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Post by ygmir » Fri May 27, 2011 7:30 am

Shambala wrote:Jeff, a lot of people write nice long letters to their lost friends and relatives and pin that letter up at the temple for deliver on the night of the temple burn. It gives you a chance to say everything you wish to say to your friend, and for most people it helps with the closure they need.

Today I had a visit from a long time friend who informed me that he has only 3 to 6 months to live due to a series of brain tumors. He was more matter of fact about it than me. He said he hopes to get to see his wife again when he goes. She died very young from a stroke and he never got over the loss.

Life can be very painful at times, but we must keep on chuggin'.

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Post by neon tetra » Fri May 27, 2011 8:17 am

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Just open to some other sky"
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Really looking forward to the temple this year.
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Post by goathead » Fri May 27, 2011 8:35 pm

(((((( Jeff, Sham)))))

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Post by TomServo » Fri May 27, 2011 8:46 pm

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A sad story indeed!
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Post by jella » Fri May 27, 2011 8:57 pm

. (((Sham and Jeff)))
I love how the (( ♥)) came about, it's such lovely sentiment. Almost feels like a hug from cyberspace
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Post by goathead » Fri May 27, 2011 11:27 pm

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Post by Ugly Dougly » Fri Jun 03, 2011 12:33 pm

Dr. Jack "Doctor Death" Kevorkian, May 26, 1928 – June 3, 2011
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Kevorkian
Elmer "Geronimo" Pratt, September 13, 1947 – June 2, 2011
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geronimo_Pratt

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Post by goathead » Sat Jun 04, 2011 4:02 am

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Post by ygmir » Sat Jun 04, 2011 6:43 am

goathead wrote:James Arness
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that, is a true loss..........what a fellow, what great characters he played.
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Post by LeChatNoir » Sat Jun 18, 2011 8:12 pm

Rest in peace, Clarence Clemons...

I'll miss your music.

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Post by Kinetik V » Sat Jun 18, 2011 10:54 pm

Clarence...there's a new sax waiting for you just inside the pearly gates and one hell of an audience waiting to hear ya play it. But that being said we'll sure miss you down here.

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Post by FIGJAM » Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:49 am

Peter Faulk! RIP
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Post by unjonharley » Fri Jun 24, 2011 6:41 pm

FIGJAM wrote:Peter Faulk! RIP
One of the greats

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Post by theCryptofishist » Fri Jun 24, 2011 8:57 pm

Shit.
I really loved him in Wings of Desire.
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Post by VeganChoirGirl » Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:12 am

Rest in peace my sweet Millie. You were such a wonderful dog. I can't believe we lost you when you were so young.
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Post by goathead » Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:17 am

Ah hell

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Post by ygmir » Wed Jun 29, 2011 12:29 pm

goathead wrote:Ah hell

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I wish I could give you my shoulder.
dang VCG..........dang it all...............
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Post by Sic Pup » Wed Jun 29, 2011 2:31 pm

Sorry for your loss VCG, it's like loosing a part of you, I know.

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Post by Sic Pup » Wed Jun 29, 2011 2:34 pm

LeChatNoir wrote:Rest in peace, Clarence Clemons...

I'll miss your music.
Kinetic V wrote:Clarence...there's a new sax waiting for you just inside the pearly gates and one hell of an audience waiting to hear ya play it. But that being said we'll sure miss you down here.
Bruce's eulogy


FOR THE BIG MAN

I've been sitting here listening to everyone talk about Clarence and staring at that photo of the two of us right there. It's a picture of Scooter and The Big Man, people who we were sometimes. As you can see in this particular photo, Clarence is admiring his muscles and I'm pretending to be nonchalant while leaning upon him. I leaned on Clarence a lot; I made a career out of it in some ways.

Those of us who shared Clarence's life, shared with him his love and his confusion. Though "C" mellowed with age, he was always a wild and unpredictable ride. Today I see his sons Nicky, Chuck, Christopher and Jarod sitting here and I see in them the reflection of a lot of C's qualities. I see his light, his darkness, his sweetness, his roughness, his gentleness, his anger, his brilliance, his handsomeness, and his goodness. But, as you boys know your pop was a not a day at the beach. "C" lived a life where he did what he wanted to do and he let the chips, human and otherwise, fall where they may. Like a lot of us your pop was capable of great magic and also of making quite an amazing mess. This was just the nature of your daddy and my beautiful friend. Clarence's unconditional love, which was very real, came with a lot of conditions. Your pop was a major project and always a work in progress. "C" never approached anything linearly, life never proceeded in a straight line. He never went A... B.... C.... D. It was always A... J.... C.... Z... Q... I....! That was the way Clarence lived and made his way through the world. I know that can lead to a lot of confusion and hurt, but your father also carried a lot of love with him, and I know he loved each of you very very dearly.

