“Keep thy religion to thyself…” George Carlin

23 Jun
Until it’s time to find out what’s on the other side…
George Carlin in 2008

George Carlin died today, of a heart attack, at the age of 71. It’s amazing really, the guy you thought would live forever (or at least longer than Keith Richards) has passed through the veil, to see what kind of mischief he can get into, on the “other side.”

It was George Carlin who said; Frisbeetarianism is the belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck.“

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As much as I loathe cleaning out the gutters, I’m tempted to go up there just to see if he’s there, so I can bring him back down for an encore.

I guess he figured he’d done all he could do, and decided to leave us to our own devices. After all, he’d won Grammys, the “Mark Twain Prize for American Humor,” the “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the American Comedy Awards, and too many others to mention. He endeared himself to us with his acting, his antics, and his “cut right to the chase” views on the human condition. And in the end, it was that human condition that took him from us. He’d lived long enough to exit gracefully, without a complaint, a whimper, or a sour note.

Lifetime Achievement Award at the American Comedy Awards in 2001
Although he started out in a suit and tie, in 1970 George reinvented himself, and that long-haired, unkempt maniac in jeans and a T-shirt we all grew to love made us laugh, and more importantly, he made us think. As he attacked our eccentricities, and our weaknesses, he reminded us that he was one of us, and that we were all in the same boat, together.
George was always right in the middle of the action!
George was one of the smartest men I know, and his vision helped us grow, and evolve as the troubled times we live in changed all around us. Through unrest, war, and crisis, George made us laugh, he gave us hope.
Monkey see... monkey do... but you better not!
He once said; “The IQ and the life expectancy of the average American recently passed each other going in opposite directions.”

My only wish is that he hadn’t gone out of his way to prove it was true.

George hated the idea of “dying.” In fact, in some of his more famous routines, he ranted about the euphemisms that are so widespread in American culture.
Forever smiling... sometimes!
Older” sounds better than “old,” doesn’t it? Sounds like it might even last a little longer. … I’m getting old. And it’s OK. Because thanks to our fear of death in this country I won’t have to die I’ll ‘pass away.’ Or I’ll ‘expire,’ like a magazine subscription. If it happens in the hospital they’ll call it a ‘terminal episode.’ The insurance company will refer to it as ‘negative patient care outcome.’ And if it’s the result of malpractice they’ll say it was a ‘therapeutic misadventure.'”

George ponders life.
George Carlin said that It’s never just a game when you’re winning.”
Well, my friends, the game is over, and we are the ones who lost.
If “great comedians” go to heaven, then the skies should be filled with the laughter of angels for quite some time to come…
No dear, that’s not thunder. It’s George…”
At least I got away from all those crazies!
Let’s hope that G_d has a sense of humor!
We’ll miss you, George…
George Carlin, who left us all alone to face the madness… 1937-2008

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One Response to ““Keep thy religion to thyself…” George Carlin”

  1. freehat704 June 24, 2008 at 3:06 am #

    I loved how he mocked today’s euphemisms. R.I.P. George Carlin. He’s a legend in my books, and will go down remembered for a long time.

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