From an Underground Car Park to the Crematory
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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• United States
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!
@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.
• United States
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
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
• Saco, Maine
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.