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Fabric of Life: Where Rainbows Never Die

 

I got this buddy, Fat Boy Scott, who revels in posting pictures of gloriously hot women on his blog for no other reason than he can.  He has a thing for Kate Upton.  This one is for you Scott.

I got this buddy, Fat Boy Scott, who revels in posting pictures of gloriously hot women on his blog for no other reason than he can. He has a thing for Kate Upton. This one is for you Scott.

I’m an old man now, I can’t do nothing
Young folks don’t pay me no mind
But in my day I sure was something
Before I felt the heavy hand of time

I’m an old man now, I’m bound for glory
Time to lay these burdens down
Had enough of this old world of worry
Gonna trade my troubles for a crown

I will make my way across the fields of cotton
And wade through muddy waters one last time
And in my dreams I come out clean
When I reach the other side
West of where the sunsets, where rainbows never die

I’ve got on last thing to do
One more mile before I’m through
Casting off these earthly chains
Going where there’s no more pain

The Steeldrivers  “Where Rainbows Never Die”

Listen up to some good bluegrass.  I’ll be back with you in a few.   I can always count on that Zune to cat bone somethin’ up when it really counts.

 

 

 

 

Scott and Billy Joe Shaver back in the day. Lord, that man loves his Texas Music!

Scott and Billy Joe Shaver back in the day. Lord, that man loves his Texas Music!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scott in more recent days. That Cancer is a rotten mean bastard.

Scott in more recent days. That Cancer is a rotten mean bastard.

 

I have a dear friend I have never met nor spoken to on the phone. Friends and neighbors, y’all all know him ’cause I first wrote about him way back in August 2011.   Prior to that, I just kept Scott Chaffin aka Fat Boy Scott to my own self.  I had just about forgotten how me and Scott was knowin’ each other until he reminded me recently in his blog.

Andy at MyOldRV.com : practically a brother, a man with far too many of the same tastes and inclinations as mine to not be related, if only in our brains. He and his lovely bride have been supportive and in constant contact from the get-go. I only vaguely remember finding Andy’s site when I was daydreaming and entertaining ideas about buying an old RV and rambling for the rest of my days. Who knew I’d end up at the site of a guy who’s Texan, divorced, quit the corporate world in disgust, has a love of quality bowling equipment, and, the kicker, prefers Texas music to Nashville trash.

He was thanking me for helping out with his fight.  He had sent me a private email a few days earlier thanking me for the bleg to help fund his trip to MD Anderson.  He was astonished by how many of you good people sent a few bucks his way.  I wasn’t phazed in the least.  I know damned well how big your hearts are.  Readers, y’all came through in the clinch and I said at the time “It will be the best money you spend this week.”   It was, oh yes, it definitely was.  There are no finer folks on this planet than those reading these lines now.

I stretch bounds when I try to define the affinity between Scott Chaffin and myself.  I figger he was at Dan’s Silverleaf or Sons of Hermann or Billy Bob’s when me and BFF Cait were there but I just didn’t know I was supposed to be looking for him.  He loves that Texas Music with a fervent passion.  From our goings back and forth via email and runnin’ the traps on each other’s blogs, I envy Scott as the raconteur.  He is a gambler and a rake and a friend to lusty barmaids nationwide. I envy the wide social loop he threw.  Making true and lifelong friends has never been a strong suit of mine.  Scott made me a lifelong friend by will of force and I am the better man for it.  Would that I could be as true a friend as he is. I think he coveted my freedom and shunning of Corporate America.  It need not be so. The swath of good he cut outstrips me by endless bounds.  I always told him he was a silly man when he brought that up.

BRB.  Got somethin’ in my eye.

So, the first of the month rolled around and I sent Scott a few pesos as I am wont to do.   Hell, when I am flush,  I am affluent with the pesos.  I knew the Fat Boy was away from home down in that Houston at MD Anderson and a few dollars would come in handy.  Always. always.always in the past  a donation was followed by an email thanking me.  Not the case this time and no cause for alarm. After all, Fat Boy is fighting the cancer tooth and nail.  Let him slide a skooshy bit, ok?

Runnin’ the traps, runnin’ the traps every day and finally Scott posts to his blog that he is back home in North Texas:

Beaten, damn near broken. They assure me that it will get better. Don’t expect much out of me for a few days, though.

Y’all know what foreshadowing is?? The hair pricked up on the back of my neck when I read this.  You see, one of the things I absolutely admire about Scott is that he has never called ‘pity party’ ONCE during this entire ordeal.  He don’t have it in him to call calf rope. And that. my friends, is the true mettle of a man.

