Sunday, March 08, 2009

Old Horsetail Snake

It's a post I have dreaded that I might have to write some day, and knew that I would.
Gene Maudlin
Gene, aka Old Horsetail Snake , left this world as he had planned - on his own terms. He will be sorely missed.

Hoss, as he was affectionately known, was one of the first bloggers to visit and to comment on my site back in the early months of 2005. In turn I became an avid follower of his, not missing a single post that graced his site, right up to his last on the 24th of February.

I learned a lot from him, verifying that old adage that you're never too old to learn. I learned that it's all right to be funny (even silly), sarcastic and serious and still be true to myself. Following his example, I made many blog friends - and we all know, you can never have too many of them.

A good portion of my blogroll is made up of those who appeared on his. I figured that any blog he liked to read, just had to be a blog worth reading. I was right. The same was true of those who left comments on his postings, for surely they too were good bloggers. Right again.

Hoss often wrote of his humorous plans to make his "pile." He may not have made a pile of cash, but in those four years of blogging he sure made a pile of friends. His legacy is the pile of smiles and laughs he gave to that pile of friends.
Hoss, if they have Wi-Fi up there and you're reading this: you made your pile, my friend.
I'll never look at butt-crack cartoons and jokes the same again without being reminded of Hoss' "war" against that particular form of southern exposure.

He'd have posted the one at the right had he found it. How apropos, a proctologist donning mittens to examine Frosty!

One of my favorite features of his posts were his often funny, if not accurate "My favorite word of the day." Like this one:
My favorite word today is sanity. N., keep hoping. Def.: Statistics say that one of four persons is suffering from some sort of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, it's you.
When a fellow humor blogger leaves a comment on one of your posts that it is a funny one, it feels good. When a fellow humor blogger, especially one of Hoss' stature, honors one of your posts with an award, it is very gratifying. He gave me a "Perfect Post Award" for July '07, for this post. Who am I to question what Hoss thought was funny?

Hoss was well noted as being a champion of the lowly dung beetle.

I couldn't bear the thought of paying tribute to him without putting up a dung beetle cartoon. I'm sure he would have liked this one.

(This cartoon was borrowed from Kenju,another of Hoss' early blogging friends.)

While Gene feared reintarnation, coming back as a hillbilly, he was a staunch believer in reincarnation. If anyone can come back, it would he that defies the odds and accomplishes the feat.

For more tributes to this wonderful and funny man read the comments of other blogging friends at the following two links:
Peter Holtie and
Lois Lane
Rest in peace, Gene.



Rain said...

May Gene rest in peace, he will be sorely missed...sniff...

Hale McKay said...


Indeed, he will be missed.

kenju said...

Hale, I am glad to see you and so many others posting about Hoss, because I am not sure I can do it properly. I'm glad you stole my cartoon; I know Hoss would have loved it (if he hadn't seen it already). He was one of the first people to consistently comment on my blog and we had a lively email correspondence from time to time. He was one in a million. I wish I had met him in person. We would have been life-long friends.

Jack K. said...

Well said.

Hale McKay said...


It was not easy to write this.

Hoss, like both me and you, all started blogging at roughly the same time four years ago.

I too, wished I'd met him in person like so many others have.

Hale McKay said...


Thanks. I don't think I've said anything that nearly everyone could have said.

Sandee said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. :(

Hale McKay said...


Thank you. Yes, we have lost a friend, but it is aalso a loss for those who never got to know him.

Karen said...

Wow, what a shock. :o(

Gene will be missed as he was so loved in the blogsphere.

Hale McKay said...


Yes, he was well loved - and he will be long remembered.

I suspect there will references to him and his posts all over the blogosphere for years to come.

Badabing said...

Oh my God!! I've not been doing my blog rounds for a while & didn't know. RIP Gene. I too will miss you big time.

Jim said...

I have read many of his comments plastered here and there but never looked at his blog until today.
Gene Maudlin.
There was a Gene Maudlin in my high school class but I think he was born about three years later.
This was in Tekamah, Nebraska. I haven't seen this Gene since graduation.
Anyway Hoss was quite a character in the blogging world. I enjoyed his comments a lot.
Thank you Hale, for closure on his end. I was missing him from the here and there.
After all this I am thinking my friend may have spelled his last name 'Modlin.'

Marti said...

Oh my! I have been so out of touch due to health issues with family, I wasn't aware of Hoss passing. How sad, he was a terrific friend and great blogger. He will sure be missed. I'm sure he's chasing the angels around in heaven.

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Dan Reynolds said...

please remove both the cartoons from this site: Dung Beetles and Frosty getting examined by proctologist with mittens.
They are mine and copyrighted