"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." –George Carlin


“GIMME A BALLOON!”–GC

My favorite comedian in the entire universe, George Carlin, passed away today. I know that’s a pretty bold statement to say “in the entire universe”, but come on…if you’ve ever had a chance to sit back and listen to his stuff, both old and new, you may have the same relationship with his comedy that I do.  He reminds me of a crazy uncle (shout out to Uncle Jack) or a grouchy grampa (*wink) that can tell the best stories.  He’s indeed a jokester, i.e. his skit on the “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television.”, but he also made you think about “stuff”.  His skit on the 10 Commandments for example.    
I was very sad to hear of his passing and wanted to put a little tribute here on my blog. The title above is one of my favorite quotes of his from his tips on “How to Stay Young”:

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay ‘them.’
2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. ‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.’ And the devil’s name is Alzheimer’s.
4. Enjoy the simple things.
5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.
7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.
8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
9. Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.
10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER :
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

But my final tribute to George would be this: I hope you enjoy West Heaven and that you’ve retrieved all of your lost ballpoint pens, lighters, wallets, and balloons.

Travis Flynn - >”Life is not measured…”– Now there’s a quote that has gained additional meaning since he’s now gone. There’s a lot of wisdom in his “How to Stay Young” words of advice.

Salty Grapes Photography - >I think I’ll print that out. Such good words to live by. I was so sad to hear of his passing…

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