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    For 2 years I had sweet job; Grounds Keeper at a Pioneer Cemetary. The job paid little but I did it on my own time, at my own pace, with no supervision. Needless to say I did an excelent job, especially on Memorial Day; There were alot of GI's in that plot of land, I had known a few of them.
    Tending the last resting place of the departed gives one time to think, alot. Viewing the various epitaths on the tombstones always made me concider what I would have on mine.
    Now I'm that practicle sort, with few family members, that thinks I'd be better off incinerated and used as fertilizer than stuck away in the ground so deep even Yotes couldn't get a feed off me. Still, it was evident by the head stones that some PPL put alot of thought into that finial memorial. Most head stones on family plots referanced beloved family members that they would soon join in heaven, a few were heart wrenching memorials to children that had died before thier parents, always hard to mow around a memorial where childhood toys have been placed on the grave site.
    A very few were obviously thought out well ahead of that person's death, they were political statements intended for future generations, often accompanied by a list of military medals and campaigns, as if that experience added gravitas after death.
    So it was no suprise that I got to thinking that maybe a tombstone would be my last best shout-out to future generations, even if my body had been burnt to a cinder and spread across the land I love so well, that tombstone might be unearthed someday and a distant generation learn something about the age I lived in.
    So; What's Written On Your Tombstone?
    The road to serfdom is paved with free electric golf carts.

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    Funny that you should ask.......about four years ago soon after my mother in law passed after a courageous battle with colon cancer I started thinking about my and my wife's final resting place and proceeded to purchase a plot for the two of us in the same cemetery that my parents bought at. Now I've bought several properties in my day but this was by far the smallest and most expensive piece of dirt that I've ever purchased. Now I've got the grave site I need something to let everyone know that it's occupied or at least will be hopefully allot of years down the road. Anyway my nephew just happens to sell monuments and gives me a heads up that the company he works for is clearing out some of the floor models ,to try an make this already long story short we ended up with a beautiful monument approximately 5 ft. tall on the front there is a seen of a stream and a water fall with some trees,Our names dates of birth/death, two wedding rings together and date of our wedding. On the back of the stone is inscribed " Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take , but by the moments that take your breath away" Hopefully neither of us will need this in the near future, but for me I've allready out lived my life expectancy by a couple of years, but thats another long story.
    Every Day , Is A Bonus.

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    • #3
      Crikey! butts thats on the wrong channel!
      Last edited by kenno; 03-11-2010, 12:47 AM.
      The road to serfdom is paved with free electric golf carts.

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      • #4
        plain and simple here lies pork chop if ya knew him god help ya if he new ya he would help ya
        the pack that plays together stays together

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        • #5
          This is a weird thread but here goes, "No worries mate"

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          • #6
            My favorite epitaph is Here lies Lester Moore, shot down with a forty four, no Less no Moore. I want something like that. Something that will be remembered for centuries.
            G.I.H.S.O. Going In Hot, Safety Off.

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            • #7
              Popcorn said F**k You ! , I believe that covers all of it.

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