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I overhear this conversation at Tim Horton’s recently between a couple of millennials, which caught my attention because it started with one turning to the other and declaring, “OMG! Do you know what is the WORST!”
So I had to listen.
Now you get the details of the “worst”… You might want to sit down for this!
“OMG you know what is the WORST!”
“When you order a Coke and they bring you a Pepsi…”
“…Without telling you.”
“I know, eh?”
“I mean, it’s so NOT okay for that to happen. They’re two completely different products and you should be warned.”
“Totally… Like when you order coffee with sugar but they forget to put in the sugar…”
“No… Not like that at all.”
Now, I had always imagined the “worst” being something far more catastrophic, like losing a child, or a spouse, or war, famine, natural disasters, but hey… Getting a Pepsi when you order a coke could be pretty bad… Like not being able to download that song for free right away, or not having WiFi available…
JERUSALEM — A Jerusalem court on Tuesday handed a life sentence to the main attacker in the killing of a Palestinian teenager in 2014 whose death helped spark a chain of events that led to that year’s Gaza war. The court sentenced Yosef Haim Ben David, 30, to life plus 20 years. The state prosecutor…
I couldn’t help but want to share this story, not to make light of the ongoing conflict in the Middle East, but really to try to shed some light on where these countries differ so starkly.
In Iran, Iraq, Syria and in the West Bank, when an Israeli is killed, there is always footage of the people in the streets celebrating while candy is being thrown to the children.
In Israel, a 30-year-old Israeli man killed a Palestinian teenager, was arrested, had his day in court and was sentenced to life in prison plus 20-years.
The message to Israeli’s… Murder is murder, and if you commit it you will be caught and punished.
The message to Israel’s neighbours… Kill and Israeli and we will celebrate.
But it’s reality Israeli’s face on a daily basis. If the “politicians” who want to create a Palestinian state are serious about having their own country that they can run, they should stop spending money on tunnels under Israel, they should wonder why neither Israel, Egypt or Lebanon want their citizens there and they should establish laws to teach their citizens right from wrong.
At dinner last night, my 3-year-old daughter Boo wanted to tell us all a joke.
“Why did the chicken cross the road?” she asked.
“Why?” we enquired.
Already laughing, she said; “It didn’t. It started to cross the road but got runned over and died.”
“What?” I said.
“Who told you that joke?” he mother asked.
“No one”, she said proudly. “I made it up myself.”
If this was our first child, I’m certain I would have reacted differently, but instead we said that was inappropriate and we changed the topic of conversation, but I could not for the life of me get images of the game Frogger out of my head.
Now that 2013 has rolled in, I wanted to take a look back at those we lost in 2012. Usually these year-in-review lists contain a few shocking deaths – celebrities who died way before their time or in a tragic manner – but in compiling this list, I didn’t come across any. Yes, Whitney Houston died in 2012, but based on her much publicized battles with drugs and Bobby Brown it reminded me of the Amy Winehouse death-watch from the previous year. Very sad, but everyone saw it coming.
Say no to drugs, kids…
So below is a list – certainly not inclusive – of notable deaths from 2012, plus a little about the person, and the date they died – based on my knowledge of after some research and this list is in reverse chronological order.
Actor Jack Klugman, died on December 24th and was best known for his roles on television as Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple and as Quincy in the show Quincy, M.E.. He was 90 years old.
Pandit Ravi Shankar, a musical icon and legendary sitar player who taught George Harrison of The Beatles to play the instrument and brought Indian music to the West over an 8-decade career, passed away December 11th at age 92. He was the father of jazz singer Norah Jones.
Actor Larry Hagman, best known for his role as the villainous patriarch “J.R. Ewing” from the TV show “Dallas” died at the age of 81, on November 24th. Who doesn’t remember the “Who shot JR?” cliffhanger…
Art Ginsburg, better known as Mr. Food died on November 21st at the age of 81. You may not remember his name but if you see his picture you certainly will recognize him.
Alex Karras, the former NFL lineman who anchored the Detroit Lions’ defense in the 1960’s, who went on to an acting career in which he starred in the sitcom “Webster” and famously punched a horse in the 1974 comedy “Blazing Saddles,” died on October 10th at the age of 77.
Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died August 25th at 82-years-old.
Phyllis Diller died on August 20th at the age of 95-years-old and she has been credited with breaking the gender barrier in the world of comedy. A former housewife turned mega-comedienne.
Voice actor and puppeteer, Jerry Nelson, most known for voicing The Count in “Sesame Street” Gobo Fraggle in “Fraggle Rock” and Sgt Floyd Pepper in “The Muppet Show”, He was 78-years-old.
“Oh! Oh! Pick me. Pick me!” Ron Palillo, the actor best known as the nerdy high-school student Arnold Horshack from 70’s hit TV Show “Welcome Back, Kotter,” died of a heart attack on August 14th at the age of 63.
Sherman Hemsley, best known for portraying the character “George Jefferson” on TV’s “The Jeffersons” and on “All in the Family” died on July 24th at the age of 74-years-old, either from natural causes or from cancer. There is some confusion swirling around his estate after his will gave his $50,000 estate to his manager, but a man came forward claiming to be his brother stepped forward. Finally on November 21st, he was buried. Sad.
