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I know I'm spamming today but OH NO.

Jack Wild died.

Artful Dodger.
Jimmy from HR Pufnstuf. I had a HUGE crush on Jimmy.

I love you guys, but for the love of god would you STOP SMOKING?! I can't get over how he looked in his later years. PLEASE. Stoney loves you. Stop smoking. *climbs off soapbox*

*climbs back on* I did tell you all that my grandfather had his TESTICLES removed from gangrene? Due to smoking? Okay. PSA over now. And I'm sad. Oliver! is one of my all-time favorite musicals...

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elucidate_this
Mar. 2nd, 2006 01:54 pm (UTC)
i very much want everyone to listen to you about the stopping smoking.

i've been on oxygen for the last week and it's awful. it's also temporary (*knocks wood*). i can't imagine having it be permanent. and sooo many smokers end up on it foreverandeveramen.

bleah.

stoney321
Mar. 2nd, 2006 01:56 pm (UTC)
*hugs you* Are you feeling ANY better? Poor little funky lung.

And Papa also smoked from his traech hole. While hooked up to oxygen. After his third quad-bypass. Yeah, that was comfortable.

Argh - I know people hate being preached to - I'm one of them. But UGH!! *doesn't like it when people are sick*
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spikes_heart
Mar. 2nd, 2006 01:56 pm (UTC)
OMG!!!! I'm hanging the black crepe! I had the world's biggest crush on the guy from Oliver, well past my normal crush having years.

Joins you in mourning. **glares hatefully at the tobacco companies**
stoney321
Mar. 2nd, 2006 01:57 pm (UTC)
I KNOW! Oh the first time I saw Oliver??? Screw Oliver - I loved me some Artful Dodger.

:( (Does everyone know about HR Pufnstuf? So bizarre and awesome)
going_not_gone
Mar. 2nd, 2006 02:02 pm (UTC)
I had a crush on Jack Wild too. (God, we're OLD!) I just did a Google image search to see what he looked like then, because he apparently turned into some sort of a gnome before he died, and i found a page of teen magazines from 1971---OMG Bobby Sherman! And David Cassidy! and The Osmonds Brothers and the Brady Bunch! Boys in bell-bottoms with lots of hair!!!

I'm going to hobble over to my rocking chair and take my Geritol now....


stoney321
Mar. 2nd, 2006 02:10 pm (UTC)
He had THREE ALBUMS! Of which I did NOT own. Ahem.

*omg loved his Cockney accent so much*

But he was old compared to us! Me! One of us! Don't smoke!
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paynbow
Mar. 2nd, 2006 02:04 pm (UTC)
*hugs*

My grandfather died from smoking too. Lung cancer and Emphazima at the same time. Not good. I have a lot of friends that smoke, and I don't get it. But I've stopped being the militant anti-smoker I was because I was just alienating people. But when they want to quit, I will happily help. By the same token, I have NO sympathy when they bitch about how they have no money. Yeah, how many packs a day at $6.95 a pack? No money, eh?
stoney321
Mar. 2nd, 2006 02:12 pm (UTC)
IN CASE MY SISTER OR SUE IS READING THIS...

I don't normally bitch and rant about smoking, either. But he was just WITHERED by it. (Jack Wild. Papa was always withered. But then, he picked up a three-pack-a-day habit at the age of 12.)

:(
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trepkos
Mar. 2nd, 2006 02:19 pm (UTC)
I was lucky when I tried smoking at 13 - given a cigarette by a Youth Worker! - I just choked and looked a fool, so I didn't bother taking it up.
stoney321
Mar. 2nd, 2006 02:28 pm (UTC)
Ha! That's about my experience, too. :D
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cherusha
Mar. 2nd, 2006 02:53 pm (UTC)
:*

Am so grateful that most of my family doesn't smoke. One uncle does, however, smoke lights, and the other has quit for many years now.
stoney321
Mar. 2nd, 2006 03:29 pm (UTC)
I AM SO GLAD TOO!!

*beams at you and your healthy, pink lungs*
darkhavens
Mar. 2nd, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC)
*sniffles*

He was on TV over here just a month or so ago, with his missus, who had to 'translate' for him because he was so croaky and unable to speak that the reporter couldn't understand a word. So sad.

I stopped smoking over 10 years ago. :D
stoney321
Mar. 2nd, 2006 03:30 pm (UTC)
Ack, he had his voice box removed a while back -so, so sad.

I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!! At this point, your lungs hardly remember anything! *higfives*
poshcat
Mar. 2nd, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC)
HR Pufnstuf! I had a HUGE crush on him, one of my first ever. It's so sad, and I tell you what - he was 53 years old!!! That may seem ancient when you're 16, but I'm going to be 53 in 13 years, and in some ways I feel my life is just beginning. What a freaking waste.

