Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Tiny Bubbles Burst


Do Ho died this weekend at 76. Don was on my Death Pool list. With his and Vonnegut’s passing within the same week, the list has been getting some activity.

Ho was an institution in Hawaii. Blue haired ladies would flock to his shows and cluster to have their photos taken with him. He would flirt with them. His photo appeared everywhere in Hawaii. All the tourist books and pamphlets promoted him and his daily shows.

Don traveled to Thailand in December 2005 to undergo an experimental stem cell treatment. He died of heart failure. Maybe I’ll put Al Harrington on the list next year.

So if you are playing along at home here are some names of people who remain on the list:

Lauren Bacall
Yogi Berra
Jack Black
Fidel Castro
Walter Cronkite
Billy Graham
Andy Griffith
Stephen Hawkings
Larry King
Tommy LaSorta
Jerry Lewis
Rupert Murdock
Iggy Pop
Andy Rooney
Micky Rooney
JD Salinger
Pete Seeger
Tony Soprano
Charlie Watts

Passed
Kurt Vonnegut
Don Ho

13 Comments:

Anonymous auntie said...

I will never again be able to listen to a ukulele being played without breaking down in tears......

9:59 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

I'm not tough enough to "play along," but I'm watching your list with a somewhat morbid fascination.

(Or maybe it's not really a case of being tough - you're just more realistic.)

10:47 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

I feel your pain Auntie...

Beth, I'm not being realistic, I'm just wagering.

12:15 PM  
Anonymous F. Lee said...

>>Charlie Watts<<

Aww, man, that is cold...Please, Baby Jesus or Grim Reaper, let us keep Charlie on this side of the dirt for a few more years. Perhaps we can trade him for someone like that oily octogenarian octopus George H.W. Bush or ??????....

but not Charlie...the way the world is now we need every Rolling Stone we have, don't we?

2:24 PM  
Anonymous auntie said...

Keith needs to lay down though, dont you think FLee? He has been dead for as long as I can remember.
And I am pretty old!

And Guy, only one mention of a woman taking the 'big dirt nap?' Or, 'The Big Sleep'. Ha ha, I couldnt resist.

2:52 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

I picked Watts because he is the most bitter about being a Stone. I'm sure he has good cardio stuff going on from being a drummer which may keep him going. I feel he would rather die than go on with the Stones anymore. Jagger is in great shape, Wood is too young, and Kieth could die today and no one would notice until next year.

Auntie, you are correct. It wasn't intentionally sexist, but most of the women of note look pretty good, still. I may put Courtney Love on next years list and I have my eye on a few others, Margaret Thatcher, Bree Walker, Bea Arthur are a few others I'm watching. But you'll have to wait for January 1 for next years list.

At the end of the year I will also review who is left on this list and why I'm shocked they are still here. BTW, Gerald Ford was on this list, but he checked out a week before I posted it. Spoiler...

3:14 PM  
Anonymous F Lee said...

Keith Richards die?????? Keef????

HA HAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Come come now, Auntie....if there's one thing we know it's Keef is probably going to outlive us all. He is, simply put, indestructible. Throughout the long and sordid history of Western Civilization there is an accepted truth that certain Englishmen can not only endure hardship that easily dispatches other men, they will actually thrive on it. Keef Richards is one of those tough old wirey English "buggahs" who, no matter what they are exposed to, or what ungodly shithole they are condemned to inhabit will always pop up drinking tea. Be it the hottest arid desert, the rankest diseased steaming jungle, the bleakest frigid arctic wasteland, Keith Richards could party on there for eterenity when all the posers have gone tits up.

God Save The Keith!

Besides, nobody rocks like Keef!! NOBODY!!

6:09 PM  
Blogger Mom of Three said...

I'm going to weigh in with Carmela Soprano. That she hasn't been whacked already is a miracle, particularly when she was having Tony live in the room over the garage.

For reals? I am saying Fidel.
What about that lady who played Sofia in the Golden Girls? Estelle Getty! That's mine!

7:20 PM  
Blogger Auntie L said...

Keef needs to lay down. He's dead.

Actually, FLee, Keef can be likened to a twinkie in its shelf-life perhaps....

10:30 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Keith Richards should leave a genitic sample for study. Someone could create a master race with those genes.

5:56 AM  
Anonymous F. Lee said...

yes yes, a species of humans based on Keith Richards bullet proof and disease resistant cast iron chromosomes and DNA molecules....they could send them on lightyears long missions in to deep space-low maintenence and longevity assured-Keef Klones could boldy go where no man has gone before...and have way to much fun doing it.

God Save The Keef!

5:47 PM  
Blogger Amaya said...

I was in Hawaii when he died. Strange timing, I suppose.

1:58 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

I bet the whole state mourned. Welcome back!

7:09 AM  

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