From then on I would identify myself on the phone as Tuna Neck.
January 25, 2017 11:15 AM   Subscribe

Dan Aykroyd's memories of his former fiancée, Carrie Fisher.
posted by Chrysostom (21 comments total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
What a gracious remembrance.
posted by infinitewindow at 11:33 AM on January 25, 2017 [3 favorites]

It was a little weird... but then, I started reading it in his voice and run-on style and it became simply beautiful...
posted by jkaczor at 11:42 AM on January 25, 2017 [5 favorites]

This is full of beautifully expressed and heartfelt sentiment, but I especially loved this:

'Contemplating marriage, I gave Carrie a sapphire ring and subsequently in the romance she gave me a Donald Roller Wilson oil painting of a monkey in a blue dress next to a tiny floating pencil, which I kept for years until it began to frighten my children. '
posted by EXISTENZ IS PAUSED at 11:46 AM on January 25, 2017 [16 favorites]

A snapshot of time.
posted by I-baLL at 11:56 AM on January 25, 2017

That Dan Ackroyd. Sometimes I disagree with him (Crystal Head vodka?), but in the end he's good folks. That last sentence in particular is nice.
posted by JHarris at 11:57 AM on January 25, 2017 [2 favorites]

Paul Simon, Dan Ackroyd, Harrison Ford... Man, what a love life she had!
So funny to me that she could be so successful in life (fame, beauty, money, best selling books, talented boyfriends and a family life that seems to have been as close as it was crazy-- a doting if maddening mother, a loving daughter and a hilarious dog) and yet have spent her whole life feeling SO insecure, hating herself half the time. A reminder for all of us when we feel pathetic that truly awesome people often feel that way. smile emoticon:-) Also a reminder that mental illness and struggles with addiction don't have to prevent anyone from living an epic life. I wish someone would write a tribute like this for me after I die.
posted by OnceUponATime at 12:21 PM on January 25, 2017 [13 favorites]

OMG, in The 'Burbs she calls Rick Ducommun's (also RIP) character "Tuna Neck".

I presume now that that line may have been meant to be only fully appreciated by Dan Aykroyd.
posted by doctornecessiter at 12:26 PM on January 25, 2017 [10 favorites]

Nice words from The Ack.
posted by Bob Regular at 12:58 PM on January 25, 2017

Boy, you really want a eulogy even half as nice as this when you go. Good on you, Ackroyd, for such a lovely remembrance.
posted by wenestvedt at 1:06 PM on January 25, 2017 [6 favorites]

That Dan Ackroyd. Sometimes I disagree with him (Crystal Head vodka?)
Now, this I won't stand for...
posted by groda at 1:12 PM on January 25, 2017

"That Dan Ackroyd. Sometimes I disagree with him (Crystal Head vodka?),"

Not Crystal Head but Crystal Skull. Inspired by these actual crystal skulls.
posted by I-baLL at 1:30 PM on January 25, 2017

Original Owsley. Now that's just bragging.
posted by Devonian at 1:43 PM on January 25, 2017 [6 favorites]

I would call it Name Dropping
posted by achrise at 2:03 PM on January 25, 2017 [11 favorites]

The name of the brand is, in fact, Crystal Head vodka, even if it comes in a skull. I assume someone else had the crystal skull alcohol trademark.
posted by JHarris at 3:54 PM on January 25, 2017 [1 favorite]

People are different, I guess. That really fell flat for me. It was more about him than her. To be fair, it's his memories, and they are what they are, and who am I to judge their friendship? But it sure came across like, "Oh Carrie? Yeah, I fucked her."

Also the pull quote is not an exact quote even though it's in quote marks, which irrationally pisses me off.

Maybe it's just because I'm in an especially bad mood today.
posted by ctmf at 5:01 PM on January 25, 2017 [1 favorite]

Anyone know what a "threep" is?
posted by HiroProtagonist at 8:15 PM on January 25, 2017

$20, same as in town.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 9:15 PM on January 25, 2017 [11 favorites]

From the context, I was thinking "threep" might have been either a reference to a C-3PO imitation or perhaps something like an SBD. Actual intensive internet research tells me, however, that it is an alternate spelling of "threap," which means, variously, to scold, contradict, rebuke, argue or bicker.

Also, how great must it have been to be able to make John Belushi laugh?
posted by bryon at 12:03 AM on January 26, 2017 [3 favorites]

As an individual on the Autism Spectrum, and a nerd who's first on screen crush was Princess Leia, this is especially awesome/hard to read in light of Carrie's passing.
posted by Drumhellz at 8:12 PM on January 26, 2017

I don't think it's the reference he's making, but MeFi's own Scalzi uses the word "threep" as short for C3PO in his novel Lock-In, to refer to human-controlled android bodies used by victims of a plague that creates the eponymous "lock-in" syndrome.
posted by uberchet at 11:39 AM on January 31, 2017

Also: Man, it sucks to get dumped, but is it better or worse when you're dumped for Paul Simon in his prime?
posted by uberchet at 11:42 AM on January 31, 2017

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