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Even At Funerals, People Expect Graveside Parking?

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by Joe Strummer, Mar 4, 2016.

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  1. Joe Strummer

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    Yes.......I'm slowly giving up hope, on the endless, laziness of some people.
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    I attended a funeral for a peer, yesterday.
    I was the last car in a loooong funeral procession ( sp?).
    We drive quite deep into the old cemetery
    ( the famous Legend Of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery ! ) --
    the whole way, is a narrow, one car wide, road.
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    At one point the cars stop --
    the line of cars twist up ahead + a round a blind curve.
    I figure "Okay, this is it.....the hearse has obviously stopped at the gravesite ---
    way up ahead beyond sight.
    I happen to look out my passenger side window --- up the hill - I see
    a backhoe....then a hearse.......pretty good idea the grave is up there.
    I pull my car way over + lock.
    Everyone of the cars in front of me has brake lights on/engines running and sitting
    in the middle of this narrow old road.........and they sit.......and they sit......
    I start walking up the line of cars --- I could have easily walked directly up the hill thru
    the graves - to the grave site..........but..............
    These people need some DIRECTION ! :rolleyes2:
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    I tap lightly on each car - as I walk by - and say "This is it...pull over + park."
    One lady rolls down the window + whines ( NYC accent ) "This is it ?..we park here ?"
    ( I guess, she was waiting for grave site parking attendant to take her keys ? ---?
    or maybe, a LARGE parking lot to appear among grave sites hundreds of years old ? --
    I don't know ?...where do you want to go ? )
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    Unforunately...or fortunately ?...the graveside ceremony was mostly over by the time
    these people got there.
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    BTW
    My friend got buried in his team NFL jersey.
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    I was just trying to help.
     
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    I just ate some granola.
     
  3. Joe Strummer

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    It won't offset the 15 hr BJ marathon sessions in VEGAS......with
    only 2 hours sleep + quarts of free alcohol.
     
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    You did mention it, but the family should have provided valet service. Some people are just so inconsiderate.

    I do hope the family laid out a nice lunch meat and cheese buffet for after. I mean that would be adding insult to injury.
     
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    It was a nice buffet......I didn't eat anything.
    I had my Brown Ale ( tap / mug ) in hand - yappin' away.
    I was so busy yappin'.......I only had one beer !!!......I'm gettin' old !
    Honestly, it was like a "night out" after babysitting my son for 4 yrs, now.
    As I was ordering my beer - looking at the tV behind the bar - I said, "Oh ?....I remember this....it's been a long time."
     
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    Funerals really can be fun events, reunions. I loves me a good funeral.
     
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    when one of friends,a bartender by trade, passed away, one of his pre-arranged items was to have a bottle of booze and some shot cups beside the
    casket in case anyone wanted to toss one back on him one last time....

    ps, i grew up living in a funeral home, but those stories are for another time
     
  8. Joe Strummer

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    I could have used a booze shot walking past the casket.
    I never look ( close up ) - i'll look from down the line.....but not up close.
    I'm usually too emotionally F-ed up by then.
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    I couldn't even look at the Memorabilia Photo Displays this time.
    I do like looking at the photos....usually.
     
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    Had the same parking situation at my wife's grandfather's funeral a few years back. we ended up walking about 100 yards to the grave as we were walking up my wife's sister pulled out of her spot in line and left. I guess a short walk is too much to ask for your 100 year old grandfather.
     
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    For my FIL's funeral a few weeks back a lady tried to cut in front of me in the procession to the church.

    I slowed down so everyone would catch up, laid on my horn, called her a Fucking C**T and proceeded on our way.

    The people when I got to the church were like what happened, I explained it, they wish they knew cause how awesome would it have been if the whole procession was giving this lady the bird as they passed!
     
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    My sister passed away last month. Survivors were her 2 young children, my mother, and my 6 other siblings and I. We are all married and there are over 20 nieces/nephews. Since it was going to be along day at the wake and there were so many of us, a friend arranged for sandwiches and drinks to be at the funeral. I ducked into the family room to grab a quick water and who is in there eating and drinking- my brother's wife's family! I was like WTH! He has been married less than 2 years, I don't even know their names. By the time my husband got a chance to get back there, nothing was left.

    Go back out to the wake, and find sister-in-law's parents sitting in the front row up by the casket, where immediate family usually is.

    The next day, while waiting for the service to start, I leave my purse in second row, figuring my mom and some of my sisters will sit in front. A few minutes later, sure enough her family is sitting where I left my things. My sister had to tell the funeral director to make sure he ushered them out before the end, as it was only supposed to be our immediate family left for the final prayers.

    I don't know what they were thinking, but it did provide us with some comic relief, wondering what they'd do next. And it was to jump in as the 3rd car in the funeral procession.
     
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    Was Cousin' Eddie with her ?
     
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    It really is amazing the thought process of some people. Or the lack of thought or understanding I should say. I can add one hilarious episode from and out of town funeral for an Uncle several years ago, where upon getting to the cemetery the director either had the wrong lot or the cemetery office gave him the wrong lot for my Uncle and the procession needlessly drove around the entire cemetery and back to the office. We all thought my Uncle being a joker in life had planned this as one last zinger. :)
     
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    That is funny.
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    At the last family funeral I attended ---
    My 95 yr old aunt stumbed her foot over a grave stone.
    We both looked down.......
    It was her grave stone !..with her name + birth date on it !
    Geeezzz ! You can't make this sh*t up !
    She smirked and said to me "It isn't finished, yet ?"
     
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    Yeah, it's funny when old people stumb their feet.
     
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