It took a village to take care of Clarence Clemons. Tina, I'm so glad you're here. Thank you for taking care of my friend, for loving him. Victoria, you've been a loving, kind and caring wife to Clarence and you made a huge difference in his life at a time when the going was not always easy. To all of "C's" vast support network, names too numerous to mention, you know who you are and we thank you. Your rewards await you at the pearly gates. My pal was a tough act but he brought things into your life that were unique and when he turned on that love light, it illuminated your world. I was lucky enough to stand in that light for almost 40 years, near Clarence's heart, in the Temple of Soul.

So a little bit of history: from the early days when Clarence and I traveled together, we'd pull up to the evening's lodgings and within minutes "C" would transform his room into a world of his own. Out came the colored scarves to be draped over the lamps, the scented candles, the incense, the patchouli oil, the herbs, the music, the day would be banished, entertainment would come and go, and Clarence the Shaman would reign and work his magic, night after night. Clarence's ability to enjoy Clarence was incredible. By 69, he'd had a good run, because he'd already lived about 10 lives, 690 years in the life of an average man. Every night, in every place, the magic came flying out of C's suitcase. As soon as success allowed, his dressing room would take on the same trappings as his hotel room until a visit there was like a trip to a sovereign nation that had just struck huge oil reserves. "C" always knew how to live. Long before Prince was out of his diapers, an air of raunchy mysticism ruled in the Big Man's world. I'd wander in from my dressing room, which contained several fine couches and some athletic lockers, and wonder what I was doing wrong! Somewhere along the way all of this was christened the Temple of Soul; and "C" presided smilingly over its secrets, and its pleasures. Being allowed admittance to the Temple's wonders was a lovely thing.

As a young child my son Sam became enchanted with the Big Man... no surprise. To a child Clarence was a towering fairy tale figure, out of some very exotic storybook. He was a dreadlocked giant, with great hands and a deep mellifluous voice sugared with kindness and regard. And... to Sammy, who was just a little white boy, he was deeply and mysteriously black. In Sammy's eyes, "C" must have appeared as all of the African continent, shot through with American cool, rolled into one welcoming and loving figure. So... Sammy decided to pass on my work shirts and became fascinated by Clarence's suits and his royal robes. He declined a seat in dad's van and opted for "C's" stretch limousine, sitting by his side on the slow cruise to the show. He decided dinner in front of the hometown locker just wouldn't do, and he'd saunter up the hall and disappear into the Temple of Soul.

Of course, also enchanted was Sam's dad, from the first time I saw my pal striding out of the shadows of a half empty bar in Asbury Park, a path opening up before him; here comes my brother, here comes my sax man, my inspiration, my partner, my lifelong friend. Standing next to Clarence was like standing next to the baddest ass on the planet. You were proud, you were strong, you were excited and laughing with what might happen, with what together, you might be able to do. You felt like no matter what the day or the night brought, nothing was going to touch you. Clarence could be fragile but he also emanated power and safety, and in some funny way we became each other's protectors; I think perhaps I protected "C" from a world where it still wasn't so easy to be big and black. Racism was ever present and over the years together, we saw it. Clarence's celebrity and size did not make him immune. I think perhaps "C" protected me from a world where it wasn't always so easy to be an insecure, weird and skinny white boy either. But, standing together we were badass, on any given night, on our turf, some of the baddest asses on the planet. We were united, we were strong, we were righteous, we were unmovable, we were funny, we were corny as hell and as serious as death itself. And we were coming to your town to shake you and to wake you up. Together, we told an older, richer story about the possibilities of friendship that transcended those I'd written in my songs and in my music. Clarence carried it in his heart. It was a story where the Scooter and the Big Man not only busted the city in half, but we kicked ass and remade the city, shaping it into the kind of place where our friendship would not be such an anomaly. And that... that's what I'm gonna miss. The chance to renew that vow and double down on that story on a nightly basis, because that is something, that is the thing that we did together... the two of us. Clarence was big, and he made me feel, and think, and love, and dream big. How big was the Big Man? Too fucking big to die. And that's just the facts. You can put it on his grave stone, you can tattoo it over your heart. Accept it... it's the New World.

Clarence doesn't leave the E Street Band when he dies. He leaves when we die.

