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February 12, 2009


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She seems quite knowledgeable. This idea might have some traction. Good luck!

Hey, Mitch - Just thought of something. I can't tell from your video if you live on a hill or not. My friend is a pastor and lived for many years in West Virginia. Every spring, the rains would come and would wash bodies out of the cemeteries on the mountainsides. He'd spend most of April and May having to preside over re-interring people after they ended up in someone's petunias. This can be avoided if a)you live on a lower elevation and/or b)you install a sturdy fence.

Mitch, I think this is a great idea, and I'm wondering if you've given any thought to franchising it? I have a fairly small backyard, but I took a tape measure out last night and I think I can get a minimum of six caskets into it, maybe a max of eight or nine. I've noticed that so far all my Jewish friends who've died have opted for a simple pine box, whereas my Christian friends have gotten more elaborate ornate caskets. Obviously, this is going to influence the number I can inter, not to mention, if there's seepage, whom I'm going to be eating. I don't like Christians all that much; I think Jews are healthier, don't you? In any case, any info you can get to me, about franchise fees, local regs, etc., will be appreciated.

As far as seepage - you have the added benefit that Jews are kosher.

Oh, come on. You know you were all thinking it.

thhanks to everyone for the helpful comments about this project! You have some great ideas -- franchising, bird bath -- and i hope i can employ some of them as this story unfolds. let's all stay alive as thast happens!

I run a business called Terminal Tours (, so I'd like to get with Mitch and any franchisees to work out some delivery synergies.

This just came to me: I wonder if it's easier, and if there would be fewer regulations, if it is a pet cemetery. You could certainly fit more bodies, and maybe it would be a great thing if there are families with pets in the area so that they won't have to lie to their kids about where Spot is. Pet cemeteries have generally only been available to the very rich; this could be an alternative for the middle-class.

And then you wouldn't have to move your dog.

since you are a correspondent at large, and ms. annika has worked in technology, thought you might want be interested in the following from sony...maybe there is a way in which you could offer it as an incentive for your cemetery sales package...and don't forget that technologically induced cardiac arrest is rapidly jumping to the top of the list of leading causes of death worldwide...good for business all around...

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