I write this with a very heavy heart. We have lost a very dear and wonderful Slednutz member. I was just informed that Laura aka Rip'n was killed in a car accident this last Sunday. I do not have a lot of details yet, but will let you know when I know more. I received a personal message from Ripn's dad, and RMKer and I are trying to get ahold of BJ and her dad.
Please have her family in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
I was blessed to have known her and to have had the pleasure of snowmobiling with her and her family last March. I will miss her greatly!
Wow, I hardly have the words to express what I feel right now. Please pass on my condolenses and prayers to BJ and the family. She will be missed. You were lucky to have met her and BJ and had the opportunity you did, I envy you.
__________________ Scars heal,
All we're left with are the Memories we made.
Yes - I am still in total shock, I just can't believe this has happened - and to such a wonderful outgoing person that could make anyone laugh and smile. I was really looking forward to her and her family coming out again this Spring.
I have not shed tears in a long time like this.
Wow, this is terrible. Words can't express what is going through my head right now. I've never met Ripn personally, but this is hard to take. It sucks that terrible things have to happen to good people.
My condolences go out to BJ and the rest of Ripn's family.
Last edited by flatlander_summit : 08-08-2008 at 12:22 PM.
I'll be the first to say this, although we never met, never spoke on the phone, and just chatted here and through PMs.... that this actually brought tears to my eyes! I am still speechless and actually just wondered the other day where she was.
RIP Ripn', you'll be missed greatly. My heard goes out to her husband, her kids, and her family.
I can only echo what Cuzz stated, never met her, never spoke, but still she seemed as a part of my family. And she was, our SledNutZ family. Snowmobilers, true sledders are a brotherhood, we don't just sled in the winter, it's a year round passion. From what I knew of Rip'n she had that passion. The world and this forum will seem a little dimmer without her wit and humor in it.
I too was hoping and looking forward to maybe meeting her out west this season. That ride in Colorado won't be quite the same now for me.
Even to me, this brings tears of sadness to my eyes, I will miss you Rip'n. We all will.
__________________ Scars heal,
All we're left with are the Memories we made.
I write this with tears in my eyes, and I'm on the verge of not being able to speak. But I know she would want me to so I will say what I can. This makes my head spin.
I never met her in person, shook her hand, or gave her a hug... but she was a true buddy. She was a friend to each and every one of us. The conversations we had in chat, in PMs, the way she would make fun of Luke... I will never forget. She was such an integral member of our little club here and I know Slednutz will never be the same.
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I did have the chance to meet her and give her and BJ a hug. She is as wonderful as everyone saw thru chatting with her and her forum contributions, which were always enlightening and very entertaining. I love being in the chatroom with her. We could all get going, and I would just sit at my desk and crack up - loved the laughter she could spread - she was very contagious!
I will have to agree - I feel a lot of angry and sorrow right now that a 23 yr old drunk driver took the life of such a vibrant person. What a waste. When will people learn not to drive drunk!!!!!
RMKer did speak to BJ briefly and he is hanging in there. He was concerned about how I was holding up - he is such a sweet guy. Still shedding a lot of tears, but I will be okay. Rip'n and her family really wanted RMKer and I to make a trip to New York to go sledding with them, that invitation is still open, so we will make every effort to make it out there.
As tears of sorrow stream from my face from watching the video cuzz posted, I choke up inside. RipN (Laura) She meant alot to all of us. Even more so to me! RipN and I built a very special friend ship where we had talked on the phone a few times and sent numerous Pm's to each other about very serious events that have greatly impacted our lives, She was the type of person that would listen to every problem no mater how big or small your problem was. (Pause for a second to gather my feelings)
I feel honored just to have known Laura, BJ and her family but I feel even more so blessed that she found it in herself to confide in me to share her problems .
Laura Gribneau AKA "RipNChick"
You will be greatly missed and I am personally looking foward to seeing you on the snow covered mountain! We will se you soon RipN!
May God hold you in the palm of His hand and comfort you with His everlasting love.
To BJ and your family!
Offering my sincerest condolences to you and your family. May the comfort of friends and family be your strength for today and the days ahead.
I didn't realize there was a video and wouldn't have posted the link if I had known. I posted it because of the article for more information. Some might take the video as in bad taste and I want to apologize now.
Wow, I hop on to have a happy posting day and this happens. I was wondering why she was absent from us again. I have that deep knot in my stomach and watery eyes. I didnt even know her, hell I have only been here like 4 months, but she was a friend to all of us. We will all miss her.
My hopes and prayers go out to your family Ripn. Rest in peace.
Jason Matthew Guhl
__________________ My drinking team has a snowmobiling problem...
I am one gun away from happy!!
Originally Posted by Madcow
rihanna shut up and drive, I would split her in half as part of my equal opportunity bed.
Slednutz is more then just a Forum of sledders, we are a tight knit family. It amazes me how when something so heartbreaking like this takes place, how quickly this family comes together.
There is not a person in the world that could replace Ripn, she was truely one in her own. she was someone no matter how shitty your day was going, she could always put a smile on your face. even just by looking at those photo's that indy posted i'm torn, i can't help but smile at all the stories and chats that i had with ripn in the chatroom or in PM's or just browsing forum topics. When I was at school my class would start at 9am, i would go just sit in the chatroom, and after a while of this members came in. well wasn't too long after that, ripn would be waiting for me in the chatroom in the morning. i would tell her how boring class is, and she would come up with something to make the day fly by. She was never short on ball busting comments as many of you know, and i could only imagine what it would have been like to meet her in person. She was a diehard sledder that i think could most definatly give us all a run for our money in the steep and deep, or down a hard freshly groomed trail.
and as cliche as this sounds, ripn was one of the brightest lights in the world as we know it, and without her the world seems to loose that joyous light and comedy that only those close to her would know.
I'm writing this with tears pouring down my cheeks, knowing full well my spelling errors that would have been pointed out, my lack of corherent sentence structure that would be ripped apart by our dear ripn and cuzzi post whoring combination. Unfortunatly the MX vs Ripn mud wrestling match will not be able to take place at haydays 2k9, but will most likely be replaced by a moment of silence as a brothers and sisters of a sledding family come together to remember a fallen loved one.
I don't know how to conclude a mess of random thoughts such as this. For ripn would normally finish it for me.
my only ending may be, Rest In Piece Laura for one day I will get an oppertunity to meet you.
Originally Posted by RipnChick
She was a fat girl, of course she did.
she was all hongry and shit.