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Episode 30: The Potato Chip Mogul

Posted in Celebrities, Charity, Death, Embalming Room, Funeral, Funeral home, Funeral Service Professional, Gratitude, Legacy, Life, Mourning, Personal power, Remembrance with tags , , on January 20, 2015 by Morguie

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When CJ was away, attending mortuary college, she had been blessed to find a position inside a rather infamous group of mortuaries in the big city. She worked in a large service center for a conglomerate— inside this service center were many, many people, all deceased, who needed preparation for burial (or cremation). Since the service center served more than a dozen facilities, it was a bustling beehive of activity, in two shifts each day. CJ attended classes in the morning and afternoons so she worked alone at night in this mid-city place.

She was just beginning her shift one evening

, which was just after ordinary close of the office, when she received a call from one of the mortuary executives. Apparently, there would be a delivery that evening of a V.I.P. and she was instructed to handle the embalming of said v.i.p. immediately upon his arrival. Now, you must understand that the rules and strict policy of this service center dictated that all paperwork, especially a signed authorization for embalming, MUST be forwarded to the service center or there would be NO prep work, period. That also happened to be the law. But mind you, the exec calling for this job was habitual in his ordering of work BEFORE the paperwork was sent. Therefore, the rest of the prep room personnel typically blew the guy off and ignored any requests he would make to do work without papers.

CJ knew he was good for his word…he ALWAYS was. But, she knew he was ‘old-school’ in that he didn’t exactly follow the rules, by the book. She also felt, that because his name was on the sign out front,  that she could rely on his word. So when he called that night, she automatically agreed to do as he asked, because she knew the papers were a formality that would be cleared by morning.

Later, as she worked on this still warm body, she secretly rejoiced that she had an opportunity to ‘knock one out of the park’ by delivering to the exec a very well-done body, perfectly preserved and looking so well for his v.i.p. funeral coming within the next few days. What she didn’t know about the v.i.p. is that he would be a particularly well-loved, highly reputed man within this huge metropolis…a special businessman of great fame and fortune. Furthermore, he was nearly considered a living saint in his inner circles; he was a prime benefactor for a nearby university. He’d spent much of his life working to champion educational causes and worthy scholarship opportunities for underprivileged but promising youths of high intellectual quality. Those students he would help would go on to do great and noble things with this higher learning opportunity, thanks to his tireless efforts.

After the v.i.p. had been laid to rest on an afternoon later that week, CJ received a special visit from the exec in charge of the potato chip magnate’s arrangements — the exec came down to the prep room to very ‘publicly’ laud CJ’s efforts in making the man look so good. The exec thanked her so much for her beautiful work to make the v.i.p. look so good for thousands of mourners to view. The rest of the staff took notice. They began to whisper and snicker, right in front of the exec, as he was well aware that they purposefully ignored his instructions all the time. He turned to tell them of the 10,000+ people who came to view this magnate, and the beautiful compliments that came afterward. He proceeded to tell the story of the v.i.p. and the very important accomplishments and contributions the man had made in this huge city. The college stadium was filled with mourners, he told the room. The snickers stopped. Looks of envy were falling across the faces of her more experienced peers. How they wished they could be the ones spoken of so highly. CJ had been the low man on the totem pole — until now. But she had worked hard to earn this praise. Earned it she had, and there was certainly no shame in that.

C J

C J

©C. S. Thompson, 2015.

In Memoriam

Posted in bereavement, Death, Funeral, Gratitude, Grief, Heroism, Hope, Law Enforcement, Life, Mourning, Remembrance, Tragic death on December 27, 2014 by Morguie
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“It is not how these officers died that made them heroes, it is how they lived.”
—Vivian Eney Cross, Survivor

 

“In valor there is hope.”
—Tacitus

Jupiter, the Talking Cat – Final Act

Posted in Animals, bereavement, Death, Family, Friendship, Fun and Entertainment, Grief, Life, Loss, Mourning, Pet Loss, Pets, Remembrance, Tragic death, Video Clips with tags , on December 19, 2014 by Morguie

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Hi there everybody!  Are you all getting ready for Santa Claus?  I am sure he will be by to fill all of your stockings…I think you’re a NICE crowd, especially since you come in to see ME!!!

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Anyway…remember several months back, when we had Jupiter, the talking cat as our guest video? Actually, Jupiter was in 2 clips…he was trying to fight off temptation…after all, there were a bunch of new fishies in the tank and he really just wanted ‘One little fishy…’  http://wp.me/p3m3ZG-1sC

 

Here is the final part to that trilogy of Jupey and the New Fish…the truth is revealed…did Jupey eat the fish? Or did Jupey tell the truth when he told on his brother, Kona?

