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#1551 thistle

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 05:34 PM

I bow down to people who fix things at my house- it's an idiosyncratic pit. & a nod to my usual posting habit (I chime in on the top 5 topics), maybe this should go in home brewing, my DH is off to fill growlers at Forge Brew Works (hope they still have radler). I hope everyone is enjoying a lovely summer.

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 02:49 PM

To Tommy Ramone and to the Ramones and the whole idea of the Ramones


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Posted 13 July 2014 - 02:58 PM

To Tommy Ramone and to the Ramones and the whole idea of the Ramones

 

As a classical pianist, I'm not going to sit here and say The Ramones were great musicians, but I'd rather hear them than dumbed-down pop any day (and that includes dumbed-down pop from their era). 

 

To put it in terms Andy Myers can relate to (not that he needs me to explain it to him), they had "terroir."


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Posted 13 July 2014 - 07:43 PM

To Tommy Ramone and to the Ramones and the whole idea of the Ramones

 

Some time in 1976, I believe, I was at a party in Boston with an old friend who was a club dj and sort of a pop-music-world hanger-on, or perhaps camp-follower. A bunch of self-possessed and rather grungy-looking guys came in, and my friend whispered to me "It's the Ramones!" I had never heard of them, and now they're all dead. I'm not sure how to feel about this.


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Posted 17 July 2014 - 11:31 AM

To Stuart Scott, who went from my least favorite SportsCenter anchor to most favorite SportsCenter anchor in one speech. Keep fighting.


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Posted 17 July 2014 - 12:24 PM

To Elaine Stritch. She's still here.


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Posted 27 July 2014 - 10:07 PM

To Hall of Famer Frank Thomas.


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Posted 30 July 2014 - 09:54 PM

It's officially public today: my brother and my sister-in-law are having a little girl in January. Neither of them can really drink right now, so I shall do so for them.


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Posted 08 August 2014 - 07:58 PM

To James Scott Brady, who spent the last half of his life devoting all of his energies advocating against gun violence.

 

He died August 4, 2014, from a mortal gunshot wound he battled for 33 years.


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Posted 10 August 2014 - 05:25 PM

To Melanie Gaskins and Pierre Freeman. I wish them the best, and a long life together.


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Posted 11 August 2014 - 07:08 PM

Robin Williams.  Good heavens.



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 07:27 PM

Robin Williams.  Good heavens.


May his spirit find the peace and freedom he couldn't find here on this earth.
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Posted 11 August 2014 - 07:45 PM

May his spirit find the peace and freedom he couldn't find here on this earth.

 

This one is really bad. I was surprised to discover that he was the same age as me. Can't imagine doing that to Dame Edna--but then, I've never suffered from depression, which leaves me in ignorance coupled with great sadness. Sucks the big one.



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 08:17 PM

I'm shocked and saddened. He must have been in great pain.


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Posted 12 August 2014 - 02:43 AM

To DonRocks, without whom none of us would be here! Happy birthday, dear friend.
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Posted 12 August 2014 - 11:30 AM

Robin Williams.  Good heavens.

 

On a sad note...

 

To DonRocks, without whom none of us would be here! Happy birthday, dear friend.

 

On a happier note.


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Posted 13 August 2014 - 06:25 PM

To Lauren Bacall, unforgettable throughout her life, not least in this astonishing picture from last year.


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Posted 14 August 2014 - 11:43 PM

Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol. 


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Posted 19 August 2014 - 05:05 PM

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Posted 22 August 2014 - 09:12 AM

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 07:11 PM

To our nation's police officers.

 

I thank you every bit as much as I thank our military, and anyone who uses generalizations to judge you is both wrong and hypocritical.

 

Except when you give me a ticket. :angry:  :)

 

And to Officer Ryan Christopher Johnson, Sr., who I saw dying after he was shot during an attempted robbery.

 

And to Officer Evan Michael Rogers, my best friend, who I was with that evening when the Signal 13 came across the radio, and who committed suicide the following year. I was a Best Man in his wedding; I was a Pallbearer in his funeral.


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Posted Yesterday, 07:07 PM

To my friend Joe Dougherty, almost surely the nation's greatest expert of Hu√ęt's wines. This world is a lesser place in your absence, Joe - you were one of the nicest people I've ever known.

 

Many people don't know that my best friend took his life in 1993. That day was the loss of my innocence in this world, and the first time I have felt life-changing amounts of grief - when his father called me, I threw the phone down and began screaming as loudly as I could. For weeks, months, maybe even years, I questioned whether there was something I should have seen, noticed, or done to prevent it from happening, before slowly realizing there was nothing - he gave no clues, and I don't blame myself for what happened, but that doesn't mean I miss him any less, or that his loss was any less tragic. Maybe if he knew how much people loved him and would miss him, he wouldn't have made the choice, or maybe he would have anyway - people get into a mindset, and are unable to see things normally.

 

Having been through the hellish torture of losing my best friend, I beg anyone here who ever experiences such a level of bleakness that they've lost sight of the preciousness of life, has lost the ability to think clearly, and can no longer envision any type of happiness in their future - I beg you to drop everything you're doing, and to call me. I promise you that I will drop everything I'm doing and come to your aid without delay. Please do not abuse this in any way because I mean it.

 

Being a scientist, Joe knew very well the First Law of Thermodynamics which basically states that energy can neither be gained nor lost, neither created nor destroyed; only redistributed in other forms. Let us hope that Joe's immutable energy, now that he has gone, has dispersed among us all - even if we each only get a tiny sliver of his massive knowledge, spirit, and generosity, we'll all be better for it. Here's to you, Joe.

 

I miss you already,

Don


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