Monday, June 20, 2005

A Grave Excercise

Where is Jesus?
Since there has been little going on with me besides the daily grind, I thought we could try a little interesting excercise. A close friend recently asked me what I would want on my grave stone. I thought about it, overlooking the fact that if I died here, more than likely I would be buried in Arlington with my name and dates on the white cross.

So here it is,
1. you must have a grave stone
2. you must have a statement on it.
3. you may take a look at the larger picture, titled Where is Jesus? and guess where I took it.

What will it be?
Please post your responses in the Comments section, as will I.

41 Comments:

Blogger InterstellarLass said...

Well, despite the fact that I intend to be cremated (can't stand the thought of my body just rotting away), I'll think about this and come up with something.

Germany? Do I need to be more specific than that?

15:54  
Blogger Robert Chase said...

At least if you are buried at Arlington, I'd be able to see you.
I know.
NOT funny.

I guess on my headstone it would say : Beloved son, loving husband (hopefully before too long, eh, M?) and proud father.

19:40  
Blogger Crystal said...

well, no offense to anyone. but why are we contemplating death? what will the body matter? and who really cares where you are buried except the ones you leave behind. so let them choose. cuz really, why do we care, if we are dead. im one of those people who laugh at funerals, but not out of disrespect, only as a sort of release from the situation. although i am saddened by violence and destruction, i dont really think death is all that bad. the people i have loved who have died are no different than myself and i will share their lot. we are all mortal, and i think its awesome. its the one area, no matter how hard anyone tries to escape it, that we are all the same, equal, given the same fate. whatever it may be depending on your personal/religious beliefs. its sort of futile to worry about it now. that song off of Closer comes to mind, "let go".

21:24  
Blogger mattandriver said...

I would rather have the writings on my stone be written others. Personally, having a request of a writing on my own grave stone would be the epitome of selfishness. Forever saying to the world... 'look at me, look at me!'

If I have been a 'loser'. let it be written. If I have been a role model or a pillar in the community, than it would be written. I believe that we should be judged by what we have done in our lives to positively effect others, if not mankind as a whole.

My only fear in this belief is for nothing to be written. Just another grave stone. I walk through our local grave yard almost daily My dog loves playing fetch in the open grassy field behind the complex. As I walk through, I try to read the stones and date. I sometimes find myself walking through the labyrinth of stones, reading each and every one. I sometimes wonder who these people where and who looked up to them. What lives have been changed by this person, only to lie here among all others without recognition. Maybe that is what they wanted. To make their mark in the days of life, only to be forgotten and put aside with all others great and small. If you believe in the faith, as I try my best to do, what happens here on earth after your death does not matter. You have crossed over into a place to be with one and all before you. But, to me, my life here has a purpose. I may have not found it yet, totally! But, even if I never find piece with this world, I still will be judged by my peers and others.

Sorry for the rambling on, but you hit a soft spot.

21:43  
Blogger mattandriver said...

mankind = mankind It was late!

21:48  
Blogger Dorman said...

mattandriver, that is why I have a thing about photo'ing cemeteries :)

23:53  
Blogger Dorman said...

I.L. not Germany. Actually Stckange, France. A small town, NE France, near Beligium. The cemetery is around an old church/chapel.

Crys and mattandriver, maybe you could get a stone with a whiteboard on the front and have an attendant keep a fresh supply of Expo dry erase markers.

00:11  
Blogger InterstellarLass said...

Haven't made it to continental Europe yet. Wonder where I can find a tour of graveyards.

06:51  
Anonymous Carol said...

Matt, you've got it! That's the point to having a stone and saying "what do I want the world to know about me when I'm gone?" If you put a little of yourself on that permanent marble slab you will be remembered if for nothing more than what is written there. Cemeteries are facinating but I am again agreeing and not flirting with Stellar that I too want to be cremated. I guess that means after I'm gone and a hundred years have passed, no one will know I even existed. I'm predictable, but this is what I pick should I die today:
This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the end

07:08  
Blogger Crystal said...

i would not think myself that important.

07:45  
Blogger Crystal said...

i guess what i was trying to convey but not really say, is that i dont want to be remembered dead.

07:58  
Blogger Dorman said...

OK. Here is mine.....


Done.



That's it. One word. But on a more humorous side I thought of this last night. My web design friends should get a kick out of it. I have to substitute [ and ] for the angle brackets because of the way the comments work, so bear with me if you know HTML.

[Life]
[birth] Love [/birth]
[childhood] Happiness [/childhood]
[adulthood] Pain [/adulthood]
[/Life]
[Death] Peace

08:39  
Blogger Dorman said...

Oh, and Carol, do you really want lyrics from a song about unresolved oedipal complexes on your stone? ;)

"Father"
"Yes, son..."
"I want to kill you."
"Mother, I want to (Screams)"


and I am not flirting with you.

08:41  
Anonymous Carol said...

You had to bring that up didn't you?

OK how about:
Get on out there on your hands and knees, baby
Crawl all over me
Just like the spider on the wall
Ooo, we gonn' crawl, one more

Oops, now that would be flirting wouldn't it?

08:59  
Anonymous LeeAnn said...

Here's mine:
Out of the night comes
A timeless thing--Calm
In simplicity--Soft
A seductive voice
Meant for the human ear
RIP

09:20  
Blogger InterstellarLass said...

