September 04, 2006


Oh, and one last thing - Crikey!

How terrible am I that my first reaction was to laugh? I know...I suck.

Update: I'll admit it - I giggled but I giggled before reading the whole article. So, yeah, I still suck but it is sad that the dude left behind a wife and kids. That sucks more than I do. And at the very least, he died doing what he loved. I'll go hide my head in shame.

Posted by Chris at September 4, 2006 09:50 AM

You DO suck, Chris! But I love you anyway. (Platonically, of course.) I am inordinately sad that Steve Irwin is gone. My only consolation - at least it wasn't a crocodile!

Posted by: samantha at September 4, 2006 09:54 AM

You laughed?! So cold! Although, you know, he like laughter, so maybe we could think of it as a tribute.

I'm pretty bummed, although anyone who watched him could see something like this coming. His poor wife and kids.

Posted by: Kris at September 4, 2006 09:59 AM

I rolled my eyes and said, as I've said countless times in reference to Irwin, "What a loser!" I'm surprised you didn't save Irwin for your Friday feature.

Posted by: Karen at September 4, 2006 10:13 AM

We have the same title today, but I had a little different reaction than you.

*shivers from your cold heart* (ha)

Posted by: VirgoJen at September 4, 2006 10:15 AM

I named my title about this the same. I didn't laugh when I heard, but I did think of that episode of South Park where they mock him for sticking his finger up animal butts.

Posted by: Diz at September 4, 2006 10:25 AM

You're going straight to hell.


Posted by: candace at September 4, 2006 10:26 AM

Yep, you kinda suck, dude. It was fun to make fun of the guy and all, but at the end of the day it's a wife without a husband and two kids without a father.

Posted by: Contrary at September 4, 2006 10:36 AM

It's just so odd, is all. And yes, sad, too.

Posted by: Jen at September 4, 2006 10:39 AM

The guy was a symbol of sorts and the girls enjoyed watching him. Not I; however, I suppose there are worse ways to die than doing what one loves.

Posted by: ann adams at September 4, 2006 10:53 AM

I wasn't plagiarizing what you said. I hadn't read your update when I posted the comment.

Posted by: ann adams at September 4, 2006 10:54 AM

People, you are awful.

Steve Irwin did so much more than you give him credit for. He was a great champion of the environment and conservation and his life savings went into animal protection and environmental protection. He didn't just spend his life running after crocodiles.

I hope his death brings greater awareness for the causes he worked so hard for. He was a great man.

Posted by: E :) at September 4, 2006 11:08 AM

this news was the first thing I heard this morning. i actually felt a little sad about it. he was so young.

Posted by: patricia at September 4, 2006 11:17 AM

those damn stingrays...

okay i am heartless too. the really sad part, though, is that i read last night that his wife was on some expedition and had yet to hear about his death. imagine coming home to that news after everyone else in the world heard it first :(

Posted by: kate at September 4, 2006 11:21 AM

I was shocked by how saddened I felt when I saw the news of his death this morning, because I thought he was really annoying on TV. But he was so young...and with little kids. And I hadn't even realized how involved he was with the zoo down there.

Posted by: Marilyn at September 4, 2006 11:35 AM

I was pretty saddened by the news, although the guy could be somewhat of a tool, he did do alot of good and my kids loved his show. Ok, I admit it, I like the show too.....

Posted by: Lisa at September 4, 2006 11:39 AM

How evil am I that I read your post and thought to myself "Hmm, atleast I won't be in hell alone."

Nah, I'm just kidding and you don't suck, well maybe just a little ;)

Posted by: Chrissie at September 4, 2006 12:14 PM

When I read that this morning int he New York Times I had to blink really hard a couple of times. I thought I was dreaming. I KNEW it was gonna happen one day. The guy was just tempting fate. But he's such an icon and he's dodged the proverbial bullet so many times before. Even my kids sat open-mouthed when they heard. It doesn't seem real. He died doing what he loved...for sure...but a stingray barb plunging into your chest and poking a hole in your heart has to be an awful way to go.

Posted by: wordgirl at September 4, 2006 12:20 PM

Where women glow and men plunder?
Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder?

Posted by: Johnny "Gator" Smoke at September 4, 2006 12:22 PM

My first reaction was honestly "So much for the stingray shuffle." Living in Florida and going through stingray season every year...being told to do the stingray shuffle....its ridiculas to think that what we're told to do to avoid being hurt by stingray's.....well now...obviously is total bunk.

