Driving home from work today, I heard multiple songs by Van Halen on the radio, and a quick blurb by the DJ about Eddie Van Halen. I learned from Wikipedia that Eddie Van Halen died today from cancer at 65. This year of 2020 has been quite the shit show, and this is just one more attraction.
Van Halen joins a list of famous people who have passed this year. Among them: Kenny Rogers, Regis Philbin, Chad Boseman, Olivia de Havilland (from Gone With the Wind), Wilford Brimley (actor, the guy from the “diabeetus” memes, and regular customer at the Cracker Barrel I work at), Joe Diffie, Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac), Kelly Preston (John Travolta’s wife), Little Richard, Kobe Bryant, and many others.
In terms of celebrity deaths, this year is looking quite similar to 2016. Other things have made this one of the strangest years I’ve ever seen. Like when the price of oil was negative back in April. I didn’t think the price of anything could go below zero. Were customers being paid to take petroleum deliveries? Of course, Mother Nature really wants to show off this year. Hurricanes and tropical storms are given names to identify them in the future. There is a list of names for each year, going through the alphabet, skipping Q, U, X, Y and Z. There have been so many storms, they ran out of names. They’re up to like 25 now, so they’re simply named using the Greek alphabet. And they’re four names deep into that. There’s a storm named Delta (the 4th letter) brewing, and it is looking rather ugly. The previous busiest year was 2005 (remember Katrina?), and that year wound up at the 6th Greek letter, zeta. The National Weather Service is going balls to the wall this year.
Money was a big subject this year. For a few months, it seemed like everywhere there was a “cards only” sign, due to a supposed coin shortage. Since the US Mint was shut down along with everyone else back in the spring, they weren’t producing coins, so Federal Reserve Banks weren’t distributing. But seriously, how is there a shortage of coins? Literally billions are made every year. How is there a shortage when there are hundreds of billions of coins out in the wild? I have my thoughts about that and the whole coronavirus and facemask deal. Sometime I’ll expound on those, but I limit myself here. Suffice it to say for now that I feel there’s a huge paradigm shift coming in the near future. Call me crazy or a conspiracy theorist if you will, but I have a gut feeling something big is on the horizon.
And now, the quote of the day:
“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.”– Steve Jobs