Monday, June 23, 2008

George Carlin

I actually met George Carlin once. I flew him from Minneapolis to Duluth, MN. I didn't know he was on board until he stuck his head in the cockpit and said hello. He asked us how we were doing and what the weather was in Duluth and he signed my log book. Seemed like a nice guy at the time. Here are some Carlin quotes:

As a matter of principle, I never attend the first annual anything.

Frisbeetarianism is the belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck.

Honesty may be the best policy, but it's important to remember that apparently, by elimination, dishonesty is the second-best policy.

I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately.

I'm completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death.

I'm not concerned about all hell breaking loose, but that a PART of hell will break loose... it'll be much harder to detect.

If it's true that our species is alone in the universe, then I'd have to say that the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little.

If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn't it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted?

It's never just a game when you're winning.

Some national parks have long waiting lists for camping reservations. When you have to wait a year to sleep next to a tree, something is wrong.

The very existence of flamethrowers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, "You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I'm just not close enough to get the job done."

There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.

There's no present. There's only the immediate future and the recent past.

Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.

Weather forecast for tonight: dark. Continued dark overnight, with widely scattered light by morning.

Well, if crime fighters fight crime and fire fighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight? They never mention that part to us, do they?

When someone asks you, A penny for your thoughts, and you put your two cents in, what happens to the other penny?

I don't have hobbies; hobbies cost money. Interests are quite free.


MWest said...

It would been nice if you saw him get on board. You could have had him do a bit from the cockpit intercom.
We saw him live at the Opera House years ago here in Lexington. He was incredible. He ticked me off though when he first started his performance. Some guy yelled out "We love you George!" And Carlin went off on him with a slew of absurdities. He told him "no one came here to hear you you XXx00xXX. They paid money to hear me, so shut up!" Very awkward beginning to say the least and you could have heard a pin drop. But then he started his show and we never heard any hecklers the rest of the night. He was a master at capturing the audience. I loved the show. I think he was probably the most intellectual comedian ever.

MWest said...

You should do a blog post on all the celebrities you have flown.

twest said...

Don't forget "Now for the scores of tonight's games: 3-2, 8-5, 7-1...The HippyDippy Weatherman will be missed - especially his unique perspective on everything in general