I, too, feel moved by the gathering taking place on this tribute thread for MArk. I think he'd be slightly embarrassed by it all, but deep inside it would touch him greatly. I can't claim to have known him well, but I did manage to meet him in person once, and we exchanged a few emails years ago. He did have a softer inner part that he didn't show in his public posts. He called me "sweetie" and remembered my birthday. This is indeed a gathering of Lakers to honor him -- a virtual wake, yes, or a meet-up in the bar to drink a toast to one of our own. So here's to you, Miami MArk. You were an inventive and expressive writer who could evoke nostalgia, joy, anger, tears, and laughter, all in turn. And you were good at it. You were never afraid to speak your mind. I hope you knew that you had an influence on a great many people while you were with us. Even though I didn't agree with many of your political opinions, I knew there was another side to you. You earned my respect. None of us knows the journey you have taken now, but eventually we all will take it, too. I wish you well in that... I hope it is a freedom that you have found. Condolences to your family and friends, and to us all. I will miss you.