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Sacramento's East Lawn Cemetery: You like me, you really like me...

Published: Friday, Mar. 8, 2013 - 11:13 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Mar. 15, 2013 - 11:20 am

Driving down Folsom the other day, I noticed two curious but rather compelling signs.

One simply said, "East Lawn." It was green, white, and red neon. There was a clock on it. The sign was in front of a beautiful ivy wall. What is it? A country club?

Um, no. No. It's a cemetery, speaking of clubs I wouldn't want to join that would have me as a member. 

Okay. Why is there a clock at the cemetery? 

1. Who's asking what time it is at a cemetery?

2. Let's say that a person in a cemetery needed to know the time? Wouldn't that be the Zombie Apocalypse? Would the zombie care what time it was? "Geez, I gotta meet the other zombies at 6:15 tonight or this attack on the living is gonna be a freaking trainwreck."

3. Would the people in the cemetery be upset if the clock were off? Would they want it fast or slow? Why analog? 

4. Is it illuminated brightly in neon so they can see it better? Hmm?

5. Never mind.

Slowing down to take a look, I noticed another sign.

"American Cemetery of the Year."

And, "ACE: American Cemetery of Excellence."

So, who gets to vote? The people in the cemetery? Maybe they have a different view of the place.

"This place is dark. No light. Dark, dark, dark. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING to do. No amenities. At all. And I hate my neighbors. Too quiet. Stiff."

I can just imagine what that award ceremony is like.

"Good evening and welcome to the ACE Awards. Tough crowd, tough crowd. I'm dyin' up here. I know you're out there, I can hear you not breathing."

I doubt even Seth MacFarlane could jazz that one up.

Look, I am sure that East Lawn is a very nice cemetery. And I know that these places are supposed to be places of repose, like an editorial page office. And I don't want any humorless e-mails from East Lawn Cemetery. You guys have to admit it's a little amusing that you are advertising the cemetery as award-winning. A little.

I know.

I'm dead to you.


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Editorial Cartoonist Jack Ohman

Jack Ohman Jack Ohman joined The Sacramento Bee in 2013. He previously worked at the Oregonian, the Detroit Free Press and the Columbus Dispatch. His work is syndicated to more than 200 newspapers by Tribune Media Services. Jack has won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the Scripps Foundation Award, the national SPJ Award, the National Headliner Award, the Overseas Press Club Award, and he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2012 and the Herblock Prize in 2013. He has written and illustrated 10 books, many of them about fly fishing. Jack has three grown children.

Contact Jack at johman@sacbee.com.

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