 

We were very sad to learn that Jupiter crossed the Rainbow Bridge, earlier this month…we thought all of you should know.

Losing one of our cherished pets is as hard as losing a cherished human loved one.   Today we want to send this beautiful dedication of “Rainbow Bridge” out to ALL of our friends who are grieving the loss of a dear and loyal animal companion… (credit: Great Lakes Pet Memorial the original poster on YouTube)

 

We are terribly sorry that such a funny friend had to leave our world…he really was so funny. Such a sweet kitty. Jupiter’s Family created a video montage which highlights Jupey in his fabulous stardom.  🙂   R.I.P. Friend!

We shall miss him, and our hearts go out to his family :  may you be comforted in knowing Jupiter was loved by millions of people because he made them laugh. Those who enjoyed watching his silly antics will surely be grieving with you.

©2014, C.S. Thompson.

 

 

A Super-Important Message For Our Readers

Posted in American Military, Death, Depression, Friendship, Gratitude, Grief, Heroism, History, Holidays, Hope, IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT, Legacy, Life, Loss, Memorialization, Patriotism, Personal Opinion, Politics, Readers Opinion, Remembrance, Soldiers, Tragic death, Veterans, WAR with tags , on November 12, 2014 by Morguie

 

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W A R N I N G:  Mild expletives and strong tone are contained in this very important message.

 

Shit is about to get real in here today, and we NEVER, EVER plan to reiterate this message or revisit the reasons we felt forced to post it.

 

Message To ALL of Our Readers:

After much thought and consideration, we have decided to address a situation which came about, by way of a comment from a reader.  The situation: a reader decided to take a considerable amount of time to make a comment which we considered to be very strongly inflammatory, abrasive, and likely to offend others who come here… in light of the fact this person chose Veteran’s Day and Remembrance Day to make this rant, we have decided to file this particular visitor under the “Flamethrower” tab in our Rolodex. The comment has been placed HERE and not marked “approved” in its original location. http://wp.me/p3m3ZG-1Vv

Why do we even give him the attention he obviously craves, you ask? 

We are giving him a center-stage role here today to make something of an example, to others who may be able to learn more about US, what this blog is about, who runs shit here, and what and who will or won’t be welcome or tolerated here. We really haven’t had to worry about doing this before now.  We feel now is the time to make a CLEAR statement. Crystal.Clear.

 

 Otherwise, known as the Rules of Engagement; we reserve the right to make them, break them, stretch them, or jettison them. W E.

BUT,

before we entertain this comment and give the stage up to ‘mytiturk’, we first want to be sure our loyal, gentle, and extremely appreciated followers and readers know this:

Morguie and I absolutely adore all of you. We are truly honored to be thought of as worthy of your time, your friendship, your interest, and the love you have shown us. Without you, this effort and our hope to make this blog into something unique and personally rewarding would have been a failure for us in more ways than one.

An epic failure.

We might even go as far as to say YOU may have possibly even saved our lives…it’s not quite THAT dramatic, perhaps…unless you consider the dark days we were living in the beginning of this venture. Depression over the need to ‘re-invent’ ourselves after an office closure forced a lay-off which had turned into ‘long-term’ unemployment (in spite of having a wide array of skills, experience, achievement, certifications, licenses, and education). Never having had to worry about being out of work was something we never thought we’d experience. Always worked; found we were excellent at managing to adapt and learning new, valuable skills along a life-time of great work environments, career fields, etc.  This blog pretty much saved us from the worst depths of despair, in short. We always knew we could put words together — been told over the years by a great many that we had a real talent for putting pen to paper.  We didn’t know. What we did know was that we had to find a way, some way, to get out of the pit of doom and hopelessness we were in. With the encouragement and support of only those closest to us, we jumped in with both feet.*      * CJ had Morguie in a pocket so HIS feet didn’t count 😉

What was once just a pipe-dream — to someday earn a bit of success or feel some personal accomplishment— has been to become a real author or writer. The silly little dream became a goal and now, a reality…almost entirely thanks to YOU.  Our plan was to step off in this arena and build connections and confidence, so that we might be able to gain the attention of someone who thought we deserved a shot at trying our hand in an even bigger arena: somewhere in a bona fide, recognized place and PUBLISHED place. We can proudly say, that has happened* — it would never have happened without this blog and more importantly, YOU.    *NOTE: CJ has been a monthly featured contributing author of her own column in “Mortuary Management” magazine, since December 2013…with over 10,000 subscribers, the magazine is a trade publication of distinction for 100 years, for funeral professionals, allied trades and service providers of death care related products and

You see, this blog was born at a time of great instability and personal fragility. If not for our friends here, it wouldn’t have gotten off the ground, much less enjoyed well over 500 followers and over 10,000 hits in the 18 months it has been here. To us, this is something we have become quite proud of. Many readers here are also bloggers…bloggers who have stats that make us pale in comparison…and accomplishments far beyond our own. Some are prolific book writers and published artists. We just want ALL of OUR CHERISHED FRIENDS to know we owe you so much..”thank you” doesn’t begin to express our gratitude and love for you.

