Saturday, April 23, 2005

How cool is that?

Waking up from my annual Earth Day doldrums like Ray Milland at the end of The Lost Weekend, I realized it was time to focus on good news for a change. (That's lower-case "good news"--crack open a Bible if you want the Good News, but don't listen to those radio folk who tell you it's just for people like them. Because they are so missing the point.)

No clairvoyance needed to predict that the next several days will bring us a volatile stock market, spiking oil prices, and a self-combusting U.S. Senate. So let me just say "Bleah!" in advance and get it over with.

There. How much of my bitching can y'all really take, anyway? There's plenty of that to go around in the blogosphere as it is, and my neck muscles, now in a persistent state of cramp, have ordered me to take a break from the negativity or they will wrap themselves around my windpipe and start squeezing. They'll do it, too. Nasty little buggers.

So I'm declaring it "'How Cool is That?' Week" here at Seething in the Wilderness. Stick around if you'd like to smile or laugh or just go "Whoa."

How Cool is That Item #1

Hunter S. Thompson's remains will be shot from a cannon mounted inside a 53-foot-high sculpture of his "gonzo fist" emblem. The launch will be part of a big party taking place this August at his home near Aspen, Colorado.

I, for one, can't wait to see the video.

As you probably remember, Thompson died of a self-inflicted shotgun wound on February 20. About a week later, his wife Anita told the Rocky Mountain News, "This is a triumph of his, not a desperate, tragic failure. He lived a beautiful life, and he lived it on his own terms, all the way from the very beginning to the very end."

I think for most people suicide is a terrible act, an indication of despair. Hunter S. Thompson was a lot of things, but "most people" wasn't one of them.


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