Thursday, April 12, 2007

watch alarms

There was a nicely attended service a couple weeks ago. Rather formal, a little stodgy. About halfway through, someone's watch alarm starts going off. The FD looks down in a panick that it's his watch. Whew, it's not. The chaplain glances down at his, nope not him either. The FD is a little annoyed that whoever's it is, they aren't shutting it off. I know, I know, you can see where this is going... Yep, the watch was right up front, in the casket. It just kept going all through the service. Afterwards the FD checks the guy's arms. No watch. Checks his pockets. No watch. Which can only mean one thing. Someone tucked it under him during the viewing. The pall bearers are waiting at the back of the chapel, so FD can't just pull the guy towards him and get the watch out from under him. So, he does what anyone would do. He closed the casket, called the pall bearers forward, and they carried out the casket, alarm and all.
Someone got a private chuckle out of their little joke. It made me happy for the dead guy, well, I'm assuming that it was done in fun, and that were he alive, he'd get the biggest kick of all out of it. I imagine him smiling to himself. Pleased that he'd passed on a little happiness.

8 comments:

Sayre said...

Oh, that is so funny! I love when people play practical jokes - even on the dead. Just shows that the guy must have had a sense of humor when he was alive, or no one would have thought to do that!

Patience said...

Great story! Yep, somebody knew the dead guy probably would have loved it! Who knows? The DG may have arranged the whole thing himself "in advance"!

amelia said...

That made my day! Just hilarious!

If I'd been there I would have got the giggles badly. Good job I wasn't

Catch said...

Ha! I can imagine everyone looking down at their watches making sure it wasnt theirs. Someone has a great sense of humor!Injecting a little humor in things enlightens any situation. I like to think DG is smiling to himself!

Sheri said...

oh wow! that is a funny story. I'm betting it's one the jokester will tell for all time and get lots of laughs out of. I know I chuckled quite heartily!

Pendullum said...

Had me laughing...

Carmen said...

Very funny. I imagine you have to have a sense of humor in this industry. Although I do not think I personally could ever work there, I am very intrigued by your business. I was glued to Family Plots, Six Feet Under & such.

Catch said...

Noel??? where are you? We miss your posts!