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~Saturday~  Today was quite the affirming day with regards to communications with my relatives, and by the end of it, I was able to articulate the final arrangements for my aunt's funeral, which I'm posting here for posterity:

There is going to be a mass on Wednesday, 02/10/10, starting at 10:00. Mom, Dad, and I are going to meet Karen, Joe (her partner), and Lisa at the Breezy Lake Drive house at 9:30 in time to leave from there at 9:30 driving together to the church together.

The mass starts at 10:00 and is expected to last an hour. Church details:

St. John & James Parish
20 Washington St.
West Warwick, RI 02893
Cross Streets: Between Main/Sinnott Street & St. John Street
(401) 821-7661

After the mass, we will all follow each other in a funeral procession to:

Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery
301 South County Trail
Exeter, RI 02822-3526

where there will be a very short graveside service.

In the process of back-and-forth e-mail with family, I also found out that a few of my cousins will be there, whom I haven't seen in at 25 years, I would say, if not longer. Should be nice.

Two failblog.org entries cracked me up today—one image:

and one video:

At the gym today, I did my lower body routine followed by 300 (15 sets of 20 reps) ab crunches. The last five of those sets talked to me.

From the gym, I ran over to Kohl's at Crossroads Plaza, where I bought a new pair of sneakers, since my old ones have begun to tear along a seam.

On the way to dancing a had a most enjoyable conversation with Uncle Rene and Aunt Rita with both of them listening in on the other end.

Dancing was fun tonight, and it started off with Rick and I toasting my Aunt Annette each with a shot of Turkey 101.

We had a good number of dancers and the crowd grew to a pretty decent size by the time we stopped dancing. I danced several line dances in the front row tonight, as Geromy wasn't there. Not that it's about being in the front row.


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 8th, 2010 03:57 am (UTC)
I'm sorry about your auntie. As always, you are a good son as you support your mom and dad through yet another farewell. My very best to them both and my greatest affection to you mon ami!
Feb. 8th, 2010 04:19 am (UTC)

Merci, beaucoup! Thanks for reading and commenting, my friend.

Edited at 2010-02-08 04:19 am (UTC)
Feb. 8th, 2010 04:40 am (UTC)
I always enjoy your observations and your wry sense of humor. I especially liked the Tallulah Bankhead remark and the video demonstrating the level of ingenuity employed by the non-spelling members of our society in addressing home emergencies. How is it that Gomer's wife encountered a warthog?
Feb. 8th, 2010 11:59 am (UTC)
Your Aunt
John, I am sorry to hear about your Aunt's passing. I'm glad that you were able to make the arrangements for them, and that you'll be seeing relatives that you haven't seen in a long time. It's always good to reconnect. Have a safe trip, my fellow 'organizer'!

Mary Soto
Feb. 8th, 2010 12:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Your Aunt

Thanks so much, Mary! I appreciate you!
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