From an Underground Car Park to the Crematory

underground car park
@MALUSE (39189)
Germany
April 26, 2017 1:32pm CST
This morning I went to an eye-specialist. The doctor's office is on the third floor of a high-rise building. It stands opposite the train station. Between it and the train station is a large square which has just become an enormous building site because an underground car park is being built there. When I came into the waiting-room, I went to the window to look down and see what was going on and how far the work had already progressed. A woman joined me. I said to her that I thought it was a good idea to build the underground car park because the area is always too full of cars. She became a bit excited and exclaimed, "They (Who? I guess she meant the town council, the mayor and everone else responsible for decisions concerning the town) have money for *this*!". She pulled a face and nearly spat the words. "Instead of doing something for the refurbishment of the crematory." I must say that I'm usuall quick at repartee but this beat me. How on earth did the woman get from an undergound car park to the crematory? Maybe the hole in the ground initiated the train of thoughts? Digging --> dying -- graveyard -- crematory? I was then called to be examined. Before I left I told the doctor and her assistant who happened to stand at the door about this conversation. We had a good giggle together.
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@Kandae11 (35967)
26 Apr 17
Could be she is employed there and would like to see it get a face-lift.
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@MALUSE (39189)
• Germany
26 Apr 17
Sounds sensible.
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• San Jose, California
27 Apr 17
Still, it seems like a random thing to just rant at a stranger. I think would have been speechless in your situation too.
@pgntwo (21625)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
26 Apr 17
Definitely the pits... Actually, I think the term "crematorium" is more common in the UK. Money to burn, I can see that logic!
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@dragon54u (31605)
• United States
26 Apr 17
I don't understand why she would want the crematory refurbished unless I misunderstand what one is. How do you refurbish what is basically a furnace? Or does she want the building to look prettier? That was a pretty bizarre train of thought but, as we say here, it takes all kinds to make up a world!
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@MALUSE (39189)
• Germany
26 Apr 17
I think the furnace doesn't work well anymore and the whole building is a bit run-down. It was built in the year 1911.
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@dragon54u (31605)
• United States
26 Apr 17
@MALUSE Wow, I would guess that it needs a bit of work! Still, taking care of the living is a bit more important than attending the empty husks of those who have departed.
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@MALUSE (39189)
• Germany
26 Apr 17
@dragon54u Just my thoughts!
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@LadyDuck (152117)
• Switzerland
27 Apr 17
Good grief, she has some mental problems, how can someone jump from building a parking to a crematorium?
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@MALUSE (39189)
• Germany
27 Apr 17
The incident happened yesterday but I still have to think of it. The woman has definitely given me a story I'm going to retell many times. The point will always be a success!
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@MALUSE (39189)
• Germany
27 Apr 17
@LadyDuck Indeed? I haven't met people like that. I only know people who always want to talk about diseases. The topic may occupy your mother's mind because she's already very old. It may not be macabre for her but certainly is for the younger generation.
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@amadeo (63994)
• United States
26 Apr 17
Not sure on this.?
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@MALUSE (39189)
• Germany
26 Apr 17
What do you mean? I don't understand.
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@amadeo (63994)
• United States
26 Apr 17
@MALUSE well I do not have an answer to this.My mind is blank on this.
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@MALUSE (39189)
• Germany
26 Apr 17
@amadeo You're not the only one! I haven't got the foggiest idea how this woman's mind worked.
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@Ronrybs (7301)
• London, England
27 Apr 17
It seems pretty unsual to meet someone so worked up over the crematory. Good thing you were able to make a quick getaway!
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@MALUSE (39189)
• Germany
27 Apr 17
You think she saw me as a potential candidate? Well, I am. Everybody is. But I intend to wait for some more years. :-)
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@Ronrybs (7301)
• London, England
27 Apr 17
@MALUSE Same here, the longer the better!
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@andriaperry (48622)
• United States
26 Apr 17
That was ... Odd.
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@MALUSE (39189)
• Germany
26 Apr 17
. . . to say the least! :-)
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@Tampa_girl7 (25387)
• United States
28 Apr 17
I guess her brain is just programmed differently than others
@MALUSE (39189)
• Germany
28 Apr 17
That is a nice way of putting it! :-)
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@Tampa_girl7 (25387)
• United States
28 Apr 17
@MALUSE I have met a few like her in my lifetime.
@boiboing (12198)
• Northampton, England
27 Apr 17
I'm not sure if you mean cemetery or crematorium but I don't know the word crematory.
@MALUSE (39189)
• Germany
27 Apr 17
The dictionary says that both crematory and crematorium exist. Should I change all crematories into crematoria (Latin plural!)?
@FayeHazel (17093)
• United States
27 Apr 17
Oh dear how morbid. At least it made an interesting story
@MALUSE (39189)
• Germany
27 Apr 17
Indeed. Life is stranger than fiction!
@JudyEv (121176)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Apr 17
Something obviously led the woman's mind along this devious path.
@jstory07 (66071)
• Roseburg, Oregon
27 Apr 17
Sometimes people's minds wonder from thing to thing. She knew what she was talking about and that was all that mattered.
@CRK109 (14465)
• United States
27 Apr 17
It's interesting how people's minds work. I often have conversations like that with my nephew. I will be talking about something and suddenly he will interject with a completely different subject, as if we'd been talking about that for hours! lol
@Nawsheen (23077)
• Mauritius
27 Apr 17
I am just wondering what she was thinking when you told her about the car park. There is so much difference between car park and crematory. Maybe for her refurbishment of the crematory seemed to be a better idea and i would also like to know why she thought like that
@Raelove (16819)
• Saco, Maine
27 Apr 17
And there I was thinking that they'd turned an underground parking garage into a crematorium. If it's any consolation, there's a big debate going on here in the "twin city" about building an above-ground parking garage. Lots of controversy in a town whose Main St. has a dozen or more empty storefronts. Sometimes when I drive through there, it does feel somewhat morbid, as though the place IS a crematorium, or should be.
@Fleura (7198)
• United Kingdom
27 Apr 17
I expect she had recently had some sort of spat with 'Them' over the state of the said 'crematory' and they had told her there was no money for a refurbishment. Seems quite simple to me!
@allknowing (63306)
• India
27 Apr 17
Anything can trigger thoughts. Don't we often say 'That reminds me........."?
@Corbin5 (103046)
• United States
26 Apr 17
Well, for some reason, the crematory is dear to her heart. How a crematory can be dear to one's heart is beyond me, but I sure hope she has a reason for her concern regarding the welfare of the crematory.