….. over the course of the past two days, I have introduced my Brother in Law to the epic television mini-series “Lonesome Dove”…. and we’ve bonded…..

… I cannot describe, really, how very deeply I love that show…. Augustus, Woodrow, Pete, Newt, and Deets….. they are part of me…. hell, I even have an autographed photo of Duvall as 'Augustus' hanging here in the blogroom just behind my chair…

… I left him alone with the movie for the most part…. only dropping in occasionally to tell him of an upcoming scene or to warn him to pay particular attention to a certain bit of dialogue that was brilliant…

… last night we watched the final hour-long segment together…. And I asked him to listen closely to the part where Gus and Pete are sitting up on horseback talking about the herd of buffalo ambling along ahead of them….

.. good God, people… I do so love that snippet of dialogue….

… I mean, just imagine it for a minute…… why should they chase the buffalo?... what is the purpose of life?.... what are the consequences of indecision or a lifetime of untaken opportunities?.... are danger, folly, and childish impetuousness the spice of life?.... carpae diem?.. is it better to live life by playing it safe, or is it more important to grab life by the collar, sling it to the floor and laugh as you give it a noogie?..... regardless of the consequences?.....

…. I swear, all of that was present as Pete and Augustus bandied words from atop their mounts and the buffalo grazed…

… and then, of course, it all went pear-shaped…. and the Suoix fucked them up.....

… but the questions do remain… and the questions are valid…..

… and like my Brother in Law, I still weep when Gus dies…… every single time…..

by Eric on February 20, 2007 | Bullshit (19) | TrackBack (0) | Thinking
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Sigh. I have never seen this show although I have heard of the book. Is it anything like the male version of Desperate House Wives? I haven't seen that one either but everywhere I go, it seems like someone is talking about it.

Bullshitted by Lemon Stand on February 20, 2007 09:00 AM

Forgive my ignorance on this one, have noogies down South, too?

Oh, and, of course, one must *absolutely* grab life by the collar. Here where I live, though, we also tend to grab people by the collar.

And then we give them noogies.

Bullshitted by Erica on February 20, 2007 09:48 AM

Eric, it's Pea, not Pete. Pea-Eye Parker, if I'm not mistaken.

Bullshitted by Raging Mom on February 20, 2007 10:20 AM

... you are correct, Raging Mom, but I call him 'Pete'...

.. yep, Erica... we sure do....

.. and Lemon Stand?... go and rent it.. you will not be sorry for taking the time to watch it....

Bullshitted by Eric on February 20, 2007 10:29 AM

Can't wait to see how how he reacts to Pee Wee's Playhouse.

Bullshitted by Elisson on February 20, 2007 10:36 AM

I bawl like a baby when Gus dies.

Bullshitted by Evie on February 20, 2007 05:24 PM

Lonesome Dove will come to be known as a classic
Western Novel...maybe the best ever. I think it is the best thing McMurtry has written although "The Last Picture Show" and the sequel "Texasville" were close to being as good.

Bullshitted by GUYK on February 20, 2007 06:17 PM

It was definitely an awesome book and movie. I read the book first and the movie follows fairly closely.

Although some things changed, the sentiment remained the same. And I cried both reading the book and watching the movie.

Bullshitted by drc on February 20, 2007 07:16 PM

That's not one I watch over and over; so I could stand to watch it again sometime.
One that always makes me bawl is "Somersby."

Bullshitted by Lolly on February 20, 2007 07:18 PM

I read Lonesome Dove years ago and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is truly a great read and the movies was good as well. The part where Gus died was indeed sad, what a character he was.

Bullshitted by Kevin on February 20, 2007 08:47 PM

Love GOOD westerns...there are lot of bad ones. One of my absolute favorites is Clint Eastwood's of my favorite lines is from it. "it's a hell of a thing, killing a man. You take away all he's got and all he's ever going to have".

Bullshitted by Morris William on February 20, 2007 10:49 PM're absolutely correct...great movie.

I'm going to fire it up again...soon.

Also, Morris William hit the nail on the head.

"it's a hell of a thing, killing a man. You take away all he's got and all he's ever going to have".


Bullshitted by Yabu on February 20, 2007 11:46 PM

Guess I need to see this... and, read the book.

Bullshitted by Jean on February 21, 2007 01:41 AM

I never saw the movie. One of my favorite books, though and I cry every time I read about Gus dying too. "Dern, I wish you wouldn't." Rough as it was, it makes you long for those days.

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1. First: do you want your blog to be entered?
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You can use the link above to visit the Battle of the Blogs if you have no idea what this is. And, relax, it just means you are loved.

Bullshitted by Leesa on February 21, 2007 09:18 AM

Since I am absolutely bat-shit crazy over Tommy Lee Jones, it is one of my favorites as well. I cry, every time. I cry at the river/snake scene. I cry when Gus dies. I cry when everyone cries over Gus. I cry when it ends. Man I love that movie.

Bullshitted by oddybobo on February 21, 2007 11:04 AM

i aint never seen the tee vee show, but the book wuz so good i wished it coulda been 2000 pages in sted of jes 1000. i dint wonta cum outta that world atall, tho twuz a cruel place at times. i reckon me n miz bd is a'gone half to git us the dvds, ifn thay is inny of em.

Bullshitted by buddy don on February 21, 2007 12:41 PM

Oh my it's not just The Peanut King then who ADORES that movie...and he's read the book about eleventy-billion times.

He hates when the Sioux fucked 'em up too.

Yes indeed, a real tear jerker.

Bullshitted by Stacy on February 21, 2007 01:11 PM

Well, after all that palaver, I think I gots to find a sportin' gal and have me a poke.

Bullshitted by El Capitan on February 21, 2007 01:25 PM