Thursday, May 22, 2008

Have we talked about memorial t-shirts?—shirts emblazoned with the image of the recently deceased (often a young man killed by gunfire), with birth date ("sunrise"), death date ("sunset"), and perhaps a nickname, worn by family and friends. The little fellow has one on. Certainly, the trend is not unique to New Orleans, but we have more than our share of them. (Similar shirts are donned to commemorate birthdays and other less morbid occasions. You know it's a good party when the DJ can be heard a block away, the kids are going crazy in the jumpy-tent out front, and the entire extended family is wearing identical tees.)


  1. Anonymous1:34 PM

    Uh-oh. I’m feeling a Jeannie Darcy moment coming on…

    Let’s talk about those memorial t-shirts! Say what…if I were to die I couldn’t think of any better way to memorialize me than a small child wearing a white T that says something like, “Ask me about my dead mom.” Don’t get me started…don’t even get me started. And - hey, what about those car memorials? “Hey kids, when I die, why don’t you dedicate a GMC diesel truck to me…who says being dead is an excuse to stop hauling around a massive load and making tons of stink and noise?” Don’t get me started…don’t even get me started. “And while we’re at it, kids - in the vein of roadside memorials, please set up a memorial site on the very spot that a die. I know that may end up being the alley behind the bar on the corner, but hey…” Don’t get me started…don’t even get me started.

    (And did you see what that T-shirt says? I’m wondering if that guy might’ve wanted to be remembered as something other than just "Funky Lil Nigga." (Don’t get me started…))

  2. I think they have a pill that will help with those Jeannie Darcy moments.

  3. Oh, and there's a roadside memorial on Jeff Highway that's immediately adjacent to some large brazen SpongeBob Squarepants placard advertising I-don't-even-remember-what. Every time I pass it I think, "bad place to die".

  4. Anonymous10:53 AM

    - Look into pills for hack attacks...CHECK.
    - Don't die near big cartoony signs...CHECK.

    Thanks, Mr. O.

  5. Oh, and Craic-y, I'm impressed by the parentheses within parentheses. (I didn't know you could do that. (All bet's are off. (I'm going to go buckwild!)))

  6. Anonymous2:34 PM

    Oh yeah, good times (with parenthetical material (not that it’s real material (in a literal (I don’t even like the usage of (the word) material for words.) sense (I’m thanking God (or the Lord, Jesus, or the Universe (whatever greater-than-thou source you prefer)) that this is unacceptable grammar (I’ve taken this too far now (I think).).))))!

    (Still not yet on those pills.)