onewetleg - 2005-02-21 07:44:49
a moment of silence for good ol' hunter s. thompson...
andie - 2005-02-21 08:28:15
About the fasting thing... if your church leaders are actually giving up all food to fast, then they're not really fasting correctly. You're really just supposed to give up one food (i.e. meat). It's not supposed to be unhealthy. Three days without food is definitely too long for me too.
michelle - 2005-02-21 08:33:13
Third! Yay!! And rest in peace, Hunter S. Thompson.
artgnome - 2005-02-21 09:07:04
total fasting, except for liquids like water and tea, is from the old testament, and is common today among committed believers. It's never been something I've been called to though, I'm either focusing on God or not, and the fasting only makes me focus on food, so I don't practice it. It works for some people though, so to each his own.
fifi - 2005-02-21 09:16:11
Sad news, I hope it felt like a blaze of glory. John Peel died a few months back, of a heart attack, while in Peru. One by one, people who semed larger than life, to my then teenage self, are no longer around. It's like when you know the party should've been over, the fun has been had, only the boring people are left. I hope they just got wind of a better party, up the road, and split early...
Lisa - 2005-02-21 09:20:13
Longtime reader, yadda yadda. What a thing to wake up to this morning. To be like HST became my reason to keep writing and to keep sane in this crazy fucked up world of ours. I feel cheated somehow. I hope he had a damn good reason...cuz all I could say this morning was "You scurvy shyster bastard!!!" R.I.P. HST
BlueMeany - 2005-02-21 10:13:12
I, too, mourned the loss of my hero and journalistic inspiration all day ... weirdly enough, we both attended the same miltary journalism school, so I felt a connection. If I turn out to be one iota of the writer he was, I will consider myself a success. One thing's got to be true ... wherever he is right now, I hope he's finally found his answers. R.I.P.
HRT - 2005-02-21 11:19:05
Hey you are welcome to your opinion, (this being your blog and all) however your opinion on the whole fasting thing, just clarifies that you don't get it.

It's a God thing, you wouldn't understand. Obviously it's not for you, it's above your understanding, its a deep spiritual discipline that you clearly have no knowledge of.

I only got snarky cause Jesus fasted for 40 days, and I think He had a slightly better knowledge of God than anyone. Therefore there must be something to it.
Stalker - 2005-02-21 11:28:54
Re: Fasting thing - 2 billion Muslims fast for a whole MONTH every year for a closer relationship with God. I do it also, and regarding u saying that u don't get how that could be spiritual etc ---> it makes me appreciate about the suffering of poor people & the blessings of God etc... And I dunno much abt Christianity, but rn't they supposed to fast also for 40 days or smth ?!
Notorious B.I.N.G.O. - 2005-02-21 11:42:46
Heh, Religous Fasters! Personally not eating Slows me down it doesn't make me fast. Yeah, I'd have to agree with you that Thompson probably went out on his own terms rather than someone elses. I'd say he was probably high at the time too though.
HRT - 2005-02-21 11:47:16
Actually Stalker, mostly only devout Catholics regularly fast, or fast something during the 40 days of lent. But many Protestants fast in some way or another throughout the year. Lent is just an especially popular time to fast.

"‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of G-d.’” Deut. 8:3 & Matt 4:4

I'm not saying, I'm just saying.
M. - 2005-02-21 12:53:02
For Ramadan Muslims can eat between the hours of midnight and dawn, with variances, depending on religious belief and what not.
Terra - 2005-02-21 13:11:52
I don't think that fasting would do me any good at all, because if I go without eating for a prolonged period of time, I get a terrible headache and would rather chew off my limbs to make it stop.
Nance - 2005-02-21 13:28:43
Susie probably doesn't know that the question she asked the guy about any physical limitations is actually illegal--eek!
HRTf - 2005-02-21 14:42:19
Now, I thought that if the job that one was interviewing for required physical exertion (i.e. the one season that I worked for UPS they required that eligible employees be able to repeatedly lift up to 70lbs.) then one could ask if the applicant felt that they were physically able to do the job?
hotcarl - 2005-02-21 18:46:52
Someone once asked me that in an interview. I told them it's hard for me to work when I have a big hemorrhoid on my ass and sometimes I really have the bad shits and my ass is wiped raw so it's hard to stay sitting down. I didn't get the job either, but I don't think that was a factor, as I really have the qualifications to be a proctologist.
Pywacket - 2005-02-21 20:07:40
I played Warren in honor of the Doctor. I certainly hope they are catching up this evening.
christen - 2005-02-21 20:26:10
Actually *that* question isn't illegal, because you ask it on applications, just to see if people need modifications from YOU. It's an ADA thing. But asking if people are pregnant or married or etc etc about their personal lives that have nothing to do with the job, *that* is illegal.
Lando - 2005-02-22 00:21:50
i like the guy who justified the fasting by saying 'jesus did it'. yeah, like supposedly being god's child had nothing to do with it, and he only gained such knowledge after denying himself a few clark bars for a month. if jesus jumped off a bridge...
HRT - 2005-02-22 01:32:12
Just for the record, fasting as a church discipline has been successfully practiced since the beginning of the Christian faith. (Jesus did some pretty special things, fasting just happens to not have been one of the more unusual ones) Ancient writings also suggest that it was not altogether uncommon for ancient jews to regularly fast in order to strengthen and clarify their faith in their G-d.

Oh and as far as jumping off a bridge, Jesus called His followers to come and die with Him. So in a sense, well yeah I guess I would jump.
justagirl - 2005-02-22 11:13:20
i am sure no one will read my post as it is the day after the fact, so I can say whatever I want. HRT continues to prove to me that he is an ass... that he knows far more than anyone else and we should all bow down to him. Anyhow I was shocked to see that more of you are being upseted by the fast or why fast debate, when I think that there was something far more serious to discuss in the entry.
John - 2005-02-22 13:33:19
(I am a day late in posting this, but oh well.) Regarding Hunter S. Thompson: This is how I know I am getting old. The heroes of my misspent youth are beginning to drop off at an accelerating pace, and they somehow never seem to die in their sleep. My next question is, what happens now to Uncle Duke and his loving assistant in "Doonesbury?"
Michael - 2005-02-24 02:22:41
Fasting has other useful purposes. Does anyone remember that Ghandi fasted in protest of the British?

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