Archive for Obituaries

He will be missed…

Posted in Current events with tags , , , , , , , on November 5, 2011 by Mj Rains

I often on a Sunday night would try to catch at least the last ten minutes or so of 60 Minutes, just hear the cantankerous voice and gruff opinions of the indomitable Andy Rooney, a guy who’s inspired and made me think my entire life.  He was a household name and at the ripe age of 92 he passed away due to complications from surgery. He retired from CBS in late September of this year.  Shit! The world feels like a different place knowing this old dude is gone.  Here’s a link to the Times Global article and full story.

And now a few great quotes in honor of this cool journalist:

“If dogs could talk, it would take a lot of fun out of owning one.”

“Anyone who watches golf on television would enjoy watching the grass grow on the greens.”

“Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don’t need to be done.”

“Happiness depends more on how life strikes you than on what happens.”

“I didn’t get old on purpose, it just happened. If you’re lucky, it could happen to you.”

“If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it.”

I smiled as I typed out all these quotes…and no one else was in the room…thanks Andy! 🙂


Home and Dry

Posted in Current events, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 5, 2011 by Mj Rains

Mr. C and were running errands yesterday and I heard one of my favorite songs, Home and Dry by Gerry Rafferty.  It seems this song, from my school days, from an album my friend and I played over and over again, was on the local classic rock station’s cycle of song play for the past month or so because I’ve heard this song at least twice a week for a few weeks now.  I never get tired of it.

So hearing it yesterday set yet another warm spell in my heart, singing along, picturing the clouds, and a pure ride back to a loved one.  There’s  a great story in that song, from this great song-writer.

I wondered what had happened to him occasionally. Then yesterday on World News I am told that Gerry Rafferty died at age 63 in Dorset, England.  His obit says he had complications with his liver and kidneys.  I was saddened tremendously, especially after hearing the song that very day….and singing it out so brilliantly.

That Baker’s Street album, and such songs as Right Down the Line along with Home and Dry will live on despite this loss of talent.  The loss of Gerry will hang with me for some time, especially if I keep hearing this song.

This silver bird takes me ‘cross the sky.
Just one more hour and I’ll be home and dry.
‘Cross the ocean
Way above the clouds
I come stealin’.

I gotta see you
I gotta be with you
We’ll make it better now
In every way.

It’s gotta be you
It’s gotta be you…
Yes, from now on I’ll tell you everyday….

Ooh, yes home and dry

Hope you are home and dry now Gerry.
Peace to you….wherever you are….

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