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"Don't cross the streams.... It would be bad.... - Blather. Rants. Repeat.
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"Don't cross the streams.... It would be bad....

Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously, and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light."

This post certainly wasn't in my plans a day ago. It was to be the success! report from Eleanor's first surgery, which, by the way, was a success!  We got up on time, out in plenty, dealt with the sudden recurrence of Teh Snow, and before I knew it, it was time to pull round to the exit door and pick up the missus to recuperate at home.

All great- and she's loving it already.  But then came the news that one of the most brilliant minds of our early adulthoods, who contributed to everything from Animal House to The Ice Harvest and dozens of things in between, had passed away today at the too-young age of 69.

(Hearing misteek of the afternoon: I mentioned to Eleanor that I'd met her eye surgeon while waiting for her to come in from recovery, and that "Dr. Niles seemed awfully young for doing this for 30 years." She didn't hear the "Niles" part and thought I was talking about Harold Ramis. Also, the 30-year estimate was from one of his nurses, and it's probably an exaggeration- another said it's more like 20.)

Ramis goes back to both the improv and televised legacy of SCTV, and was also part of the National Lampoon tree which includes many too-early-gone alumni from both in front of the camera (Belushi and Radner) and behind it (John Hughes and Doug Kenney).  But perhaps his crowning achievement was Ghostbusters, which he co-wrote and in which he had a major onscreen role.  We're going to watch it tonight as our homage to a life well-lived, well-filmed, well-written and well-acted.

Sadly, tonight, there is no Ramis. Only Zuul.

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