A few weeks ago a long time family aquaintance past away at 54. Jake was one of the original 60’s hippies and he never found a drug or drink that he didn’t try. It was that lifestyle that did him in but his greatest achievement the past few years was him becoming a computer guru. He could fix almost any problems and the systems he built were bulletproof. He was buried in his favorite jeans and a new Grateful Dead t-shirt.
He had a lot of friends and his funeral was well attended. Many friends of his slipped joints or loaded pipes into his casket, nothing like having something to smoke in the afterlife. After the funeral I was talking to Cindy, Jake’s widow. I reminded her that Jake loved a good practical joke and with her help, he could pull off one last joke. I suggested that she send an email from Jake’s email account to his buddies thanking them for the bud but it wasn’t going to do him any good, nobody left a lighter. She thought the idea was wonderful.
Today I got an email from Cindy. She sent out the emails a few days after the funeral but received only one response, the guy was apologetic, the email was written to Jake as if he was still alive. She went to Jake’s gravesite this morning and she was shocked what she saw. She said there was at least 20 Bic lighters on and around his grave marker. She said she has never laughed and cried so hard at the same time. I just emailed her back and suggested one more email from Jake and it only needs 2 words, Thank You.