A death

Filed under:General — eric @ 4:09 am

I hate it when people I know die. Even people I really didn’t get along with.

In my social circle in college was a woman named Bonita. I saw her at least several times a week for eight years or so. Though we never argued or clashed in any way, we never really got along. She had a habit of telling people completely made up stories about things she claimed I had done, and did this for years. I don’t know why, and I never confronted her. Her storied never did me any damage, and while I saw her often, there was no need to be more than sociably friendly.

But when I just learned she drowned in an accident, I was sad just the same. I’m sorry, Bonita. Good bye.


  1. hey eric, how did you find out it was her, and that she drowned? the article you are linked to doesn’t say those things. wow, that really weirds me out- makes me rather sad actually.

    Comment by kim — 8/13/2001 @ 5:00 am

  2. The article was written before the authorities knew much. I’ve been told that she suffered a seizure while jogging along the arroyo and fell in and drowned. The next edition of the Socorro paper doesn’t come out until Wednesday. If there’s an article, I’ll link to it.

    Comment by eric — 8/13/2001 @ 5:10 am

  3. Wow - that’s thrown me completely. Marge sent me a note pointing me to the note on your site, and I read the article in the Chieftain. Do you know any other details? Kim has already asked most of the specific questions I’d want to ask, so I’ll not repeat them.

    Bonita was one of the few people who really went out of her way to stay in touch when I first moved back to L.A. from New Mexico, and was feeling lonely. I haven’t heard anything from her in years, though. I’m not sure if it’s crass that now I suddenly miss her a great deal.

    Comment by Jason Stiffler — 8/13/2001 @ 6:27 am

  4. Yeah, it was pretty weird. I didn’t get along with her all that well, either, but I still find it really sad the way she died. She’s been at Tech forever.

    Comment by Joleen — 8/14/2001 @ 1:54 am

  5. Wow, took me a few passes through the page to make the connection. All the more stunning when I finally did realize.

    I don’t think you’re being crass, Jas. I’m having a hard time coming to grips with the news, too.

    Comment by Kevin — 8/17/2001 @ 1:29 am

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