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  • This is a story about love and death. Willie got Zeke when the pot-bellied pig craze was at its prime. Willie loved Zeke. Zeke loved Willie. Wilie's neighbors held them both in disdain.

    Willie managed a grocery store and so Zeke was the beneficiary of extraordinary amounts of day old bread, dented cans, and over-ripening fruit. In no time at all, Zeke weighed 300 lbs. But, as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and Zeke was Willie's best friend. That pig got Willie through many lonely days and nights after his marriage fell apart. Zeke listened to Willie cry and he never judged. He just listened.

    Upstate New Yorkers were having an extra cold winter, even by local standards. It was so cold that flames froze in the fireplace, false teeth chattered in the glass, and people looked forward to getting a fever. Zeke had a small yard and shed. At 300 lbs. he was becoming much too big to be a house pig. Willie worried about Zeke out there in the cold - but let's face it - he had plenty of insulation. Still, nothing lasts forever, not even a 300 lb. pig.

    Zeke expired, not from the sub-zero temperatures but from a heart attack. Perhaps the cholesteral choked off his artieries. In any case, when Willie returned home from work, he found his beloved friend frozen to the ground. Heartbroken, Willie went inside and called people to help him. He wanted to have a decent funeral and give Zeke a proper burial. Most of the friends wanted to have a pig roast - but it would have been indelicate to mention it under the circumstances.

    How to pry a 300 lb. pig from the frozen ground became an engineering conundrum.The boys all put their heads together. The Riotto boys offered a few sticks of dynamite, which made Willie howl in pain. It was decided that a truck and a chain was the most plausible method to detach Zeke from his final resting place. The boys affixed one end of the chain to the truck and the other to Zeke. The wheels spun, the exhaust fumed, but Zeke didn't budge. Eventually, the bumper fell off. The job was going to take more thought.

    In the end, the boys brought in heavy equipment and lifted Zeke into a backho bucket. But now what to do with him? Willie was adamant that Zeke had to be buried - but how? The ground was frozen. It was decided amongst the men that the only thing to do was to keep Zeke in cold storage until the thaw. Although the meat locker man thought them all crazy, Zeke was refrigerated intact until he could be laid to rest properly, with dignity.

    And so, one fine day, Zeke the 300 lb pig was lowered by a winch into the hallowed ground - a beautiful spot on a mountian, one that Willie had chosen for him. The assembled guests threw flowers into the hole and Willie spoke a few words.

    Willie told Zeke how much he missed him. He told of how Zeke understood him better than anyone ever had. Someone handed Willie some tissues. He told Zeke that they'd be together again some day. Then, Willie led us all in singing Amazing Grace. Two of the boys filled the hole with dirt and another two hammered a small wooden cross in the ground. Then, single file we solemnly made our way down the mountain. Zeke's wake would include pickin music and many covered dishes - but no pork. It was a fine send off. We all agreed that Zeke had been one damn fine pig.

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