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Spotted this while walking along the water earlier today. It was accompanied by a few photos showing a middle-aged man posing on or with his motorcycle, tooling around in the garage, and the like. I think the casualness of the photos — as opposed to the usual memorial photos, which tend to show a person in their ‘Sunday Best,’ — made the whole thing seem more real. A snapshot from a wedding reception or a graduation photo just shows the face; seeing someone in their element, with the things they love, shows the person. Looking over the photos tacked to the tree, it was obvious that a person, not a face, was dearly missed.

When I die, I hope they use a silly photo of me for the memorial. I don’t take myself seriously in life, I’d hate to start after I was dead.

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