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(Cumberland Times-News)   Remember that Hiker that found that Mysterious Memorial out in the boondocks? The Mystery is now solved. (Bonus: Hiker is a Farker)   (times-news.com) divider line 69
    More: Followup, Baltimore, Brian Lubawski  
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2013-04-02 11:46:23 PM  

Useless Destruction of Exergy: CruJones: This just in:  People sometimes create memorials where loved ones died

/sponsored by every flowered cross by the road

OK, this brings up something that has been bugging me for a long time: if the remains of someone has been buried in a cemetery, placed in a mausoleum, or cremated and sifted into an urn, then what exactly is the purpose of making memorials at the location where they died? Do people think the the spirits of the departed hang around where they shuffled off the mortal coil, kind of like the characters at the end of Our Town? Here's a hint: mortal remains are placed in cemeteries. mausoleums and urns to act as memorials in and of themselves. I could understand if there wasn't a body, such as someone lost at sea, or disintegrated in some type of explosion or crash. Otherwise, you aren't commemorating their life; you are celebrating their death, which is something that most people wouldn't prefer to remember (I suspect), unless you are talking about some type of arch villain that the world is better off without.

(And if the spirits of the departed do spend eternity hanging around the sites of their deaths, then all that I can say is that the afterlife is seriously lame.)

End rant.


For me? Having people that are buried elsewhere from their passing, it's a spot in nature to reflect. It helps a lot with coping with death. Of course we know they're gone and it seems silly to you (why the rant anyway, nobody is pissed off here...I think) but some people were important to our lives and it gives solace to show up once in a while. It doesn't have to make sense to you, just those involved. Or, in this story, someone that happened along the route.
 
2013-04-03 12:40:22 AM  

fanbladesaresharp: gadian: Farker still comes off as creepy.  I could see wanting to maintain an entire cemetery, but a memorial for a single person that you have no relation to and hunting down the family...creepy.

Jesus christ, some of you farkers, in your "acceptance" of all things creepy get weirded out over this? Farking relax people. He polished up a spot he stood at where someone loved had died, not get arrested for necrophillia. I've felt that sort of "connection" too. I've been to spots where someone died, and it wasn't some old battlefield that everyone gets to visit. Perhaps it's a gesture of sympathy and helping with closure. I don't find it creepy, especially if you're a historian type that likes to look up stuff just because. Unusual, but pretty tame actually, IMHO.


You just wait til someone notices the vultures starting to circle the spot in the woods, my friend. You just wait.
 
HBK
2013-04-03 12:41:31 AM  
I've stumbled across a lot of weird stuff hiking in the woods. I never called the news about it.

I always just figured that was part of hiking. Seeing weird shiat people left or lost dozens or hundreds of years ago.
 
2013-04-03 01:28:27 AM  

Knucklepopper: fanbladesaresharp: gadian: Farker still comes off as creepy.  I could see wanting to maintain an entire cemetery, but a memorial for a single person that you have no relation to and hunting down the family...creepy.

Jesus christ, some of you farkers, in your "acceptance" of all things creepy get weirded out over this? Farking relax people. He polished up a spot he stood at where someone loved had died, not get arrested for necrophillia. I've felt that sort of "connection" too. I've been to spots where someone died, and it wasn't some old battlefield that everyone gets to visit. Perhaps it's a gesture of sympathy and helping with closure. I don't find it creepy, especially if you're a historian type that likes to look up stuff just because. Unusual, but pretty tame actually, IMHO.

You just wait til someone notices the vultures starting to circle the spot in the woods, my friend. You just wait.


I have seen that. Lots of times. My ex found a horse skull in AZ via that years ago down towards Yuma. We had it in an aquarium with blood cichlids, vampire platys, and snake fish. Yeah those ones. For years. Creepy or fishy? Or creepy fish? You decide. Guy in the story? Not so much.
 
2013-04-03 01:44:16 AM  

fanbladesaresharp: gadian: Farker still comes off as creepy.  I could see wanting to maintain an entire cemetery, but a memorial for a single person that you have no relation to and hunting down the family...creepy.