It also further's the insanity of all the "save the stingray" license plates, bumper stickers...etc. I think the stingray's can save themselves.

Perhaps the crocodiles spoke to the stingray's and the stingray's said "no worries mate, we have your back!"

Posted by: PoeticaL at September 4, 2006 12:28 PM

Awww, my reaction was, "That poor sonofabitch! I am so not telling my kids about this."

Posted by: Jen at September 4, 2006 12:51 PM

But seriously, were you at ALL surprised?
I'm am slightly surprised that he wasn't eaten by a croc! since they are "Extremely dangerous" and all. heh. (I giggled too obviously)

Posted by: Pamalamadingdong at September 4, 2006 12:57 PM

Even with all the weird bad publicity he'd gotten last year (or whenever, can't remember) I still thought he was a cool dude. And totally passionate about his life and his work which is really rare in this world. Plus I always applauded him on his marriage and family success. Anyway, you suck some--but I'll forgive ya for a little giggle. ;-)

Posted by: Ginny at September 4, 2006 01:10 PM

I was saddened when I heard the news first thing this morning. I've always said that some day one of those dangerous animals was going to snag him. I'm upset that he leaves behind 2 very young children and a wife. He did die doing what he loved, but much sooner than he should have.

Posted by: MrsJoseGoldbloom at September 4, 2006 01:21 PM

I knew it had to be before you read the whole article, being that you are a dad now. How terrible is it that I first thought it was the guy from Crocodile Dundee?

Posted by: kim at September 4, 2006 01:39 PM

Steve Irwin annoyed the hell out of me but I know that the kids loved him. You have to admire a guy who was so passionate about the care and treatment of animals, but I always knew that that passion was going to get him killed some day. I feel so sorry for his wife and kids.

Posted by: Beth in StL at September 4, 2006 01:58 PM

we learned about a situation like that with a 12 year old in my poisonous and venomous animals class. it hit him in the chest and he died within minutes or something. our teacher told us that you should wade around in the ocean by sliding your feet instead of stepping down to avoid stepping on one of those... just thought you'd like to know... in case you ever go wading in sting-ray infested waters. anyway. it's sad that he died when his kids were so young. at least the girl will have these great [and crazy] memories and stories about her dad.

Posted by: Denise at September 4, 2006 02:18 PM

Steve Irwin annoyed me no end, but as an Australian, he was a wonderful ambassador for our country.

It is a shock that he died, to be honest - I thought this guy was immune to death.

Posted by: Jacqueline at September 4, 2006 02:29 PM

I was at the Australian Zoo a few years ago when a kangaroo attacked my husband. NO JOKE. So as a consolation, the zoo gave my husband a felt blue hat with Australian Zoo on it.

Two years ago I swam with the stingrays! LITTLE DID I KNOW! (Hell I wasn't going to post today cause it's labor day but i might post what I just wrote!) I feel sad!

Posted by: mrs mogul at September 4, 2006 04:18 PM

It's a terrible thing when anyone dies so young. I don't think you are awful for laughing. Steve wanted people to laugh and enjoy. That was a big part of his life.

Posted by: Maribeth at September 4, 2006 04:20 PM

We were devastated here in our house by the news. Steve Irwin has always been a hero here - to my kids for being so cool and insane (one year my son dressed up as him for Halloween and my daughter dressed as his crocodile) and to me for not only being so passionate about what he did but for helping my kids learn without even knowing they were learning.

Posted by: Traci at September 4, 2006 04:32 PM

Funny. I just posted with the same title. This one "celebrity" death really upsets me. I guess people get that way when Mr. Rogers die. For me at this point, it's Steve.

Posted by: oakley at September 4, 2006 06:22 PM

That kinda sucks, actually. His poor family. :-( I think Irwin was likely one of those guys where there was a lot more to him than met the eye.
Anyway, apparently you do suck a little, but we all have those moments.

Posted by: Heather at September 4, 2006 06:54 PM

I laughed too so don't be too hard on yourself. I find it rather ironic how he died. But yes indeed, it is very sad.

Posted by: Pixie at September 4, 2006 07:57 PM

LOL!! I thought I was the only one! I laughed too at first, then I felt terrible about it...

Posted by: Ava at September 4, 2006 08:03 PM

When I heard this morning that he had died, the first thing I asked the person telling me was, "Was it a croc???"

