30:06:67 - It Was Fifty Years Ago Today

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Re: 30:06:67 - It Was Fifty Years Ago Today

Postby Jeemo » 30 Jun 2017, 22:52

Fantastic Ray. Brought back some memories of when my Dad died 41 years ago this July. One minute he's working in the car and the next he's had a heart attack and has died. You caught very well the unreal situation just after the death of your Dad, I remember a lot of similar stuff. Hope you're doing ok.
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Re: 30:06:67 - It Was Fifty Years Ago Today

Postby Quaco » 30 Jun 2017, 22:58

Wow. Not sure about the ending. It might be perfect, leaving you in sort of a frozen, casual state. Or you could go on from there and get more things out of it. It looked long and daunting at first (maybe just in comparison to what one is used to reading on BCB?), but soon I was reading along, and poof, it was over. Kind of like what I like to say about 'Sister Ray' and other drones: that at three minutes, it's boring; then at five minutes, it's interminable; and then it ends at seventeen minutes leaving me wanting more, as if it had only been three. The mind goes into a different state.

I have always liked your work, and this is certainly one of the best things I've read on here.
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Re: 30:06:67 - It Was Fifty Years Ago Today

Postby Harvey K-Tel » 30 Jun 2017, 23:25

That was a fascinating read, Ray, and is quite timely, too, as I'm currently on vacation at a place I visited with my family when I was 13, back in 1983 (Grand Manan island, in the Bay of Fundy on Canada's east coast). Whilst here, I've been reading my father's journal from the first half of '83 (from Jan 1 to the end of July) including his thoughts on this very same trip we're on now, which has brought many long-buried memories flooding back, even though I can barely remember this place in my mental geography. Reading his words, while driving or walking around this place is a bit haunting, especially when he talks about what my 13-year old self was doing.

Thanks for sharing.
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Re: 30:06:67 - It Was Fifty Years Ago Today

Postby Minnie the Minx » 30 Jun 2017, 23:44

Harvey K-Tel wrote:That was a fascinating read, Ray, and is quite timely, too, as I'm currently on vacation at a place I visited with my family when I was 13, back in 1983 (Grand Manan island, in the Bay of Fundy on Canada's east coast). Whilst here, I've been reading my father's journal from the first half of '83 (from Jan 1 to the end of July) including his thoughts on this very same trip we're on now, which has brought many long-buried memories flooding back, even though I can barely remember this place in my mental geography. Reading his words, while driving or walking around this place is a bit haunting, especially when he talks about what my 13-year old self was doing.

Thanks for sharing.


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Re: 30:06:67 - It Was Fifty Years Ago Today

Postby Quaco » 01 Jul 2017, 00:04

Harvey K-Tel wrote:Reading his words, while driving or walking around this place is a bit haunting, especially when he talks about what my 13-year old self was doing.

We can only imagine...
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Re: 30:06:67 - It Was Fifty Years Ago Today

Postby Hugh » 01 Jul 2017, 00:11

I have my own dead Dad story, though I doubt I could tell it as well as Ray has. I was 12, he was (barely) 57. I'm 54 now so maybe when, as Loudon Wainwright said, I'm older than my old man now, I might commemorate it.

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Re: 30:06:67 - It Was Fifty Years Ago Today

Postby Jeemo » 01 Jul 2017, 00:50

My Dad was 48 when he died. I was a bit apprehensive when I became 47 and glad to be 49. Although I knew it was daft to be feeling that at the time. Although I am nearly 8 year older than him now, I still feel as if I'm younger.
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Re: 30:06:67 - It Was Fifty Years Ago Today

Postby Harvey K-Tel » 01 Jul 2017, 01:05

Quaco wrote:
Harvey K-Tel wrote:Reading his words, while driving or walking around this place is a bit haunting, especially when he talks about what my 13-year old self was doing.

We can only imagine...


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I have had to read his words about "making love" to my mom. That was traumatic enough.
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Re: 30:06:67 - It Was Fifty Years Ago Today

Postby Quaco » 01 Jul 2017, 01:11

How was she?












































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Re: 30:06:67 - It Was Fifty Years Ago Today

Postby Harvey K-Tel » 01 Jul 2017, 02:47

She was a great mom.












































Joking! She was an awful mom!



















































Joking! She was, and still is a great lay.












































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Re: 30:06:67 - It Was Fifty Years Ago Today

Postby Jimbo » 01 Jul 2017, 03:03

Oh, yeah? That's nothing. One time I ….

