May the road rise to meet you. June 15, 2011 3:58 PM   Subscribe

I'm finished.

Not a flameout. Extended leave of absence. Going on a vision quest.

If you want to reach out, I'm frogan AT gmail dot com.
posted by Cool Papa Bell to MetaFilter-Related at 3:58 PM (126 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

good luck, and be well!
posted by rmd1023 at 3:59 PM on June 15, 2011


You'll be missed.
posted by orthogonality at 4:00 PM on June 15, 2011


Best of luck with your future endeavors.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 4:00 PM on June 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


Good luck man. Are you still gonna be around mfc?
posted by boo_radley at 4:01 PM on June 15, 2011


the sports threads will miss you
posted by nathancaswell at 4:02 PM on June 15, 2011




The bell has tolled for all of us.

Vaya con Dios.
posted by Trurl at 4:07 PM on June 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


May the wind be at your back. (And bring you back, at some point, I hope.)
posted by EvaDestruction at 4:07 PM on June 15, 2011


Be well, do good work, keep in touch.
posted by deezil at 4:08 PM on June 15, 2011


'Bye, CPB. I'll miss you. Write if you get work.
posted by Floydd at 4:12 PM on June 15, 2011


Safe journey, CPB.
posted by lekvar at 4:15 PM on June 15, 2011


Damn, Cool Papa Bell, you're the third one today... First flatluigi said he was going to take a break, then Artw disabled his account, and now you?

I'll miss your comments.
posted by likeso at 4:16 PM on June 15, 2011


We were searching for a vision quest. We opened up two buttons and all we saw was desert trash...

Good luck man.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 4:16 PM on June 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


If you're ever in town and want a beer, get ahold of me.
posted by klangklangston at 4:18 PM on June 15, 2011


The good ones always go down hard.*

Enjoy your newfound productivity, sport.

* Not a double entendre. A triple, almost.
posted by rokusan at 4:19 PM on June 15, 2011


Vision quest? Dude, there are easier ways to find your user number.

I'm sorry to see you go, CPB, and I wish you nothing but the best.
posted by box at 4:19 PM on June 15, 2011


Cool Papa Bell: Not a flameout. Extended leave of absence. Going on a vision quest.

Are there going to be copious amounts of drugs involved? Because I might join you.
posted by gman at 4:19 PM on June 15, 2011


There's a Binyon's in practically every mall. What?
posted by Cranberry at 4:22 PM on June 15, 2011


So, at what level of participation do we all get vanity "hey, i'm not going to be around for awhile" MeTas?
posted by absalom at 4:23 PM on June 15, 2011 [9 favorites]


>Vaya con Dios.

Why does every thread have to be about dios?!?
posted by item at 4:24 PM on June 15, 2011 [31 favorites]


If you're ever in town and want a beer, get ahold of me.

You'll need my help for sure. Never try wresting klang's beverage from him alone.
posted by carsonb at 4:24 PM on June 15, 2011 [3 favorites]


Peace.
posted by scalefree at 4:25 PM on June 15, 2011


So, at what level of participation do we all get vanity "hey, i'm not going to be around for awhile" MeTas?

Let's say... 18,000+ favorites.
posted by Trurl at 4:25 PM on June 15, 2011 [6 favorites]


I went on a vision quest, once. It led me to a mirror. I looked in the mirror, and found a stranger looking back at me. But deep in that stranger's eyes - deep, deep in that stranger's eyes, levels upon levels of reflections down, I caught a glimpse of an expression that I recognized as that of my barber. What a butcher job that old hack did, wheezing into my ears and dripping sweat down my neck. I went home and paid my son to shave my head. True story.

Be well, man. I hope you like what the mirror shows you.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 4:26 PM on June 15, 2011 [3 favorites]


absalom: So, at what level of participation do we all get vanity "hey, i'm not going to be around for awhile" MeTas?

Go ahead, post one. What's holdin' you back?
posted by gman at 4:26 PM on June 15, 2011 [3 favorites]


item: "Why does every thread have to be about dios?!?"

