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Old 05-20-2012, 11:29 AM   #61
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I grew up in Michigan, 100 miles from Chicago.
Pulling over as a funeral passes by in either direction was and is still not a tradition.

After moving down here, it did not take me but one funeral to realize that pulling over is a local custom that I can respect and adjust my day to accommodate.

If your too ignorant to wonder why your the only vehicle on your side of the road not stopped..................your likely also one of those people that walk around talking to themselves with one of those black banana things hanging on their ear.
Because you "important".
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Old 05-20-2012, 12:44 PM   #62
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Originally Posted by jspooney View Post
I wasn't aware that a man's character and integrity hinges on whether or not he likes to stop at funeral processions. It doesn't matter if he actually stops (which he clearly stated that he does) but whether he wants to stop. Apparently, if you live on an island with only 1 main road, it should not make any difference at all if 2 or 3 times a day you must stop driving (even if you have something important to do) and wait in the middle of the road hoping nobody plows into you from behind. I guess there is no room for any irritation, however slight that irritation may be, because the only person that matters in the world is the 1 person who has died. Perhaps, just perhaps, the person who stops out of respect but wishes he didn't have to is not really a butthole, but just a person who thinks the particular custom is not necessarily in the best interests of everybody involved. Especially when it leads to the living being put into danger because out of state visitors to our wonderful beaches don't realize that someone in front of them is going to slam on the brakes in the middle of the road, divided highway or not, and wait for the funeral procession to pass.

Now, to be clear yet one more time...I stop. In fact, I can probably say that I have as much funeral experience than most people on this forum. I have seen way too many close calls because I am usually the lead car. It is scary. Give respect, yep, sure do. Do I always love doing it? Nope, sometimes I am in a hurry. Surprised that a preacher would sometimes get irritated? Hate to break it to you but I am a real person and I don't walk on clouds and just pray all day. I actually have real feelings too. That's not a bad thing. It just is what it is.

Michelle, holding a grudge is like drinking poison and hoping someone else will die. It will only kill you. I pray God's richest blessings upon you and Dalton.

I see where you're coming from now. The first post sounded like you don't stop. There have been times that I've been pretty P.O.ed about having to stop too. But the thought never crossed my mind not to stop. For me it would be like not stopping for a train, just something I'm not going to do. I'm not P.O.ed at the people in the funeral or even the custom, but by the fact that I'm going to be delayed in whatever I'm doing. I think the custom is good and shows respect, something this country seems to have forgotten about.

To the catering lady-It's juvenile to attempt to air dirty laundry on a public forum like this. Perhaps you should call Jerry Springer to help you work this out. Not the way I would expect a a professional adult to conduct themselves.
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Old 05-21-2012, 09:12 AM   #63
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Maybe you are just too important jspooney.
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Old 05-21-2012, 10:17 AM   #64
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Don't you realize that stopping for funeral processions is Gods way of saying "it time to answer your texts"!!
Probably my biggest issue is the 5 county vehicles it takes to do the procession. I know the deputies are getting overtime, but how much does the county or city get separate from that for use (gas/oil) and wear and tear of the vehicle? There are a lot of vehicle hours per year tied up in funeral processions.
I'll respect them cause it a tradition though....

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Old 05-21-2012, 12:21 PM   #65
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Bean counter, I'm a nobody. Not important at all.

And in case people don't know, Hwy 98 is a divided highway. Refer to Jason's post and others about the "divided highway" exception.

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Old 05-21-2012, 01:36 PM   #66
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They way highway 98 in Gulf Breeze has become I can see pulling over for a funeral procession being a serious hazard. To many people in a hurry that might just plow right into you.

I personally don't want a big funeral procession and have told my family my wishes. I don't see the problem of everybody driving to the burial site on their own with no lights. I'm not that special and don't expect anyone to pull over on my behalf but would welcome a prayer or two if they are so inclined. I guess it's a custom or ceremonial thing here in the south, which probably worked fine when everything was mostly rural.

As far as family members getting upset I just don't know what to say except that maybe they shouldn't be so self-absorbed. I know that won't be a popular view and most will say that those who won't stop are the self-absorbed ones but who is demanding something from whom? Once an area gets to certain point of population it is impractical to have funeral processions for every one who passes that would require every vehicle to stop. If the family of everyone who died expected that courtesy we would do nothing but sit on the side of the road all day paying tribute to these souls unknown to us. Is the person who pulls over and texts or checks their makeup in the mirror being more respectful than the ones who say a prayer for the deceased and their family as they continue on their way? Just think that the same person you are cursing and Judging may at that very moment be pleasing God with prayer. Imagine that....humans cursing and judging while Jesus is lovingly accepting a prayer in his infinite mercy. See how easy it is to be unknowingly self-righteous? Not saying I'm perfect because no doubt I have my self-righteous moments as well.

It seems to me that letting the actions and behaviors of the general public affect how one mourns a deceased loved one is setting oneself up for unneeded grief and resentment.

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