Saturday, April 8, 2017

Saturday Isn't Just for Errands

Back in Olden Times when I had a 9 to 5 job, Saturdays were Designated Errand Days.
Today?  Not at all.  There's all week to git'er done. 

We all get mail with cartoons, mock posters for amusing things, cute animal shots and so forth.  Very often they are genuinely funny and merit an honest laugh out loud. 

But where do they come from?  So I started looking at the small print that identifies the maker and found a couple that you might like to check out -

On a totally different subject, I read an article about a woman named Sandra West who was buried per her explicit instructions in a pink negligee and she was set at the wheel of her Ferrari as if she were on the Highway to Heaven.  A crate was built to hold the car and driver, put in the ground and then the hole was filled with concrete so that no one would dig her up and drive away (assuming the car had gas.)  Presumably the thief would leave her in her pink negligee in the driving position - at the bottom of the vandalized hole.

So much for her.  But it did remind me of a visit to the National Museum of Funeral History, not far from Houston Int'l Airport, we visited once.  Far from being ghoulish, it was quite educational.  I feared "How To Embalm For Fun and Profit" or something, but instead we saw ...

A collection of Ghana Fantasy Caskets. 

A miniature but complete model of Abraham Lincoln's funeral train with tracks, townspeople and all.

A casket built for three - a couple's young daughter died and in their inconsolable grief, they vowed a murder-suicide pact and requested a coffin that would hold them all.  It reminded me of the top of a grand piano.  But the couple evidently got over their grief and never followed through. If memory serves, they divorced at some point and aren't even buried in the same cemetery.  Sic transit murder/suicide pacts.

The all-in-one funeral bus.  It looked like a modified school bus - the driver up front, the mortician riding shotgun, the funeral flowers behind their seats, the coffin at the head of the aisle with seats for the mourners.  Unfortunately this didn't work out because, going up a steep hill, the bus flipped over backwards, tumbling the contents by the side of the road.  Including the occupied coffin.

Back to the drawing board.  But it was a time and money-saving idea.  The service with eulogies would make fine entertainment as the vehicle crept slowly to the cemetery.  At the grave site, off-load everything, a quick prayer by the minister - and boom!  Funeral over.  Everyone remounts the bus and away it goes at a considerably quicker pace.  A real time saver. 

Explore for yourselves - vacation season is coming up and I really do recommend a visit to this extensive exhibition.   NMFH.ORG  Although "funeral museum Houston" will get you there just as quickly. 

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