Sorry for my absence, which will have to continue for a bit. We finally got the idiot neighbors across the drive out (they moved out the day I got really sick – I’ll let you come up with jokes about throwing up bad stuff! 😉 ), then the good neighbors on the other side moved out. The boyfriend/not-hubby works at a local dairy farm, and the boss liked his work so much, he’s renting them a house, on the farm grounds, for $300 – for a big, 3-bed 2-bath house. Heck of a Christmas bonus! We’re trying to get a friend of ours moved into their now-empty house, so with all that confusion, plus a HUGE load of firewood I need to box, haul into the basement, and unload down there, I got a lot of around-the-house stuff to do. Never fear, I shall return … eventually.
I feel I should write something about the passing of Paul Walker, he of the “Fast and Furious” fame. I never met the man, nor any of his co-stars. But I have spent enough time around Hollywood folk to have an idea of what they are REALLY saying in their public announcements. Mr. Walker died during a fund-raiser for the Philippines, using his star-power to raise money for those still suffering from Typhoon Haiyan. I’ve read the statements from Vin Diesel and Jordana Brewster, two of his co-stars, and saw a third co-star, Tyrese Gibbons, visibly moved beyond tears as he went to add his own token to the growing memorial at the site of the crash. It is rare for a star of an ensemble cast to generate such strong, and universal, feelings without some negative sniping somewhere. The outpouring of heartfelt statements (Vin Diesel called Paul “my brother”) shows that he was a true friend, loved by most (if not all) of those he worked with. So I will simply add my own condolences, to his family and friends and fans, and express my own sorrow at his passing. He brought joy and delight to so many millions of people, myself included, and remained a decent person in the process. And in the end, can any of us ask for a better epitaph?
I’ll see y’all in a few days, for my December 7th tribute.