Friday, June 27, 2008

A Tribute to George

George Carlin has been a favorite of mine for as long as I have been able to stand still long enough to watch stand up, and before, when people bought comedy LPs and George did the "Hippy Dippy Weather Man". I have always enjoyed his unique insights and word play. There is a lot of stuff flying around on the Internet now that he has passed. I chose this one, short and sweet to post here in tribute to a life well lived. Somewhere there is a dealer with way too much pot on his hands.

George Carlin's Views on Aging :

Do you realise that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about ageing that you think in fractions.

'How old are you?' 'I'm four and a half!' You're never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five! That's the key

You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

'How old are you?' 'I'm gonna be 16!' You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life. . You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony. YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!

But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're Just a sour-dumpling. What's wrong? What's changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone.

But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.

You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!

You get into your 80's and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30 ; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn't end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; 'I Was JUST 92.'

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. 'I'm 100 and a half!'

May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!


yenbar said...

I must say, many is the time when I feel like I am 100 instead of 46.
You don't fully appreciate someone until they are gone sometimes and George is one of those people. From his acting roles to his stand-up he always kept me entertained.

Anonymous said...

Fun reading Red Mojo! Apart from George not making it to hundred and a half.

RED MOJO said...

yenbar, I empathize with you completely on feeling 100 some days, fortunately not that many!

anon, Thanks, yeah...there's that!

Quickroute said...

He certainly held a captive audience. There's a lot of stuff bouncing around on youtube now that I'd never seen. He was a one of a kind!

Wieneke said...

Funny ánd very true. I will link this post on my own blog, if you don't mind.

RED MOJO said...

quickroute, Through the years he put out a LOT of material. One of the things I really liked about George was that he kept it fresh.

wieneke, Thanks, I don't mind at all. My blog is your blog! :)

TheWeyrd1 said...

My dad said he was going to live to 100. I believed him, but then he didn't.

Regarding George...what were those 7 dirty words you can't say on TV...that you can now?

tsduff said...

My Sweetie has been playing George Carlin YouTubes non-stop today... my ears are pitch red from listening to all those *&@$#!)^(%$@* words. He was pretty gritty. My favorite appearance of his was when he was mistaken for the mad bomber in "Car Wash".

VE said...

That's a good bit. One of my favorite George Carlin bits is about lip mouthing when you're on camera but not the center of attention and saying "I hope all you f**king lip readers are watching..."

Debra Kay said...

George Carlin, in his own way, was a great man. This world needs more like him.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

I love this, and I already miss George Carlin.

When my beloved friend Adolf TURNED 104, he decided to tell people that he was in his 105th year because it was "so much more impressive."

And I've never stopped noting my half-year marks. Does that make me immature or merely pedantic?

Slip said...

George and I shared a birthday, May 12th! He had it figured out for sure.

RED MOJO said...

theweyrd1, I don't know what they are, sorry.

tsduff, It's hard for me to choose a favorite, there was so much good stuff.

ve, Hahaha that's good stuff!

deb, I agree!

heartinsanfrancisco, I don't know if it makes you anything but funny!

slip, I guess all people born on that day are blessed with the gift of humor.

yellowdog granny said...

i miss george already..and the hippy dippy weatherman was always my are the only one besides me that mentioned the hippy dippy weatherman when he died...sigh*

RED MOJO said...

yellowdog granny, thanks for your visit. I miss him too. I can't tell you how many times I listened to that first comedy album of his. I think I knew it by heart.