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It’s never too early to plan

With writer Hunter S. Thompson’s recent suicide and request to have his ashes pulverized by means of a cannon blast, I’ve been thinking about my own preference for ultimate “closure.”

First, I would like Pat Dyer to pilot a plane low over Broad Street about 4 a.m., scattering one-third of my ashes on the heart of the town I love.

Also, I’d like one-third of my ashes taken to Pioneer Cemetery at the top of West Broad and scattered about. I’m not eligible for burial there, but it would be nice knowing that part of me might someday be absorbed into the soil near our remarkable pioneers.



Last, I’d like one-third of my remains scattered from the Pine Street Bridge onto Deer Creek, initiating a reversal of the watery course prospectors faced during the Gold Rush after ships had sailed into San Francisco ÐÐ the city of my birth.

I have no current inclination to emulate Hunter Thompson and swallow the barrel of a .45, but when my time comes, I hope a friend or two will remember this letter. I also hope they stealthily accomplish my wishes because each is a violation of one damn law or another.




Steve Cottrell

Nevada City


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