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Old 09-05-2010, 11:54 AM
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Amazing funeral send-off

It is Sunday noon EST and I have just completed an 866 mile two-day tip to recover my 180D from its storage in Central Kentucky, which my friend is losing.

On the way back up north I saw a strange sight from my vantage point in the right lane, towing the car back.

Imagine a HUGE 18 wheeler cab, bright iridescent blue, followed by a Cadillac hearse and a line of cars with funeral pennants. I watched them and at one point, they all blew their horn and I saw what I thought was a huge black cloud from the big cab.

They then executed a right lane turn and all ended up in front of me, then sped up and I lost them.

I caught up with them at the next rest stop and found out what it was all about: it was the funeral of an over-the-road trucker, and the "black smoke" coming from the lead cab was not smoke, it was the cremated remains of the driver, who told everyone that's the kind of send-off he wanted!

Well, I have been on the road a lot these last two days. Am going to bed, enjoy the day.

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Old 09-05-2010, 11:10 PM
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I wonder who chose I-75 as his send-off point.
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Old 09-06-2010, 10:41 AM
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It is Sunday noon EST and I have just completed an 866 mile two-day tip to recover my 180D from its storage in Central Kentucky, which my friend is losing.

On the way back up north I saw a strange sight from my vantage point in the right lane, towing the car back.

Imagine a HUGE 18 wheeler cab, bright iridescent blue, followed by a Cadillac hearse and a line of cars with funeral pennants. I watched them and at one point, they all blew their horn and I saw what I thought was a huge black cloud from the big cab.

They then executed a right lane turn and all ended up in front of me, then sped up and I lost them.

I caught up with them at the next rest stop and found out what it was all about: it was the funeral of an over-the-road trucker, and the "black smoke" coming from the lead cab was not smoke, it was the cremated remains of the driver, who told everyone that's the kind of send-off he wanted!

Well, I have been on the road a lot these last two days. Am going to bed, enjoy the day.
MAN!!!!! I live in central Ky, you should have stopped by.
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Old 09-06-2010, 12:59 PM
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MAN!!!!! I live in central Ky, you should have stopped by.

Sorry,
I didn't know.
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Old 09-06-2010, 01:08 PM
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I wonder who chose I-75 as his send-off point.
A guy who drove the road constantly?
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Sorry,
I didn't know.
Next time your in town, ask anybody where CarterMan lives.
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Old 09-06-2010, 08:36 PM
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I couldnt resist this !!

As a bagpiper, I play many gigs.

Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service
for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to
be at a pauper's cemetery in the Kentucky back country.

As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being a typical man,
I didn't stop for directions. I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy
had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight.

There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch.

I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late. I went to the side of the
grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn't know
what else to do, so I started to play.

The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out
my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like
I've never played before for this homeless man. And as I played 'Amazing
Grace,' the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together.

When I finished I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my
head hung low, my heart was full. As I opened the door to my car, I heard
one of the workers say, "I never seen nothin' like that before and I've been
putting in septic tanks for twenty years."

Apparently I'm still lost....

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