Dude, I didn’t even know him and I’m sad about it.
Truth was when I heard it the first person I thought about was my dad. He would have been seriously bummed out to hear the news. He was a big Sopranos fan. Most people had family dinners on Sundays, we had Sopranos, coffee, and tea. We never missed an episode. Always hanging out on the couch, tripping out on Tony Soprano and his crazy mobster life. Our elaborate discussions of Silvio, Christopher, Tony, Janice, and Carmela after each episode only made hanging out on Sundays even better.
I guess James Gandolfini’s passing was like losing another part of my dad, another connection gone. But at least I have some awesome one-liners with plenty of profanity to remember our HBO nights, but let’s not forget the weird series finale that left us with a wait … what-happened-here moment.
I know he did more than just the Sopranos, but this awesome show is what brought us together every Sunday night, complex, loving, murdering criminals. Here’s the best of Tony…
“A wrong decision is better than indecision.”
“If you can quote the rules, then you can obey them.”
“What fucking kind of human being am I, if my own mother wants me dead?”
“All due respect, you got no fuckin’ idea what it’s like to be Number One. Every decision you make affects every facet of every other fuckin’ thing. It’s too much to deal with almost. And in the end you’re completely alone with it all.”
“He tells me he’s got no purpose.”
“And how did you answer him?”
“I told him that it costs 150 grand to bring him up so far, so if he’s got no purpose I want a fucking refund.”
“Is this a woman thing? You ask me how I’m feeling. I tell you how I’m feeling, and now you’re going to torture me with it.”
“This isn’t painful. Getting shot is painful. Getting stabbed in the ribs is painful. This … isn’t painful. It’s empty. Dead.”
“You’re only religious when it suits you.”