I was preparing dinner last night, and I dropped the pepper shaker on the floor, and heard myself exclaim “Shazbot!” I immediately thought, “Where did that come from?” My mouth is prone to unusual things coming out of it, but that Obscure Reference was a new one. I knew the source, of course. I had just never used that particular colorful metaphor before.
It was only after dinner, that I learned that Robin Williams had killed himself.
Strange coincidence, but I get those all the time. Little reminders that the Universe is neither random nor godless.
I don’t get affected by celebrity deaths, but it’s obvious from Facebook, the blogosphere, and such limited media as I have been exposed to that his passing affected a lot of people. Depression is a hard thing, and it must especially hard on a comedian. I lost a friend, in an indirect, non-suicidal way, to depression three years ago; he died while undergoing treatment in a hospital for his depression. (As another coincidence, his surname was also Williams.)
And I couldn’t help but wonder if all of those Family Guy jokes ripping on Robin Williams had contributed to his state of mind. How could it have felt for a comedian at the Winter Solstice of his career to not only witness a rising, seminal comic (Seth MacFarlane) occupy his former level of celebrity, but also to be a recurring target of that comic’s jokes. That must have been brutal.
Lots of people sad today. Are you?