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2010-06-05 06:58:40 PM  
That was a good story.. I think I want to do something like that. One last chance to aggravate my son!
 
2010-06-05 07:30:57 PM  
Cool story ;)
 
2010-06-05 07:53:13 PM  
Thanks guys. I doubt the thread will go green, but it was such a touching story, I had to share it.
 
2010-06-05 08:35:25 PM  
xynix
One last chance to aggravate my son!

What if he made it out of wolverines? And you weren't dead yet.
You might be the one to get aggravated.
 
2010-06-05 09:39:24 PM  
almejita: xynix
One last chance to aggravate my son!

What if he made it out of wolverines? And you weren't dead yet.
You might be the one to get aggravated.


haha ya man good point. I'll have to update my living will to exclude wolverines.

/Red Dawn reference goes here
 
2010-06-05 11:30:16 PM  
Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: Thanks guys. I doubt the thread will go green

Well what do you know...

Cool story
 
2010-06-05 11:42:32 PM  
xynix: That was a good story.. I think I want to do something like that. One last chance to aggravate my son!

You're not the boss of me old man! You're getting cremated!
 
2010-06-05 11:45:16 PM  
Mentat: xynix: That was a good story.. I think I want to do something like that. One last chance to aggravate my son!

You're not the boss of me old man! You're getting cremated!


Know how I know you didn't read TFA? >_>
 
2010-06-05 11:51:31 PM  
GranoblasticMan: Mentat: xynix: That was a good story.. I think I want to do something like that. One last chance to aggravate my son!

You're not the boss of me old man! You're getting cremated!

Know how I know you didn't read TFA? >_>


Know how I know you have trouble parsing jokes?
 
2010-06-06 12:02:15 AM  
My parents both said they're going in the oven after a 1 year stint at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center and that I could get them a Tupperware bowl for what was left if I wanted.

/seriously
 
2010-06-06 01:01:28 AM  
Nothing. There's your ninepence.
 
2010-06-06 03:10:09 AM  
Eyebleach: My parents both said they're going in the oven after a 1 year stint at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center and that I could get them a Tupperware bowl for what was left if I wanted.

/seriously


They'll just go moldy in the back of the fridge.
 
2010-06-06 04:34:45 AM  
My parents' bodies were burned at 4000 degrees and their ashes given to me in small cardboard boxes.
 
2010-06-06 05:32:49 AM  
The grandson: hte knkack is strong is this one Quote: "This is going to be fun"

/Engineering, put the fun back in death...
 
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2010-06-06 05:33:54 AM  
"The consumer's side of the coffin lid is never ostentatious."

- Stanislaw J. Lec
 
2010-06-06 05:43:40 AM  
FTA: It was one of those perfect days, the kind that comes only once or twice a year in New England. I smiled, remembering my father telling me, "One of the crucial things in my writing is my use of irony." He would have enjoyed the irony of this task on this day.

Irony: It's like sunshine on your coffin-building day.
 
2010-06-06 05:43:59 AM  
Don't bury or burn me, send me to the local med school. I'm not using the meatsack anymore, someone could get some use out of it.
 
2010-06-06 06:02:23 AM  
Nice article and on a lighter note I bought this recently and it was made in america.
lh5.ggpht.com
 
2010-06-06 06:13:47 AM  
RainDogToo. on topic:
www.audio-depot.com
 
2010-06-06 06:17:19 AM  
www.joe-ks.com
 
2010-06-06 06:24:35 AM  
Well written and touching.
 
2010-06-06 06:25:27 AM  
www.faqs.org

My dad knows I am far too lazy and thus it would be unwise to make such a request.
 
2010-06-06 06:49:30 AM  
Wow, that dad was an ass! Make them build a coffin then have it burned afterwards!
 
2010-06-06 06:49:32 AM  
Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: Thanks guys. I doubt the thread will go green, but it was such a touching story, I had to share it.

Congrats on the green. What a great story.
 
2010-06-06 06:52:53 AM  
I read TFA worried...then came the part about him being cremated and I felt pretty good about it. Nice link, great story.
 
2010-06-06 07:16:58 AM  
I'm a woodturner, and I made the urn for my wife's mom's ashes. It was a fairly solemn project with a lot of retrospection in the process. I'm pretty sure she would have liked it.

/CSB and all that.
 
2010-06-06 07:22:37 AM  
That's what made me determined that ours would be the sturdiest, most reliable casket since Napoleon's seven-layered sarcophagus beneath the Invalides in Paris.

I popped my monocle and got some pipe ash on my smoking jacket as I chortled to this line. The boys from the club had to come see what the fuss was all about.

/nice story, thanks for sharing subby.
 
2010-06-06 07:42:05 AM  
i49.tinypic.com

Ah, but but caskets from Ghana have a certain je ne sais quois
 
2010-06-06 08:03:10 AM  
I want to be encased in a gigantic black skittle and launched into space. Barring me becoming a billionaire somehow and making that possible, I suppose I'll will my rotting corpse to a med school or something. Making a team of people dissect my decomposing dangly parts is an amusing idea. Then comes the nudist open casket funeral.

I wonder if they even let you do that.
 
2010-06-06 08:18:50 AM  
Why not finish off with a Viking funeral? That would have been a better story.


thesocialpath.typepad.com
 
2010-06-06 08:31:10 AM  
Ika7734:
Don't bury or burn me, send me to the local med school. I'm not using the meatsack anymore, someone could get some use out of it.

