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Arrived safely in Oregon today. Here for Jeff Haley's wedding. Woo hoo! Sitting in the hotel drinking Oregon Syrah, eating chips and bean dip. The same kind of dip I put in my brother's eye when we were kids. Ouch! That burns!!!!

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

I'm not saying she shouldn't try, but I don't quite understand how Elin can renegotiate her "prenup" with Tiger. Isn't the whole idea with a prenup that it's "PRE-nup?"

Gen-X Heroes That Died in '09: Not Including Michael Jackson

The world lost a number of iconic stars in 2009.  Here are a few and what I will remember most about each:

CarradineDavid Carradine: 1936-2009

"Kwai Chang, what will you do now?"

"Wait.  Wander.  Rest when I can."

I never got to watch Kung Fu as a kid (I was only 6 when the series ended), but I remember this verbal exchange from the commercials.  Truth is, I may not even have the quote correct.  But that's how I remember it!

Ricardomontalban Ricardo Montalban: 1920-2009

"Smiles.  Smiles, everyone.  Welcome to Fantasy Island."

As a kid, my parents were pretty good about filtering my television viewing.  But for some reason they never stopped us from watching Fantasy Island on Saturday nights - at the Galbraiths on hamburger night!  Of course, we were watching this show right after we'd watched Love Boat.  Hmmmm.

Ricardo will also be carved in my memory as Khan (1982).  Who can forget that?!

Edmcm Ed McMahon: 1923-2009

It was my generation's American Idol; Star Search was our chance to see the future of American talent!  With categories like "Male Spokesmodel" and "Teen Dancer," it was a thrill!  The voice of Ed bellowing, "Three and a half stars!" is as fresh in my memory as if it happened yesterday.

A few notable celebs who made competitive appearances on Star Search (during the McMahon era):
- Rosie O'Donnell, 1984 (Comedian)
- Sinbad, 1985 (Comedian)
- Sharon Stone, 1984 (Spokesmodel)
- Alanis Morissette, 1988 (Singer)
- Christina Aguilera, 1990 (Singer)
- Britney Spears, 1992 (Singer)

Hughes John Hughes: 1950-2009

Although most of us probably had no clue who he was, nearly every teen in America between 1984 and 1989 would have been influenced by his persepctive on the world.

Personally, I would have to say Breakfast Club was probably the most important film he made, but I was a Weird Science kind-guy myself.

Swayze Patrick Swayze: 1952-2009

While I'm sure the marjority of Swayze's fans (currently 40-something women) will point to Dirty Dancing and Ghost as his greatest flicks, any red-blooded boy of the 80's would have to give shout-outs to The Outsiders and Red Dawn.  Once we got to college, we jumped to the Point Break bandwagon.  It was all pretty macho stuff. 

What more would one expect from a Texas-bred ballet dancer!?

The rest of the list:

Bea Arthur, Dom Deluise, Farrah Fawcett, Les Paul, Lou Albano, Steve McNair...RIP