…And Keep Looking Up

Quite often during high school I would come home from a party or a late night hanging out with my friends and see my brother sitting in the living room with a glass of sun tea flipping through the channels. Often my brother would come home from an evening of partying or hanging out with his friends and find me with a coke watching Teletunes.

We would usually excitedly tell each other about our evenings. And inevitably we both sit down in the living room, late in the after-curfew hours, and tune into PBS waiting for the Star Gazer to come on (It was originally designed to air on PBS stations just before sign-off). We would listen intently to what the star hustler had to teach us during his five minute lesson on the heavens. Both of us would then mosey out to the backyard and look up into the stars and see if we could find whatever it was he was talking about that week.

We would sit there silent and feel small and special. These are some of the fondest teenage memories I have with my brother (and I have a ton of fond teenage memories with my brother). And although those memories will never die, the mortal symbol of those evenings, “The Star Hustler”, passed away today. I am genuinely saddened.

Colorful to the end, “Horky” offers this amusing, self-penned epitaph in his bio: “Keep Looking Up was my life’s admonition, I can do little else in my present position.” You can watch his last episode by clicking here.

30 Under 30 Under 6: Only The Good Die Young

On the heels of my celebrity death list post come Buzzfeed’s “30 under 30 Celebs: Most Likely To Die Young This Summer”. The list of at-risk young stars and starlets goes down like this:

  1. Lindsay Lohan via drugs, alcohol, propensity for being involved in car crashes, child star curse.
  2. Justin Bieber via angry teenage mob
  3. Robert Pattinson via slightly older angry teenage mob
  4. Tila Tequila via all of her life choices
  5. Heidi Montag via implant explosion
  6. Nick Jonas via diabetes
  7. Kendra Wilkinson via STDs
  8. Britney Spears via sadness
  9. Levi Johnston via ATV accident
  10. Ke$ha via alcohol poisoning
  11. Ali Lohan via proximity to Lindsay Lohan
  12. Snooki via assault
  13. Frankie Muniz via race-car driving, child star curse
  14. Mischa Barton via drugs
  15. Taylor Momsen via drugs
  16. Kristin Cavalleri via drugs
  17. Jodie Sweetin via drugs (specifically meth), child star curse.
  18. The Cast Of Glee via exhaustion, teen mobs
  19. Jake Gyllenhaal via precipitous fall (of his career)
  20. Amy Winehouse via inevitability
  21. Lady Gaga via strangulation by costume
  22. Mary Kate Olsen via strangulation by clothes
  23. Jay Cutler via diabetes
  24. Anne Hathaway via nefarious boyfriend
  25. Noah Cyrus via family’s life choices
  26. Kirsten Dunst via alcohol poisoning, child star curse
  27. Dakota Fanning via vampires
  28. Jonathan Lipnicki via child star curse
  29. Michael Cera via backlash whiplash
  30. Sienna Miller via vicious girl-on-girl hate

The Death List

The Death List takes a stab (hah!) at determining which celebrities will die during the current year. The 2010 death list contains 50 celebrities, so far two of them have died – J.D. Salinger and Michael Foot. There are some rules to the list:

  • Candidates must be famous in their own right such that their death is expected to be reported by the UK media, however candidates cannot be famous purely for the fact they are likely to die soon.
  • A maximum of 25 candidates on the previous year’s list can reappear on the next year’s list.

It is unclear how the list is ranked but these celebrities round out the top ten:

  1. Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi
  2. Ronnie Biggs
  3. Anna Wing
  4. Zsa Zsa Gabor
  5. Oscar Niemeyer
  6. Michael Foot (Dead)
  7. Chapman Pincher
  8. Eli Wallach
  9. Norman Wisdom
  10. Fidel Castro

A Lifetime In 10 Weeks

The last couple of months have been pretty crazy/amazing/profound. So much has happened that, I’ll probably never remember it all, and truthfully, that doesn’t bother me. In some ways I have a tinge of regret for not having taken the time to write it all down as it happened or shortly there after. If not just so I have it archived somewhere. But in reality, some of it I don’t know how to write about – i don’t have the words to fit the experience. Some of it I don’t care about. And some of it I simply don’t care to remember.

So instead I’m going to cop-out and make a list of some of the major and minor events of the past 10 weeks in no particular order and just leave it at that. I can only hope my life remains as eventful and that I take the time to write about it afterward.

I went to my first honky tonk.
I saw Built To Spill play again.
I’ve been to the hospital three times for three different individuals. Two of them in the emergency room. One fatal.
I met family members I have never met before and most likely will never meet again.
I spent a long weekend at my timeshare in Vail.
I went to a mini-family reunion and ski vacation in Breckenridge.
I suffered through a 150-hour work week.
I took a full week vacation.
A loved one died in my arms. It was probably one of the most weighty and profound experiences in my life to this point.
I did my time in the back of a cop car in Henryetta, Oklahoma.
I had the pleasure of staying in a giant mountain mansion with six bedrooms, four bathrooms, two hot tubs, and ski in ski out access.
My car was hit by a kid who had his drivers license for a measly two days. He ended up totaling his car a week later.
I Was invited over by complete strangers for a mardi gras party/steak dinner.
Somehow fit in about eight days of skiing.
Saw a friend who I haven’t seen since his wedding.
The kitchen remodel was completed.
Mom came to town for a visit.
A few birthday parties were celebrated.
I got fall down drunk with a co-worker.
And lots of other various sundriness and ephemera.