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Old 05-29-2010, 06:08 PM   #1
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One of the (sadly) reoccurring topics on the forum is a thread about the death of a celebrity or other well-known/notorious person. Unfortunately these things some times happen in rapid succession and some folks miss out on the post - like this.

Would a sticky "Obituary" thread be appropriate in the "Other topics" forum? That way all these notable passings could be consolidated - and as an added benefit, I could check it out every morning to be sure my name isn't listed.
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Old 05-29-2010, 06:14 PM   #2
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If I was a Young Dreamer, thinking about joining or de-lurking, and I saw a thread like that, I'd think this message board was just a bunch of old geezers sitting around waiting to die (so I'd leave).

But then I'm NOT a Young Dreamer. Maybe someone who is can comment one way or another.
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Would a sticky "Obituary" thread be appropriate in the "Other topics" forum? That way all these notable passings could be consolidated - and as an added benefit, I could check it out every morning to be sure my name isn't listed.
Sure-- that's a much better idea than what I thought the thread title was going to propose...
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Old 05-29-2010, 06:17 PM   #4
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If I was a Young Dreamer, thinking about joining or de-lurking, and I saw a thread like that, I'd think this message board was just a bunch of old geezers sitting around waiting to die (so I'd leave).
Would it seem less geezerly if we called it "Notices of the Demise of Well-Known Persons" ?
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Dunno, kinda prefer it random myself. But if you do create a sticky, here's a theme song for it.

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Would it seem less geezerly if we called it "Notices of the Demise of Well-Known Persons" ?
or...."Remember....You Can't Take It With You"
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Honestly - when I saw the thread title, I thought it was going to be about "writing your own obituary," where you imagine what you would like to be written about you after you die. It's a way of sketching out a vision for one's own life.

From that perspective, it's a highly appropriate topic for Young Dreamers, since they have so much time to look forward to. I imagine their "obituaries" would have "Retirement" as early as possible, and plenty of "Good Stuff" after that. I would love to read people's "hoped-for" obituaries.

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Not without a catchy title.

"It's Friday Fatalities!"?
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Maybe we should use this old Hoagy Carmichael song as the thread title:

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How about an RIP for famous people and ERIP for folks here?
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How about some euphemism from astronomy for what happens when a star dies.

Or "Riding off into the Sunset."
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Final call? Or maybe Next!
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How about an RIP for famous people and ERIP for folks here?
CARIP for our companion animals who pass?
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How about writing your own epitaph? Here are some famous examples to get us started

"Cast a cold eye
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Horseman, pass by!" -- William Butler Yeats

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To me, this is so beautiful.


"Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;

For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar."

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That's gonna require a big headstone...
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That's gonna require a big headstone...
Yeah well.... I knew I couldn't fool you. Alfred, Lord Tennyson took the easy way out and included it in all of his collections of poems, instead. But if I had been him, I'd have obtained a huge monument and put that on it.

It would fit on a New Orleans tomb/monument like one of these....
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I could check it out every morning to be sure my name isn't listed.
From where?
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