Wednesday, June 25, 2008


So it's been months in the making, but I finally finished my Back2SchoolMix (year 2). Here it is...

Cailin - Unwritten Law
Dead Sound - Ravonettes
Crying, Waiting, Hoping - Marshall Crenshaw version
Only The Lonely - Roy Orbison
Amsterdam - Guster
On Fire - Sebadoh
These Days - Nico
This is the Day - The The
Thinking About You - Radiohead
Into Your Arms - Lemonheads
Lucky Denver Mint - Jimmy Eat World
Motorcycle Drive By - Third Eye Blind
You Got It - Roy Orbison
Pretty in Pink - Psychedelic Furs
Paper Planes - M.I.A.
Got My Mind Set on You - George Harrison
Open Road Song - Eve 6
The Late Great... - Essex Green
Long Forgotten Fairy tales - Magnetic Fields

Go ahead you music snobs out there, judge me, you know you want to. But these songs make me happy and I will be singing along to them with my windows rolled down all the way to Canton! So what if Eve 6 and Third Eye Blind are on this mix. I have nothing to apologize for and I'm sure there's something in your collection that you would prefer some people didn't notice for fear of disapproval and/or and a look of disappointment. I know there are some cd's of mine J wishes weren't co mingling with his, i.e. Alkaline Trio & Hot Rod Circuit. But hey, we can't all like the same stuff, so why bother trying to fight it, right?


Tuesday, June 17, 2008


If you have any interest in awesomeness, then you should consider reading Kickass. It is awesome in an almost shocking way. Actually, no, it isn't almost shocking, it is shocking. My mouth was agape as I got to the last page. Totally awesome (and not for the prudish).

Check 'er out!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

To all the hopeless romantics...'s still out there...

"...Oh God, why must one be parted from one whom one so loves.
And yet my life in V is now a wretched life -
Your love makes me at once the happiest and the unhappiest of men -
At my age I need a steady, quiet life - can that be so in our connection?
My angel, I have just been told that the mailcoach goes every day - therefore I must close at once so that you may receive the letter at once -
Be calm, only by a calm consideration of our existence can we achieve our purpose to live together -
Be calm - love me - today - yesterday - what tearful longings for you - you - you - my life - my all - farewell.
Oh continue to love me - never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved.
ever thine
ever mine
ever ours"

(a love letter from Beethoven to his immortal beloved)

Saturday, June 7, 2008

The life of a wallflower...

I've decided that this is a good description of what I do, in a way. I am basically there to help you thru one of the worst times of your life, and I'm ok with that (obviously). But after you've made all the decisions that you need to make with me, I take a back seat. I observe from the outside. I open the door for you, I stand in the back of the room watching you grieve, I stand in the doorway making sure everything is alright, I stand just far enough beyond your family so that people don't mistake me for another person mourning your death. I am a wallflower at the funeral, just watching everything happen, people coming & going, crying, laughing - not really taking part in it except for maybe a gentle nod or soft smile. I am pulled out of the wall when you come up to me and thank me "so much" and hug me. Death does strange things to people, but then again, so do a lot of things I suppose.

The best part is hearing the stories...

(I will try to limit my SFU videos as best I can)

Friday, June 6, 2008

3 down, 2 to go...

And right now it looks like I might have to stay for more than just my 5 weeks. I still need 6 more funeral services! I'm not really complaining because I'm having a good time and all. I got to go to a service in a mausoleum today. Somebody there told me they thought the place was haunted...I would have liked to explore that more.

In case anyone is wondering how this career choice came about, my mom said that I have always been morbid and my gramma used to take me to cemeteries and mausoleums to "visit" her friends when I was a young child. I also used to hang out in the same funeral home where I am now doing my practicum b/c of family friends my parents had and my mom said I always wanted to see the dead people but of course I wasn't allowed. But also, the show Six Feet Under. During the show I started to realize that I was more interested in what was going on in the prep room and at the funeral services than I was in the Nate/Brenda drama. Sometimes I even pretend the dead people are talking to me.

One Neat Trick

In Plattsburgh, at the county fair this summer, you can find...

"On July 22, Team Danger’s Motorcycle Stunt Spectacular features stunts that include daring double motorcycle jumps, a motorcycle firewall and one trick called Captain Explosion"

Yeah, that's right. CAPTAIN EXPLOSION.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008


The life of a mortician will be a strange one. Just a thought...

Monday, June 2, 2008


...I went to a cemetery to bury an urn and the grave wasn't dug, drank lots of water (it's good for you), and 5 minutes before I was supposed to leave, was asked to blow leaves...

Tomorrow I get to go to a Funeral Directors continuing ed thing because they're all going. It's at the Comfort Inn. Should be neat to hear the people presenting. Plus there, no one will ask me to blow leaves...

(not me)

sidebar: if I had been one of the writers for the film "Ghostbusters," I would have put a joke in the film about Pac-Man. Something about chasing ghosts and putting them in a containment unit.

Ray would have busted it loose in the second-act and it WOULD HAVE SLAYED.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

The 4th Ward... a local bar I've often heard referred to as a "cop" bar. I generally rate bars by how clean and nice their bathrooms are. This one gets a 3 out of 5 stars. The bathroom had one stall - a little annoying. Toilet paper never ran out - this is a big deal! The floor was a little, I'll say, damp. I'll tell myself it is because it was raining outside and not assuming the north country client el can't get it in the bowl. Oh yeah, there was soap and paper towels! Again, that's another huge plus. In other observations of this bar (for those of you who might actually be curious), the bar tender was an old hobbit like man who was very friendly and poured good drinks, as I noticed by watching him pour the alcohol into peoples drinks. A little cramped on the inside but nice cheap beer. Not too bad for a hole in the wall! I'll be back soon with another barroom rating, don't you worry!


here's this guy.