I cannot count the number of times this episode has been requested. After somehow disappearing from the archives ages ago, the brilliant MC Wilson (of Broadcast Gamer fame) located the lost After Hours and sent it over for your listening pleasure.
In “Blind Date Ambush”, we set off to talk about blind dates gone awry, but really only talk about the most spectacular non-date blind date ever. And even better: the victim is Moe.
Thanks again to MC for unearthing this episode. It’s one of our favorites.
Below is a list of games we have for sale. These games all come from Hilden’s personal collection and all of the money will be put into the fund for Hilden’s two daughters, Rio and Rowan.
How to buy: Please send a list of the items you wish to purchase to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name and address in the email, and write “Hilden Benefit Sale” in the subject line. We will then respond with the total amount due, plus shipping.
A few things to note: These prices do not include shipping. After we get your total and your address, we’ll calculate shipping and let you know the total cost. Unfortunately, we are only able to accept PayPal at this time. We’ll do our best to ship within a week of your order.
If you have any questions, please contact us at the email above.
Read on for the game list…
UPDATED 10/30 WITH DONATION INFORMATION BELOW
You can find information about Hilden’s funeral arrangements here
Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 3, 2013 from 3-7 pm at the Bakken-Young Funeral Home 805 E Division Street River Falls, Wisconsin and on Monday from 1-2 pm at the church. A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 2 pm at the First Covenant Church 1374 North Main Street River Falls, Wisconsin.
A map to the funeral home can be found here.
You are all welcome to attend.
Many have asked about donations, etc. I know the family has mentioned donating to the Youth Diabetes Foundation in his name. However, if you would like to donate money to directly benefit Hilden’s two daughters, please click this link and click on the “Donate” button. Every penny will be set aside for Rio and Rowan.
Also, I’ve read people questioning the cause of death and how someone so young could die in his sleep. As alluded to, Hilden struggled with diabetes all his life. And as I understand it, he had a stomach flu over the weekend, and on Sunday went to take a nap and died in his sleep. He was found a short while later. His death was sudden and a shock to us all.
Before I close, on behalf of Moe and myself: thank you all. We’ve read everything you’ve written via Twitter, email, podcast, and here on the website. Your words have helped tremendously. It reminded me that Hilden was not only our best friend, but he was a person who touched hundreds of people’s lives in sometimes profoundly meaningful ways. And though his loss has been incredibly painful, probably more than anything I’ve ever experienced, your messages mean the world to me, and I’m sure the same is true for Moe.
Thank you so much.
There’s much more to talk about and figure out, and I promise Moe and I will be sitting down to work things out as soon as we feel we’re able. But for now, we’re going to mourn the loss of our best friend.
Our friend is gone.
Hilden died in his sleep last night, and Moe and I have been sitting here at my house all day trying to adjust to this new reality: Hilden is gone. We don’t yet know when the funeral services will be; all we can do is wait. So while we wait, I’m going to write some stuff down, while the pain is still raw. I hope you’ll forgive any errors; I won’t be proofreading…
I’ve never been a great writer. I’ve tried, but I know my limits. Hilden always encouraged me, though. He always told me I was a great writer and I should do more of it. That was his thing; he was always so fucking supportive. He’d rave about how I was an amazing drummer, even though I knew I was just a better-than-average rock drummer. And though I never felt as though I could hold my ground playing with he and Moe, who were two world-class musicians while I was the product of a failed rock n’ roll band, he always told me that was bullshit, told me that I had an ear for it.
Again, that’s how he was. He encouraged me in everything we did. Hell, the guy even went out of his way to say I had a real talent for carving Halloween pumpkins. Who does that?
In all that we did, Hilden was the facilitator. He was the conduit through which all of our creativity flowed and he was always whatever we needed him to be. A web-designer, an illustrator, our tech support, a recording engineer, a producer, a movie director, a screenwriter, an editor… Whatever wild idea we would come up with, Hilden would figure out how to get it done. He was fucking remarkable in that way.
When we started Team Fremont, the idea was simple: let’s work on a project so we have an excuse to hang out together and be creative. When we began the podcast (which was his suggestion – I didn’t even know what a podcast was), it became our weekly “poker night”. It was the way we stayed connected, once every week. And from there, the wild ideas just kept spinning out of control. How about a zombie musical? Sure! Hey John, we should that 45-second song you made for Shmuppreciation Month into a rock opera! We’ve been doing all this recording, let’s build a studio in Moe’s basement! I took that zombie movie treatment you wrote and turned it into a feature-length script. Let’s make a fucking movie! And so on, and so forth…
His enthusiasm for our creative endeavors was boundless. And without him, none of the stuff we put out there would ever have existed. We were so incredibly fortunate to have him.
When someone dies, people often lament the things they didn’t do; that they didn’t get to say I love you, or whatever. I don’t have to worry about that. I told Hilden I loved him multiple times. He knew how lucky I felt to have him as my friend. I have no regrets about our friendship, so for that I’m thankful. I’m just devastated that it’s over. That we won’t get to work on our web series, or launch our new site and media project (which was going to be called MoJoMenace, by the way). We won’t get to finish the last Stone Nowhere album, work on the double-album, which we referred to as the “Small Town” album. I won’t get to hear him cackle in my headphones while I’m reading about some girl who wants to have all her holes filled with power tools. He won’t be around to accidentally coin another podcast meme as he drunkenly mangled his words.
We were standing on Main Street in Merrill in the summer of 2012, about to film the climax to the zombie movie. I looked around and saw dozens of people milling around in full zombie makeup, saw the giant crane that Moe had built, the police car sitting there doing security for us, and the lights on the marquee of the movie theater, which would serve as the backdrop for that scene. I walked over to Hilden, who was setting up the camera, and tapped him on the shoulder. He stood up and asked, “What’s up?” I just said, “Look what we’ve done.” He stopped, looked around, and smiled. He gave me a hug and said, “Fuckin’ a.”
I’m going to miss the hell out of him.
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In addition, we give reviews of the Iron Maiden beer as well as Metallica’s new IMAX 3D movie, “Through the Never.” SPOILER: It’s awesome!
And finally, we’re giving away a copy of the new Black Label Society BluRay “Unblackened”! Listen for details on how to win.
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