Thursday, September 08, 2005

Substitution, mass confusion, clouds inside your head

I drove past the post office and saw the flag was at half mast.

I noticed the flag at the Chamber of Commerce across the street was at full mast.

I was curious.

I tried to think of who might merit the half-mast flag.

I am ashamed to say the first person I could think of who died was Gilligan, a/k/a Li'l Buddy, a/k/a Bob Denver, who brought joy to millions over the years with his antics on the desert island.

After wrinkling my brow, and thinking some more, I thought "New Orleans?"

No, they don't do that for cities.

Rehnquist?

Oh yeah, him. Mr. Chief Justice.

I thought it was a nice indication of how far removed I am from my former career as a lawyer.

It definitely feels longer than three months and eight days.

Nonetheless, all that time has passed and I still cannot hula hoop or play the didgeridoo. Yes, I actually own a didgeridoo.

3 Comments:

Blogger Jimmy D said...

Tie me kangaroo down sport...By the way, I believe it is lowered for the New Orleans situation

< On Monday, Blitzer started to fixate on Bush ordering flags to be lowered to half-staff for the victims of Katrina. So .. .now we're going to have a new national custom that flags be lowered to half-staff every time someone dies in a natural disaster? Oh, you say, it's because so many died? OK, fine What's the number then? At what number do you order the flags flown at half-staff? The tradition has been to lower flags to half-staff when some luminary dies -- someone who has made an important difference in our culture. Now we're going to have recriminations every time someone dies and the flags don't come down.>

2:01 PM  
Blogger thebluestbutterfly said...

What is a didgeridoo???

Could the flags also by lowered for Rehnquist...they should have been....whether one agrees with him politically or not-he put a lot of his life effort into serving our country.

Did we lower the flags for September 11???

8:09 PM  
Blogger thebluestbutterfly said...

Jimmy D-
Are you going to have a blog sometime???
:-)

8:11 PM  

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