This has been a MetaFilter Classix callout. Thank you and goodnight.
posted by boo_radley at 4:28 PM on June 15, 2011 [4 favorites]


In honor of CPB, I will be cutting off one hand, now.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 4:30 PM on June 15, 2011


Godspeed You! Cool Papa
posted by griphus at 4:31 PM on June 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


One by one, our old friends are gone. Banning, natural or not, extended leaves, new jobs. geoff. is the only one left, because he always was too boring to pick a fight or go on a vision quest.
posted by geoff. at 4:44 PM on June 15, 2011


All the best, CPB.
posted by joe lisboa at 4:47 PM on June 15, 2011


the road rose to meet me once because i tripped

ow
posted by pyramid termite at 4:47 PM on June 15, 2011


I suppose we won't see you on 11 October, so happy birthday in advance!
posted by heyho at 5:14 PM on June 15, 2011


So, at what level of participation do we all get vanity "hey, i'm not going to be around for awhile" MeTas?

Any level you want. It's so great.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 5:14 PM on June 15, 2011 [7 favorites]


Hey, I'm not going to be around for awhile. Traffic looks bad, again.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 5:17 PM on June 15, 2011 [2 favorites]


I'm finished.

Please tell me this isn't the reason you're leaving.

On a more serious note, hope you come back soon.
posted by Rangeboy at 5:21 PM on June 15, 2011


At least you didn't have to beat anyone to death with a bowling pin first, right?

Right?
posted by adipocere at 5:28 PM on June 15, 2011


I thought these kind of threads were traditionally closed up fairly quickly. Since Cool Papa Bell isn't around to respond to comments what's the purpose? I'm not asking for it to be closed or even making a judgment on whether or not it should be. I am just pretty sure previous ones have been closed down.
posted by cjorgensen at 5:33 PM on June 15, 2011 [2 favorites]


We see him to the gates and then we share stories of how nice he was and then we eat the traditional pancakes.
posted by The Whelk at 5:36 PM on June 15, 2011 [4 favorites]


Will there be pie on this quest?
posted by J. Wilson at 5:39 PM on June 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


come back soon papa!
posted by clavdivs at 5:39 PM on June 15, 2011


Vaya con Dio, Cool Papa Bell!
posted by Rube R. Nekker at 5:40 PM on June 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


I thought these kind of threads were traditionally closed up fairly quickly.

We close up "Fuck you I'm out of here" threads. This is not one of those.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 5:41 PM on June 15, 2011 [8 favorites]


*raises a toast to those who have the will-power to walk away and stop watching the train wreck*
posted by terrapin at 5:47 PM on June 15, 2011


Pick us up a six-pack on your way back, k?
posted by elizardbits at 5:52 PM on June 15, 2011 [2 favorites]


Everyone looks better with a six pack.


I like anchor steam or nigela modelo but whatever
posted by The Whelk at 5:53 PM on June 15, 2011 [2 favorites]


I'm gonna be in the john for about an hour. Bad sushi.

Also, CPB, if you're still reading this, good luck. And avoid the men's room near the AskMe offices.
posted by eyeballkid at 5:54 PM on June 15, 2011


then Artw disabled his account

Wait what?
posted by tumid dahlia at 5:54 PM on June 15, 2011


This is stupid, this is like losing both Prowl and Iron Hide in that stupid Transformers: The Movie movie. Those were my favourite guys and one of them got shot and smoke came out of his mouth and it was like I was living in a nightmare!
posted by tumid dahlia at 6:02 PM on June 15, 2011


I'm finished too.
posted by slogger at 6:22 PM on June 15, 2011


Okay I'm back.
posted by slogger at 6:22 PM on June 15, 2011 [3 favorites]


then Artw disabled his account

Wait what?

Yep. This:

You know what? The media threads are some of my favourite and most fun threads. If I'm going to be selectively barred from them then there's not a hell of a lot of point in me sticking around, and these threads have done a good job of erroding my enjoyment of the rest of the community, so I think I'll take a walk for a bit. Bye all.

is what he said. From this thread.
posted by cooker girl at 6:25 PM on June 15, 2011


Also: CPB, WTF?
posted by slogger at 6:26 PM on June 15, 2011


Oh, also re: Artw; there's more to it but that was his last comment. Not editorializing, just passing along what I remembered.
posted by cooker girl at 6:28 PM on June 15, 2011


We close up "Fuck you I'm out of here" threads.

Thanks for the clarification. My confusion is cleared up.

