Wednesday, July 13, 2005

The Loss of a Legend

The Fifth Column is deeply saddened to have to report the passing of a great freedom fighter and champion of progress: Mario's beloved Chinese fighting fish, Bebe Boi (also known as "The Red One").

Bebe was only a year old but his career - improbably - spanned decades. Like many Chinese fighting fish he was drawn to idealistic causes early in life, fighting alongside the French resistance in Nazi-occupied Europe:

Resistance

Even so, he was never one to hold a grudge. Many years later he played a pivotal role in the fall of the Berlin wall and the reunification of East and West Germany:

Berlin

His proudest accomplishment, however, was his return to his ancestral China where he participated in the democratic protests of Tiananmen Square:

Tiananmen

Bebe was quietly honored today in a private ceremony, as per his instructions:

Ceremony

21 comments:

Berniann said...

have been reading your blogs for several days now...am totally loving this... quite witty and you make me laugh quite often.

my favorite was the Jury Vacation!

keep up the awesome posts.
=) B.

Richard said...

No one thought that it was odd that you and a bunch of co-workers were taking a camera into the restroom stalls?

Burmese man said...

Hey I think I should bookmark this blog!

Lattenrost said...

if there are chinese fighting fish, are there also indian non-violent-resistance-fish? or south american guerilla fish?

Juliabohemian said...

Is he planning to sue you guys for wrongful death. You didn't exactly take the best car of his fish...

The Bookworm said...

I'm a complete stranger, but I've been following the fighting fish saga. His life and death will touch us all! How brave and courageous he was in the blender!

http://www.myspace.com/jenn1864

weasel said...

he was such a great man, uh, I mean...fish. he will be missed terribly. btw, how's the blue one holding up?

Johnny said...

I feel terrible stumbling on to this blog at such a solemn occasion. Please accept my condolences and pass them on to any surviving family for me.


Oh, and thanx fer the laffs.

min said...

My condolences...

And man this was funny!

And again, I'm very sorry for your loss..

Tommie Lee said...

I just heard. I'm so sorry.

Bebe saved my life in Korea, pulling me into that foxhole despite taking a bullet in the dorsal. Fish like Bebe don't come around that often, and when they pass on...you just know the world is a slightly darker place.

Bebe lives on in the lives touched by him.

Stay strong.

Justice said...

That's really sad, how'd it happen? Did it drown? Well I hope you were able to cover up your sorrow with large amounts of liquor.

HJS said...

Very Good.
Keep it up

PINKSandROSES said...

that is the one of the funniest things i've read all day! hurray for making me smile!

Schmetterling said...

i'm allergic to fish..!! but that one was awesome funny..!

pablo said...

"one of the silliest sin is grinning during a funeral"

Will i go to hell for laughing?

RIP Bebe Boi
Sorry for your loss.

(How do you know if its a boy fish or a girl fish?)

shiney teeth and me said...

oh my gosh!! thats hillarious!!!...um...er... deeply moving

Alex said...

Can someone pass the chips and vinegar?

Jaxe said...

We will have a moment of silence today at the office in memory of Bebe. His life accomplishments are rivaled only by Forrest Gump's. *bows head in silence*

:-)

S with an "h" said...

oh gosh. this is tragic.

Joy said...

eh? love the toilet one! been doing a bit of lavatorial humour on my blog too...

Tommie Lee said...

Farewell, o red one. You live on in the hearts of the revolution.