Friday, August 07, 2009

Goodbye John Hughes

You know when Michael Jackson passed, it was not that much of a surprise. Somehow we knew his story would end tragically and fast. Farrah had had cancer. Bea and Walter, well, they were getting up there in years.

This morning I read that John Hughes died yesterday. He was 59. He had a hart attack while walking down the street. Whoa.

If Michael Jackson was the soundtrack to my childhood, Hughes's movies were the visual. I watched them all . . . many, many times. They remain guilty pleasures. Admit it, if Pretty in Pink, Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Some Kind of Wonderful or Sixteen Candles are on TV, you will probably stop and watch part of it.

Almost all of the cultural references that I make come from these movies. It is so strange to think that someone from that part of my life (i.e. my childhood) could die just like that. My feelings today are the same as when Jim Henson passed away. This certainly does not help my apprehension about turning 32 next week.

John Hughes withdrew from Hollywood in the 90s to spend time with his family and run a farm. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, 2 kids and 4 grand kids.

Okay, I will admit . . . I actually have most of these movies on DVD. Tonight I will watch and drink a glass of wine to you John, and a life well lived.

PS I LOVE this video below! I did cry just a bit.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

UPDATED: My Fair State

I actually have been extremely busy lately. The German is going back to work this week and the in-laws have been here almost every day helping us update the heating system. On top of it all I have to finish my conference paper by Friday . . . and it is not done.

But I always have time to be proud of my fair state, South Carolina.

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UPDATE: And wouldn't you know it, Mr. Colbert had something to say in defense of our lovely state.

PS I really needed this laugh this afternoon. I finally finished recoding data and finalizing my model and running my tests and printing things out. I sat down this afternoon to enter it all into word and make some pretty tables only to realize . . . I RAN THE WRONG DAMN MODEL. Sigh. Now I have to do it again. Hit me Jon Stewart.

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