14 Feb

Pruteanu, “Sir” Alexandru Mihail, (President–Royal Society of Saltimbanques, Treasurer–Union of Wine Tasters-Mattress Testers), the obscurely-known author, born in Bucharest, Rom. on 1 July 1969, died in Melbourne, Aus. on Valentine’s Day, 2008 of sunstroke. Although never a famous cricketer, he could hit hard and bowl slows with a puzzling flight. (It is said that Shacklock, the former Nottinghamshire player, inspired him with the Christian name of his famous character, Tavi, and that of the latter’s brother, Pimmel Schweinhuber, was suggested by the Derbyshire cricketers). In 1991, Sir Pruteanu was in the Rugby XI, and although he was unsuccessful in the Marlborough match, he headed the university’s bowling averages with a record of 19 wickets for 14.05 runs each. In 2004 he was accidentally pelted in the head with a cricket ball, prompting him to start writing a daily web log which received little traffic and even less publicity. In September 2007, disillusioned with the “rightside up world,” he and his wife moved to Melbourne, Australia to pursue his studies of the didjeridu and live the organic,  aboriginal  life. Sir Pruteanu had gained a modest reputation, ironically, as a freelance writer of obituaries for his hometown newspaper “The Cary Hangover.” He is survived by his wife, his pet sloth Fast Eddie, and two friends.


7 Responses to “Obit”

  1. chapman 14/02/2008 at 8:31 PM #

    you have a bottomless pit of names in your brain. you are a character namatronomatic. up top.

  2. (S)wine 14/02/2008 at 11:18 PM #

    Well this blog is automatic,
    it’s systematic,
    it’s hydromatic
    Why it’s greased lightnin’!

  3. Helly 15/02/2008 at 8:07 AM #

    I wish I could leave a comment worthy of that post – but considering at least +4 points Jeff Conaway reference, notwithstanding the post itself, I’m left with the lame, oft-used, but still heartfelt: you crack me up!

  4. momentofchoice 15/02/2008 at 9:17 AM #

    i am so proud.

  5. choochoo 15/02/2008 at 2:33 PM #

    I’ve been hit in the head several times (me being on mother natures hitlist, and all) and it always seems to get in the way of writing much… Maybe it’s not being done right. Hmmm.


  6. Anish 15/02/2008 at 3:21 PM #

    Nice way of expressing things.


  7. (S)wine 15/02/2008 at 4:33 PM #

    Helly, at first I thought you made a mistake, but then I realized that it was Jeff Conaway who had the lead in the Broadway play, before Travolta got it in the film version.

    Momentofchoice, I am hono(u)red.

    Choochoo, wear a helmet.

    Anish, I had to redact your comment and removed your link due to large volumes of spambots who trawl the internets looking for links and live email addresses.

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