According to funeral industry experts more and more people want to have the last word — on their tombstone! And these epitaphs are scattered across the country.

In the graveyard at Salmon, B.C., « This wasn’t my idea. » In Saskatoon, « I’d rather be in Boston watching the Red Sox. » In Manitoba, a widely cited epitaph, « I told you I was sick. » One expert on epitaphs says « A forgettable gravestone is a fate worse than death. »

My own? When I was hosting a radio call-in show in Montreal, I wanted to project the idea that things were hopping. So I gradually developed the signature phrase, « The lines are blazing, » which I think would do nicely as my epitaph.

What about yours? Try one. Or write one for another person. Or write a funny one.

Missed you all in Vegas where I picked up some tips on making a better blog. Neil



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    Paul Costopoulos Says:

    « Where have I gone to now? »
    Welcome back Neil. Hope you did not go broke at the casinos!!!

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    « This is not where I expected to be » might also do it.

    No time for gambling. Too busy with widgets, tags, links, span and RSS feeds. Now I have to try to digest it all.

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    Chimera Says:

    « Where am I going? And what am I doing in this handbasket? »

    Not original, alas, but I’m in the middle of a book of short humor pieces, and one of the articles is about unusual epitaphs.

    I rather like yours, Neil. Although, considering your background, it might very well lead any of your surviving philosophical opponents to believe that they have been vindicated…

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    Joanne Nicholls Says:

    How about « It seemed like a good idea at the time! »?

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    Joanne Nicholls Says:

    Looking forward to all your improvements! Hope you learned a lot. Still haven’t figured out what a widget is and I am supposed to use one every day! Good luck!

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    Indeed I think, « It seemed like a good idea at the time » is very good. Am not sue what a widget is myself.

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    bernie12 Says:


    Jim Clarke and I exchanged epitaphs as we bussed through Costa Rica and Panama 3 yrars ago On a Horizons Awareness Tour . The one I did for myself :
    He thought he was doing good .

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    Excellent, Tim. From what I know of Horizons etc. I would leave out « though he ».

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