I was introduced to George Carlin by his appearances on the Flip Wilson show. Although the humor was toned down for the airwaves, it was still funny. (“Scientists today discovered a new number — freen! It lies between six and seven.”) I saw him change his act over the years, moving into a rant-style humor with beaucoup d’analogies, à Dennis Miller (or vice versa). In his monologues, though, Carlin spoke the truth, pointing out many inequalities and outright governmental and media lies. I’m going to miss you, George. I should keep an eye on the XM 150 schedule, as I’m sure they’ll be running an all-day retrospective this week.
I turned 46 last week. (Yes, I’m the oldest or second-oldest on your friends’ list.) For some reason, this year my birthday has brought with it a slight bit of sadness or depression. I’m not sure why. I’m thinking it’s the “6”, implying a downhill slide towards 50. I also realized that my uncle will turn 70 next year, which of course makes total sense as my mom (and my dad) turn 72 this year. I look at my brother-in-law and his wife, both of whom turn 50 in the next 12 months. Their daughters, 20 and 18. The eldest was a little baby at our wedding. We’ve got the pics. We also have the pics of her first birthday party, where the cake ended up everywhere on her face except in her mouth. And then we saw her and her boyfriend (she thinks she will be a fiancée soon) walking back from Cucina Alessá on Sunday morning, where they had gone for breakfast. She’s about ready to go out on her own and start a new phase of her life. And I feel happy, yet also a bit old.
(If you’re in the area, you have to go to Cucina Alessá. The food is fantastic, and the weekend breakfasts are to die for, literally. The French toast is the best I’ve ever had. Seriously. We ate there twice, for breakfast Saturday and a late dinner on Sunday.)
I sometimes feel sad that I will not see what the future holds in store 50 or 100 years from now. Will we be traveling through space, as envisioned when I was a child, when my parents were in high school? Or, more likely, will we be stuck on a planet where resources have dwindled? Hell, will there be a United States of America in 100 years?
There are drawbacks to immortality, though. Those kids keep running across my lawn.