Friday, February 23, 2007

ooga_booga—Missing Mel

ooga_booga's (User #26885) site is a very personal remembrance of his friend (lover?), Melissa Berridge, who died in skydiving plane accident (with five other people) in July of 2006. I'm sure there are a lot of these types of sites on the web, but this is the first one I've come across. The writing is simple and honest, prosaic in the best sense. This very short post was wrenching. The last two entries, from November 2006, which note the results of the Congressional elections on which Melissa had been working, seem to capture the spirit of the project.

In a little bit of strangeness, it seems that Melissa and the main blog author both went to CMU during the time I was there for one year. I don't recognize her from her picture.

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