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'lance
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posted 15 August 2003 07:41 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It was twenty-six years ago today.

(Scroll down for Lester Bangs' take on Elvis).

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posted 15 August 2003 08:14 PM      Profile for minimal     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I was driving with my family down Highway 2A between Ponoka and Red Deer (that's Alberta - just in case you don't know). A few minutes afterwards I was given a speeding ticket by the local friendly RCMP. I don't remember when Pierre Trudeau died but I sure as hell remember when the King died. Why do I remember?
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posted 15 August 2003 08:17 PM      Profile for Dr. Mr. Ben   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Where babies come from.
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posted 15 August 2003 11:40 PM      Profile for Mycroft_     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hm, I guess I was in Houston, Texas ... no that was 1978, I was in Houston when Pope Paul VI died but I was too young to notice or care when Elvis died. I have a vague memory of Watergate (and the last moon landing) but that's only because they preempted the Commander Tom Show.
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posted 15 August 2003 11:45 PM      Profile for rasmus   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I was in daycare. I don't recall the day he died, but I recall the next day, my best friend Tieku commented on how sad it was that Elvis had died.
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posted 15 August 2003 11:49 PM      Profile for Mycroft_     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Actually, I do have one memory... of my father returning from Nashville with all these empty pill bottles ... never did find out what his mission was in Nashville but I've already said too much
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posted 15 August 2003 11:52 PM      Profile for Mycroft_     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Actually, I think I was in New Jersey when Elvis died (my dad worked in the US for extended periods in the seventies so the rest of the family would go down and stay with him in the summer. New Jersey in 76, Texas in 78 (or was it the other way around? God I have a memory like a sieve these days)
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I was 9 years old, camping in the Cariboo in BC. Heard it on some local country station. My cousin (same age as me) burst into tears -- she was a big Elvis fan (got it from her parents, I guess). I didn't know the King that well, but I felt sad for him.

I remember lying outside on the grass that night, staring up at a couple billion brilliant stars. I saw a meteor, and said to myself, "There goes Elvis."


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posted 16 August 2003 02:05 AM      Profile for nonsuch     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Probably in Winnipeg, possibly in Vancouver. And i didn't care. I still don't, though i saw him snarfing up four pizza slices and a giant chocolate chip cookie at the mall food-court last Tuesday.
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posted 16 August 2003 01:02 PM      Profile for Meowful   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I was 13 years old, my sister 17. She bawled her eyes out and I just couldn't figure out what all the fuss was about. As far as I was concerned, Elvis was a big, fat, lazy, egotistical junky. He sucked as an actor.

BTW, I still don't like Elvis!


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His early stuff is still astonishingly potent. Making his later degeneration into Vegas lounge-lizard self-parody all the more pitiful.

Since his death, of course, he's become a tabloid cartoon and the centre of one of the more bizarre personality cults of modern times. Hard to remember that there was an actual real person, and a talented one at that, beneath all the sensationalist drivel.


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I was 7 in Winnipeg. I was watching Sesame Street (really), and they broke in briefly with the news. I told my mom even though I didn't know who Elvis was. I guess I thought that if it was important enough for television, someone should tell her. She had already heard, and told me about seeing him on the television when she was a teenager and living on the farm. For some reason, this gave me an image of him as a child star, and it was a long time before I put the name and the pictures together.

Weird- I remember where I was that day, but I have no recollection about John Lennon.


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posted 16 August 2003 02:53 PM      Profile for marcy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I was in London, England, recovering from the National Front's march through Lewisham. It was their first big foray into public space and it was pretty scary. The event was a catalyst for a massive anti-Nazi response and proved a real wake-up call to many Brits. Particularly notable was the organizing by and among rock musicians. Two tone (ska) music really provided both political leadership and Great Music. Groups such as the Specials and Selecter went on to do good work against apartheid. To tell the truth, the demise of Elvis was not a big deal for me.
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I was surveying walking thru dense alder with all kinds of fresh bear shit worried about being lunch for a bear.

Came back to the truck and someone said that Elvis had died. I said who gives a shit.

By the way I visited Graceland last fall and it was a lot less tacky than I expected.