Dr. Stephen R. Covey the motivational speaker best known for his self-improvement book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” died July 16th, three months after a serious bicycle accident at the age of 79-years-old. His book, published in 1989, has sold more than 25 million copies in 38 languages, and became one of the most influential non-fiction books of the end of the 20th Century.
Andy Griffith, died July 3rd at the age of 86. Best known for his 1960s’ starring role as the Sheriff in The Andy Griffith Show. He later returned to TV in the drama Matlock. Did you know that he was also also an award winning gospel singer? Yeah, me either.
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir who throughout his life believed that Israel should hang on to it’s territory and never trust an Arab regime, died on June 30th at 96-years-old. Is it any surprise then, that after Fatah released their new logo it was a picture of what they believed to be the new Palestinian state and on that map there was no Israel?!? You cannot negotiate with a party who does not want to negotiate.
Rodney King, the black motorist whose 1991 videotaped beating by Los Angeles police officers set off one of the most destructive race riots in the history of the United States, died after drowning in his swimming pool on June 17th. He was only 47-years-old and a very unhappy man after being awarded compensation for his beating he said that neither the general public or his community believed he was a victim.
Richard Dawson, the former host of the TV game show “Family Feud”, and an actor on the TV sitcom “Hogan’s Heroes” died on June 2nd at the age of 79-years-old following complications from esophageal cancer
Singer Robin Gibb of the Super-group The Bee Gees died on May 20th at the age of 62. He had a long battle with cancer.
Donna Summer, the Queen of Disco and best known for hits such as; “Love to Love You Baby”, “Bad Girl” and “She Works Hard for the Money” was a five-time Grammy award winner and was the first artist to ever have three consecutive double albums reach #1 on the Billboard charts. She died May 17th at the age of 63.
Conspiracy! Mary Richardson Kennedy, the estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., was found dead inside Kennedy’s home in Westchester County on May 16th. She was his second wife and they had 4-children. Speculation is that she hung herself. She was 52.
Celebrity hairstylist Vidal Sassoon, whose 1960’s wash-and-wear cuts freed women from endless teasing and hairspray – such as Mia Farrow’s iconic pixie cut for the film “Rosemary’s Baby. Sassoon grew up in England and later fought in the Israeli Army during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. He was 84.
Children’s author Maurice Sendak, who wrote the popular children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are,” died May 8th the age of 83.
Adam Yauch, better known as MCA of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted Beastie Boys, died May 4th, at the age of 47. Youch, a hip-hop pioneer, had been in treatment for cancer since 2009. My post about him can be found here;
Former NFL star Junior Seau, 43, was found dead in his California home of an apparent suicide on May 2nd, 2012. Seau was a 1st round draft pick in 1990 NFL draft and he played in the league for 20 years for the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins, and New England Patriots. He left behind 3 children. My post about him can be found here;
Dick Clark, long-time TV host and producer who changed the way we listened to pop music with American Bandstand, and whose trademark Rockin’ Eve became a fixture of New Year’s celebrations, died at the age of 82. My post about his influence can be read here;
Mike Wallace, best known as a “60 Minutes” correspondent, famed for his tough interviews died April 7th at the age of 93.
John Demjanjuk died March 17th in a home for the aged in his native Germany – a much more peaceful way than all the victims of the Nazi concentration camps where he was a death camp guard. He was charged and convicted of 28,060 counts of accessory to murder. A retired Ohio autoworker, he hid in the US after WWII until he was found, tried and deported to his native Germany for his war crimes after being stripped of his U.S. citizenship. He was 91-years-old.
Songwriter Robert B. Sherman – whom I had not heard of before his passing – wrote classic songs for movies such as “Mary Poppins”, “The Jungle Book” and “Winnie the Pooh” as well as the theme for the amazing Disney water ride, “It’s a Small World (After All)”. He was 86-years-old.
Davy Jones of the super-group, “The Monkees” passed away February 29th of an apparent heart attack. He was 66-years-young.
Former Montreal Expos catcher Gary Carter died February 16th from complications of a brain tumor at the age of 57. During his career he played mainly for the Expos and the Mets where he won 3 Gold Glove awards and 5 Silver Sluggers. In 2003 he was induced to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Whitney Houston died February 11th at the age of 48. She had such a beautiful voice and he life became such a train-wreck that tabloids reported she was killed over drug debts. In 2009, the Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time.
Don Cornelius, the smooth-voiced creator and former host of the hit television show “Soul Train”, which brought black music and culture into America’s living rooms committed suicide on February 1st at the age of 75. Soul Train,” was one of the longest-running syndicated shows in television history (35 years) and it played a critical role in spreading the music of black America to the world. The show featured musicians like Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and James Brown, as well as Elton John and David Bowie.
Robert “Bobby” Hegyes, best known for playing the Puerto Rican Jewish character Juan Epstein on “Welcome Back Kotter,” died on January 26th at the age 60.