RIP Dirk Smartie Martens
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On 08. April 2012
Dirk Smartie Martens
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one of my oldest friends succumbed to Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), better known in the US as Lou Gehrig's disease. He battled that vicious disease for the better part of 5 years, yet never lost his brilliant & infective humour.
An avid gamer, collector of comics and connoisseur of odd movies (Plan 9 from Outer Space anyone?), he managed to bring happiness into the large circle of his friends.
In his final years he became more and more active in his local gaming guild http://www.frieslandspielt.de/
co-organizing youth gaming events to introduce young people to our hobby.
It is with a heavy heart that I say farewell, the likes of Smartie are rare these days. He will be sorely missed.
It wasn't in his character to be sad or angry or in a bad mood. An eternally positive person he possessed the kind of black humour that is known as British Humour.

I would like to invite everybody to add to this GeekList in any manner that they feel appropriate. To start off I will add a couple of anecdotes......

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Smarties most played and third ranked game.
An avid LARP player (while he still could) he was also known as "Mighty Mesmo". In January 1995 he took part in a LARP that became extreme due to plummeting temperatures (Sleet, Snow, Ice). Huddled around a fire in the center of a yurt, the backs to the iced canvas the participants muddled through, spirits kept high by Mighty Mesmos Wizardly Anecdotes.
The Con became know as Mighty Mesmo Hardcore Survival Con.
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The last time he was out of hospital he went shopping with a friend.
Having bought a family-pack of shaving blades, he turned to the friend and drily observed:
"Now that's positive thinking for you!"
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Being much loved and well known in the community he once got a parking ticket addressed to Dirk "Smartie" Martens.
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He used to order a hot chocolate with whipped cream at his local pub. Once the beverage arrived he would pour so much sugar on top of the whipped cream that the cream sank into the drink. He would take a sip and than call over the waitress to complain about his drink being to sweet. He was well known to the proprietress for that little ritual.
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The powers that be at MultiMan Publishing used to publish a scenario pack to raise money for ALS research. Recently, they've directed their charitable fundraising elsewhere, but a small portion of my ASL budget went to ALS research, for which I'm glad, and I made another donation to make up the shortfall for the immediate past and a few years to come.

I never knew Dirk, but looking at his geek badges, it's clear we should have been friends and I'm sorry I never got the chance.
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Due to the nature of his illness his heart grew weaker and weaker. Because of this periodically water would accumulate in his body and he would swell up. During one such period he remarked to the visiting Doctor that he thought of setting up a Goldfish Farm in his body, and wether the medic though they should call in a veterinarian.

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Sorry to hear this Frank. Smartie sounds a great deal like my friend's wife who died from ALS a few years ago. She was such a positive person despite this horrible disease.

Due to this and how Alzheimer's have impacted people close to me, I started Folding. Donating a bit of my computer resources seems like the least I can do.
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I do communication and swallowing rehab, and have had one client (so far) with ALS. I get to see many dehumanizing, degenerative diseases in my line of work, but ALS ranks up there as one of the most frightening, mostly due to its relentlessness and speed.

What strikes me most about ALS is the apparent, increasing isolation that it forces on the victim. There's the removal of friends and family as it progresses; people unable to cope with the prospect of losing their loved one cut themselves off, and the victim may push people away for whatever reason. Then there's the physical limitations, for some, that prevent them leaving the house, or their bed, or from even reaching out and touching others. There's swallowing difficulties and tube feeding that take them away from shared meals, one of our central social activities. For some, there's the loss of communication as their speech degrades in intelligibility, often completely.

It's great that Dirk was able to be social for as long as he could, and that he had friends around until he died. It says a lot about him, but about his friends and family, too.
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One of the two last games we played with him at the 29Jan.
Dirk was already at the hospital but he was not bonded to bed yet so we managed to do a gameing afternoon at the hospital cafeteria.
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The other game we played this afternoon with all the usual complain that everybody thinks he draw the worst cards .
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