 

NOW…we present the flamethrower, who, as we said, chose to make THIS comment on a post concerned with honoring our Veterans around the world. It doesn’t deserve a place on our blog, but at the same time, we want to show that we do indeed respect the fact that people are entitled to their personal opinions. We understand that we won’t always share the same feelings, beliefs, or ideas that others may have. We try never to step onto thin ice with subjects of deeply controversial issues…matters which pit people against each other.

WHY?

1. That isn’t our objective. 2. It results in hostility, ill-will, and often leads to destructive, despicable behaviors. 3. It serves no valuable purpose. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY:     WE RUN SHIT HERE. THIS IS OUR BABY, OUR CANDYSHOP, OUR “Thing.” WE don’t welcome anything or anyone who comes in here with the sole purpose of pissing people off or otherwise causing a load of hate and discontent.

 

If anyone finds our policy in contradiction to their liking or intentions within our site, we respectfully suggest that this is not the place to visit. There are literally MILLIONS of other websites and bloggers in cyberspace…there are sure to be much more suitable to your tastes and pleasure.

 

 

Preface: The comment may have been acceptable to us IF the tone (actually the OMISSION of them would have been far better)  of the very last 3 sentences of the rant hadn’t felt to us like an attempt to bully, intimidate, or lambaste  us for our support and observance of what is to us, a special day honoring our military for the work they do to free other people from the oppression and tyranny of evil governments and the despots ruling them. THE LAST 3 SENTENCES were ugly and intended to cause a shit-storm, in our opinion. (Marked with * *)

WAR IS A PART OF Real life . We make no excuses for why they happen. Our soldiers have nothing to do with causing them as they carry out orders and do battle as directed. Yes, unfortunately all kinds of innocent people are killed and it is a horrible tragedy. People who proclaim them only to be about taking resources away for the spoils are obviously in sore need of a REAL education of the world’s history.

‘mytiturk’ spews his vitriol safely , THANKS to others who had the balls to defend that right and even give up their lives so the a-hole coward wouldn’t have to live in fear for speaking his piece. That is the extent of our response to this person’s comment. (BTW, The post he was directing comment to wasn’t our own, it was a re-blogged piece from another writer)

So to be clear:  THIS IS OUR POLICY over OUR BLOG.

RULES: We reserve the right to make them, break them, stretch them, or jettison them. WE. Period. Thank you. We also will not tolerate any commentary which serves to create any further vitriol in this particular post. If there is anybody wishing to blast us, you are wasting your energy — find something to read at some other site. It is silly to hang around here for such a reason. It makes you look like an asshole, too.

 ‘mytiturk’ says:

‘The very statement that soldiers die to protect something like “our freedoms” assumes that the majority of wars entered into by a country are simply protecting the freedoms of its people. In fact, the vast majority of wars are about securing power or precious resources for the country that wages them. The individual soldier’s pathos and heroism (never in doubt) is used to silence those who oppose war. “To oppose war is to diminish the goodness and sacrifice of the hero. How can you do that?” The planet cannot sustain the insane scale of world resources allocated to killing. The more immoral, greedy wars we wage, the more we need to keep these “freedoms” illusions in the front of the population’s “consciousness.” It shuts up the person who sees through the hypocrisy and shuts down dialogue. The tragedy is in the incredible, diverse sufferings of those good, simple people who wage these immoral foreign wars and die or return with untold physical and emotional wounds – and in the far larger numbers of the “enemy” who are harmed. One example: 500 000 Iraqi children died due to the sanctions applied during the decade of “peace” between the two Iraq wars – sanctions that destroyed Iraq’s ability to purify its water supply and prevented medicines from entering that country. If, somehow, there were a light at the end of this immoral tunnel, a Malthusian might justify it on selfish grounds. The irony is that militarization is not going to have any long term winners. **So spare me the glorification of war at every major sports event and the callous exploitation of our own soldiers’ to continue the race to oblivion. Remembrance Day itself is being used to feed the naive patriotism that feeds the profitable War Machine. If we truly loved our soldiers we would not treat them as a renewable, disposable commodity and churn them out like car parts.’

 

So to the Flamethrowers, we invite you to our furnace, or you can just get OUT. Trolls are not welcome here. 

Our Love, to the rest of you fine people…  CJ and Mousie

©2014, C.S.Thompson.

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