Ashes to Ashes

A portion of my dad’s cremains arrived in the mail today. My aunt (in Alaska) mailed them to me in a tupperware container. Several thoughts (a few which seem absurd) crossed my mind as I opened the mailing box to see if there was a letter or anything inside as well. (There was – a small paper origami crane, not sure why.)

Did the post office or any of the mail carriers that handled the package know what was inside? Did my aunt need to get some kind of clearance to ship human cremains? Will I need to deal with explaining what’s in the box at the airport when we fly back to Alaska next weekend? (That’s right, mailed from Alaska to be taken back to Alaska. I know it sounds odd, but it was the easiest way to make sure they get to where they need to go.) I was also reminded of a line from the “Tupperware Song” by The Rock Bottom Remainders. Basically it goes: “I hope that when I die, tupperware makes caskets too.” I guess, in a way, the do.

Anyway, I’ve sealed the box back up and it’s sitting on our kitchen table. I don’t know what else to do with it right now.

Hooray for the Internet Archive

Looking for the street address for a company that doesn’t exist anymore? (One you worked at as a contractor for six months almost 7 years ago?)

Try using the WayBack Machine: to search for the company’s contact info on an archived version of their site.

Too bad I wasn’t able to recover an old version of my resume I had posted online the same way.

My blogging email address got scraped.

I’m not sure from where – I’ll have to try to remember where else I’ve used the address I have associated with my blog – none of gossip’s sites display it (AFAICT)

Anyway I just got my first piece of spam sent to it. For those of you that are intereseted (and everyone else who isn’t) it looks like a new variation of the 419 Fraud:

Edited on Sep 20th 2003, 16:42 by Hooloovoo

Still Alive

Just wanted to let folks know I haven’t totally dropped off the face of the earth. the new job is keeping pretty busy – (over-time is both a good and a bad thing)

I’ve been really bad about keeping up with blogs. (Both my own, and others.) When I do get home, I usually don’t feel like sitting on the computer, and when I do sit on the computer – I’m more likely to fire up SWG than Firebird. (I reactivated my account last week.)

Nothing much new to report. Jenny, Boogie (my sister), and I will be heading to Alaska in a couple of weeks to go thhrough dad’s belongings and scatter ashes.

Anyway – my lunch break is almost over, so I best be headed back to the lab.

Edit: updating names for consistency

Edited on Oct 2nd 2003, 16:36 by Hooloovoo