Jesus christ, some of you farkers, in your "acceptance" of all things creepy get weirded out over this? Farking relax people. He polished up a spot he stood at where someone loved had died, not get arrested for necrophillia. I've felt that sort of "connection" too. I've been to spots where someone died, and it wasn't some old battlefield that everyone gets to visit. Perhaps it's a gesture of sympathy and helping with closure. I don't find it creepy, especially if you're a historian type that likes to look up stuff just because. Unusual, but pretty tame actually, IMHO.


It wasn't that he was keeping up the memorial once a year, it's that he was trying to track down the family and the little girl who privately left it. Certain aspects of grief are private, and should be respected. Creepy.
 
2013-04-03 01:58:04 AM  

fanbladesaresharp: gadian: Farker still comes off as creepy.  I could see wanting to maintain an entire cemetery, but a memorial for a single person that you have no relation to and hunting down the family...creepy.

Jesus christ, some of you farkers, in your "acceptance" of all things creepy get weirded out over this? Farking relax people. He polished up a spot he stood at where someone loved had died, not get arrested for necrophillia. I've felt that sort of "connection" too. I've been to spots where someone died, and it wasn't some old battlefield that everyone gets to visit. Perhaps it's a gesture of sympathy and helping with closure. I don't find it creepy, especially if you're a historian type that likes to look up stuff just because. Unusual, but pretty tame actually, IMHO.



It could be that the girl has grown up and couldn't find the place, so he'd be happy to lead her there. But the internet is rough and tumble and he's willing to brave a little shiattiness if it helps the girl. No one in this thread can dash his hopes that the girl will be happy to hear someone knows exactly where her memorial is, and the spot where her dad died many years ago is not forgotten. He continues to believe that most folks are nice folks, and the little girl is probably one of them. (And no, you farkers, he does not hope to shag her.) When the girl is found she'll probably pile on. No matter. He'll keep following his heart. And if the girl hates his guts for interfering, serves him right. But we are good people, mostly, and in the end, him finding the girl if it makes her happy, backing off if it doesn't, is a worthy goal.
 
2013-04-03 07:02:36 AM  

RatMaster999: paging bigDoug123 to the thread
paging bigDoug123 to the thread


Hey, just woke up. Missed this thread. You have conjured up bigDoug123. Shiats been flyin and I haven't even had my coffee yet. Guess I gotta wade thru all this and should start defending myself, but that would be creepy. Say whatever you want, even if you're being creepy. I'll refer you to the first exciting thread and the complete and utter vindication I received from the family.
I got two glowing emails from different family members who loved that I cared about the spot and felt a connection, and was willing to help.
Bottom line: Something good happened.
Something else good is about to happen: coffee
 
2013-04-03 07:19:10 AM  

GungFu: [sanfranciscoba.files.wordpress.com image 640x480]

RIP, John Lubawski, who loved bowling. Good night Sweet Prince.


I was thinking the same thing when I learned the name. I had a white russian in John Lubawski's honor, prepared the following video for the haters who hate me with a hatred so strong, they would want to see me zapped over and over. Here it is: http://youtu.be/esEJFHbxHTc

So to quote the Dude, "Could you repeat that, I wasn't listening."
 
2013-04-03 07:37:49 AM  
A stalker who is also a Farker. Why am I not surprised?
 
2013-04-03 07:57:35 AM  

BarkingUnicorn: So, did he get the little redhaired girl?


No, and yes. The little red haired girl was his grandaughter. The memorial cross says "Merry Christmas Dad, We miss you." The "girl" who lost her dad wrote me a sweet email and we shared lots of sentiments because we're sentimental people. She recognized what drew me to the spot, which had to do with what a loving person her dad was, which I can't share with people who don't get it and think its creepy. But I can spar with them, now that I've got some coffee.

She has tried to make sure that the grandkids know what a great guy John was. This episode and the articles and some guy trying to find them to offer to help maintain a tiny spot in a vast forest because he knew that somehow it represented this terrible loss that wasn't really a loss at all because death didn't stop the love they share, this episode reinforced her efforts and gave the family a way to look at that again, that he was a great guy. I specifically asked her if I had interfered or caused her any pain and apologized if I had, and she ruled that out.

