It's not unusual for families to authorize cremation and then leave the ashes unclaimed at funeral homes, said Torbert and other Delaware funeral directors. "I'm going to say most all funeral establishments have cremains in storage that people have not come to collect," said Harvey Smith, secretary of the Delaware State Funeral Directors Association.Think about that. Mortuaries are willing to spend money on maintaining and organizing containers of ashes, potentially forever, because respect is their stock in trade. Nice to see a business focusing on respect and reliability, and thinking beyond the next microsecond, in this cold hard derivative world. Almost serious sidenote: Since funeral directors are the only businessmen who still have the proper attitude for banking, and since bankers are no longer in the banking business, maybe undertakers could sort of sidestep into banking. Offer prepaid funeral accounts with optional interest-bearing surplus, and offer loans for cemetery plots with optional house on separate lot. The former could be called Certificates of Death-posit, and the latter already has the right name. (Look up the etymology of Mortgage.)
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.