Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Goodbye to the Hippie-Dippy Weatherman

George Carlin died this week. I think it would be nice to die knowing that you made a lot of people laugh in your lifetime. That's a good thing. Here are some Carlinisms to honor him:
On stuff: "That's all your house is, it's a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get more stuff. Now sometimes - sometimes you gotta move. You gotta get a bigger house. Why? Too much stuff. You gotta move all your stuff and maybe put some of your stuff in storage. Imagine that there's a whole industry based on keeping an eye on your stuff."

"How is it possible to have a civil war?"

"Why is a person who plays the piano called a pianist but a person who drives a race car is not called a racist?"

"Why do they lock gas station bathrooms? Are they afraid someone will clean them?"

"'Older' sounds a little better than 'old' doesn't it? Sounds like it even might last a little longer... I'm getting old. And it's OK because thanks to our fear of death in this country I won't have to die. I'll 'pass away' or I'll 'expire' like a magazine subscription. If it happens in the hospital they'll call it a 'terminal episode'. The insurance company will refer to it as 'negative patient care out-come'. And if it's a result of malpractice, they'll say it was a 'therapeutic misadventure.'"

And from the Hippie-Dippy Weatherman -" tonight's forecast - dark."
And of course, his famous routine - The Seven Words You Can't Say on TV - but, well, ...I don't know any of those. :)


Kelly Jene said...

(blush) I will admit to watching/listening to the 7 words routine last night. It is still hilarious after all these years. I'll have to listen to the hippy dippy weatherman. I forgot about that one.

A good farewell for him. Thanks!

CJM-R said...

I forgot about the hippy dippy weather man, too! Thanks for the reminder.

I was sad to hear the news about George this week.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

He was always so funny.

Anonymous said...

R.I.P. George.

"How come when it's us it's an abortion and when it's a chicken it's an omelet?"


OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Oh Yes! These are all GREAT!
He was a Comic Genius, for sure! The last of the Great Great Wordsmiths, too!
Truly, He is almost the only comic who could make me laugh put loud!
Wonderful Tribute, my dear.

Jay said...

"Why do they lock gas station bathrooms? Are they afraid someone will clean them?"

Oh, gosh, I LOVE this one! It's just sooo true! And the one about moving house because you have too much stuff. LOL! I didn't know George Carlin, but it sounds as if I'd have liked him a lot.