I don't want to say that this is all that you need to know about Wally, but let's just say it's telling that his eulogy included a reference to MeTV, which is Chicago's local access channel for classic television shows. Wally especially like the back-to-back Hogan's Heroes hour.
Also telling? His wake was attended by both Sri, the owner of a Subway that he frequented, and a waiter from his favorite Italian restaurant which closed years ago. How awesome is that? It made me ponder which employees of local businesses see me frequently enough to attend my wake...the receptionists at Audrey's therapy clinics? Walgreens pharmacists? That judging little bitch of a counter girl at Dunkin' Donuts?
Well here's to you, big guy. "A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants". And if you don't know where that line is from, you would not have been able to hang with Uncle Wally.
It was a profoundly confusing day -- the very definition of an emotional roller coaster. It's doubtful whether this confluence of events will ever be seen again, although I guess you could argue that there are some pro's and con's to it...
Good things about having a funeral and a children's birthday party on the same day
- Either way you're going to end up with a throbbing headache, so you might as well get it all over with in one day.
- You can nick some of the passed-around desserts at the funeral luncheon and "re-purpose" them for the party. Kids love dried-up poppy seed roll and apricot kolacky right?
- If you start sobbing and screaming that everyone has to leave RIGHT NOW during the birthday party, you can pretend that it's because you are still mourning the death of your dearly departed.
Bad things about having a funeral and a children's birthday party on the same day
- The view out your rear view mirror, of a fluorescent orange FUNERAL sticker on your back window and a back seat stuffed with My Little Pony balloons, can be disconcerting enough to throw you into bipolar episode.
- Random, inappropriate thoughts during the funeral mass, e.g.: wondering where you are going to hang the pinata as the priest swings that incense-burner-on-a-chain thingy over the casket.
- The crushed pink sprinkles and butter cream frosting that is smeared down the front of you tends to show up even more on a black pantsuit.
Who knows what next year will bring, but I'm putting my vote in for more parties and less funerals.