Thursday, November 11, 2010

Reflections on Death

Today I took my dog over to Oakwood Cemetery here in Waco for an afternoon walk. She loves walking around and smelling all the different flowers, grasses, and scents that people and animals have left behind, and it's also good to have an animal there to be able to sense evil spirits and crooked real estate developers in sheets. Besides reminding her of where I'm gonna send her if she eats the toppings off my pizza while I'm in the bathroom one more time, it's a great place to enjoy a fall afternoon in quiet reflection. With passing the bar exam, finally graduating from law school, getting a new car, and preparing to move across the country all happening in the very recent past, I've had a lot on my mind lately. So I thought I would take an afternoon to enjoy one of my favorite places in Waco. I took a few pictures of things I found interesting.

Although I am not a religious person, I really enjoy religious iconography in art, especially sculpture. Oakwood Cemetery has tons of really beautiful and intricate angel statues and memorials, so I took quite a few pictures of them.

The iPhone, piece of shit that it is, takes decent pictures.
"Dude, I'm so bored. How much longer do I have to sit up here? Dude."
Not a lot of the trees have changed yet, making the ones that have all the more striking. 
Am I the only one disturbed by the fact that THE TOPS OF THESE MAUSOLEUMS HAVE CLEARLY BEEN MOVED?!? Be prepared, folks.
 How the hell is he supposed to rest in peace if he has a perpetual light shining on him? Do you know how annoying that is?
 He was 2 fast and 2 furious for this world.

 "Hold on, nobody move, I dropped my contact lens you guys. Everybody help me look for it."

 They hated each other so much they had their monuments built facing one another so they could give each other the stinkeye for all eternity.
 "Asleep in Jesus" is the creepiest way to describe "dead" I've ever heard.

 "Jeremiah 29:11 We are not strangers to love, thou knowest the rules as I do. A full commitment is my fevered dream, thou would not findeth such affections in another lover. Never will I surrender thee, never will I disappoint, never will I run, nor wouldst I desert thou."  Epic.
 I'll admit, when looking at the graves of the people of Waco, Texas, I did not expect to come across someone named Ghodratollah Khozein.

 On the surface, an elaborate mausoleum seems grandiose, but really you are essentially being buried in a tool shed.

This guy figured out how to bore people even from beyond the grave. Also, bonus points for dropping the phrases "joie de vivre" and "noblesse oblige" like it's no big deal.

 I don't know if it's sweet or dickish to memorialize your beloved wife with an anchor.
One yellow tree.

If you live in Waco, you should check out Oakwood Cemetery, off LaSalle. You won't be disappointed.


Jesse Davis said...

I didn't know Jeremiah 29:11 started with a Rick-Roll...

Kimberly said...

I had a comment about Rick Astley, too, but it wasn't as clever as Jesse's. :-/