So, I'll miss my friend, his sax, the force of nature his sound was, his glory, his foolishness, his accomplishments, his face, his hands, his humor, his skin, his noise, his confusion, his power, his peace. But his love and his story, the story that he gave me, that he whispered in my ear, that he allowed me to tell... and that he gave to you... is gonna carry on. I'm no mystic, but the undertow, the mystery and power of Clarence and my friendship leads me to believe we must have stood together in other, older times, along other rivers, in other cities, in other fields, doing our modest version of god's work... work that's still unfinished. So I won't say goodbye to my brother, I'll simply say, see you in the next life, further on up the road, where we will once again pick up that work, and get it done.

Big Man, thank you for your kindness, your strength, your dedication, your work, your story. Thanks for the miracle... and for letting a little white boy slip through the side door of the Temple of Soul.

SO LADIES AND GENTLEMAN... ALWAYS LAST, BUT NEVER LEAST. LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE MASTER OF DISASTER, the BIG KAHUNA, the MAN WITH A PHD IN SAXUAL HEALING, the DUKE OF PADUCAH, the KING OF THE WORLD, LOOK OUT OBAMA! THE NEXT BLACK PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES EVEN THOUGH HE'S DEAD... YOU WISH YOU COULD BE LIKE HIM BUT YOU CAN'T! LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE BIGGEST MAN YOU'VE EVER SEEN!... GIVE ME A C-L-A-R-E-N-C-E. WHAT'S THAT SPELL? CLARENCE! WHAT'S THAT SPELL? CLARENCE! WHAT'S THAT SPELL? CLARENCE! ... amen.

I'm gonna leave you today with a quote from the Big Man himself, which he shared on the plane ride home from Buffalo, the last show of the last tour. As we celebrated in the front cabin congratulating one another and telling tales of the many epic shows, rocking nights and good times we'd shared, "C" sat quietly, taking it all in, then he raised his glass, smiled and said to all gathered, "This could be the start of something big."

Love you, "C".

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Post by maryanimal » Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:59 pm

((((((VCG))))))

I'm so sorry for losing your beloved Milly. Losing a pet is a hard thing but she was lucky to have you as a mom! My sincerest condolences.
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Post by Foxfur » Thu Jun 30, 2011 1:40 am

The first part of Bruce's eulogy really rubbed me the wrong way.

Reminded me of my father's funeral. A preacher, from some backwater part of the family in Arkansas that nobody quite knows, was directing some hateful shit towards our (me & my twin brother) younger brothers. He told em not to turn to drugs or alochol to to 'escape their pain' because God hates sin and can 'revoke' Dad's ticket to heaven!!??!
Then,,, He pulls an alter call, right there in front of Dad's fucking casket! "Come give your heart to Jesus!"
Funny, last i knew, this was a funeral not a church service. Dad was not religious. He was a righteous man none the less.
I couldn't believe I didn't tackle the bastard. When we got back in the limo I said "Did anybody el.." and everyone erupted with WTF Was That, etc. First time I ever thought about beating a preacher. That was an awful situation that was forced on us.
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Post by TomServo » Fri Jul 08, 2011 7:06 pm

Betty Ford died today. You probably won't hear about it on the news, until they've beaten the Casey Anthony story into the ground.
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Post by jella » Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:40 am

Mom would have been 66 today.

Fuck Cancer ! And hug your mom !
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Post by ygmir » Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:44 am

((((((((((Jella))))))))))))) pass it on...........
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Post by AntiM » Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:00 am

jella wrote:Mom would have been 66 today.

Fuck Cancer ! And hug your mom !
Fuck indeed. The 7th would have been my oldest brother Wayne's 66th birthday.

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Post by Bluemandrew » Thu Jul 14, 2011 6:24 pm

My grandmother just died. Fuck. She had what was diagnosed (and subsequently blown off by her and others) as a broken chest bone, turns out she had lymphoma in her colon also. It would have been fairly cureable when they caught it, except the reason they caught it was her kidneys shut down from it pressing on them. Without her kidneys working they started her on chemo, did a couple of surgical procedures, and she died. Not much else to say except it's really shitty. My mom (who makes the lasagnas we eat on saturday pre-event for our early entry crew @Barbie Death Camp) is down in Florida with her siblings right now, and she's a wreck...,

RIP Grandma O'Neil.

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Post by ygmir » Thu Jul 14, 2011 6:29 pm

dang BMD........so sorry to hear that.
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Re: Rest In Peace

Post by Sham » Thu Jul 14, 2011 7:32 pm

BMD, I'm sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts are with you buddy.

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Re: Rest In Peace

Post by unjonharley » Thu Jul 14, 2011 8:04 pm

Shambala wrote:BMD, I'm sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts are with you buddy.
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