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  1. "It's so terribly sad, how is it I feel like laughing?" - "North by Northwest", directed by Alfred Hitchcock Jack, it is only the facts that all seems to have turned out well, and the fact of our long-standing (if erstwhile) friendship that allows me to have fun at your expense. (And surely, I am also a bad bad man, but that's not important right now.) My remaining questions: Water? Really? Not something stronger? Times like these call for (or at least suggest) stronger beverages. Just say'n.
  2. Great article, thanks for posting. It reminded me again what's so special about these particular rock stars; their humanity, their humor, their decency. Hard to talk about Neil without talking about the three of them. Neil was inspiring in so many ways, but right now I'm thinking of the example he set as the ultimate auto-didact. I'm enough of one to have learned what that word means, but can't even begin to emulate his quest for knowledge. (Generic words about mortality, facing the fact all our heroes will be gone someday, yadda yadda.) Yeah. Someone stop cutting those damn onions!
  3. "It was a dark & stormy night........" Just joking, Jack. Cool story, bro.
  4. Well, I "liked" the post, but I didn't like it. It broke my heart. (That's the Caveman, I believe?)
  5. My guess is that he'd choose cremation, and a private service, which I'd also guess has already happened, despite reports to the contrary.
  6. I'm going to put my tribute right here, as it looks like the earliest, and the most populated thread on Neil's passing. Thanks to Rush Didact, and so many others, who made such eloquent statements. There are a lot of contradictions and irony in any honest assessment of his art. I'd be lying if I said his passing didn't affect me much, yet at the same time, I didn't know the guy, and part of me says it's a case of his death diminishing me, merely "because I am involved in mankind". But it's more than that. His ability to articulate feelings, thoughts and situations was a gift to all of us, one that only increased over the years, as we all went through the stages of life, and the subject matters changed from serious sci-fi (2112) to silly sci-fi (By-tor, anyone?) to relationships, loss, perseverance, all the adult stuff, you know? Then, on Clockwork Angels, back to a sort of steampunk sci-fi. Well, there's that contradiction again, or is it irony? Someone ask Alannis Morissette. (I'm in a groove now, or is it a rut?) How many of his lyrics instantly pop into our heads, at this occasion? "Suddenly, you were gone." "I felt a shadow cross my heart." "Freeze this moment a little bit longer." "Time will do it's healing. You've got to let it go." "The measure of a life is a measure of love and respect." How many of his lyrics inspire us, at difficult moments? How many make us chuckle, at his gift for wordplay (and I don't mean the goofy "Anagram (For Mongo)".) How many make us think of things in a different way? You don't need me to quote them. This is a Rush fan site, for gosh sake, and it's getting late. Neil's life inspired us because of his lyrical gifts, which I see as his greatest talent. He also inspired with his dedication to unwavering, uncompromising musical excellence. He would never accept any lowered standards from himself, ever. This is why many of us knew he'd never return to playing drums for Rush, because, even not knowing of his illness, we knew he'd never be able to regain the level of performance he demanded of himself. He always struck one as being his own harshest critic. It can't have been easy to live with himself, but look at the results. Widely considered the finest drummer in rock history, moving quickly to "unanimously" or as unanimous as such a thing can be. He has even supplanted Mooney in my personal rankings. Maybe the biggest irony in my personal experience of his gifts is his affect on my feelings about "rock", and music itself. (No, not music, just rock.) I am loath to say I ever idolized any rock stars when I was a lad, but I certainly wanted to be Pete Townshend for a few years. His brains, his articulate philosophizing, the way he windmilled the shit out of a Les Paul before really showing it WHO's the boss, seemed pretty damn cool. And he was so G-Damned skinny! But one matures beyond such things, and Neil's profound ponderings over the years, made one realize there's nothing mythical about rock. These are just people, struggling with the same things all of us face. Amongst all the tributes, and sentimentalities, it's an odd thing to say that a "rock star" made me less enamored of rock, as an art form, and as a sort of cultural.... not using the "r" word. But it's true. Rest in peace, stranger, and thanks for all the fish.
  7. Thanks, Mike for giving us this place, and keeping it going.
  8. The deuce you say! Wassup Jim?! Hi Polly! Well, they can delete me if they want............ but they'll never take away MY FREEDOMMMMMMMMMM!!!! Hey BSG How are you? Awesome! Thanks for axeing me. (And NO, I am not going to add anything to the current discussion.)
  9. The deuce you say! Wassup Jim?! Hi Polly! Well, they can delete me if they want............ but they'll never take away MY FREEDOMMMMMMMMMM!!!!
  10. FNL is a really well-done show. I like it quite a lot. The acting, scripting, and characters are all top-notch. I hope it lasts, though. Apparently it's not doing so well in the ratings.
  11. I've been watching these previews for a while now. This movie looks so amazingly kick-ass, I can hardly wait. The previews alone make me want to go out and lay waste to entire nations, conquer the evil foes of righteousness, slay hideous beasts, subjugate women, write bad checks, and belch loudly in public (without apologizing). Is that a good thing?
  12. Just a friendly FYI............ ______________________________ Email Warning! If you receive an email entitled "Bedtimes" delete it IMMEDIATELY. Do not open it. Apparently this one is pretty nasty. It will not only erase everything on your hard drive, but it will also delete anything on disks within 20 feet of your computer.It demagnetizes the stripes on ALL of your credit cards. It reprograms your ATM access code, screws up the tracking on your VCR, and uses subspace field harmonics to scratch any CD's you attempt to play. It will program your phone auto dial to call only 0898 numbers. This virus will mix antifreeze into your fish tank. IT WILL CAUSE YOUR TOILET TO FLUSH WHILE YOU ARE SHOWERING. It will drink ALL your beer. FOR GOD'S SAKE, ARE YOU LISTENING?? It will leave dirty underwear on the coffee table when you are expecting company. It will replace your shampoo with Nair and your Nair with Rogaine.If the "Bedtimes" message opened in a Windows 95/98 environment, it will leave the toilet seat up and leave your hair dryer plugged in dangerously close to a full bathtub. It will not only remove the forbidden tags from your mattresses and pillows, it will also refill your skim milk with whole milk.*** WARN AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN ***And if you don't send this to 5000 people in 20 seconds, you'll fart so hard that your right leg will spasm and shoot straight out in front of your computer, sending sparks that will ignite the person nearest you. Send this warning to everyone!!! THERE'S A LOT OF SADNESS IN THE WORLD! Right now, as you read this, 17 Million people are having SEX!!! And look at you - you're on the computer!!!
  13. I think the character of Tritter the cop is a great foil for House's character. I knew that when they cast David Morse, a well-known veteran actor, it wasn't just going to be another character for House to abuse, but a real nemesis. The House character badly needs to be brought down a few notches. BTW, I saw this Laurie dude as the deathly dull father of Stuart Little, in the movie of the same name, and as much as I loved the Stuart Little books as a young boy, the movie put me to sleep.
  14. I saw it, and it's been a long time since I've laughed so hard. I won't give anything away by saying that there were several scenes unlike any ever seen in any movie anywhere, on this planet or others. One scene had me averting my eyes, shaking my head and muttering OMFG over and over and over again. Yes, it's offensive, but ya gotta get into the zeitgeist of this character. That's the freaking POINT!
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