I'd have also been happy with it's a case by case thing. I wasn't remembering the previous closures well enough to realize they were FU threads.
posted by cjorgensen at 6:32 PM on June 15, 2011


Awww. You'll still be on Twitter though, right? RIGHT?
posted by desjardins at 6:33 PM on June 15, 2011


Best of luck; hope you find that vision you're looking for.
posted by UbuRoivas at 6:33 PM on June 15, 2011


I believe I am the only mefite to meet with Coolpapabell face to face (he told me I was his first!). He was very nice and I'm sad to see him go. I told him to go to a few meetups but I guess that isn't his cup of tea. He also got me into a private party at the 2011 Game Developers Conference (with an open bar! wahoo!) I can sort of understand why he wanted to be private, but he told me some great anecdotes and spun some good advice on our mutually shared interest in the game development industry. Were it not for me getting hired in Philadelphia I'd be packing up to move to Seattle, job or no, based on his advice and experiences.

So, I hope you find what you're looking for CPB.
posted by hellojed at 6:34 PM on June 15, 2011 [2 favorites]


Namaste. Good searching my friend.
posted by Splunge at 6:35 PM on June 15, 2011


Take care, Cool Papa Bell. May good things happen.
posted by smirkette at 6:58 PM on June 15, 2011


Yeah, you're the second person today I've seen say they were taking a break. Seems like it's going around. : /

Enjoy the time off!
posted by limeonaire at 7:01 PM on June 15, 2011


Heh, and a song just came on that feels vaguely relevant.
posted by limeonaire at 7:03 PM on June 15, 2011


I hope your time away is good for you, and that you do manage to find your way back here sometime in the near future.

artw is gone? Fuck. His posts consistantly pushed the buttons that make me happy. Comics, movies, genre stuff that appeals directly to my sense of good, where does all of that come from now?
posted by Ghidorah at 7:13 PM on June 15, 2011


Take care and stay Cool, Papa Bell. Hope you come back one of these days!
posted by scody at 7:16 PM on June 15, 2011


Vaya con quesa!
posted by kirkaracha at 7:22 PM on June 15, 2011 [2 favorites]


So, at what level of participation do we all get vanity "hey, i'm not going to be around for awhile" MeTas?

Any level you want. It's so great.


I can't understand if thats being sincere or sarcastic. For real. Any help?
posted by hal_c_on at 7:24 PM on June 15, 2011


It's sarcasm. I doubt jessamyn is seldom happy when people leave (especially when it's a positive member of the site). At least that's how I read it. I may be wrong.
posted by cjorgensen at 7:30 PM on June 15, 2011


Godspeed. Be well.
posted by digitalprimate at 7:34 PM on June 15, 2011


Any level you want. It's so great.

Any member can make an "I'm leaving" MeTa post when they are leaving, you don't have to be some special someone. That is what is great. I'm sure CPB will come back when he feels ready to and I wish him well in the meantime.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:41 PM on June 15, 2011 [3 favorites]


Well, times have certainly changed, haven't they? ;-)
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 7:43 PM on June 15, 2011


Are you talking to me?
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:49 PM on June 15, 2011


Are you talking to me?

You have the ban to power her.
posted by joe lisboa at 7:51 PM on June 15, 2011 [2 favorites]


Are you talking to me?

I think she's talking to Jessica.
posted by ericost at 8:02 PM on June 15, 2011 [3 favorites]


In honor of CPB, I will be cutting off one hand, now.
Whose hand, though?

Catch you on the flip-side, CPB.
posted by dg at 8:02 PM on June 15, 2011


I've always enjoyed your comments and will miss you. Hope sometime in future you may see fit to visit again.
posted by Miko at 8:02 PM on June 15, 2011


May you walk with the prophets.
posted by who squared at 8:05 PM on June 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


Dibs on his parking space!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:08 PM on June 15, 2011


If you go I hope you get there, If you get there I know you'll like it.

Godspeed CPB, I'll miss your contributions.
posted by arcticseal at 8:11 PM on June 15, 2011


FINE CPB IF YOU AREN'T GONNA FLAME OUT I GUESS IT'S UP TO ME

FFFUUUCCCKKK YYOOUU II''MM OOUUTT OOFF HEEEEEEEEEEEEEE *EXPLODES*
posted by Mikey-San at 8:14 PM on June 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


Ok. Me too.
posted by Dr. Curare at 8:28 PM on June 15, 2011


Cheers.
posted by maryr at 8:31 PM on June 15, 2011


what if it turned out that Cool Papa Bell WAS ArtW that'd be trippy.

