Going gently into that dark night?

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Re: Going gently into that dark night?

Postby FrankChurch » Sat Oct 09, 2010 12:09 pm

Harlan is not dying, thank the everloving blue angel. The mists of saturn plum the good feelings in my belly.

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Re: Going gently into that dark night?

Postby NeonMosfet » Mon Oct 11, 2010 10:12 am

I didn't think he was, but he does complain that he get too fat.
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Re: Going gently into that dark night?

Postby Duane » Fri Oct 15, 2010 8:50 pm

One of the reasons why I haven't been around much lately is that I've been feeling MY OWN mortality. Mid forties, excellent health, great friends, but so much left undone. You might call me a classic late bloomer.

So I've stopped procrastinating. I've set very specific, and very challenging, goals for myself. I enter and run in every 10k I can (I used to run a lot in college), because there will come a time when I won't be able to, and I don't want to look back on a litany of races I COULD HAVE run. Hopefully I can run a sub 40 by then (and if that 70 year old who ran that race in Santa Monica with me can do that, and if a thirty-something woman PUSHING A STROLLER WITH A FRAKKING **BABY** IN IT can beat me by three whole frakking seconds, then I guess I have SOME time, and A HELL OF A LOT OF WORK to do!). 51:11's my best time.

I'm stretching myself out in some very uncomfortable ways, because I don't want to approach the end wondering if I've been playing it too safe.

In other words, I'm just like everyone else. Not sure how many actually take themselves in hand the way I have lately, but I want to be in that number!

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Re: Going gently into that dark night?

Postby Duane » Fri Oct 15, 2010 8:52 pm

Frank, swallow your fear (or pride) and meet the man, already.

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Re: Going gently into that dark night?

Postby NeonMosfet » Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:55 am

I almost did, once.
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Re: Going gently into that dark night?

Postby Moderator » Wed Oct 20, 2010 10:38 am

Frank. Tell you what.

You get yourself on a plane to Los Angeles. I will personally pick you up and escort you up the hill to meet Harlan and Susan. I'm sure he would go for it.

How much better an offer are you ever going to get?

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Re: Going gently into that dark night?

Postby Lori Koonce » Wed Oct 20, 2010 11:10 am

Frank

I'd be selling body parts if that offer was made to me. What do you have to loose. Either Harlan is everything you think he is, which would be no surprise, or he's nothing like what you think. In which case you actually learn something about the man.

Steve

Can I take Frank's place if he chickens out?

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Re: Going gently into that dark night?

Postby Duane » Wed Oct 20, 2010 2:58 pm

Frank, take Steve up on his offer, and I'll treat BOTH of you to lunch at Pink's. No joke.

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Re: Going gently into that dark night?

Postby NeonMosfet » Wed Oct 20, 2010 5:10 pm

Barber wrote:Frank. Tell you what.

You get yourself on a plane to Los Angeles. I will personally pick you up and escort you up the hill to meet Harlan and Susan. I'm sure he would go for it.

How much better an offer are you ever going to get?

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Re: Going gently into that dark night?

Postby NeonMosfet » Wed Oct 20, 2010 5:17 pm

As soon as I feel better and look better, a friend and me are going to film a video of Hitler Painted Roses. I'm going to try to do it in German for effect.
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Re: Going gently into that dark night?

Postby markabaddon » Thu Oct 21, 2010 1:07 pm

Barber,

That offer good for me also? (not that I can take advantage of it right now, but with a little luck, maybe next year....)

Not sure why so many people are scared to meet Harlan. If anything, especially if you can get him in a small group of friends where he does not feel the overwhelming need to perform, he is even nicer and funnier than you would believe possible

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Re: Going gently into that dark night?

Postby Lori Koonce » Thu Oct 21, 2010 2:40 pm

Mark

I'm not afraid of Harlan at all. What I'm afraid of is fucking up my one and only chance to make a good first impression by becoming all fanish and STUPID. The fanish part I can't help, I'm a fan after all, it's the stupid part I don't want.

But, if I acutally had Steve, a person I acutally know, with me; maybe that would be a help?!?!?

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Re: Going gently into that dark night?

Postby Moderator » Fri Oct 22, 2010 9:57 am

We can certainly try to work something out, guys. I made the offer to Frank because he has been unable to make any of the other gatherings, and being present at the meeting of Ellison and Church would make my day, possibly my week.

But let me speak with Harlan about putting together a group "event" here in LA early next year -- and we'll work out arrangements afterward.

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Re: Going gently into that dark night?

Postby Lori Koonce » Fri Oct 22, 2010 11:21 am

Barber

On behalf of all us Ellison starved people out here on the interwebz, THANK you!

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Re: Going gently into that dark night?

Postby markabaddon » Fri Oct 22, 2010 12:39 pm

Barber,

Deal, and nothing more about it need be said, as I realize the odds on it happening are remote

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