Oh, the death of Luke Perry has got me all upset. I am the perfect age for the 90210 era. I think it aired for 10 years from 1990-2000. A nighttime soap opera about kids in high school for twenty-somethings that was later complemented by the addition of Melrose Place, about 20 somethings. It was the doubleheader of my era much like Dallas and Dynasty was for my parents.
I loved Dylon McKay and of course his Porsche 356. He lived on his own even though he was in high school. That made him a little bad with full opportunity to make bad decisions. I remember when he lived in a hotel. Room service and cleaning service every day seemed like great services to me.
I think he used to date Kelly back in the day but ultimately chose Brenda, the new girl in school. It was so comforting that Brenda had a twin brother, Brandon Because who could handle starting at a new high school in Beverly Hills, California?
Of course, they didn’t have as much money as all their friends. Nor, were their clothes and cars as nice. Brandon even had a job. Meanwhile, one of his friends, Steve Was getting a new Corvette every year.
I think that’s why I loved that show so much. I was this struggling young lady, just out of college, work my first jobs and watching these kids living it up at the Beverly Beach Club in their fancy, only wear it once, outfits and driving convertible BMW’s looked like somewhere I wanted to be.
My husband and I were discussing how sad it was when we heard last week that Luke Perry had the stroke. There didn’t seem to be much chatter about why it happened. Just that it did and he was hospitalized. I guess we were all hoping he would recover. Discussion about Riverdale being renewed started surfacing and sparked a burgeoning need for him to recover so he could return to the set.
Then, sitting at work, I heard he passed. I quickly texted my husband. Back at home that night, he was telling me how sad it was that this guy died. That Perry was almost the same age and he was fine one day and the next day suffered a stroke and how sad it was because he felt like he knew him. My response was but we don’t. We know the neighbors and the same thing could happen to them or us.
I guess we should spend our time celebrating each other more. Listening to the people we know so they know we care about what they have to say even if it’s just a hello, how are you during a trip to the mailbox.
No amount of money or fame seemed to be able to help Luke Perry, Steve Jobs, or Patrick Swayze to name a few. It seems the saying is true. If you don’t have your health you don’t have anything.
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