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PeaceNikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:25 AM
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Movin' on up (or RIP Paul Benedict)
http://cajunboy.tumblr.com/post/63175779/movin-on-up

It all gets back to childhood, doesnt it?

No matter where we are, no matter what we do, no matter what we become, whether were kings or queens or janitors or jerks, it all, one way or another, gets back to childhood. Its the common thread. We cant escape it, nor, frankly, should we try. Its who we are.

Like when one day youre walking down the street doing your thing that you always do, youre on your way to work, youre dropping off clothes at the cleaners, youre buying a cheap frame in which to place a photograph of your genitals that you plan on secretly placing amongst your best friends collection of family photos the next time youre over at their place, whatever, youre living, youre simply just living, and youve got your iPod on or youre listening to the radio, whatever, and a song comes on that you remember that your mom used to love when you were a kid, she used to sing it at the top of her lungs whenever it came on when she was driving you to your grandmas house, and all of a sudden, for a brief moment in time, no more than a few seconds, youre transported to another place and time, youre a kid again, buckled into the child safety seat on the rear passenger side of your Moms old Toyota Corolla, and part of you is so damn happy to be back there again if only for a few seconds within your mind, while another part of you is so fucking sad because when you really stop and think back on it, life will never be better than it was back then, life will never be as innocent, as unencumbered, as free of emotional baggage and responsibility, fucking responsibility, as it was back then.

Never.

So when I came home tonight at 4am and discovered that an obscure British character actor who rarely, if ever, crosses my mind, but who once played a supporting role on a cheesy American sitcom that I used to watch with my family as a kid had died, I felt compelled to search for old clips of the show on YouTube and VOILA!, there I was again in the living room of the little wood frame house I grew up in, me sprawled out on the sofa while my Mom and Dad sat in their matching recliners.

It all gets back to childhood.

All of this gets me to the larger point Im making rather poorly which is that art, even cheesy 70s/80s sitcom art like The Jeffersons, has a profound ability to touch the soul. Then again, my emotional sway could have more to do with the three Jack and Cokes Ive had since walking through the door than it does with the death of Mr. Bentley, but I doubt it. But I will concede that perhaps its a combination of both.

So yes, this gets me to an even larger point I was trying to make, the original purpose of this post in fact, which is that Paul Benedict, the actor who most famously portrayed Mr. Bentley on The Jeffersons, has died. May his soul find peace in the afterlife.



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terrya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 07:10 AM
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1. Awww, that's sad.
Paul Benedict was a fine comic actor. Besides being in "The Jeffersons", he had a nice television/film career. As you and I know, he was "Mr. Guffman" in "Waiting for Guffman", among other roles.

RIP, Mr. Benedict. :-(
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PeaceNikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:59 AM
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2. Kick for Mr. Bentley
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Rambis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:01 AM
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3. God rest him (nm)
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LouisianaLiberal Donating Member (848 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:54 AM
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4. "I am as God made me, sir."
NT
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Dr. Strange Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 12:46 PM
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7. Nice post, you twisted old fruit.
:thumbsup:
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Capn Sunshine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 12:42 PM
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5. Nice piece btw
very evocative essay. A+.
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PeaceNikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 12:43 PM
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6. FTR, I didn't write it. The blogger in the link did.
I adore his work and am a regular reader so I agree with you. :)
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