Well, I hear that this is really it. Gaius has left us forever.
I, for one, will miss his well thought out, beautifully expressed, non-capitalized opinions. Yeah, he was a major downer, but only because he was a realist.
I'm learning that a Cubs fan cannot be a realist. A Cubs fan has to be an optimist, or -- better -- an idealist. Dreaming of a utopian society in which cheaters are punished, Yankees are vanquished, and fine, upstanding boys like our Cubs are redeemed.
For those who are curious (I was), Gaius Marius was a Roman general and politician elected Consul an unprecedented seven times during his career. He was also noted for his dramatic reforms of Roman armies, authorizing recruitment of unlanded citizens and reorganizing the structure of the legions into separate cohorts.
(Thank you http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaius_Marius.)
He, um, did a bunch of stuff. Good stuff, it looks like, if you're into that sort of thing. He married Julius Caesar's aunt, which probably didn't hurt his career at all.
godspeed, gaius marius.