Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Oatmeal said "I'm starting to think 2016 was written by George R.R. Martin"

Dearly Beloved
We are gathered here today
To get through this thing called Life
Electric World Life that means forever
And that's a mighty long time
But I mean to tell you
There's something else
The afterworld
A world of never ending happiness
You can always see the Sun
Day or Night
SO when you call up that shrink in Beverly Hills
You know the one
Doctor Everything'll be all right
Instead of ask him how much of your time is left
Ask him how much of your mind
'Cause in this life
Things are much harder than in the afterworld
In this life
You're on your own
And if the elevator tries to bring you down
Go Crazy
Punch a higher floor

RIP Prince. You are truly in the afterworld, and hopefully things are much easier

Last night after I mourned the Kings losing 3-2 to the Sharkies in Game 4 of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs I discovered that former WWE Superstar and lately Adult Film Actress Chyna (aka Chyna Doll, real name Joanie Laurer) had passed at age 46.

Deaths come in threes supposedly, this made the third wrestling related death in the past few weeks; former ECW Original Balls Mahoney (real name Jonathan Rechner) passed at age 44 on April 12, and wrestling legend Blackjack Mulligan (real name Robert Windham) passed at age 73 on April 7.  Mulligan may not be as well known to modern audiences, but he was the father of Barry Windham and Step-Father to Mike Rotunda (Irwin R. Shyster/VK Wallstreet) and grand-father of Bray Wyatt and Bo Dallas.

The list of celebrities who have passed so far this year is too long

Doris Roberts
Merle Haggard
Patty Duke
Garry Shandling
Nancy Reagan
Pat Conroy
George Kennedy
Maurice White
Paul Kantner
Glenn Frey
Dan Haggerty
Alan Rickman
Richard Libertini
Angus Scrimm
Pat Harrington Jr
David Bowie
Abe Vigoda
Antonin Scalia
George Gaynes
Umberto Eco
Frank Sinatra Jr
Larry Drake
Joe Garagiola
Ken Howard
Gareth Thomas

That's an awful lot of people.  In the grand scheme of things, it's not that many, over 150,000 people die each and every day (in contract 360,000 are born each day, so every 5 days or so the world population grows by a million people.)

But that's an awful lot of people who had an impact on my and other people's lives.

Prince dying is especially sad, like Alan Rickman, David Bowie and Umberto Eco, he impacted me personally.  I never cared for ALL of his music, but some of his songs are amongst my all-time favorites.

Such as "Let's Go Crazy", "Purple Rain", "Raspberry Beret" and "1999"

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