Wednesday, January 17, 2007


I haven't posted since late November...and there are reasons...whether these are valid to my huge cadre of 3 or 4 regular readers, I am not sure....

My first wife (my oldest son's mother) passed away in her apartment on Dec 2nd. With her family being quite dysfunctional, disorganized, and altogether incapable of organizing a bathroom break let alone a funeral, I took it upon myself to do it for them (organize a funeral that is, they can figure out to to go to the bathroom on their own dammit!). What struck me was what a freaking scam funeral homes are: for the basics it cost approximately $8000 ( about a $1.50 American). On top of that, there are additional expenses for the "casket splash" (flowers that rest on top of the casket - $250), catering for the reception ($650), and a two day obituary notice in the local news rag ($206 - yup...$103 a day...nice, eh?).

I was hoping, and still am, that her final pay and such from work will cover the expense (which it will, it will just take some time to get the paperwork settled). Now, when she was alive she drove me nuts, and she still is after her death. See, she didn't have a will. She has two other kids, both from different fathers. One of the fathers she married and from whom she subsequently separated...leaving him on the hook for things...but at least he has been good to work with through all of it.

So, with the funeral and Christmas, and the new expansion for World of Warcraft, is it any wonder I have been unable to blog lately!!?