Thursday, July 07, 2005

I want to go out like this..

In January 1998 a friend of mine from high school passed away. He was a freshman in college and he had his wisdom teeth taken out. That night he died while in the shower. He had a heart problem that no one knew off and I guess the stress that his body went through from the surgery was to much.

My friend Cris and I went to his funeral. It was a very nice memorial and it didn't surprise me at all to see that the funeral service was standing room only. He was a great guy. It was very sad.

Cris and I talked on the way home and we decided that while we missed our friend we didn't want to have a funeral where people were sad and crying. We wanted it to be a party, because like it or not we were going to be in heaven so if we were happy, you might as well be too. We had some great ideas including: Having a beach ball batted around during the eulogy, a Japonese steakhouse chef tossing food into your mouth during the service, recording our own eulogies and then at random parts chastising people for crying, and hot dog/peanut/popcorn vendors.

James Henry Smith may have something that's better than a Japonese steakhouse chef though..

I'll never forget you Steve...or that glass of water at Friendly's.


  1. Not if I have anything to say about it . . .

  2. You wouldn't want me to sit in a recliner watching steelers highlights?

  3. It's weird to realize that I was at that funeral too. He really was a good guy, although I didn't know him as well as you did. It would be nice to have a party instead of a funeral, because we should celebrate our return HOME, but I'm afraid the human part of us misses the deceased too much. But, thank the Lord we have the comfort of knowing our loved ones are in heaven to help dull that sting.

  4. Yeah, I think there's a party on the heaven side, but I don't know if I could do that. Especially if Carl died and left me here.

  5. I think the Irish have the right idea when it comes to funerals.