DRACONIS BLACKTHORNE (dblackthorne) wrote,
DRACONIS BLACKTHORNE
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MASH set hike

THE BLACK EARTH | NEFARIOUS NEWS

ITEM: MASH set & Reagan Ranch immolation
M*A*S*H set
Malibu Creek State Park

I recently learned that the MASH* set that I hiked to once while attending the Y has burned down, as a result of the Woolsey** Fire. It was a rather long trek through the Santa Monica & Malibu mountains, up and down rocky cliffs through to a veritable swamp before the dam, which had a couple hundred feet dropoff at least, granting a sense of vertigo, but just getting onto the pavement surface was a challenge, as one had to scale across a rocky hill face dangling over an algae-filled lagoon. The hills themselves are remarkable in that they do have a rather Martian countenance.

The site itself is strewn with thick rope and mosquito netting, remnants of tents, army jeeps, and a hellicopter landing pad. Not to mention the humorous wooden sign pointing to various locations throughout the nation. I was never really into this series, but thought the excursion was a fun one. As an odd bit of trivia, the theme song is entitled "Suicide Is Painless" by Johnny Mandel {lyrics below}.

It just so happens that I was acquainted with Mr. James Olson, the uncredited propmaster who manufactured a great deal of iconic items for various television series, MASH included. The song is especially poignant in his case, considering his self-imposed excarnation via a revolver, due to various medical conditions which also resulted in dual leg amputations, combined with depression & Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors [SSRIs], which increases suicidal tendencies in males. A humble and private man, who identified as Rosicrucian with Pagan leanings. Always a pleasure to converse with.
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* Mobile Army Surgical Hospital.
** I knew a "Mr. Woolsey" at Carpenter, who was the Safety Officer Squad leader.




Lyrics

Through early morning fog I see
Visions of the things to be
The pains that are withheld for me
I realize and I can see

That suicide is painless
It brings on many changes
And I can take or leave it if I please

The game of life is hard to play
I'm gonna lose it anyway
The losing card I'll someday lay
So this is all I have to say

Suicide is painless (suicide)
It brings on many changes (changes)
And I can take or leave it if I please

The sword of time will pierce our skins
It doesn't hurt when it begins
But as it works its way on in
The pain grows stronger
Watch it grin

Suicide is painless
It brings on many changes
And I can take or leave it if I please

A brave man once requested me
To answer questions that are key
Is it to be or not to be
And I replied oh why ask me?

Suicide is painless
It brings on many changes
And I can take or leave it if I please

And you can do the same thing if you please


Then there's THIS!

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