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posted 17 August 2003 04:34 PM      Profile for janew     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I was at a cottage near Barry's Bay. My younger son was just over a month old and VERY colicky :-(
I was walking up and down the beach with him in one of those 'snugglies' when Elvis' death was announced over the radio.
I was never a big Elvis fan, but it as you often do when you have a new baby, I was looking at the world in a kind of romanticized way, so it made me all teary for by-gone days.
...could have been the sleep depravation though

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posted 18 August 2003 01:39 PM      Profile for mighty brutus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I was at my parent's house, sprawled on the living room carpet watchin "A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch", starring Tom Courtenay. Don't ask me why I remember that....

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posted 18 August 2003 01:41 PM      Profile for paxamillion   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I was at Ipperwash Army Cadet Camp.
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posted 18 August 2003 08:13 PM      Profile for Alix     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I would have been just over a month old.
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posted 18 August 2003 08:15 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I was likely in day care, counting down the days until Kindergarten was to start.
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mighty brutus
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posted 19 August 2003 11:56 AM      Profile for mighty brutus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Michelle:
I was likely in day care, counting down the days until Kindergarten was to start.

Don't rub it in, pup!


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posted 19 August 2003 07:00 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
In fact, come to think of it, I was about two and a half weeks older than my son is now.
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posted 21 August 2003 05:32 AM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A long, long time ago
I can still remember how
the King's music used to make me smile
I can't remember if I cried
when I read about his widowed bride
but something touched me deep inside
the day
Elllllllllllvis died

I started singin ...


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posted 21 August 2003 01:04 PM      Profile for Rebecca West     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I was 15, and at a cottage my parents had rented on Georgian Bay for two weeks. I remember it not so much because Elvis died, but because it was the last family holiday we had before my father entered the final stages of terminal cancer, and was too sick to do much of anything.

Actually, now that I think of it, it was the last family holiday, ever.


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posted 21 August 2003 01:10 PM      Profile for Doug   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I don't remember, but it probably involved having my diaper changed.
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I don't remember - I'm not an Elvis fan - never have been and didn't really care.

I do remember were I was when I heard about Princess Di - mainly because it was almost spooky. We were driving from Saskatchewan to Victoria, and heard about the accident just outside of Kamloops, just as we passed a bad accident involving 2 motorbikes and a semi, the bikers were dead at the scene. Just as we pulled into the ferry terminal we heard that she had died. We then went home and with the people who were looking after the house, we drank a bunch of homemade wine my dad had sent back with us, and watched CNN all night. Talk about news junkies.

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posted 21 August 2003 01:17 PM      Profile for mighty brutus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Doug:
I don't remember, but it probably involved having my diaper changed.

Then I'm guessing you were what, twelve?

Rim shot, pleaze!


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posted 21 August 2003 06:16 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hee hee hee.

I remember where I was when Princess Di - um, well, died. "Di died" - oh well.

Anyhow, I was at my Mom's place and we had company. I think it was Labour Day weekend, was it not? Yes, I'm pretty sure it was. And we had company there, some friends from up north.

I remember writing a letter to my husband (at the time my fiance, and we lived in different cities) telling him about it. I was surprised at how shocked I was. If you had asked me the day before that whether I'd care if Princess Di were killed, I'd probably have shrugged my shoulders and say I couldn't care less. But I was shocked. I also watched the coverage for a couple of days afterwards, and the funeral something like a week later.


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posted 21 August 2003 08:22 PM      Profile for Mr. Magoo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I was camping at a park called Bonnachere Provincial Park. We had a radio, which we had tuned to a Quebec station playing this crazy French Canadien party music - and then we heard. Not that we really cared all that much, but it was sort of weird to be "out of civilization" when something newsworthy happened. Makes me wonder about everyone who was camping on Sept. 11th.

"Hi! We're back!"
"Um, guess what.."


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I always seem to find out major bad-news stories the same way -- I get an unexpected phone call from my mother.

"Guess what! That guy from Nirvana shot himself!" "What?!?"
"Guess what! Princess Di was killed in a car crash!" "What?!?"
"Guess what! Somebody flew jumbo jets into the World Trade Center!" "What?!?"

It's gotten so I'm a bit nervous whenever I see her number on call-display.


