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Space, the final frontier--

And a bit expensive. Launching the equivilent of a packet of sweet'n'low, or one gram of powdered John, into space is going to run $1000. But it seems like a good cause, and you get a neat video of the launch as a peculiar keepsake. Yay :) One of the later flights is from the same site that launched Sputnik--that's kind of cool, but not really necessary. Anyway, interesting trivia, I'll probably get back with the nice man in January, after I've discussed the expenses with John's family a bit. It's not exactly pressing, but it is very much a fitting tribute.

Thanks for everyone who's been so supportive of all this. I'm probably going to cut back a bit on the daily updates. Much love to you all!


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Dec. 13th, 2004 04:08 am (UTC)
Isn't that less than a conventional funeral?
Dec. 13th, 2004 02:02 pm (UTC)
'struth! But this is in addition to the funeral. Of which, I dunno, the actual chapel is free, though I'm/we're/people who send me money are going to be putting a fair bit toward it as a "free will donation" since it *is* my church. The funeral home/cremation stuff is probably running in the neighborhood of $3000, from what I remember about these expenses. There may be other expenses that I'm not aware of, I suspect not, the family is under the general "we don't much care what happens with the body, he's not in it" state of mind. Seems like a good attitude.
Dec. 13th, 2004 04:10 am (UTC)
If John's family is good with it, I'll contribute a good chunk of it too. Hell, I can throw in $150 or so right now, more if you give me some time to pawn a bit of stuff I really wasn't using anyway. It would be a fitting tribute.
Dec. 13th, 2004 01:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I think it's less critical than that, don't go pawning stuff until we figure out if we need the extra money. But if you can put aside $100, that'd be helpful (I don't think I can right now, but it'll be a while before we need to scrape the funds up for the blast-off).
Dec. 13th, 2004 02:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, and the family's certainly okay with it. Like I said, I'm the coordinator for memorial fundage and stuff. If you want to give me money for the cremation, the family, the launch, et cetera, by all means. They like the space launch, too :)
Dec. 13th, 2004 04:24 am (UTC)
John, ad astra.

It really, really is fitting.
Dec. 13th, 2004 05:15 am (UTC)
Don't cut back on the updates...I like "hearing" from you.

And...I will happily donate to the "Send John Off In The Style of Gene Roddenberry" fund...it will have to be after Christmas...but I definitely want to donate to that. I think it's fitting...
Dec. 13th, 2004 01:57 pm (UTC)
Well, the updates on funerals and stuff. I'm going to try to keep up with my livejournal as a personal thing, but I'm erratic under stress. I think I'll do the "launch John into Space" thing as a friends-offering, I think we can scrounge the $1000 pretty easily, and if there's some left over, well, we'll burn that bridge when we come to it. It'll probably just go into the family memorial fund, which, strangely (and see Sunday's obituary) I'm coordinating.
Dec. 13th, 2004 08:53 am (UTC)
Just heard from Kelly... right now, I can't stop crying... it looks to be a sleepless night
Dec. 13th, 2004 01:54 pm (UTC)
Oof. I'm sorry, Charles. I was trying to get ahold of you Monday to tell you, and then I posted a private message for you in LJ, but I couldn't reach you, we don't have your phone number. If you want to come over and cry, please, feel free, though Larina and I had been planning to go mall-hopping tonight (if we put our Christmas plans on hold...well, we're not going to put our christmas plans on hold, that's enough said on THAT.) You can come if you'd like.

Much love
Dec. 13th, 2004 05:18 pm (UTC)
Put me down as a donor for the "Launch John Into Space" fund. If some alien race comes across one of our satellites years and years from now and clones themselves a human being to see what we were like, I want that clone to be of John!

...or something more sane. Yeah. Ignore me. *shifty eyes*
Dec. 13th, 2004 05:29 pm (UTC)
I don't know how much I can contribute to launching him into the cosmos, but I'll give what I can. If I hadn't been convinced before, I think themiskyra's insight about aliens cloning humans would have driven home the final nail.
Dec. 14th, 2004 05:03 am (UTC)
I get my Christmas bonus on Friday. It was earmarked for Christmas shopping. Whatever's left of the bonus after I've done that will be going towards a nice Christmas/Going-Away gift for John, I think. =)
Dec. 14th, 2004 01:43 pm (UTC)
Don't break yourself, we're all poor. The bill on the space launch will be $1000-ish, which would be covered by $50 from 20 well-meaning friends. John's not poor (the bastard loaned me $5000, trust me, he's not poor). Most of the expenses are coming out of his funds (his college fund mostly, which is a bit of a downer). We'll see what happens, I'll be talking to the parents once all the stuff has filtered down.
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