Respect and Concern

Respect and Concern

Something happened the other night; something that surprised even me. I was watching the after game interviews following the UK/Northern Kentucky basketball game that was part of the NCAA tournament. Coach Calipari came into the room and took his seat at the table. Before the sportswriters asked their first question, the coach made an impassioned proclamation. Something like: we’re only going to take a couple of questions and then we’re leaving. It’s 12:30 a.m. and these college kids should not be have been playing basketball at this hour. And…to my surprise, I agreed with something a coach of a nationally recognized program said about March Madness. He may get fined by the NCAA for calling into question their decision to schedule games in the eastern half of the United States for broadcast on the West Coast during prime time there. Such scheduling is a matter of $$$ instead of concern for the players and fans of the teams. Perhaps it is just a bit too much money. At least, that’s my opinion.

I saw something yesterday (Monday, March 20) that me sad, angry and disgusted. I had just finished a service remembrance and celebration at Owen Funeral Home on Taylorsville Road. We were headed to Louisville Gardens West off Dixie Highway at I-64 when it happened. As we were crossing the intersection (hearse, family limo, my Ford, more family cars, and friends’ vehicles) of Taylorsville Road and Stony Brook, just passed Target, people turning left from Stony Brook onto Taylorsville Road actually forced their way through the funeral procession between clearly marked members of the funeral party several times. Now, I’m not so old fashioned as to think, that in this modern time of getting places in a hurry, people should pull off the side of the road for a funeral procession to pass or to not pass a funeral procession on the highway. However, I do believe in the right of way for funeral procession to travel in town without disruption. Respect is not old fashioned, and is in this case, by the way, the law.

The law gives funeral processions the right-of-way at intersections when headlights are lit. The lead vehicle must comply with stop signs and traffic lights, but once it has done so, all the following vehicles can proceed without stopping, provided they exercise due caution.

I had another thought I was going to write about, but it has slipped my mind in what I can only describe as yet another Senior Moment. Perhaps I will remember it next week…and then again, maybe not!