But I think it might have upset my redneck friends, the ones at the campfire in the video of me getting zapped. I haven't heard from any of them since the first story broke. Probably because its scary for them, wondering if the spotlight will fall on them somehow and they would end up portrayed like Buckwild/DuckDynasty people only worse. And also because I struck out for years trying to find out who the girl was and all along my friend's uncle is the guy who made the cross. He didn't tell my friend that, so there's country politics involved. Got a radio interview to do this morning, they'll be listening, should be challenging not to misspeak. I hope they don't call me for the interview. This attention whore is walking bow-legged this morning.
 
2013-04-03 08:21:28 AM  
fappomatic:  I hope I go out like that. Rifle in hand, sitting in the woods on a cold day.

\CSB


Me, too.  Only I'd add "surrounded by a ring of the corpses of my enemies".
 
2013-04-03 09:57:06 AM  

bigDoug123: BarkingUnicorn: So, did he get the little redhaired girl?

No, and yes. The little red haired girl was his grandaughter. The memorial cross says "Merry Christmas Dad, We miss you." The "girl" who lost her dad wrote me a sweet email and we shared lots of sentiments because we're sentimental people. She recognized what drew me to the spot, which had to do with what a loving person her dad was, which I can't share with people who don't get it and think its creepy. But I can spar with them, now that I've got some coffee.

She has tried to make sure that the grandkids know what a great guy John was. This episode and the articles and some guy trying to find them to offer to help maintain a tiny spot in a vast forest because he knew that somehow it represented this terrible loss that wasn't really a loss at all because death didn't stop the love they share, this episode reinforced her efforts and gave the family a way to look at that again, that he was a great guy. I specifically asked her if I had interfered or caused her any pain and apologized if I had, and she ruled that out.

But I think it might have upset my redneck friends, the ones at the campfire in the video of me getting zapped. I haven't heard from any of them since the first story broke. Probably because its scary for them, wondering if the spotlight will fall on them somehow and they would end up portrayed like Buckwild/DuckDynasty people only worse. And also because I struck out for years trying to find out who the girl was and all along my friend's uncle is the guy who made the cross. He didn't tell my friend that, so there's country politics involved. Got a radio interview to do this morning, they'll be listening, should be challenging not to misspeak. I hope they don't call me for the interview. This attention whore is walking bow-legged this morning.


"I hope they don't call me for an interview."

God, why won't those farkers just leave you alone?!
 
2013-04-03 12:04:02 PM  
I don't know where this one falls.  A memorial in the location of someone's death where his or her last moment is undignified.  A spot where he died doing what he loved to do makes this conflicting for me.
 
2013-04-03 02:59:44 PM  
bigDoug123 I just hope you know that's it's not the memorial of Celebi, guardian spirit of the woods
 
2013-04-03 04:54:08 PM  

KrispyKritter: Hiker is a Farker. from Aerosmith's Greatest Hits CD.

Abzzstain: Still farking creepy to impose yourself on someone else's memorial. MYOB.

every party's got a pooper
that's why we invited you
party pooper, party pooper


You see, I sing that a leetle differently...

every party's got a pooper
that's why we
invented you-per
party pooper, party pooper

/the pooper in question was constructed by the cool people just to stand there until someone wants to kick him around
/plus, the pronoun rhymes with pooper
/mulva
 
2013-04-03 08:35:06 PM  

bigDoug123: Got a radio interview to do this morning


How'd it go?
 
2013-04-03 11:21:22 PM  

fanbladesaresharp: For me? Having people that are buried elsewhere from their passing, it's a spot in nature to reflect.


What if they die in a shopping mall?
 
2013-04-05 10:27:58 AM  
Hey! Great job!
 
2013-04-05 11:39:57 AM  
Awesome! I knew they would be happy to talk to you!

/Restores my faith in humanity for one more day that people care. :)
 
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