I lost both my parents to smoking-related illnesses, and I say to anyone whose philosophy is "we all have to die of something": it's not the dying that's the problem. It's the living a painful and debilitating life BEFORE you die that's the hard part. Jack died of mouth cancer. Can you imagine the quality of life that goes along with that?!

PS His picture on that obit you linked was...there are no words. 53! Gah!!
stoney321
Mar. 2nd, 2006 03:32 pm (UTC)
I know - he looked SO old and ancient. I could hardly recognize him! Such a terrible thing to do to yourself. I had no idea about your parents, Posh!

And I HEAR YOU on the whole "quality of life up to your death" bit. My grandpa was just painful to look at. And he lived in agony for DECADES, still smoking through his traech hole. Gah.

*hugs you*
phfeenikz
Mar. 2nd, 2006 03:21 pm (UTC)
It will be one year of non-smoking for me next month. I have to say, I'm quite glad I did it, and have since become vehemently anti-smoking. Oh, and here's a nice photo that makes me proud that I no longer stand up to be counted among them.
stoney321
Mar. 2nd, 2006 03:33 pm (UTC)
Dude, has it been that long? WAY TO GO! Those first few days/week is the hardest and you've put that all past you.

I believe we're all entitled to "pick our poison" in a way - I'm not going to get in anyone's face about something they choose to do, but I can sure feel sad for so much waste - money, life, health...\

Seriously: way to go! That's a great start.
julia_here
Mar. 2nd, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC)
Same age as me, almost exactly- which is, I tell you, much, much too young to die.

I started smoking in 1976 and quit in 1985, but I still get paranoid over having been dumb enough to start.

Julia, off to do more useful stuff. Bah.
stoney321
Mar. 2nd, 2006 03:46 pm (UTC)
That's a long time for your body to heal, though.

Yeah. 53? Not old. That's twenty years off for me, but I can look back twenty years and feel like it just happened.

*squish* Everytime my roses get a new set of leaflets, I think of you, you know that right? ;)
crayonbreakygal
Mar. 2nd, 2006 04:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks for that soapbox Stoney. My mom's been smoking since she was a teenager. They now think they saw something on one of her X-rays. A shadow. I need to call her to get the results. She's stopped many times, but just goes back to it because, and these are her words "It's the only thing I've got". *sigh*

I thought I recognized that name when I saw it on Yahoo.
stoney321
Mar. 2nd, 2006 04:31 pm (UTC)
Sigh, indeed. My s'mom had to have 1/4 of her lung removed from lung cancer - from secondhand smoke. She's never smoked a day in her life.

Thinking good thoughts for your mommio, cookie.
tx_cronopio
Mar. 2nd, 2006 04:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, I had such a crush on him back in the day! Thanks, I had not thought about the Artful Dodger in years.

Smoking is just about the only vice I don't have :) My daddy was very, very smart. One day when I was 8 or 9, he was smoking a cigar. I said lemme take a puff. And instead of being all indignant, he said ok and handed it over. BLECCCCHHH!
stoney321
Mar. 2nd, 2006 05:57 pm (UTC)
*sings "I'm a mechanical boy!"* I STILL pick the song book from Oliver! for my longer showers. :D

Oh, good thinking, dad!! *squishes you and your pink lungs*

(And that thing? With the nimrod in your class? Puh. She's STUPID. *hugs*)
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stoney321
Mar. 2nd, 2006 05:55 pm (UTC)
SAME HERE. My kids always say how sad they are their aunt smokes (OH MY GOD, BETH, I'M SORRY!! They just love you) <-- in case she's reading.

I've talked to the kids about "drinking and driving" and all the points to be made there (never get in a car with anyone who's been drinking, etc.) and my son said, "but mom, you do that all the time."

No, I do NOT! ~Yeah, I do, Morgan does, all of us do!

*headdesk* Son? Drinking ALCOHOL. Milk, juice, water and soda don't count. ~Oh, okay, then because I told the coach you do that all the time.

:| (never a dull moment.)
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entrenous88
Mar. 2nd, 2006 07:12 pm (UTC)
Awwwww! I had such a crush on The Artful Dodger! Very sad that he was so young and obviously couldn't rein in his lifestyle choices.
entrenous88
Mar. 2nd, 2006 07:14 pm (UTC)
Ha! One of my sister's nephews asked her "What is DRUNK?" And she started out, "Well, when someone drinks too much--" and he interrupted her excitedly saying "I drink too much!" And she had to explain that no, she didn't mean Gatorade.
entrenous88
Mar. 2nd, 2006 07:14 pm (UTC)
And again! That comment, supposed to go up there! *flails wildly*
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