For a few weeks
straight I was really burnt out; between work, trying to help people with
favors, family and life in general ... I was fried.
Friday, I came home drunk after another long week. I really don't drink much
... and I was with friends (so no booze jokes!)
My favorite fan art so far.
When I got home,
I did something that I have done once a month since my childhood.
I've watched it
a million times. Without a doubt, it's my all-time favorite movie. As always
... I laughed just as hard as I did the first time as a kid while reciting the
lines of the movie.
The love for
Ghostbusters, like most people my age (31) will agree, started with the
It didn’t matter
what other cartoon may have been on ... I'd always tune to the channel that was
I don't remember
exactly at what age, but my dad was the one to introduce me to the Ghostbusters
movie ... and it was love at first sight.
Granted ... I
laughed for different reasons then, than I do now (which means all the wrong
reasons.) For one, the "funny face" Dan Akroyd made when the ghost
took his pants off ... but it already made a mark on my impressionable mind.
The quotes ...
the comedy ... the action ... the New York City setting ... Mr. Stay Puft ... PROTON PACKS ... What's not to love?!?!
Without a doubt
... Ghostbusters has treated me extremely well over the years.
Then, the bad
news on Monday, February 24th.
Harold Ramis ... Egon ... the man who
helped create those fun loving memories of my childhood, which carried on into
my adulthood ... passed away.
First time I ever got sad watching this movie
about (and often quoted) Ghostbusters at work. Most know how much I love the
films. So when I walked back into the newsroom after getting lunch, my boss was
sad and a bit nervous to tell me what crossed the wires.
have some bad news for you…” she said with a grim look on her face, and an
anticipation of the sadness to come from my direction. "We got word that
Egon just died".
It took a solid
five seconds for it to register.
Then it hit me
like a ton of bricks.
I had a miniature
freak-out and didn't want to believe the news.
But there it
was, as clear as day on the wire sheet.
The Tribeca firehouse put out the old GB sign in memory of Ramis
writer and director Harold Ramis dies at 69."
Ramis has been
apart of some major comedy movies besides Ghostbusters. The man was a comedy
genius. It's just a fact.
He helped me
laugh when I was pissed.
He helped create
great friendships by being the topic of conversation.
He made me
forget the problems of everyday life.
Simply put ... he
made life better.
I know it's not
just me. I know others feel the same way.
The role he
played in 2007's "Knocked Up" showed the long lasting affect he had
on people. People smiled and said, "Awesome! It’s Egon!" as they saw
his face come on the screen.
In mere hours
after his death I found amazing fan made pictures in remembrance of Ramis.
As I am writing
this I am watching Ghostbusters at the same time.
And for the
first time ever ... I'm sad watching my favorite movie.
chocked up is a good thing.
It's helping me
reflect on all of those memories, all of the laughter, and all of the times I
wasn't able to laugh.
For years ... check
that ... decades ... he had people laughing their asses off in theaters. He may
not be around anymore, but people will continue to laugh at some of the
greatest comedy movies ever produced.
All thanks to
I hope someone
is taking care of your spores, mold and fungus collection.