Kathy Shaidle, R.I.P.

Blogger Kathy Shaidle died yesterday, but she lived long enough to write her own obituary. It’s a classic of class. R.I.P., Kathy. I hope to meet you someday (but not too soon):

“Kathy Shaidle 1964 – 2021

Following a tedious rendezvous with ovarian cancer, Kathy Shaidle has died, wishing she’d spent more time at the office.

Her tombstone reads: GET OFF MY LAWN!

She is relieved she won’t have to update her LinkedIn profile, shave her legs, or hear ‘Creep’ by Radiohead ever again. Some may even be jealous that she’s getting out of enduring a Biden presidency.

Kathy was a writer, author, columnist and blogging pioneer, as proud of her first book’s Governor General’s Award nomination as of her stint as ‘Ed Anger’ for The Weekly World News.*

A target for cancel culture before the term was coined, she was denounced by all the best people, sometimes for contradictory reasons.

Kathy did not lead a particularly ‘full life,’ her existence having been composed mostly of a series of unpleasant surprises. Her favorite corporeal pleasure was saying, ‘I told you so,’ which she was able to utter with justification multiple times a day. A bookish movie-buff and agoraphobic homebody, as a child Kathy ‘always preferred the little couch ride on the merry-go-round.’ Yet Kathy managed to acquire a reputation for mouthiness, a side effect of her bullshit allergy.

Contrary to cliche, Kathy did not conduct herself with particular ‘grace,’ ‘dignity’ or ‘courage’ in her final months. She didn’t ‘bravely fight on’ after her cancer was pronounced terminal. All she did was (barely) cope, and then only with assistance from her generous employer, and some energetic and selfless friends whom she’d somehow managed to acquire over the years, much to her astonishment. Of course, the greatest of these was her stalwart beloved of over 20 years, Arnie, with whom she is now in the ultimate long distance relationship. They can all finally catch up on their sleep.

Donations can be made to the Dorothy Ley Hospice, Toronto.”

  • The Weekly World News was a parody newspaper, similar to The Babylon Bee or The New York Times. “Ed Anger” was a perpetually enraged columnist for the newspaper.

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N.S. Palmer is an American mathematician.
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