Today we learned of another sad loss. Captain Phil Harris, the skipper of the Cornelia Marie featured on Discovery channel's Deadliest Catch, has died of a stroke at the age of 53. Phil was definately my favorite on the show, tough and compassionate in the same turn. To me he was the glue that held the show's differing dynamics together. He could be hard as nails, and yet laugh with the rest of them. Never was that better shown than last season when the Time Bandit crew replaced one of his crab pots with the derelict body of an old truck. Sig or Keith would have flew into a rage over "the waste of time" or "the chance of damaging my equipment. Phil laughed his ass off.
To realize how big the fan-admiration of this man is, discovery channel has a forum thread where you can post a condolence to the Harris family. The first post was today at 8 am and when I posted mine about 12 hours later the thread was 179 PAGES long. The forum and chat room on his official website crashed and is shut down.
Goodbye, captain. you were a damn good man and we lost you too soon. Ah, but you knew all those red bulls would get you sooner or later.