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ELVIS HAS LEFT THE BUILDING, ALREADY!

18 August 2002

Not everyone has continued to carry a torch for Elvis lo these many years since his death/disappearance.

Got this this from my friend Diane morning:

Jesus, oh Jesus, have we had ENOUGH of Elvis this week? Every morning I tune into the Morning channels from CBS and NBC and they were both all about Elvis. The next morning, because I was sick of it, I clicked over to CNN and THEY were all about Elvis. Today I found the same thing and clicked to MSNBC and found THEY were doing Elvis. Do we have no news? Is there that much interest in Elvis? Who the Hell cares anymore? Put all this on the E! channel for those who are interested.

Lord, this seems to be the only entertainer whose DEATH we celebrate. I haven't seen THIS much media coverage of Kennedy's death.

Hey! I was a big fan of his music and was a "very young" devotee in the days that were his great recording days, and I am 60 YEARS OLD. For Krissake let's let the man die. Elvis was famous for less time than he has been dead, now. He was a big, fat, egotistical, womanizing drug addict when he died and let that be the end of it. Most of us grew up and got over it. What is the media thinking? Are we going to go through this at the 25th year of Lennon's murder? Or, the 25th Anniversary of Sinatra's death? Please... spare us this WASTE of news media......

A good friend of mine--my age--is still a huge Elvis fan. Such a big Elvis fan that I still buy her Elvis memorabilia for gift-giving occasions. There is a lot of Elvis kitsch in her otherwise tastefully decorated home. She's raising her granddaughter, and is teaching the little girl to appreciate Elvis (though I suspect the youngster is more into Brittney Spears--she's that age).

I'm afraid the whole Elvis thing passed me by--as did much of the music of my generation. I remember the year that Elvis hit the big time. I specifically remember spending the summer with my cousin, going to the home of a friend of hers and watching the two girls squealing over Elvis on TV. I was more interested in the horse next door.

I don't know why I never got into Elvis. Was it that the whole birth of rock and roll was so poo-poo'd by my jazz-loving father that I didn't allow myself to actually enjoy any of the music?

While others were wetting themselves over Elvis, I was playing Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, and other crooners.

Maybe it was because it was at this time that I became a Judy queen.

I suppose it's somewhat silly of me to scoff at the Elvis celebrations when I just spent the weekend wandering around, wide-eyed, through the displays of posters of Judy Garland at the Judy exhibit at the Hollywood museum.

The media is largely absent from that display, but it is all the focus, at least in West Hollywood. Banners are hanging everywhere, from every lightpost.

Judy was my Elvis. And every June 10 I think about how old she would be now if she were celebrating another birthday. Every June 22 I think about how I'm now older than she was when she died.

So maybe I do understand the hoopla surrounding the anniversary of Elvis's death. It's just that it's just another one of those cultural things that I can't relate to. Like the Beatles. Like the history of rock and roll.

I really should have been born in the 1930s. Musically speaking, I seem to relate to that era a lot more closely.


In other news....I rode my bike to the office today, and rode over the horrible overpass, not only going there, but coming back as well.  Haggie wrote an entry the other day about riding over hills and how she was starting to enjoy it.  I can't say as how I could actually say I enjoyed it, but I will admit to a tremendous sense of exhilaration when I reached the top and flew down the other side--and a wonderful feeling of self-confidence.  At least it was good enough to get me to turn around and do the hill again from the other side, coming home, rather than taking the easier tunnel route.


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I've always liked challenges. I like to prove I'm better than I was yesterday.

-- Elvis Presley

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Yesterday
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My Life as a Geek
Things like this fiasco with the CD make me feel stupid and intimidate me. I’ll eventually figure out what I did wrong and I will eventually come out with a workable CD and I will have learned something in the process. But now I’ve been sufficiently frustrated that I know it will be a few days before I try again.


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