No, that was a wonderful and harrowing narrative. Thank you Ray.

I certainly can't top your story and wouldn't want to, of course, but your story did a good job reminding me of my first year in college when I lost my virginity. I had thought that popping my cherry would be the ticket to better grades. Didn't help. Soon thereafter I was chucked out of school.

Her name was Lou and she was going out with (banging?) a classmate. They had broken up. Lou and I got drunk at a party and ended up in my bed. She was my first. It was quick. We were sleeping together and banging just about every night after that. At that time Lou introduced me to a British musician named Elton John.

I was from out of town and Lou was a townie and one time in the midst of our tryst she took me to meet her family. Turns out that Lou's dad was recovering from a brain operation and was seated in the kitchen. The man was very gaunt, wearing pajamas and he had a really deep dent in his skull from the surgery and could barely mumble hello. Lou's mother was kind and made us dinner and that was that.

Some weeks went by and I was failing my classes and began to think I wanted to improve my grades and so I told Lou I wanted to see less of her. Did she cry! It was heartbreaking but I was waveringly adamant and so we broke up.

A few weeks after that I had heard that her dad had died. I called Lou and she was calm and asked me to please come to the funeral. Cut to the chase of this scene, She was very sad and I consoled her by hugging her, then kissing her and then sleeping with her in her bedroom. (That was kind of kinky fun, to be honest.) But then, uh oh, she took our very enjoyable reunion more seriously than I and somehow we went back to our former pattern of she spending nights at my place.

Thinking back, I may have felt guilty enough to marry Lou - she was a fine girl - but thank god I was thrown out of school and had to return to my town some hundreds of miles away.
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Re: 30:06:67 - It Was Fifty Years Ago Today

Postby Harvey K-Tel » 01 Jul 2017, 03:18

God bless you, Jimbo.
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Re: 30:06:67 - It Was Fifty Years Ago Today

Postby Jimbo » 01 Jul 2017, 03:36

Harvey K-Tel wrote:God bless you, Jimbo.


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Re: 30:06:67 - It Was Fifty Years Ago Today

Postby Hugh » 01 Jul 2017, 09:20

Harvey K-Tel wrote:She was a great mom.












































Joking! She was an awful mom!



















































Joking! She was, and still is a great lay.












































Joking!






































I think


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Re: 30:06:67 - It Was Fifty Years Ago Today

Postby Hugh » 01 Jul 2017, 09:21

We all think so, anyway.

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Re: 30:06:67 - It Was Fifty Years Ago Today

Postby gash on ignore » 01 Jul 2017, 10:27

Jimbo wrote:Oh, yeah? That's nothing. One time I ….

No, that was a wonderful and harrowing narrative. Thank you Ray.

I certainly can't top your story and wouldn't want to, of course, but your story did a good job reminding me of my first year in college when I lost my virginity. Lou introduced me to a British musician named Elton John.


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Re: 30:06:67 - It Was Fifty Years Ago Today

Postby gash on ignore » 01 Jul 2017, 10:28

Sheesh, what is it with broads? Ya can't even bang 'em at their father's funeral without 'em getting all clingy.
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Re: 30:06:67 - It Was Fifty Years Ago Today

Postby Fonz » 01 Jul 2017, 11:17

Ray. Thanks for sharing.

I'm dreading those moments when my folks pass.

Best wishes. I hope the day goes/went well.
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Re: 30:06:67 - It Was Fifty Years Ago Today

Postby toomanyhatz » 01 Jul 2017, 20:46

Thanks, Ray. Don't know what to say about this other than, particularly with what's going on with my aging mother (and how I lost my dad not as suddenly but very unexpectedly almost 25 years ago) it's making me think of how life works - how quickly everything can change. That you're able to write so lucidly about it half a century later is just one of the many reasons I'm glad you're here.
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Re: 30:06:67 - It Was Fifty Years Ago Today

Postby Deebank » 02 Jul 2017, 11:44

People tell you that everything happens for a reason and they're wrong.

Things can and often do happen for no meaningful reason at all - it's just the interaction of our genes and environment with blind chance.

We, as a species, love to overlay everything with pattern and meaning where often there is none.

I don't have any major insights myself. I don't think anything can prepare you for shattering loss and 'abandonment' or do much to help in the wake of such things. Maybe that is the sole legitimate function of religion - but I still think it's an illusion.

I'm not sure what I'm rambling about really but that was a powerful narrative Ray - a truly brutal 'right of passage'.
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