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May 20, 2013


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Don't you just love the photo?


The word in the Code Thingy for my 8:39 comment was "quinoline". I had no idea what this meant. Here is the definition: "a pungent oily liquid present in coal tar and bone oil."

It is also this:

Quinoline is a heterocyclic aromatic organic compound with the chemical formula C9H7N. It is a colorless hygroscopic liquid with a strong odor. Aged samples, if exposed to light, become yellow and later brown. Quinoline is only slightly soluble in cold water but dissolves readily in hot water and most organic solvents. Quinoline itself has few applications, but many of its derivatives are useful in diverse applications. A prominent example is quinine, which is found naturally in plants as alkaloids. 4-Hydroxy-2-alkylquinolines (HAQs) are involved in antibiotic resistance.

Does anyone know if quinoline is used in the the embalming process?


Sorry, have no answer for your question.

I am still reading "The End of your Life Book Club." I am impressed that the author and his mother seem to have read more books in a year and a half than I might finish in a decade. I am enjoying many books vicariously through them, but am resisting the urge to scribble down titles. I have so many books on my stack to read already!


It is not used for embalming. It is used for joint lubrication for middle aged athletes. Knees and such. Works wonders.

Re. Burial insurance. You would be amazed at the popularity of this type of offer. You would also be amazed at the number of these policies that go unused because they are usually purchased by older folk who often never tell anyone about them.
I am opting something more direct, like a cremation while dosed in quinolone.


noway -- your comment lifted my spirits -- and my left knee. I get my first shot of "Orthovisc" AKA quinoline, tomorrow. Was only able to do 15 miles on the stationary bike today. Takes forever to get started when I first get on the saddle. Left knee really stubborn. Says, "Leave me alone so I can die in peace." Have to talk to it gently. Move into the rotation slowly.

I don't know how in theee hell I got on the list for burial insurance. I am not a member of AARP, etc. I have noticed that the less I am on Facebook, the fewer spam emails I get. What's with that? Probably time to deactivate that account.

Cremation for me, too, "dosed" in Maker's Mark.


PEACE -- should I buy "The End of Your Life Book Club"? I remember reading reviews. I'm assuming you mentioned the title in this sass stream because the connection of the book title to burial insurance.


Nope. I wouldn't recommend buying it. A friend loaned it to me. It's got me thinking about what to read next ... about summer reading, in general. But, it also has me thinking more in terms of, "If the next book is the LAST book I read, what should it be?"

Yes, on the connection. I'd just finished reading a chapter when I opened your post on burial insurance.


PS: Good to see you back in the sass, Flannista.


Thank you, PEACEsista.

Back in the saddle to be sure -- tentatively getting back into the sass. I couldn't ignore the burial insurance email. It made those "Christian Mingle" emails look good, if that's even possible.

By the way, I noticed once again how many postcards and greetings cards I have from you in every area of my house . . . even the bathroom. The last postcard -- featuring Jesus -- is a bookmark in a kid's book I'm reading right now. Thank you.


The word in the Code Thingy for my last comment was "valuable".

Yes, you are PEACEsista.


Good morning. Just looking at the picture in that ad, I can hear the angels singing... or is that piped-in MUZAK?

Yes, good to see you back in the sass-stream.


The photo leads one to believe they will be either buried or cremated and sprinkled in a forest. Most cemeteries don't even have trees.

And the lighting is perfect, I might add.


What's with the "peace of mind" message?

You think I should ask for an "online quote" for my funeral as the ad suggests? Here's an online quote (from Woody Allen): "It's not that I'm afraid to die. I just don't want to be there when it happens."


Did some research last week. There's an actual term for a fear of Mondays:



Well, to fear it you need to spell it properly,

Unless your term is the fear of a specific Monday within the month.


Interesting that I left out the letters, D-I-E, Matissta.


By the way, PEACE -- a postcard that you mailed to me from Thailand on March 25 arrived last Wednesday. Seriously.


"Peace of mind" is an interesting approach. First thought is "Why would I care after I'm dead?" Second thought is "I don't want those left behind to worry about the expense." So I guess it depends on one's perspective. My guess is most people don't realize how expensive it is to be buried. Cremation all the way for me. Still expensive but not as much as being buried.


Good to see you are still above ground. I hope Matiss is feeling much better too.

I want to know about the word "Get" in the above ad. It seems featured, set apart in a way. Is it the name of the insurance company? Is it to make sure we don't miss the point that getting burial insurance equals getting peace of mind?


Honestly, considering that it took over an hour by boat plus two more hours by car for us to get to the nearest airport from that resort in Thailand, I'm surprised that the postcard made it at all. Think Pony Express ... only with sea turtles.

Maybe they waited for other visitors to come from the US and sent the postcard back with them!


I am DYING to know how one does or does not qualify for burial insurance.

Flann, this is so up your alley I could not resist posting. Sound required.



babysis -- I just played your 4:17 link and, yes, tinkled. Why is that thing so hysterical?

I'm going to play it at least once a day to help me hang onto whatever I'm hanging onto these days.


babysis: I never even noticed the imperative "get" in the headline. Good eye.

I think you have to have a complete physical before you can qualify for burial insurance.


Looks like we're gonna have to add slide whistles to the kazoo band.


I have a slide whistle.

I can die now.

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