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Some of you may recall my post a couple years ago on the subject of the death of my friend Ron, the itinerate house painter/car thief?

One day this past summer, on late July or early August, I was just driving around aimlessly when I passed the local Cemetery. It was a beautiful day with a clear blue sky, and hot, with a faint breeze blowing. I hadn't been to the cemetery since we buried Ron, and thought, "just for the hell of it", to visit his grave.

I remembered the general area where he was buried, and after driving around a bit I found what I was certain was the immediate vicinity, so I parked the car and got out and walked.

The Cemetery apparently has a fairly lenient policy concerning markers. While the majority are still traditional stone monuments, there many obviously home made markers, and quite a few simple wooded crosses.

Since Ron was indigent, and was buried by the County, I'd didn't figure he'd have any kind of fancy gravestone, so I began to look at names on the more interesting memorials. All of a sudden I knew I was in the right spot. I'd found Ron's final resting place.

It had no name on it, but I didn't need one. There stood before me a 2x2 white wooden post about 18" tall with a cross made from two knitting needles macramed together with purple yarn in front of it, and a plastic pinwheel daisy with all the pedal broken off stuck into the top. Three clear plastic discs about 3" in diameter threaded on a leather thong hung over it.

The effect was more whimsical than symbolic. Ron had a lot of unusual friends, and I think the memorial just sort of evolved?

Wouldn't you just know that Ron, in death as did in life, would be unique. I did take a couple pictures of the site with my cell phone, but wasn't able to download them. I'll have to try again before snow buries the grave.
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