Monday, August 24, 2009

As the EMTs and the ambulance driver

come up the driveway during the tombstone class.

I will give you all a moment to take a collective "gasp"

Everyone sitting down? Good. Here we go.

I live on a very busy street. It is residential, but it is an artillery between two major highways, so people like to cut through the neighborhood, going much faster than the posted speed limit. So, several times a year someone is not paying attention and we are treated to what we affectionately call, metal sculptures.

So, on Saturday in the middle of the very busy tombstone class, we hear a familiar crashing sound. Now, husband and I are not too worried, heard it before, the sound quickly runs through our heads and we register that, no, that one did not sound fatal....but I pop my head out up to see the street and notice that there are several cars involved.

And I think sh*t, normally when this happens everyone pulls their cars out of the road and in front of mine and my neighbors house............which on this fine day is full of the cars of the students for the tombstone class. Double sh*t! :)

I ask one of the helpers that does not have paint all over his hands to call the police because the cars are not moving out of the road and people are is getting ugly fast.

Let me divert a bit here and let you know something that is constantly going on in the back of the Frog Queens mind. Because I live on a busy street, I know that it will only take a looky-loo or two gawking at my yard that causes and accident - that will likely get me shut down.....or in this case, and event in the house that leaves accident victims no place to park. (This is why we are so nice to the Milwaukie Police department :)

Well, with us doing our good neighbor part, we go back to tombstone making. In the blur of 15 people asking questions and working away I glance up to see a police car in front of the worries, glad they are here.....then later and ambulance....I hope everyone is okay....but back to working.

Then I look up and see men in blue uniforms coming up the driveway with my friend Dawn. Great, I think of ways to convince the officers that

the hearse parked out in front of my house could not possibly have been the distraction that caused the accident......

or how all the people walking around with tombstones could have in no way distracted the drivers :)

I expect them to walk up to talk to Jeff and I, but she walks right past us and over to where everyone is painting.

Appears that they saw people walking around with tombstones and wanted to know what was going on. They are laughing and commenting on how fun this must be, and one of the guys knows the yard well and was telling the other what it looked like set up. Everyone was sharing their tombstones with them and thought it was great fun.

big sigh of relief

My favorite was when one of the EMTs thought he would love to make a tombstone....and he knew exactly what to put on it.....the name of his ex-wife :D

The only thing I regret about the day is that I was going to get our camera to get a picture of these officers standing in the middle of the tombstone class, but I got distracted by someone asking me a question, and before I knew it....they were heading down the driveway :(

I hear that people that were in the accident were talking pictures of the class while waiting to fill out the police reports.

Never a dull moment at the Graveyard. Yes, we know how to keep it interesting. :)

Looking forward to doing this next year - sans the metal sculpture!!


  1. lol another great story to tell the next batch of unsuspecting victims, youre going to have people lining up around the block for the next class!

  2. Thank goodness no one joined the graveyard that day. Would make a good ghost story though. :0 )

  3. How about a tombstone that sez: "Leave the looking to your passengers as you drive by, less you all join me below!"
    Yeah, too long, but may constitute "fair warning" when your case comes up... (grin?)

  4. Great story! When I started reading, I worried that there had been an unfortunate incident in your class. Glad no one was hurt :)

  5. I was waiting for you to say they'd smashed into the line of parked cars of your guests.

    You know, I'm sure your tombstone class is memorable enough without you throwing major crashed and cops into the mix ;)

  6. Never a dull moment at your place!

  7. Very cool blog and go to my blog as I have an award there for you.

  8. I have been away from the computer all weekend (ahh, scheduling posts and relaxing) but I have been relaying your stories to my family at poolside to many giggles.

    You have the best incidents to relay!

    It sounds like no-one was hurt (at least not badly); glad to hear it - and more glad that it added some entertainment to your class!

    Cheers, dear!

  9. Sorry love, next time I will warn you that I am bringing men in uniforms with me... D

  10. This one of the many reasons I love you Mrs. Reid :)


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