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Dr. Medulla
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Re: Strummer@70

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Low Down Low wrote:
23 Aug 2022, 4:02pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
23 Aug 2022, 3:09pm
white man wrote:
23 Aug 2022, 3:02pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
23 Aug 2022, 6:36am
Silent Majority wrote:
22 Aug 2022, 1:21pm
Time marches on, doesn't it?
I'm older by several years than Joe was when he passed, yet 70 still seems absurdly far away to me. Time as something experienced never stops being foreign.
I'm halfway. It's mad to think when I bought that first Clash albun in April 77 I was 15 and Joe was 25. It's like I'm ten years older than him now.
Yeah! That's definitely a big part of it. He's frozen as either a young man or a middle-aged man—whatever you prefer—but the rest of us get more crumbly.
Similar thoughts. It took me reaching Joe's age, and seeing it in my rear view mirror, not just to fully appreciate how insanely young he was to go when he did but also how much he packed into that comparably short existence, including as it did a sizable number of years in the so-called "wilderness". Sometimes i feel i still haven't got going yet and best years might still lie ahead (he said optimistically!)
Some of us have accepted that our best years are in the rear view mirror. And so we self-medicate to numb that awareness.
"And so the sailor goes, 'I don’t know, but it’s driving me nuts!'” - Woodrow Wilson to David Lloyd George, Paris Peace Conference, 1 February 1919

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Re: Strummer@70

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Dr. Medulla wrote:
23 Aug 2022, 4:05pm
Low Down Low wrote:
23 Aug 2022, 4:02pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
23 Aug 2022, 3:09pm
white man wrote:
23 Aug 2022, 3:02pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
23 Aug 2022, 6:36am


I'm older by several years than Joe was when he passed, yet 70 still seems absurdly far away to me. Time as something experienced never stops being foreign.
I'm halfway. It's mad to think when I bought that first Clash albun in April 77 I was 15 and Joe was 25. It's like I'm ten years older than him now.
Yeah! That's definitely a big part of it. He's frozen as either a young man or a middle-aged man—whatever you prefer—but the rest of us get more crumbly.
Similar thoughts. It took me reaching Joe's age, and seeing it in my rear view mirror, not just to fully appreciate how insanely young he was to go when he did but also how much he packed into that comparably short existence, including as it did a sizable number of years in the so-called "wilderness". Sometimes i feel i still haven't got going yet and best years might still lie ahead (he said optimistically!)
Some of us have accepted that our best years are in the rear view mirror. And so we self-medicate to numb that awareness.
I think cos I've always been a bit of a late developer, I'm just a bit behind the pack here and still just about clinging pathetically onto the bargaining stage, hoping i can bypass anger!

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Re: Strummer@70

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Low Down Low wrote:
23 Aug 2022, 4:39pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
23 Aug 2022, 4:05pm
Low Down Low wrote:
23 Aug 2022, 4:02pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
23 Aug 2022, 3:09pm
white man wrote:
23 Aug 2022, 3:02pm


I'm halfway. It's mad to think when I bought that first Clash albun in April 77 I was 15 and Joe was 25. It's like I'm ten years older than him now.
Yeah! That's definitely a big part of it. He's frozen as either a young man or a middle-aged man—whatever you prefer—but the rest of us get more crumbly.
Similar thoughts. It took me reaching Joe's age, and seeing it in my rear view mirror, not just to fully appreciate how insanely young he was to go when he did but also how much he packed into that comparably short existence, including as it did a sizable number of years in the so-called "wilderness". Sometimes i feel i still haven't got going yet and best years might still lie ahead (he said optimistically!)
Some of us have accepted that our best years are in the rear view mirror. And so we self-medicate to numb that awareness.
I think cos I've always been a bit of a late developer, I'm just a bit behind the pack here and still just about clinging pathetically onto the bargaining stage, hoping i can bypass anger!
Everyone reaches acceptance in their own time. If I'm still alive and compos mentis when it happens, I'll pour you some gin.
"And so the sailor goes, 'I don’t know, but it’s driving me nuts!'” - Woodrow Wilson to David Lloyd George, Paris Peace Conference, 1 February 1919

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Re: Strummer@70

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Dr. Medulla wrote:
23 Aug 2022, 4:44pm
Low Down Low wrote:
23 Aug 2022, 4:39pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
23 Aug 2022, 4:05pm
Low Down Low wrote:
23 Aug 2022, 4:02pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
23 Aug 2022, 3:09pm


Yeah! That's definitely a big part of it. He's frozen as either a young man or a middle-aged man—whatever you prefer—but the rest of us get more crumbly.
Similar thoughts. It took me reaching Joe's age, and seeing it in my rear view mirror, not just to fully appreciate how insanely young he was to go when he did but also how much he packed into that comparably short existence, including as it did a sizable number of years in the so-called "wilderness". Sometimes i feel i still haven't got going yet and best years might still lie ahead (he said optimistically!)
Some of us have accepted that our best years are in the rear view mirror. And so we self-medicate to numb that awareness.
I think cos I've always been a bit of a late developer, I'm just a bit behind the pack here and still just about clinging pathetically onto the bargaining stage, hoping i can bypass anger!
Everyone reaches acceptance in their own time. If I'm still alive and compos mentis when it happens, I'll pour you some gin.
Keeping my optimists hat on, would be a nice way to mark Strummer@100.

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Re: Strummer@70

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Well, this thread descended quickly :mrgreen:

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Re: Strummer@70

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Low Down Low wrote:
23 Aug 2022, 4:39pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
23 Aug 2022, 4:05pm
Low Down Low wrote:
23 Aug 2022, 4:02pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
23 Aug 2022, 3:09pm
white man wrote:
23 Aug 2022, 3:02pm


I'm halfway. It's mad to think when I bought that first Clash albun in April 77 I was 15 and Joe was 25. It's like I'm ten years older than him now.
Yeah! That's definitely a big part of it. He's frozen as either a young man or a middle-aged man—whatever you prefer—but the rest of us get more crumbly.
Similar thoughts. It took me reaching Joe's age, and seeing it in my rear view mirror, not just to fully appreciate how insanely young he was to go when he did but also how much he packed into that comparably short existence, including as it did a sizable number of years in the so-called "wilderness". Sometimes i feel i still haven't got going yet and best years might still lie ahead (he said optimistically!)
Some of us have accepted that our best years are in the rear view mirror. And so we self-medicate to numb that awareness.
I think cos I've always been a bit of a late developer, I'm just a bit behind the pack here and still just about clinging pathetically onto the bargaining stage, hoping i can bypass anger!
I spend most of my time looking to people I admire and thinking about how I've completely wasted my life by giving a shit about paying my rent.
"Toto is OK." —Inder

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Re: Strummer@70

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I was 20 when Joe died, so 50 was too soon but still felt 'old' to me.

Now I'm 40 and 50 is only 10 years away, makes it more real.

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