Wait maybe I'm CPB?

(Don't mind me I just saw Tree of Life and it makes me want to whisper nonsense at the end of every non sequitor.)
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:33 PM on June 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


Be EXCELLENT to each other... and Paarrrrty Onnnnn Duuuuuuuuuuudes...
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:33 PM on June 15, 2011


Well, times have certainly changed, haven't they? ;-)
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies


Naw, not really. You've always been a headache for the mods.
posted by babby╩╝); Drop table users; -- at 8:35 PM on June 15, 2011


then Artw disabled his account

Well thanks a million for spoilering that for me. I wanted to read that post for myself.
posted by Poet_Lariat at 8:40 PM on June 15, 2011 [11 favorites]


(Don't mind me I just saw Tree of Life and it makes me want to whisper nonsense at the end of every non sequitor.)

Yay, finally a place for my "What if Terrence Malick was a YA novelist?" routine! (It wouldn't fit on Twitter.)

"How'd this evil steal into the world? What seed, what root did it grow from? Is this darkness in you, too? Have you passed to this night? Also, do you think Billy from fourth period likes me?"
posted by Ian A.T. at 8:51 PM on June 15, 2011 [2 favorites]


hellojed: he told me the same thing, that two-timing so and so. I'll punch him in the arm for you tomorrow.
posted by Errant at 10:12 PM on June 15, 2011


I look forward to your return. Maybe you'll show at a Seattle meetup?
posted by Kwine at 10:25 PM on June 15, 2011


I hope to see you again.
posted by Rory Marinich at 10:48 PM on June 15, 2011


Don't hurry, be nappy CPB.
posted by a humble nudibranch at 11:16 PM on June 15, 2011


Cool Papa Bell anagrams into Palpable Cool* and that's how I've always thought of you from reading your comments. Thanks for being a cool Mefite, and come back soon.

*It also anagrams into Lace Poop Ball, but who really keeps track of these things?
posted by amyms at 11:19 PM on June 15, 2011 [4 favorites]


I was just enjoying CPB's vision of the sequel to Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
posted by LobsterMitten at 11:31 PM on June 15, 2011


Thanks. Have a great day.
Oh and look under the rocks. You never know.
posted by From Bklyn at 11:40 PM on June 15, 2011


Best of luck with your quest; I hope we see you round here again. Glad this wasn't a flameout.
posted by Infinite Jest at 12:03 AM on June 16, 2011


Thanks for saying goodbye. Hope you have a nice time and find what you're looking for.
posted by salvia at 12:10 AM on June 16, 2011


;
posted by HandfulOfDust at 1:14 AM on June 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


Vision quest.

Told u u wer hardcore
posted by fire&wings at 1:35 AM on June 16, 2011


Best wishes for your quest.
posted by cybercoitus interruptus at 1:52 AM on June 16, 2011


That's it... I'm leaving.












Hi. I'm back.


I kind of like the fact that people are allowed to meta that they're off to do something else for a while, or they're leaving. People have always used meta to announce that they're leaving and like others, I assumed it was bad form. Maybe it never was. But even if it was, it doesn't seem to be now. Yay! says I.

If people want to say goodbye to the gang, that seems cool.

Have fun on the vision quest CPB.
posted by seanyboy at 2:07 AM on June 16, 2011


Speedy return, fast-running man.

(Who's going to give me favorites now?)
posted by Eideteker at 5:03 AM on June 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


Good luck, CPB.
posted by josher71 at 5:53 AM on June 16, 2011


Safe travels and zero travails to you, CPB.
posted by cooker girl at 5:55 AM on June 16, 2011


Holy shit, Dr. Curare really did just check out.
posted by slogger at 5:59 AM on June 16, 2011


I thought he was joking... wtf?
posted by likeso at 6:01 AM on June 16, 2011


Enjoy the respite, but please do return.
posted by qldaddy at 6:02 AM on June 16, 2011


Cool Papa Bell: "frogan AT gmail dot com"

Just as an aside: Why do people still do this? I think email harvesting spiders are smart enough to recognize this pattern nowadays.
posted by Plutor at 6:03 AM on June 16, 2011


Have fun, stay safe, and don't take any wooden nickels.
posted by bwg at 6:06 AM on June 16, 2011


"How'd this evil steal into the world? What seed, what root did it grow from? Is this darkness in you, too? Have you passed to this night? Also, do you think Billy from fourth period likes me?"