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We found out about Di from the poor ferry guy who'd come to get us at a remote camp (water access only) where we had been at a three-day wedding. I'd never seen Ujjal (not quite premier yet) sooooo drunk - he was trying to talk to me as we were trying to leave, and I could only make out two or three out of every five words. (Not as drunk as Tim Stevenson, who had officiated earlier. He accosted us in the dark on the dock, giggling hysterically, and none of us has any idea to this day wtf he was going on about.) And the Colorifics [sic - a Canadian band should be forced to use the 'u,' n'est-ce pas??], who had been the band for the reception, were also trying to leave on the same boat. This is 2am, mind. So the ferry guy jumps onto the dock and says, "Hey, Princess Di died." What!!?? We figured he was on whatever Tim was on.
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I'm usually the one that calls the fambly when something's happening. I was watching the planes live on television on 9-11, and I called my mother, father, and, oh, pretty much anyone I could think of, telling them to turn on their radios and televisions. Then I went to school.
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I don't remember where I was when Elvis died, exactly, but it was somewhere on the road between Missisauga and Dartmouth. That was the same week I ceased being an Ontarioian; I was only 7, so I didn't care who Elvis was. My parents were more into Roger Whitaker and Nana Mouskuri (sp?) at the time, so I don't remember there being a big deal about it in the car. A more important event on that trip: my feet had crossed the invisible line onto one of my brothers' sides of the vehicle. The subsequent screaming and punching caused Dad to threaten to "pull this car over and make you walk the rest of the way!".

Lousy kids.


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quote:
Makes me wonder about everyone who was camping on Sept. 11th.

Friends were kayaking/camping the Charlottes when it happened. There were quite a few Americans in the group. Someone came from the main lodge and gathered everyone around and told them what happened. Some of the Americans wanted to leave right away for the lodge and phone family. No kidding, especially if you knew someone in New York!!


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posted 22 August 2003 12:10 PM      Profile for Mycroft_     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Elvis is dead?
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posted 22 August 2003 12:23 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Good question. Thread title duly edited.
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So it was REALLY Elvis I saw at 7/11?

A few times I have gone to the Colwood liquor store and have seen Jerry Garcia taking back beer tins.

Such a small world.


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Keep going past Colwood to Metchosin and Sooke, and you'll see even more Jerry Garcias, I'll wager.
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quote:
Keep going past Colwood to Metchosin and Sooke, and you'll see even more Jerry Garcias, I'll wager.

Do I sense that westeren community discrimination that those folks are always complaining about?

I can't believe Elvis would still be alive - I mean he ate deep fried peanut butter sandwiches.


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quote:
Do I sense that westeren community discrimination that those folks are always complaining about?

Notatall. I'd gladly live in Metchosin or Sooke, though I'd likely need a car, meaning really I wouldn't gladly live in Metchosin or Sooke.

On my trips out there though I just had the impression they were somewhat more hippie havens than places closer to Victoria. Though given the property prices, that's likely a wrong impression.


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quote:
Keep going past Colwood to Metchosin and Sooke, and you'll see even more Jerry Garcias, I'll wager.

Apparently, sightings of Kenny Rogers are numerous


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Everwhere
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'lance - langford man

http://www.theq.fm/allbadband/

I couldn't get it to download - but then I think this computer is blocked. Maybe not, some of the Langford folks didn't find it very funny.

I don't know about property but the rent is cheaper I think.


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O Gawd -- is that one of those "twisted tunes," with new lyrics to an old Klassik Rawk toon? In this case, to the tune of ELP's "Lucky Man"?

Some station in Vancouver did that, only the title was "Surrey Man":

quote:
Both front teeth missing
"Mom" tattooed on his chest
Calls from skip tracers
And a warrant for his arrest

Oooh, what a Surrey Man he was
Oooh, what a Surrey Man he was...


etc. & so forth.

Those lyrics are approximate -- couldn't find 'em on the Web. But then entering "Surrey Man" into Google produces, apart from British sports stories, references like...

"BCSC imposes penalty on Surrey man who committed fraud ..."

"Surrey man faces sex charges from the 1960's...."

"Tax dodge costs Surrey man $13,000 ..."

"Police search for missing Surrey man ..."

And these are among the top 10.

There aren't many songs about the Western Communities, so far as I know. But one summer in Victoria I saw a band of young fellers, kind of a rockabilly outfit, playing by the seawall in front of the Empress. They were singing "Take me to Metchosin, 'cos I'm too cool for Colwood..."

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Yes I think there are far more twisted tunes about Surrey. 101.1 does alot of them. The Q actually sucks I very rarely listen to them.
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What was the name of that minimalist-type band that had a song that went "Surrey is the place to be..."?

They held up cue-card of their lyrics when they "sang."


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Perhaps you're talking about No Fun -- The Beatles of Surrey.

(ObPendantry: There's a typo at the end of this story. It was actually first published in October 1989, in Offbeat, the magazine of CFUV, University of Victoria).


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