One Hundred Twenty-Four.
Friday, 2010.06.04, 10:28 AM CST.
Coleman, Corey Haim, and my dad's girlfriend.
Mood: Nostalgic again. Current scent: The sweat in
off, allow me to apologize for how long this site has gone without an
update. A while back I had some major issues with my laptop (it's
still out of commission), and it took me a while to get stuff installed
onto my wife's laptop.
the meantime, I wrote a couple of Journal Entries - #122 and #123 -
and posted them on my fairly new DJ
Badger Facebook page. If you're a Facebook addict, er, user...
then I highly recommend adding that page. I'll be announcing a
few things there before I announce them here (and vice versa).
those two other new entries have now been added here on the site and
have been going okay with my life on an overall basis. It's so
hard to believe that we're already into June of 2010, though.
I don't remember what day in May 1990 I graduated, but now that it's
June, there's no escaping this fact: I have been out of high school
for over 20 years. That's insane. My God, where
does the time go?
looks like 2010 might be shaping up to be another year like last year.
The celebrities of my generation are dying off. I'll get to a
couple of those in just a little bit.
LADY NAMED SHIRLEY.
the people that most of you will "know" by name, I want to
talk about a lady named Shirley. Shirley went to high school with
my dad - way, way back in the 1940s.
a little while after my mom (who, coincidentally, was also named Shirley)
died in 2007, my
dad started dating Shirley. That's right - he started dating the
woman that he'd known since way back then. I didn't really mind;
it wasn't like I was going to be able to bring my mom back to life,
and I didn't like the thought of my dad being lonely for the rest of
it turned out, Shirley was really a nice person - extremely nice.
I don't think there was a point at which we saw each other that she
didn't compliment me about something - my shirt, my tie, my manners,
something. She really seemed sweet, and she did everything
she could to make sure that Dad was okay.
time went on, as it does... and, unfortunately, Shirley's time came
to an abrupt end. Last week, she experienced a sudden and unexpected
heart issue, and was rushed to the hospital by paramedics. She
passed away this week.
dad has been doing all he can to keep his spirits up without her.
It's going to be difficult, since they were together for over two years.
I'm going to miss Shirley as a person, of course, but I'll also miss
the added security of having someone who was "around" him
so much more often than I could be in case something went wrong.
in peace, Shirley.
the first big, impactful "surprise" among celebrity deaths
this year - at least for me - was the passing of Corey Haim. I
know he died quite a while ago, but I've been wanting to mention it
for a while.
know I'm running pretty late with this one... and I'm going to admit
to an extreme level of ignorance in this case. I'd never
watched "The Two Coreys" on A+E. I didn't know how messed-up
Corey Haim was. I had thought that Corey Feldman had
been the really screwed-up member of the pair, and that Corey Haim had
lived a pretty clean life after his stardom.
I was so wrong.
sure that some people will most closely associate Corey Haim and Corey
Feldman with films like License To Drive and Dream a Little
Dream. However, my favourite of their films was a goofy little
horror-comedy flick called The Lost Boys. At the time
of its release (1987), I thought it was pretty badass. I still
love the film.
their careers eventually tanking and their lives going haywire, the
Coreys were iconic, and its tough to believe Corey Haim's no longer
around. That's crazy. Hopefully he's at peace.
was seven years old when "Diff'rent Strokes" went on the air.
I can very clearly remember watching it with my parents (specifically,
my mom) back then, along with the "Diff'rent Strokes" spin-off
"The Facts of Life" (which debuted when I was eight).
It was around the time of my life that I was first getting into collecting
and performing magic tricks - a fascination of mine long before I got
into DJing or even into video games.
then, I liked to play outside a lot, and after I got home from school,
I would often spend the better part of my evening running around the
backyard swinging on my swing set and playing with my dog, Spike.
at the time, I also developed an odd neurosis. I had an extreme
fear that the world was ending soon. I didn't know how, exactly,
but I would often look around the world from the confines of my backyard,
and for some reason, I was afraid the end of it all was near.
I would get especially worried if the sky was dark and all the vegetation
appeared to turn especially "green." That mental issue
continued for a few years, if I recall correctly. (I still feel
vaguely uncomfortable when storms come by and "everything goes
looked forward every week to "Diff'rent Strokes" and "The
Facts of Life." I would come in from playing outside and
relax in the den, laughing and laughing at the antics of Arnold, Willis
course, after "Diff'rent Strokes," the lives of the three
young stars went awry. Todd "Willis" Bridges had some
issues with drugs and crime, as did Dana "Kimberly" Plato
- who eventually died of an overdose (ruled a suicide) in 1999.
"Arnold" Coleman had some issues as well - not as severe as
the other two, but his career certainly went downhill after "Diff'rent
Strokes." He had severe financial issues, largely due to
his parents misappropriating the money in his trust fund, and he had
some run-ins with the law, such as when he punched a lady who insulted
him while he was working as a security guard.
still did what he could to stay in the entertainment business, and apparently
kept a good sense of humour about himself. In 2003, he was even
featured in Running with Scissors' Postal 2 (one of my favourite
first-person shooters) in an interactive, self-deprecating cameo.
week, after falling and suffering a head injury at his home, Coleman
died of a brain hemorrhage at the age of 42. Like many, I'll always
remember him as little Arnold Jackson, who Mr. Drummond rescued from
a life of poverty.
Hopefully, he will find peace as well.
I've said before, when it comes to celebrities, I don't mourn them as
individuals (especially since I never met them) as much as I mourn the
loss of pieces of my past. Their work (i.e., Haim's movies and
Coleman's television work) will remain, of course, but it's just very
saddening when entertainers I enjoyed so much as a child pass on.
I'll be posting some better news soon. Stay tuned.