No, that isn’t a picture of the longtime member of Dlisted family that we lost. I’m leading with a video of a Frenchie mime swimming in an empty pool, because 3 out of the 4 last e-mails jack-n-the-hat sent me were about dogs. The other e-mail was a story about Parasite Hilton (with the note: “PS – I’d still knock the shame outta of Paris’ ass…”), but I don’t think even he would want me to lead with her!
This morning, I found out the awful and sad news that veteran, black-belt Dlisted commenter jack-n-the-hat died. jack-n-the-hat stuck with Dlisted and was a commenter for I don’t even know how long. Years and years. Not only did he regularly make the comment section a better, funnier and messier place, he was one of Dlisted’s very first guest bloggers.
I tell this story to nearly every new writer that starts on Dlisted, because it’s one of my favorites and highly relevant to them. When jack-n-the-hat first guest blogged for me during my vacation, the whole “guest bloggers on Dlisted” thing was pretty much brand new territory. But he jumped right in. Getting hate comments thrown at you goes with the territory and Jack got some in the posts he wrote. The morning after his first or second day guest blogging, I woke up to my inbox overfilled with e-mails with his name in the subject. I wondered if he did something unthinkable like write a 1,400 word ode to Paris Hilton’s beauty or some shit. (This was pre-Kartrashian days.)
Jack also sent me an e-mail so I read that first. In the e-mail, he apologized a million times and explained that he couldn’t take the hate comments anymore and lost it. Turns out that the night before, Jack HAD. IT. and posted a full-on post where he told the commenters throwing hate at him to fuck off. It was a middle finger wrapped in a middle finger. He deleted it a quick second later. I laughed so hard that the paint on my walls chipped and there’s probably still a ringing in my dog’s ears. It was classic and we laughed about it after.
Jack was one-of-a-kind and Dlisted won’t be the same without him.
Rest in peace, Jack, and thank you.