Alas, I was quite wrong. And is it wrong that I thought this person was playing a joke on me? Because, of course, I then laughed.

We'll live it up in Hell, Chris.

Posted by: ironic1 at September 4, 2006 08:11 PM

Your not horrid, I laughed and made some stupid joke about at least his kids don't have to worry about being fed to the crocodiles now. I don't think my friends found it quite tactful.

Posted by: Toni Marie at September 4, 2006 08:35 PM

You totally suck. I can't believe you laughed. You should be ashamed. I'm not talking to you anymore.
Okay. I think you've been punished enough now.

Seriously, this is sad. I hope it was quick and painless.

Posted by: haley-o at September 4, 2006 09:44 PM

I think you suck big time for this. Laughing because of someone's death is just sick. Growing up without a father is not fun and every child deserves to have a father figure. I feel very sad for his children, for his wife who will have to struggle so much more and for you for writing this. I really love reading your blog. Today, you let me down. But then again I do not really think that it would matter to you.

Posted by: Katherine at September 4, 2006 10:05 PM

When I woke up that is the first thing my honey told me, and I laughed too...I figured it was going to happen sooner or later! He was NUTZ around all those wild animals! But I loved his enthusiasm.

Reminded me of my son when he was oh 9 or 10 and picked up a baby rattle snake and told me that I couldn't fear nature! Once that panic subsided I beat his ass and he never picked up another rattler! True story!

Posted by: Gypsy at September 4, 2006 10:26 PM

I could say was...he died doing what he loved.

I too feel awful for his children and wife.....sad.

Posted by: at September 5, 2006 01:17 AM

I forgot to sign my name...sorry.

Posted by: Michele at September 5, 2006 01:18 AM

I was pretty sad when I heard the news and I too asked if it was a crocodile that did the deed. It made me think of Dale Earnhardt though, he too at least died doing something he loved so much. I am sad for his wife and children, especially his daughter b/c she was very into the animals as much as he was. My heart goes out to his family and also to Australia. I hear that he was a very big icon in their country with all the work he has done at the zoo. :(

Posted by: Michelle at September 5, 2006 08:05 AM

I don't think anyone would be at all remiss to have a giggle or two at the irony surrounding the circumstances of his death. He was passionate about his work, yes, but if you watched enough of his shows he also had the ability to laugh at himself, knew how to enjoy life and we know he died doing something he loved. He was actually filming shots for a TV show he was to be doing with his daughter. I'd be lucky to live a life like that. Crikey! :)

Posted by: Sue at September 5, 2006 11:14 AM

Chris you're not going to hell alone... I'm going too... I laughed too...several times in fact. I didn't believe my hubs when he told me. I thought it was a joke. I always thought he'd be eaten by a Croc.

Posted by: Tammy at September 5, 2006 02:27 PM

irony is funny, don't apologize

Posted by: amy at September 5, 2006 03:49 PM

Not as sick as the dude who posted a homemade video of a stick figure Irwin getting stabbed in the chest by a sword yeilding stingray.

And probably not as sick as Hoop and I, who couldn't stop ourselves from laughing.

Irwin was a really outstanding (if not a little too theatrical) guy. He died doing what he loved, and he was well aware of the risks. My wishes go out to his family.

Posted by: Tink at September 5, 2006 05:20 PM

You're completely not alone here, man. I realize that after someone dies, the natural reaction is to eulogize them and feel sorry for their family's loss, but let's face it: no matter how sad it is or how passionate he was about his work, he was one of the most annoying and (sometimes rightly) ridiculed people on the planet.

Yes, he was an incredible force for conservation and environmentalism in his way. Yes, he died doing what he loved, and yes, he left behind two children who will grow up without a father. That indeed makes me sad, but what's even more sad to me is that (according to the Australian Press, who has been far more than kind about this matter) this trip was an on-a-whim outing to film something for his daughter's upcoming TV show. And according to members of the crew with him, they knew he was out of his element in the water but he wanted to do it anyway.

How will she feel when she realizes that he died trying to do something for her? THAT makes me even more sad, that she'll have to carry that unnecessary burden in addition to living without a father.

As tempted as I may be to overdo my sad feelings on the subject and censor myself, we would all do well to remember that this was not only ironic, but predictable. Very sad, but predictable.

Posted by: Sassy at September 6, 2006 12:28 AM