THE DEAD DON’T RIDE …

Photographs by Garry Armstrong

“Dead men don’t ride roller coasters,” said Gill Grissom on CSI.

I turned to Garry. “How would he know? Has he been talking to dead guys?”

“Well,” said Garry, “I haven’t been chatting with any dead people.”

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So I got to thinking. If I were  dead, what would I want to do? Would I be inclined to haunt the living? To take revenge for insults real and imagined? To repeat activities in death I loved in life?

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Would I want to travel the world, to see it without airport security? Pass eternity in the great libraries of the world, absorbing all the knowledge I missed in life? I haven’t the slightest idea what a dead person might want to do, assuming anyone gets a choice about post-life activities.

I believe — without a trace of evidence to support my belief — that whatever one does after death is not a choice. It’s a mandate. Whether it’s God or the Devil or Karma or absolute nothingness, it’s not a multiple choice quiz.

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You reap what you’ve sown and, you don’t get to return to tell your friends what happened. On or off the Internet.



Categories: Death and Dying, Humor, Photography, Supernatural

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25 replies

  1. I guess I must think like Grissom, I just nodded my head when he said that, as though it were fact. But I like your thought process, it made me laugh. Cause, who knows?

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  2. How many dead people are buried there? All of them?

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    • I actually don’t know. I’ll see if I can find out. But I’m better a few hundred. It’s not a very big cemetery.

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      • My dad asked me once, do you know how many dead people are buried in our cemetery? I said, ” I don’t know.” He said,”all of them.” He liked that kind of stuff. We visited an old family cemetery in Alberta,Canada once to find it had been vandalized after most of the family had died or moved. A cousin there got the province to have it declared a historic site.

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        • I found out so many things looking for the answer to your question. I don’t know how many people are buried there. I’m not sure that record exists. I did find out all the famous people buried there and discovered the town records of births and deaths from 1720 through 1850. Census records too.

          Prospect Hill Cemetery IS an historic site with a committee and funding and records and meetings. It has been a protected site since 1915. More to come!

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  3. love the photos and I love going into cemeteries to wander around the in the quiet and read the headstones. There is a part of me that believes those that have died do return in some form- maybe as someone else- who knows?

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  4. Although it’s a cemetery the photos are far from being sad. The mix of stones and foliage is beautiful. i don’t know about after life, so I try to do my best while I’m alive. Roller coaster included.

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  5. Great photos Garry. Actually the other day I was thinking that I don’t go to cemeteries to take photos. So, last week I went to a cemetery in Napier. It was actually peaceful and serene. I was the only one there and for once I was just able to wander around and not get any complaints. I was living in the moment – so to speak

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  6. Dead men may not ride rollercoasters, but I hear zombies love playing paintball. I think I see a lot of dead people hang around my store at night….

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  7. During my working days, a few sources reached me from the beyond. Or, they went to the great beyond subsequent to my reports. Coincidence?

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  8. First of all – I too like the photos.
    Second of all – I like the idea of traveling the world without airport security. It’d be like the old days.

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