Hey, he stole this from the YA Thomas Wolfe. "O lost, and by the wind grieved, ghost come back again."
posted by octobersurprise at 6:10 AM on June 16, 2011


I've enjoyed your contributions, and I hope you'll be back. Same goes for Artw.
posted by Dumsnill at 7:17 AM on June 16, 2011


>Vaya con Dios.

Why does every thread have to be about dios?!?



I usually order the Vaya con Carne, myself.
posted by louche mustachio at 7:23 AM on June 16, 2011


Cool Papa Bell
on a vision quest
on an eastbound train
that's headin' out west
Cool Papa Bell
he's wavin' goodbye
slippin' into darkness
with a light in his eye
Cool Papa Bell
round the corner he's turned
ashes on his boots
from the bridges he's burned
Cool Papa Bell
gonna miss that fellow so
and where is he going?
don't nobody know
don't nobody know
don't nobody know
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:26 AM on June 16, 2011


Be well CPB. Hope to see you back around before too long. Enjoy the visions along the way.

Et tu, Artw? I expect to see you back here soon as well. Damnit.
posted by quin at 7:27 AM on June 16, 2011


I hate this.

Good luck to you CPB, its not an easy decision by I've been through le mort d'infini myself.

Still, I hate change like this.
posted by infini at 8:30 AM on June 16, 2011


5000 homie.
posted by cashman at 9:47 AM on June 16, 2011


Hey everyone, don't panic I'M STILL HERE.





Really? Not worried at all, huh?
posted by GuyZero at 10:49 AM on June 16, 2011


This just made me think of PiL. Oh, and sad. That too.

CPB - Come back when you're ready sir.

Artw - who's going to drip feed me comics/Lovecraft/awesome (I FUCKING SAID IT YES I DID SO WHAT) posts now if you're gone?

I see that there is a note at the bottom of this typing-in bit that says everyone needs a hug.

I would like my hug now, pleez.
posted by longbaugh at 1:01 PM on June 16, 2011


A number of years ago I lived in a very bad part of St. Louis. Once, I found myself walking with my friends through a nearby cemetery, and we came upon the grave of Cool Papa Bell. His tombstone had some detail about his life and times, including his record-breaking base-running skills, and how he never got to play in the majors because they were still segregated at the time. And I remember thinking how sad it was that nobody heard of him, and how I only heard of him because I had found myself walking through a random cemetery in North County. And then I came to Metafilter and saw that someone else knew who Cool Papa Bell was, and I was like, "Cool!"

So thank you for that, CPB.
posted by Afroblanco at 1:59 PM on June 16, 2011


*lights the migs signal*
posted by sgt.serenity at 3:30 PM on June 16, 2011


Best wishes, Jamie!
posted by toodleydoodley at 6:45 PM on June 16, 2011


Good luck.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 7:39 PM on June 16, 2011


A number of years ago I lived in a very bad part of St. Louis. Once, I found myself walking with my friends through a nearby cemetery, and we came upon the grave of Cool Papa Bell

Thanks, Afroblanco, for that Wiki link. I always thought "Cool Papa Bell" was a really, well, cool user name, and it's good to know now where it's from
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:24 PM on June 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


And just now, upon visiting it, I see I coulda found that out at Cool Papa Bell's user page. I love the painting of the original Cool Papa Bell that appears there.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:26 PM on June 16, 2011


Take care.
posted by annsunny at 9:38 PM on June 16, 2011


CPB, I'd say so long, but now that I think about it I've been AFK for Mefi for a while so maybe I should say welcome to the world.
posted by nola at 12:03 PM on June 17, 2011


Hey, nola, I've been missing you, no lie.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:25 PM on June 17, 2011


CPB, as long as you're out on a vision quest, would you mind bringing one back for me? If you can, something with a cyberpunk theme that features Joan Jett would be great, I'm oddly nostalgic for the eighties lately.
posted by Halloween Jack at 2:57 PM on June 20, 2011


I went on a vision quest, once. It led me to a mirror.

And the face I saw was the face of that strange being. For what being could be stranger than oneself, or act more inexplicably?
posted by HiroProtagonist at 11:04 PM on June 21, 2011


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