Friday’s Odds and Ends

Despite the fact that it is a holiday weekend, it is the first one for me that is not packed full of activities. Friday and Saturday I will be at home. No concerts planned at the Winnsboro Center For the Arts. Sunday our writer’s group might meet if enough folks want to, and Monday I will be hanging out alone to celebrate Memorial Day. I hate the fact that so many holidays have turned into shopping days, so I will not be checking out the deals. Instead, I will take some time to remember all the military men and women who have died in service to the country and raise a glass in their honor.

Reminds me of the graveyard where my ancestors are buried. Van Gilder men served in every war since the Spanish American war, and they are all buried on a hill in West Virginia.

Here is a link to a video that shows some fun facts about Memorial Day that you might enjoy.

In the News – On May 12, Roger Marshall, a Kansas congressman, spoke on American Public Radio and was quoted as implying that those who disagree with his politics are not true Americans or true Christians.

This was in response to questions about a prior town hall meeting in the small town of Wamego where people came to pose their concerns about some of the policies he supported. He accused attendees of having been paid to come to the meeting and disrupt it.

In response to his comments on the radio show, a few of the attendees clarified in a story on Daily Kos that they had not been paid.  Some had even taken time off work so they could be there with the questions they wanted to ask. They also clarified that they are patriotic and Christian. And that not agreeing with him does not change that.

I agree. I am so very tired of people like Marshall who take it upon themselves to decide who is, or isn’t, a true American, just because we disagree. Last time I checked, this is a free country. We are all free to disagree, and we should start doing so with respect and a lot less anger and name-calling.

My heart breaks for the young man, Richard Collins III, who was killed last Monday in what may have been a hate crime. Collins who was 23, was just days away from graduating from Bowie State University in Maryland and had just been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. The man who stabbed Collins, Sean Urbanski, had recently become a member of a racist Facebook group, which is why the murder is being investigated as a hate crime. You can read the full story at

Terrorism. Hate crimes. When is it ever going to change?

After all that dismal news, we really are in need of some Friday Fun to lighten our mood.

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.
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Three friends from the local congregation were asked, “When you’re in your casket, and friends and congregation members are mourning over you, what would you like them to say?”

Artie said, “I would like them to say I was a wonderful husband, a fine spiritual leader, and a great family man.”

Eugene commented, “I would like them to say I was a wonderful teacher and servant of God who made a huge difference in people’s lives.”

Al said, “I’d like them to say, ‘Look, he’s moving!'”
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Mr. Smith climbs to the top of Mt. Sinai to get close enough to talk to God.
Looking up, he asks the Lord. “God, what does a million years mean to you?”

The Lord replies, “A minute.”

Smith asks, “And what does a million dollars mean to you?”

The Lord replies, “A penny.”

Smith asks, “Can I have a penny?”

The Lord replies, “In a minute.”
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A man goes to a shrink and says, “Doctor, my wife is unfaithful to me. Every evening, she goes to Larry’s bar and picks up men. In fact, she sleeps with anybody who asks her! I’m going crazy What do you think I should do?”

“Relax,” says the Doctor, “take a deep breath and calm down. Now, tell me, exactly where is Larry’s bar?”
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John was on his deathbed and gasped pitifully, “Give me one last request, dear,” he said.

“Of course, John,” his wife said softly.

“Six months after I die,” John said, “I want you to marry Bob.”

“But I thought you hated Bob,” she said.

With his last breath John said, “I do!”

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I hope you have a terrific weekend. Be happy and be safe. Do leave a comment and let me know which joke you liked best.

2 thoughts on “Friday’s Odds and Ends”

  1. Roger Marshall would be correct to conclude that I don’t agree with his politics, and he’d be correct to conclude that I’m not a Christian, but there’s no correlation there.

    Thanks for the jokes. I’m stealing the one I hadn’t heard before.

    1. That is so true, Michael. I hate that so many people tie religion and politics together like one little present. Sigh….

      Glad you liked the jokes.

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