It took me awhile to post this memorium, but I was in denial for awhile that I would nevermore be able to indulge in one of Roger's non-apologetic posts about birding, SWMBO (with affection), the terriers, life in Blythe, and his menagerie of hapless students, whom he undoubtedly really cared for. I posted the following in Roger's blog http://blythebirdsandsilliness.blogspot.com/ and repeat it here, since I don't know how long it will be up:
Roger was one of those rare gems or bains, depending on your POV, posting on Inland County Birds that kept me following and yearning for more with his blunt, take no prisoners, down-to-earth approach to birding & other aspects of mundane life, all of which kept me laughing and grimacing (in a good way) over the past couple years. Then, in January 24, 2009, Roger made that defiant leap from Inland County Birds to launching his very own blog for reasons all very well known to members of that group. He said back then, "I am doing this as I am now master of my own destiny."
With those famous first words, Roger (unbeknownst to him) gave me a metaphorical kick in the butt, like he probably had done to many of his fortunate (and I really mean that) students, and I was actually inspired to start blogging meself.
Roger, I really, really regret that I never met you or had the courage to actually post a comment to you - sad result of my childhood fear of curmudgeony teachers. But, I hope you will go on some kick ass birding expeditions into the good night. In the meantime, I'll probably miss you more than just a tad...