Thursday, June 25, 2009

Time to pause and reflect

The passing of an icon like Michael Jackson always stirs memories of faces past in me. How many faces have passed through your life, bad or good? One of the not-so-good things about growing older is that the list of faces grows longer and many of them are out of place. It's OK for someone older than you to pass, because it seems natural. But when the faces start becoming younger than you, well... When I think of the celebrity icons throughout my lifetime that have passed... Paul Newman, Buddy Holly, Luciano Pavarotti, Leonard Bernstein, Elvis, John Wayne, Jimmy Hendrix, Henry Fonda, Marilyn Monroe, Ray Charles, John Kennedy, Martin Luther King... you know, the list goes on an on. Then there are the faces you're glad to be rid of... Nixon, Mao, Kruschev, Reagan And the faces you'd like to be rid of... Rush Lumbaugh, Newt Gingrich, Regis Philbin, Barbara Wa Wa, Sarah Palin... It might be an interesting study to actually list the 5 or 10 faces (non family) that you miss most and those that are good riddance. Probably learn something about yourself in the process. If you have a few, leave a comment and let's compare notes. But for now, so long Michael. No one can ever accuse you of being boring.


  1. Actually I found him a bit of a boar.
    lets see, faces sad to have passed. Imogene Cunningham, Edward Weston, Stevie Ray Vaughn, my parents.
    like to see go, don't really give a rats ass.

  2. I haven't found enough of a reason to mourn anyone who has died.

    2006 finalized that thought when I went to 9 funerals that year and only three of them were from natural causes.

    I leave them all dead, as I hope them who know me will do when I die.

    It is, despite the circumstance, the final step on the path of this mortal realm cast in time.

  3. Sounds like there's a story there WM. 6 out of 9 deaths from un-natural causes??

    One thing we all don't have to worry about is the world forgetting us when we're gone. It won't even miss a beat.

  4. This requires far too much brain power. Let's just say, didn't want the good ones to go...the bad ones, I'm with Punch...good riddance.

  5. Just as I suspected, it's that time of the month again. Although most men aren't even aware of it, or won't admit to it. You see, women on the full moon, men on the new moon. (another one of Her little tricks). Anyway, ya'll can't be bothered with such trivial pursuits as naming names at the moment. Maybe next month.

  6. C, I'm wondering which cycle Jocko fell under...hmmmmmmmm.

  7. I can't list ten right now, but Princess Di would be on my list.

  8. JJ... that would be a waning crescent.

    3699... Which list?


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