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Buddy sent me this. This cat sounds like the kind of guy I'd get along with all night (til closing time) or we'd duke it out in 5.

These don't come up all too often, but I see them every know and then, and I sure do appreciate them.

Randall Jacobs:



Phoenix - Randall Jacobs of Phoenix died at age 65, having lived a life that would have sent a lesser man to his grave decades earlier. His friends called him RJ, but to his family he was Uncle Bunky, a.k.a. The Bunkster. He told his last joke, which cannot be printed here, on May 4th, 2020.

Uncle Bunky burned the candle, and whatever else was handy, at both ends. He spoke in a gravelly patois of wisecracks, mangled metaphors, and inspired profanity that reflected the Arizona dive bars, Colorado ski slopes, and various dodgy establishments where he spent his days and nights. He was a living, breathing "hang loose" sign, a swaggering hybrid of Zoni desert rat, SoCal hobo, and Telluride ski bum.

A prolific purveyor of Bunky-isms such as "Save it, clown!" (or "Zeebo" if he was in a mood), he would mercilessly tease his "goombatz" nephews with nicknames such as "mud flap" and "style master." Just days after his beloved cat Kitters passed away, he too succumbed to "The Great Grawdoo", leaving behind a vapor trail of memories and a piece of sage advice lingering in his loved ones' ears: "Do what Bunky say. Not what Bunky do."

For all his chaotic energy and hysterical charm, he had a gentle soul. A night out with Bunky could result in a court summons or a world-class hangover, but his friends and family would drop whatever they were doing to make a trip out to see him. His impish smile and irreverent sense of humor were enough to quell whatever sensibilities he offended. He didn't mean any harm; that was just Bunky being Bunky.

When the end drew near, he left us with a final Bunkyism: "I'm ready for the dirt nap, but you can't leave the party if you can't find the door."

He found the door, but the party will never be the same without him.

In lieu of flowers, please pay someone's open bar tab, smoke a bowl, and fearlessly carve out some fresh lines through the trees on the gnarliest side of the mountain.



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Published in The Arizona Republic from May 6 to May 10, 2020.

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29 minutes ago, Marfa Low Crown said:

Fuck yeah. Subscribed. 

You know what I'm talking about!!!

We know guys that deserve to go off with a good but honest send off. (We all know the Lonesome Dove thing, so no need for it here. I'm talking real men and women  of today. The post about in the do you know a murderer/murdered thread about the woman who got shot in the head 3-4 times ties in here!!)

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He was a living, breathing "hang loose" sign, a swaggering hybrid of Zoni desert rat, SoCal hobo, and Telluride ski bum.

I think know this guy. He looks a lot like an older version of somone I met in a bathroom at a club in Vail on New Years 1999. Or maybe it was in Halloween in Austin Texas 1996. Hell, for all I know I ran into him in Pasadena in 2006 at a football game. 

Anyway, whether I met him or not, it feels like I knew him pretty well. 



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