tenacious courtroom advocates, the kind about whom Hollywood makes movies. This is the side of him I came to know best. The sharp wit and quick tongue, never shy to offer candid criticism when he believed criticism was necessary, but never offered beyond one's ability to accept and act positively on the criticism.

    For fun, Scott and I would occasionally take different positions on various issues, just for the purposes of debate. As I came closer and closer to my retirement last Fall, those discussions on and off the forum became very important to me because they reminded me of how much fun my profession could be ... absent the big clients and absurdly gigantic attorney fees.

    He never complained to me about his illness but was quick to be sympathetic when my brother informed him that I had broken my foot during a dance rehearsal and was having surgery in NY that would end my now full time dance career. He found me in NYC in hotel room just days after my surgery and wanted to know my future plans. He pushed me to commit to something at a moment when I was at my lowest. He knew I had turned down several offers in broader legal circles and he asked me if feeling sorry for myself was a better choice than choosing to give back to my profession while continuing as a dance instructor, if I could do both. Laughingly, he told me that with four ex wives and at age 60, I wasn't going to get the same partners as Maksim anymore and my dreams of a senior national ballroom title paled in comparison to doing a little pro bono legal work. I knew he was right. He said "Take the offer you've been given; do great things with it." Sadly, I never had the chance to tell him I've accepted that offer, and as a result would no longer be able to engage with him at FORT.

    He gave me the push I needed just when I needed it most, and I'll treasure our friendship forever.

    One friend who sent me a link to a Houston Chronicle article about his death also sent me this Irish prayer which seems particularly fitting to the Scott I knew.
    Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep

    Do not stand at my grave and weep,
    I am not there... I do not sleep.
    I am the thousand winds that blow...
    I am the diamond glints on snow...
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain...
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you waken in the morning's hush,
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of gentle birds in circling flight...
    I am the soft star that shines at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry—
    I am not there... I did not die...
    May God bless you all.


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    Thanks for sharing Peach. I am in total shock. I've been waiting for sdl to show back up & give his 2 cents, especially when we were trying to compare heights of the guys. LOL!!! sdl knows everything you'd ever want to know about elevator shoes...and more. Bless his heart, he even admitted that he was getting a bit obsessed with Jakes height...or rather, lack thereof.

    This board will not be the same without sdl & his sometimes controvertial opinions, but he will definately be missed. He's made me roll my eyes, but he's also made me laugh with tales of his youthful indescretions. It actually was really nice when I had an opportunity to teach sdl a little about jewelry & pricing.....sounds weird, I know, but it was totally relevant at the time.

    My thought & prayers go out to his family & friends. I'm still so, so shocked.
    “When life kicks you, let it kick you forward.” Kay Yow

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