Well,  what happened was Scott had to go to the Emergency Room sometime on February 6, 2014.  They determined he had a fistula on his esophagus and operated to correct it. The operation was not a success and he ended up in ICU where he passed around midnight Thursday,

Scott’s long time bud Otis tells me:

Scott passed at midnight. He was sleeping comfortably and with his family.

 

 

I really should look up what a fistula is.  I asked  Miss K and she don’t know.  Maybe I will google it up in a few days but right now all I am knowing is that it and the cancer killed my friend. It is just not in me right now to do that.

Vaya con dios Scott Chaffin.  You leave a black hole in my soul.  We will meet in the bye and bye.
 End Note: The Final Destination  by Doug Smith  from the Live album.  From the West Texas composer Doug Smith; as performed by pianist Doug Smith.  Do yourself a favor and search this one down.  It is fittin’ for the day.

 

 

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7 comments to Fabric of Life: Where Rainbows Never Die

  • Lynette

    I am at a loss for words…just know that I personally know how you felt about Scott and that I am thinking about you. You were a true friend to him and I believe he appreciated that.

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  • ken

    Hard to read this without the blowing dust getting in an eye. I had a fox terrier that developed a fistula in her throat, it was rapid. Poor thing lasted a couple of weeks, before the final trip to the vet. That hurt, but not nearly as much as Fat Boy’s trip. As you describe him, he and Babe (the Fox Terrier) were much the same. Never saw a stranger, life was good, made a lot of long term friends and impacted lives in a good way. Wish I had know him.
    My oldest daughter helps a guy that goes to Luckenbach a lot. She knew Waylon, Willie and the boys. Goes to hear the Texas music often and is well known there. Texas music is a good thing.
    Sorry for your and our loss. Condolences your way, prayers for God to take Scott to his rest, let there be lots of Texas Music playing on the harps!

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  • Oh Andy, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My most sincere condolences, not only to you but to Scott’s family as well. I do believe I have made more friends out in the RV blogisphere that I ever have in real life. I once had a connected friend, we were both tied by our souls. I lost this friend 20 years ago and it truly does leave a hole in your heart and soul. I know what you are feeling and the hurt takes a damn long time to go away. Even-though you never met Scott or talked to him you both were deeply connected by your hearts. It doesn’t take seeing or talking to someone to have that kind of a connection. You will always treasure your friendship with Scott. So knock back a few brews, clear the dust from your eyes and relish that friendship that tied the two of you together. Play some good Texas music tonight!

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  • Nancy Klune

    Andy, I’m very sorry to hear of Scott’s passing.
    Not much more I can say and not a damn thing that will make you feel better.

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    • Andrew

      A Memorial Service is going to be held for Scott today in Dallas. No viewing and no funeral. He left his body to one of the Cancer Research Hospitals in the hope a post mortem would give them additional insight on how to fight the Cancer. Typical Fat Boy stuff.

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  • Lynette

    Chaffin, James ‘Scott’ (Buck) May 11, 1960 – February 7, 2014 Fellowship visitation 1PM, Memorial Service, 2PM, Sunday February 16th, at Casa View Christian Church, 2230 Barnes Bridge Road, Dallas 75228; the family requests casual dress. Survived by daughter Erin C. Van Veldhuizen, son-in-law, Loren grandsons Jonah & Lucas; step children, Ashley Tyler Watson; mother, Sylvia K. Chaffin; brothers, Kent Charles Kramer Chaffin; uncles, Robert Chaffin Kramer J. K. McKenney. Numerous nieces nephews, cousins, friends former wives, Pamela (Chaffin) Berry Cindy Watson Chaffin. In lieu of flowers in Scott’s memory, the family requests contributions to the grandsons’ education fund, making your check payable to ‘College Choice Advisor 529 Savings Plan’, and should be sent to great-grandmother account custodian, S. K. Chaffin, c/o Casa View Christian Church, 2230 Barnes Bridge Road, Dallas 75228. – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dallasmorningnews/obituary.aspx?n=james-chaffin-scott-buck&pid=169669573#sthash.D7Sm6Yzg.dpuf

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    • Andrew

      Thanks Lynette..

      Scott left this comment on my Birthday Blog 1/29/2013.

      “I said, “Good day, sir!” [/huff]

      Happy birthday, you curmudgeon. You need to knock out about 25 more to ensure H the T gets the proper grounding in the proper virtues and principles.

      Plus, pissing people off for 25 more years would be delicious.”

      He would be dead 5 weeks later.

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