There are relatives that I do not like to spend time with. I always schedule an event so that I do not have to deal with them. These events range from the creation of imaginary relatives on the other side of the family, notably cousin Wilbur from North Carolina.
I had one of those dreaded family functions and I was looking for anyway out. Sadly a co-workers son died and off I went to a funeral. It was in a part of the city I seldom go to. That part of the city has my favorite hobby shop. You can get all types of models and I will see if they have some prepainted planes from WW2 next time. Nearby is the Olympic dinner for some Greek food and a great little pet store.
I have never been to a Hindu wake but it is very different. There were prayers with Indian music and it was a learning experience. People in Europe talk about multi culturalism but NYC residents live it. I had lunch at an Afghan kebab stand, dinner in a Greek resturant, I sat with a Haitian co-worker at a Guyanese Hindu funeral.