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No More Sea Breezes, Cupcake. R.I.P. Andy Hallett

Posted by melancholygeek on March 31, 2009

180px-andy_hallett_by_ravenuI had a lot of things planned for my return to blogging, but I assure you, obituaries weren’t among them. Sadly, things don’t always go as planned.

I just got word over Twitter, by @moryan, that singer and actor Andy Hallett passed away last Sunday at the age of 33. After a five-year struggle, his heart gave in.

If you can’t place the name but the picture to the left looks vaguely familiar to you, you probably know him as the green-skinned demon Lorne from Joss Whedon’s popular Buffy-spin-off series Angel.

I won’t go on about his role on Angel or other parts of his career, for you can read up on this over at Mo’s column The Watcher, EOnline! or his wikipedia entry.

I usually don’t react so strongly to celebrity deaths, but for Andy, things seem so weird. I just lately finished watching Angel, and actually just recently saw Chance by Amber Benson, also featuring him. I loved his scenes, mostly his part in the park with James Marsters. And I deeply adored the character Lorne. Plus, the circumstances under which I watched both are of a kind that means quite a lot to me.

That and the fact that we were practically the same age just makes me feel… well, not good.

Lacking cranberry and grapefruit juice for a sea breeze, I just can raise a glass of red wine to toast to you Andy.

And seeing that his greatest moments as Lorne will probably be buzzin’ all over the webs anyway, here’s that part from Chance I mentioned, thanks to MissLunacy:

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Happy (belated) Birthday to… me!

Posted by melancholygeek on March 30, 2009

The report of my death was an exaggeration.

Yes, I’m alive and well, thanks for your concern. And more than that, a year and a week ago today, Happy Zombie Jesus Day – a despite the probably offending title rather insignificant post, mostly about Battlestar Galactica – marked the birth of the internet persona you all have grown to love (or not so much in case you’re a Kara/Lee shipper) – melancholygeek. And yes, I know that I’ve been awfully quiet the last couple of, well, months, but there were good reasons, or at least that’s what I’d like to make you believe. Sometimes Real Life ™ takes its toll, and once you’ve been drawn in there it can be hard to maintain a healthy cyber-social-life. And should this last sentence somehow sound wrong to you, congratulations, there is hope for you yet.

Seriously, it’s not that I didn’t miss blogging, tweeting and participating in other online activities, I just got, well, lazy seems rather strong a word, seeing that I have been quite busy. Let’s say comfortable. But the restlessness grew stronger in this one, and over the past couple of days I slowly crawled back in my Other Life ™. And here I am again. But this post here shouldn’t be about explaining my recent absence. It’s my birthday post, and after the jump, I’ll do what people do on such days… I’ll look back on the awesome year that was the last and make wild speculations about what may lie ahead. So join this jolly good fellow (for that he is) in his shameless self-adulation…

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