Day 274 – A very weird Christmas

I’m not a religious person, but I do know some people who are.

I’m very aware that today is a big day for one religion in particular, and that has implications for other people, even for those of us living in a supposedly secular nation. Our summer holiday is based around Christmas and New Year (ok, and actual summer) and we have time off work to relax and spend time with our families.

This year will be a bit different.

My Dad hasn’t been able to make the trip over here and Mother-in-law 6000 is not allowed out of her sheltered accommodation, both for her own safety and that of those around her.

For the first time that I can remember (possibly ever?) it’s just going to be us four.
It’s going to be different and it’s going to be weird.
And we have each other – not everyone will have family around them. Please make sure you check in with those who are on their own or might be struggling a bit because of their situation today.

If you’re lucky enough to be able to celebrate freely and/or to be pretty much Covid-free, please don’t underestimate just how fortunate you are. And how jealous the rest of us are.

2020 has been a complete dog show, and certainly not one where the best of each and every breed is demonstrated and displayed. More like one where a huge pack of errant beagles have run wild, eating everything in their path and peeing against the podium. But not quite as funny.

There will be no quick fix in 2021, but surely things have to improve at some point.


In the meantime, keep well and keep safe, wherever you are.

“Like us on Facebook”

I found myself behind this vehicle earlier today.
For the record, the driver of van number 21 drives like he’s trying to secure some extra clientele.


Look, business is business, and the funeral business is a big business in SA. But it just seems somewhat inappropriate and actually rather pointless to ‘Like’ a funeral directors on Facebook, as they’re suggesting.

Still, 408 people have done exactly that, and consequently are getting some lovely images of Fern’s staff and services on their timelines. I particularly like the post including their happy happy joy joy secondary capital letter tagline “DEATH USUALLY STRIKES UNEXPECTEDLY”, which bewilderingly garnered 11 Likes.

But even that couldn’t match the bizarre 18 Likes which this promo photo(?) of two Fern hearses in the car park of a local hospital managed. What on earth were those 18 people thinking?
“Oh – look at those nice white vans going to pick up dead people in the rain in Wynberg. What a lovely sight. I’ll click the Like button for that.” or
“How nice of them to remind the patients that even if they don’t recover, there’s always the guarantee of peace of mind. Like!”

I have no doubt that Fern Funerals provide a professional and caring service to those who require it. But for me, their Facebook presence is just weird.

UPDATE: It gets worse. Check this photo (one of many) of an example of their graveside setup.
The gazebo – is that… Comic Sans? Sweet jesus…