Ah, but any good web designer doesn't leave open tags!

I still can't decide what I would want mine to say. I asked a couple of friends and they couldn't think of anything either. Maybe I'm not worth remembering. :(

09:52  
Anonymous leeann said...

omg lass, i will remember you from this blog alone. i love reading your comments. think of something good!

09:55  
Blogger Dorman said...

Well, I.L., risking again flirting with you, I must say I am glad you picked up on that open tag. Think about it.

Leann, yours is poetic, where is it from?

10:00  
Anonymous leeann said...

when the dying calls---danzig
who'd a thunk glenn could be so poetic? me.

10:26  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Not sleeping, but dead."

10:52  
Blogger InterstellarLass said...

Oh, I get it. Sorry, maybe I was psuedo-flirting or something.

11:03  
Blogger Eddie said...

All good points. See also www.stockdiscussion.blogspot.com

11:20  
Blogger Dorman said...

great, ignore above post, lousy spammer

11:44  
Blogger SpiderLord said...

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12:47  
Blogger SpiderLord said...

Mine would read my one great accomplishment.
No name just the tombstone reading.
This man found a cure for hope.

12:48  
Anonymous Carol said...

And maybe if I die on a day when I'm feeling particularly "vile" I may use this:

I have screamed until my veins collapsed
I've waited as my time's elapsed
Now, All I do is live with so much fate
I've wished for this, I've bitched at that
I've left behind this little fact:
You cannot kill what you did not create

13:37  
Anonymous leeann said...

I've gotta say what I've gotta say
And then I swear I'll go away
But I can't promise you'll enjoy the noise
I guess I’ll save the best for last
My future seems like one big past
You’re left with me 'cause you left me no choice

slipknot, cool!

13:43  
Anonymous Carol said...

...it's like watching a car wreck in progress isn't it?

13:46  
Blogger Dorman said...

But I'm more than just a little curious
How you're planning to go about
making your amends to the dead.

-APC

13:53  
Blogger Dorman said...

Or even...

What's your hurry?
Everyone will have their day to die.




Oh, how I love APC.

14:04  
Blogger Crystal said...

i cant even figure out how to keep a pic up, and there you go and have a pic on your page, that is different on your profile. How DO you do that?

16:44  
Blogger InterstellarLass said...

Crys, go to your Blogspot Dashboard, Click Edit Profile, and in the Photograph section, enter in a URL for a photo. Blogspot won't let you upload images, but I use http://www.hello.com/ to host images. It's free. You can't really use ImageStation (I tried, and they randomly generate their thumbnail image names). There's also flickr or shutterfly you can try. Or, google 'free image hosting' and it returns a long list. Read some and decide what works for you. With Hello, there's some software to download, but once you do, you can upload photos directly to your blog. What I typically do is upload them, and they 'post'. Then I go in, grab the URLs from the post, save them off in a text pad, and then delete the post. Medieval, but effective. :)

17:04  
Blogger Crystal said...

i have flickr, but they keep dying.

17:36  
Blogger InterstellarLass said...

I have an account with flickr too, and I got an email stating that they were moving their servers this week, so that could be part of the problem.

18:36  
Blogger mattandriver said...

InterstellarLass, I was reading your information posted about HELLO. I have downloaded the program (I already have Picasa) and starting to learn this.

My question: What exactly is the blinking "Web Link" on the page. It directs my blog, but with an IP address and Sub in front. Can you shed some light? Thanks!

20:37  
Anonymous Ric said...

I haven't put much thought into it. I spend most of my time trying to figure out how to make my life have a positive influence on the people around me and my kids. That way my "speaking voice" will be continue on as a headstone.

21:09  
Blogger InterstellarLass said...

Welcome to Interstellar Tech Support. This is Lass speaking, how may I help you? :)

Instead of hogging precious comment space on Dorman's blog, come on over to my place (ok, totally not flirting here) and, if you have IM, you can find my MSN handle on my profile page, or simply add at hotmail dot com to the end of my username and email me your questions. Is it blinking within the app? on the Hello web page? Any more detail (specific menu?) you can provide I can give a better answer. Cheers!

21:11  
Blogger Dorman said...

imageshack.us is where I host my pics. They give a bunch of different links you can use and edit. Free, no registration. Flickr is filtered by the Army internet fyi.

23:30  
Blogger Crystal said...

i like hogging dorman's comment space. i think its funny that his blog somehow becomes an area for questions no longer even directed at him. thanks dorman, for bringing us all together:) your headstone should read "Witty Sophist Who Spent His Life Inspiring the Masses, who loved and cherished his family and friends, and who served his country courageously..."

ok, now im being too nice again. everyone should be asking themselves, inspiring to do what...j/k hope everyone is having a good night, even though i am not. fucking pistons.

peace out

23:37  
Blogger Dorman said...

wow, and just think of the different opinions expressed of me on mattandriver's blog ;) now everyone will go flooding over there to see. LOL

like they said in the 2000 elections...I have gravitas.

Ric, I can see you having, instead of the perpetual flame, a loudspeaker and a perpetual tape. (and yes folks, I already know him)

23:54  
Blogger Crystal said...

but do you have civitas?

00:03  

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