This week I’ve had very little motivation to do anything, and have done virtually nothing. I blame the constant hurdles I’ve been facing — lack of quality sleep, lingering knee injury, bizarre inflammation still hanging on in my right nostril. This doesn’t even take into account my current stagnant feeling about work, and my never-ending struggles with my house and the Georgia government (note to self: clear up the status of Sharpened Stone with the City of Atlanta and State of Georgia once and for all!). At times it all seems too much for me to handle. But I’ll keep trying, for there is no other viable alternative.
RIP Garry Shandling
I’m at the age, and probably have been for some time, where people who were important to me while growing up are dying. It’s inevitable. Yesterday I read the news of Garry Shandling’s death, at sixty-six, from a massive heart attack.
I first started following Shandling’s career when he performed stand-up comedy. It may be a little-known fact that I was a huge fan of stand-up in the 1980s/1990s and always wished that I had the talent to perform it. In the 1980s I also loved “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” to the point at which I still sing the opening theme song to myself when I want to cheer myself up momentarily. Following this show Shandling went on to other endeavors such as “The Larry Sanders Show” which I watched some, but could never get into because it was on HBO, a channel that I didn’t have at points in my life.
Last year Shandling was a guest on Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”. I rematched the episode yesterday and was creeped out at how much of the episode was dedicated to death and dying.
Not being a person of religious conviction I will celebrate this Sunday with beer hops, not Easter bunny hops. Where I celebrate is still under consideration. Given the weather forecast, currently 90% chance of thunderstorms, I may skip the annual Silver Comet bike ride and picnic and opt to join ITP-Reader Stacy for Ashley’s and Jim’s (“Oh Whatta Pair”, “Straticrapper”) Easter scavenger hunt instead. It sounds like it could be a fun time.
Be well my friends!