Suburban Senshi IRC Chat #1046: “Thoughts about Steve”
#1046: “Thoughts about Steve”

[12:29] *** Tue Sep 05 2006 - LOGGING START ***
[12:29] *** Now talking in #suburbansenshi
[12:29] *** Topic is - Still sad about it -
[12:29] *** Set by on Tue Sep 05 12:29 2006

[12:29] <FireFly_9> Some more words about Steve Irwin:
[12:29] <FireFly_9> Steve Irwin followed his bliss right into Legend. His genuine joy came through on every episode of his show. Sure, he may have hammed it up. Sure, he took a million reckless risks and the habit eventually caught up to him.
[12:29] <FireFly_9> But the man lived like he meant it. Who can say they saw his sense of purpose waver? When he spoke of his passion for conservation, of the mission that had chosen him, it was plain that his heart did not know the corruption of doubt.
[12:30] <FireFly_9> Those rushing to be the snarkiest belle at the ball would do well to examine their own lives, their own ambitions. How many of your hopes and dreams are still folded up and uncolored? Steve Irwin became a mythic figure in 44 years. He stomps now through the wilds of Elysium, tracking game greater than any he knew on this mortal coil.
[12:30] <@SpeedRcrX> I now officially hate stingrays
[12:31] <@SpeedRcrX> This guy lived more life in one show than most of us will live in our lifetimes
[12:31] <The Vampire Lyrica Hubert> Steve should feel right at home crossing the river Styx ; the first animal he'll see, Cerberos, is described as "a monstrous three-headed dog (sometimes said to have 50 or 100 heads) with a snake for a tail and serpentine mane". I imagine he won't look back.
[12:33] <@S.X. Aino> Steve wouldn't have wanted you to hate the stingray
[12:34] <@S.X. Aino> . . . Sometimes I wonder if humans are only allotted so many amazing moments in their life. When they're used up, they die. I can't imagine he would have traded it for 100 more years.
[12:35] <@SpeedRcrX> <-- Steve's funny Sportscenter commercial
[12:35] <Reverend_H> <-- one for Fedex, yo
[12:35] <@SpeedRcrX> ... f[BLEEP]k you Elios
[12:36] <Reverend_H> I didn't mean it like that T_T
[12:37] <Reverend_H> I was certain that the reason he was able to do the things that he did with these incredibly dangerous animals, was that there was some sort of unspoken agreement between him and the animal kingdom.
[12:37] <Reverend_H> Snake: Oh crap, someone's touching me. I am so going to bite this f[BLEEP]ker... wait, it's Irwin. Fine, yeah yeah, I'm a real beauty. Uh huh, yeah show me to the camera. Ok, now put me back man, I'm trying to get some sleep here.
[12:38] <@SpeedRcrX> Here, his 10 most deadliest snakes show
[12:38] <@SpeedRcrX> part 1
[12:38] <@SpeedRcrX> part 2
[12:39] <@SpeedRcrX> part 3
[12:39] <@SpeedRcrX> To be so passionate about a cause that you live your life for it, and risk death day-in-day-out for it, and feel the joy of life doing so instead of grim obligation, to become enormously successful doing so, and funnel all of that success back into your passion. I can wish myself and my friends and everyone here no better. He died young but wasted no time in living every moment of his life to the fullest extent possible. There's no Darwin award here. He was simply swimming in the ocean and got stabbed by a creture who I'm sure still had his admiration, sympathy and love even in that moment. If there's an afterlife, I'm sure he's up there defending that Stingray to every angel that'll listen.
[12:39] <@SpeedRcrX> But yeah, I can't ask for him to rest in peace. It's not what he'd want. Live on in adventure, mate.
[12:41] // GINGA FLASH // · · Footage of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin being killed by a stingray will be shown on TV to honour his wishes · ·
[12:41] // GINGA FLASH // · · Steve had always ordered his crew to carry on filming even if he was mauled to death · ·
[12:42] // GINGA FLASH // · · "Even if a big big old alligator is chewing me up I want to go down and go, ‘Crikey!’ just before I die. That would be the ultimate for me." · ·
[12:43] <@SpeedRcrX> ... I'm not gonna watch that.
[12:43] * @SpeedRcrX is away: I just can't remember him like that
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When I read this, I got tears in my eyes.