My uni's anatomy department does cadaver dissections, and I can say with confidence that as well as being highly educational for the students, your remains will be treated with the utmost respect and professionalism. Really.

The human anatomy labs here are locked down like fort Knox, with big signs saying "no unauthorized personnel" and "no phones or cameras allowed" all over the place.
 
2010-06-06 08:42:44 AM  
Phil Herup: Why not finish off with a Viking funeral? That would have been a better story.

Rocket Gibraltar?
 
2010-06-06 08:47:31 AM  
Best stock photo ever used in an article. Really sums it all up. You can just look at the photo and you don't even have to read on. Brilliant.
 
2010-06-06 08:50:01 AM  
Anyone else disagree with the "Sad" tag?
 
2010-06-06 08:52:03 AM  
I'm reading a book by William Manchester right now, so I got a kick out of TFA.
 
2010-06-06 08:52:51 AM  
Thosw: Rocket Gibraltar?


Yep.


That movie bothered me because it portrayed Suzi Amis' character as a massive slut, and the whole family was OK with it as she was getting plowed upstairs.


I was young then and had a crush on her. Now I am older and realize they are all whores!


/from Whore Island!
 
2010-06-06 09:02:58 AM  
What a thoughtful, loving request to sooth their sorrow. But before you build it....FINISH VOLUMN III OF THE LAST LION GODDAMIT! It has kept me waiting 10 farkin years Manchesters.

//huge William Manchester fan
 
2010-06-06 09:06:08 AM  
Am I the only one who finds it a bit morbid? People I see handling affairs of the deceased would not need this extra burden, IMHO. If my dad asked, he would be disappointed because he would get a purchased 5k box anyhow. Then again, he won't know anyway.
 
2010-06-06 09:14:06 AM  
Read Caring For your Dead.

Covers funeral/burial laws from state to state ( at the time of printing.) Excellent, liberating book.

Having sat at the fancy table at the funeral home dealing with a brother's death ( it was very much expected.) and the cost to have him dressed was $200. I asked, with a straight face, the funeral director, "What if you only put the shirt and tie on him and leave the rest of him nekkid. The coffin could be half open and a blanket could go over the other bits. Would it be Half off?"

No go.

Farkers.

The funeral industry is a huge rip off.
 
2010-06-06 09:16:12 AM  
Also, you can buy a casket at Costco.
 
2010-06-06 09:21:53 AM  
I believe that this was a wonderful way to honor their father. It showed that even though they had little skill or know-how they where willing to put aside their own reservations and complete this last act of respect for someone they loved. And in a way it was a kindness from their father. Knowing what a emotional void his passing would leave in their family his last request was that his children be brought together. That instead of the cold and emptiness that seems to fallow most of us in such a passing, he reinforced family. He gave them an excuse to laugh and to be together and to for a while remember that while the man was gone his legacy remained. That is a kindness not many would think of in the twilight of their lives.
 
2010-06-06 09:29:36 AM  
It's a good headline when you can surmise the content of the story before clicking. +1 subby!
 
2010-06-06 09:42:44 AM  
As long as "American craftsmanship" doesn't involve making GM cars, then no harm done.
 
2010-06-06 09:58:23 AM  
That's what I want done. What the point of spending hundreds if not thousands of dollars for something you're going to bury in the ground. Fark that, I want my next-of-kin to go down to Lows and build a box for me, hell just bury me in the backyard like the dog, that way the box and my body will decompose so I can really give back to the planet. Plus I don't want to be buried in no $500 suite either. Just my Sunday best.
 
2010-06-06 10:15:16 AM  
So glad my dad wanted to be cremated, it save lots of hassle and money. He was thrifty in life too. My mom picked out an urn/box that matched her living room decor. Somehow that also seemed rather fitting knowing them both.
Burn me up and have an Irish wake.
 
2010-06-06 10:36:41 AM  
Would it be legal to just build me a pyre? Hmm...just burn me and throw the ashes to the wind. I don't even want an urn because honestly I think keeping ashes of the deceased is creepy as hell. And the odds are good that they aren't just the ashes of your loved one but maybe a little bit from somebody else.

/Some funeral homes do shady business
 
2010-06-06 10:47:51 AM  
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2010-06-06 10:50:40 AM  
Came for Corner Gas references, leaving dissapointed.

/Jackasses.
 
2010-06-06 11:01:55 AM  
I was watching some old movie w/ Sallie Field the other day and when her husband died, they prepared his body at home on the kitchen table. For about 30 seconds I was appalled and then I realized - that's how people used to do things. My way of what is "usual" was wrong.

Why do we use funeral directors and big fancy coffins now? I don't want any of that when I die. I hate the idea of my family spending that much money only to put me in the ground. Just wash me, dress me decently, sing a few songs and put me in the dirt in a plain box. I wish they made fold-a-coffins like those office boxes with a lid.
 
2010-06-06 11:03:48 AM  
Shirley Ujest: and the cost to have him dressed was $200. I asked, with a straight face, the funeral director, "What if you only put the shirt and tie on him and leave the rest of him nekkid. The coffin could be half open and a blanket could go over the other bits. Would it be Half off?"
No go.
Farkers.
The funeral industry is a huge rip off.



Tell them he was s nudist, and wanted to be buried naked.
See if they could come up for some other excuse for bilking you for the $200
 
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