|Mickey Pico memorial inset|
The family offered many suggestions about verbiage, including "Crazy Generous'" and "Sold the Best Bagels in Juneau." But there's little room on a headstone to develop a theme. Even a haiku would be wordy, and a bit absurd, as if you're trying to argue with death. To me, the ostentatious tombs are some of the saddest places in Oakmont.
|Mickey Pico memorial, with inset on upper right.|
The headstone is easy to read when you're
actually there, despite the oak tree shadows.
"Merchant" is on there, because "Entrepreneur" and "Street Merchant" didn't quite do it — in this case, less really is more.
And last but not least, "Loved the Open Road," because he did, all his life. From the he was a boy traveling with our dad, Charlie Pico, across the U.S. and Canada in his annual circuit of rodeos and fairs; to his adult life, traveling around like a knight errant, committed to living his ideals the way some people are devoted to paying off their mortgage.
Mickey Pico, big-hearted paladin, lover of the physical world, R.I.P.