He was a great man.

starcat • 09/05/06 07:20pm

Steve Irwin, a.k.a. "The Croc Hunter", was a guy who completely and thoroughly enjoyed everything about his job and the animals he worked with. It showed in his shows on both TV and live at the zoo. More importantly, he *respected* nature and the animals and that also showed. All the world was a stage to him and the animals fellow actors and partners.

He might have been a flamboyant showoff to some people ( or a fearless enthusiast with a contagious attitude you just couldn't help but love ) over here in the U.S., but over in Austrailia the man was practically a living legend. I remember earlier today watching a CNN report on how the Austrailian public was responding to the news of Steve Irwin's death. Some people felt like they'd actually lost a son or a national treasure. One thing's for certain, he will be dearly missed the world over.

Solarchos [e-mail] • 09/05/06 03:21pm

Yes, he lived life exactly the way he wanted... I guess I'm so sad because he was so young and larger-than-life, like a big kid... I honestly wanted to see him doing what he loved for another 10-15 years and then stepping back, enjoying time with his family and loved ones-- he did so much for wildlife. I know that back in the day I too was like "WTF Steve" with the baby dangling thing, but it turns out the camera angle was bad, and the baby was quite, quite far away as could be seen from another shot--

I mean... people don't come like that often. If you watch the third youtube vid with the snake, where it comes RIGHT UP TO HIM... this was a man who put his life on the line so many times just to share the world he loved with others... to show them things they never would ever see on their own.

He was happy, and fun, and intelligent-- I can't tell you how many times I've just wanted to cry over this. It just feels so sudden, so senseless, so wrong. As Ikari said in chat the other night (paraphrasing) "he never knew of my existence, but I miss him."

Same here. He felt like a big kid brother somehow. Like a fixture you expect to see grinning and happy and full of life. I guess that's how I always want to remember him.

And Yeah, Elios sounded normal. I just didn't have the will to thug him up.

I'm not taking this well, and I know it might seem odd considering you might say it's just a face on TV but still.

A line from X3 comes to mind. "Great men never live to see their works accomplished." He was in the middle of trying to unite five major wildlife organizations and to get them well-funded when he died. The Australians want to give him a state funeral and perhaps name a state park after him. If you look past the theatrics, he was a great man in his own right. In his own way, he was as powerful and eleoquent a speaker for the wonders of the natural world as our generation has seen. Sure he wasn't "high-fallooting" about it, or stolid, but he was aiming at children, and those with the hearts of children, going right for the primal sense of awe that so many of us have lost as we grow older and "mature." Someone once said they didn't appreciate what he brought to the table until they looked at his imitators. That zest, that passion, that honest love for his work and suject matter and mission... all gone so quickly.

But that's why, at least for me, why I'm so sad about this. He deserved a long and happy life.

And damnit, this needs to be a blog entry unto itself.

Dr. X • 09/05/06 03:11pm

whys everyone so sad? the guy PAWNED life for all its worth, milked it dry, then went out exactly how he would have wanted...
and was helios talking normally just now or was that just me?

newbie • 09/05/06 02:00pm

Argh, this was probably the hardest thing to read on here. I can't help but let my tears fall, he really was someone special. As an animal lover myself (Not that way Helios~)I will miss seeing his shows and getting able to see something most of us would never be able to see otherwise. However.. seeing his death is not something I have the strengh to do.

KnifeyUtensil • 09/05/06 01:44pm

I don't think they should show the footage of his death. I'll be one to join Haruka and not watch it if it ever airs.

D-Train [e-mail] • 09/05/06 12:56pm