When Charles William Zigler died two years ago, his roommate and close friend Linda Chase couldn't quite bear to say goodbye.
So she didn't tell anyone about the death and instead kept Zigler's corpse in the house, talking to him and watching NASCAR races with him, according to the Jackson (Mich.) Citizen-Patriot. She told the newspaper she didn't want to be alone.
I don't know about you, but I enjoy watching NASCAR races with other people. Live people. If I say, "Oh my gosh, did you see that wreck?" I'd like to get a response back. I assume many other people feel this same way.
Not Chase, though. She kept Zigler around for at least seven months (authorities believe it was since Christmas 2010, according to the report), leaving him in his chair the whole time.
Perhaps she didn't realize NASCAR races are aired at local sports bars and that she could have found some fans there to talk to. Or maybe she could have tried Twitter during the races if she was that desperate for some NASCAR commentary.
If you are watching a NASCAR race and you believe your friend is dead, I wouldn't disagree with checking their pulse before alerting the authorities. After all, they may have just fallen asleep during a long, green-flag run.
But if your friend really is dead, go ahead and give them a proper burial. Dead people deserve to rest in peace, not be subjected to a dozen KFC commercials or Darrell Waltrip's commentary.