When "Something Is Just There"

robin williams
robin williams

Sometimes you need to take a break from saying “Yay! Alcohol!” As a close friend of the publication says far too often these days, "We lost a great one this week."

At press time, we don’t know all the details. What we do know is that Robin Williams was someone who battled certain hindrances most of his life. The part we got to see was how he coped with that inner turmoil by bringing us a cask strength level of entertainment that touched so many lives around the world. We are so lucky to have known someone like him the way we did. Certain performances of his are unforgettable, and luckily, will always be in our permanent collective consciousness.

One thing we’ve never addressed here is that the reason we write about our chosen subject is because, like a great Robin Williams bit in something like The Fisher King, say, we appreciate its many nuances. We love discovering all the forms it takes and the creative ways it can be presented.

We also know that for some people, it’s not about appreciating an intoxicating substance simply for those qualities. Maybe it starts there. But if often doesn’t end there.

From today’s NY Times obituary:

He later explained in an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer that this addiction had not been “caused by anything, it’s just there.”

“It waits,” Mr. Williams continued. “It lays in wait for the time when you think, ‘It’s fine now, I’m O.K.’ Then, the next thing you know, it’s not O.K. Then you realize, ‘Where am I? I didn’t realize I was in Cleveland.’ ”

It’s not the right day to say “Yay, alcohol!”

And yes, to elevate a celebrity like Robin Williams above all who have suffered from addiction and struggle with depression is also unfair.

But dammit. It still hurts.

Cheers, Robin. We’ll all miss you.

Please enjoy Mork calling Orson the morning after getting “Orkfaced.”