A Flock of Comments - Part 2

Back in February, while my mind was on vacation and I couldn't come up with a blog to save my soul, I opted for a posting of my comments up to that point, which I entitled A Flock of Comments. The response was ho-hum, so I thought I'd give it another try! Here are some of my comments to various blogs since mid-February.

Note: Some comments have been edited to better fit your television screen. Contains wheat gluten (see below).

A flock of comments ... a flock of seagulls ... a flock of whales. Or is it a pod of whales? Or a herd? Or a school? Or a middle school? Or a gathering? I know you need at least five whales for a quorum ... six whales for a half dozen ... 13 whales for a baker's dozen ... and 30 whales for a "30-pack," which is always handy around the holidays. Yes, I believe the correct term is "flock." 02/14/07 @ 6:09 am

I'm still upset that Lincoln's Birthday and Washington's Birthday have been combined with all the other US leaders into some all inclusive PC Presidents' Day. Does that mean that Polk and Johnson and Hoover and Harding are on an equal footing with the Father of our Country and Honest Abe? Perhaps instead we should celebrate all the Presidents' birthdays individually... Madison Day, Harrison Day, Cleveland Day, Wilson Day, Nixon Day. Think of all the long weekends we would get! 02/15/07 @ 10:31 pm

I will watch any TV show or movie or commercial that features a monkey. Not just monkeys, but chimps and apes and orangutans. "Any Which Way But Loose," "Dunstin Checks In," "King Kong," any NOVA program about Koko. I don't know what it is about them that holds my attention. Must be some primitive memory deep within the brainstem ... or that I just find them funny as all heck! Mmmm, I'm hungry. I wonder if we have any bananas? 02/25/07 @ 10:33 pm

As I become older and grayer (and nearer and nearer to ... to you know what) I find myself more and more interested in what comes "afterwards." This earthly life is fine, but I just got my gas bill for the month ($253.28 ... and the house temp rarely gets above 64 degrees) -- let's face it, the afterlife has got to be better than this! 03/05/07 @ 10:19 pm

As far as my personal sacrament count goes - 5 down, 2 to go. Sacrament #6 - Holy Orders (a/k/a the priesthood) is not out of the realm ... after all, I'm still young and I do own a pair of black pants and a black collarless shirt. Sacrament # 7 - Last Rites - they can't deny me that one - not after I've been carrying around all this pent up Catholic guilt for the past 44 years! A few Our Fathers and a couple of Hail Marys over my deathbed and whoosh! Off to heaven I go!! 03/14/07 @ 3:56 pm

Please pardon this brief musical interlude ... Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling / From glen to glen, and down the mountain side / The summer's gone, and all the flowers are dying / 'Tis you, 'tis you must go and I must bide. 03/18/07 @ 4:20 pm

I'm not sure what other Catholics do with their palms (on Palm Sunday), but I find the fireplace mantle to be as good a spot as any. On the dining room table they might get mistaken for food. Talk about roughage! 04/03/07 @ 6:55 pm

My Italian side (my grandfather) braided the palms into crosses for the grandchildren. My Irish side (my grandmother & great grandmother) simply put the palms behind the crucifix on the wall. Of course, back then every good Catholic household had a crucifix or two or three in the house - usually one in the living room and one in each bedroom. Nowadays, we put plasma TVs on the walls. It's a safe bet that we're all going to the HOT place! 04/04/07 @ 7:19 am

Hope is the one thing no one can take away from you. Ever! Except for Bob Hope, that is ... sadly, he did pass on to the great USO stage in the sky. God bless him! 04/04/07 @ 9:14 am

I'm not proposing that I become an unwashed hairy hermit living in the woods like Jeremiah Johnson...Heavens no, there would be plenty of intellectual interaction (and regular showers). I'm just saying I'd like to "Simplify, Simplify" like Thoreau proposed. I have read some of his stuff and I agree with a good deal of his philosophy (except for the part about spending a night in jail ... I wouldn't get any sleep wondering if somebody in the cell was going to steal my pillow!) 04/23/07 @ 5:55 pm

My overall goal is to live to age 100, thereby providing me the time necessary to achieve all of my other goals. Which means I have 55 years, 4 months, 12 days, and about 16 3/4 hours left (not including leap years)! 04/23/07 @ 6:01 pm

Jack Sheedy

Wheat Gluten - A Poem

What is this stuff? / This stuff called wheat gluten / It looks like goo / And it tastes like mutton

They put it in dog food / Don't even test it on mice / We feed it to our dogs / That ain't very nice

The stinkin' FDA / Really dropped the ball / Who can I write? / Who can I call?

Who can I email? / To whom can I send? / How dare the stinkin' Commies / Mess around with man's best friend!

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