My simple little tribute to one of the comic legends, George Carlin. There were times on Friday and Saturday nights in the 80's when I would stay up late after my parents had went to bed, turn the TV on, and in between the videos on MTV (not to mention TBS's "Night Tracks") and the R-rated comedies on the premium channels, on occasion there would be a George Carlin standup performance on HBO. George was always a no-BS type of guy, honest to a fault... and he will be dearly missed.
TRANSCRIPTION COURTESY OF JOSEPH HOUK - [In memory of George Carlin, 1937-2008; CW's listening to a classic bit by George] "No one wants to get old. No one wants to die, but we do! So we bullshit ourselves. I started bullshitting myself when I got to my forties. As soon as I got into my forties I'd look in the mirror and I'd say, 'Well... I guess I'm getting... older.' 'Older' sounds a little better than 'old', doesn't it? Sounds like it might even last a little longer. Bullshit! I'm getting old, and it's okay, 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 outcome'. And if it's a result of malpractice, they'll say it was a 'therapeutic misadventure'." (Message from Thomas) Rest in peace, George. And thank you for all those HBO specials that kept me entertained, not to mention enlightened, during my teenage years.