Friday, December 22, 2006

Father Christmas
Dean Morrissey

A Christmas memory contributed by Carol's husband, Bob

For the first 10 years of my life I lived in the Hungarian section of Delray in Southwest Detroit. Same area Carol hung out in except the Hungarian side of Dearborn St. We never met because I was 8 years old and she was only 2.

My family lived with my grandparents who spoke only Hungarian, so I learned how to speak it. In 1947 the Hungarian Catholic church we belonged to put together a Christmas play, recreating the birth of Christ. They picked several kids to put on costumes to play Mary, Joseph and the shepherds. We didn't do it on a stage, it was much better than that. We went out in the community to perform it door to door in people's living rooms, in the Hungarian language. I got to be a shepherd in the play because I spoke Hungarian.

We went from house to house for 5 evenings, performing the play. When we were done the people slipped money to the priest and nun for the church. They also tipped us kids with candy, fruit and MONEY!!! All evening we begged the priest to take us to a bar to perform the play because we kids knew the drunks would be quite generous. They always were on Halloween. He eventually gave in and bar-bound we were.

We finished the play in our first bar and it started raining money. People threw it at us from everywhere. Gold mine! To hell with the candy and fruit. WE ENDED UP GOING TO 5 BARS! (oh, excuse me Fr. Bali for saying hell!)

The most memorable night of the 5 nights we did this was the night I had to pee. It was dark, cold and windy and we had on long shepherd's robes. I peed all over myself and had to finish the whole night smelling like I really did sleep in a manger. I must say, I did put on an academy award perfomance.


Micki said...

Years, beers, and CHEERS!

Great story, Bobber!

Kedves Karacsony!

Micki said...

Or is it?

Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket Kellemes Karacsonyiunnepeket & Boldog Új Évet

Well, in any language -- MERRY CHRISTMAS!

DEN said...

Micki, Hungarian? You are just too damn smart!

gerald said...

I do not ever recall going to a bar for performing a Christmas play but I do remember on Halloween going to bars for trick or treating. I grew up within walking distance to 20 or 30 bars. One Halloween I went to these bars and picked some $10 per bar for about $200 or 300. The bar owners were not to happy because they lost that money. The following year an employee was outside the bars handing out candy. For one year there was gold in those bars.

Bob mentions living in the Delray area of Detroit. The area had a great bar/restaurant called Al's Lounge. It served some of the best food in the city of Detroit. It is no longer in operation. The children probably decided against carrying on the business. If you are ever in the southwest area of Detroit near the Delray area, there is a restaurant that serves great Italian food called Vince's Italian. I go to Vince's for the pizza, great pizza. Vince's is on Springwells off of I-75.

I Will Pray For You

Dear Posters:

I want to share some information with you. As you will probably recall, I went to a Catholic school, K-12. I recall the good sisters saying to a person who had problems that they would pray for the person. As I grew older, those words would rub me the wrong way because surely a person must be able to do more for a person than pray.

I am now 67 years old, in poor health, no influence, no power, and no status. What can I do for people with problems? There are basically two things – vote and hope that my vote is counted and pray for a person or persons.

The very same words that would rub me the wrong way I am now saying to a person or persons with problems to offer my help.

For persons who read this post please do not be rubbed the wrong way when I say that I will pray for you.



DEN said...

Praying works for me! Thanks Gerald!!

I survived Catholic School too.

gerald said...

Democrats to join the KMA club

gerald said...

The Republican party's newfound bipartisan spirit didn’t seem to exist when they shoved through ultra-conservative Supreme Court nominees in lieu of forcing Bush to nominate moderates that both parties could rally around. Their consensus-filled hearts weren't apparent when they swift-boated Max Cleland and John Kerry and, most recently, did the racist "Harold, call me" number on Harold Ford Jr. in this year's Tennessee Senate contest.

Is there a thinking Democrat in the country who believes we can expect even the slightest derivation from that slimy game plan in 2008?

DEN said...

They will use every tool in the box!

Gerald said...

Hut 1, 2, 3, 4! We're in the army now!

Gerald said...

America's Open Wound

Gerald said...

Still the Same Old Jerk

Gerald said...

'NYT' Sunday Preview: Sen. Jim Webb Says Story on Rift With Bush 'Emanated from the White House'

By E&P Staff

Published: December 22, 2006 12:40 PM ET

NEW YORK In an interview with Deborah Solomon that will appear in this Sunday's New York Times Magazine, the newly-elected U.S. senator from Virginia, Jim Webb, discusses his recent widely-publicized exchange with President Bush over an Iraq pullout.

At a recent White House reception the president had asked about Webb's son, who is serving in Iraq. Webb suggested that troops should start coming home from Iraq, and Bush snapped back, "I didn't ask you that."

Webb calls the coverage of that "vastly overblown" but adds: "I think what I said was appropriate." He also stated, "This was something that emanated from the White House. I did not say anything about this for two weeks. I said nothing publicly at all."

So why did the White House push the issue? "Probably as an attempt to try to define me between the election and the beginning of the Congress," Webb replied "And that's all I am going to say."

Webb, a novelist and Reagan appointee, said he had left the GOP when the Democrats took a "stronger position on foreign policy" -- he had always felt more comfortable with them on "social issues or issues of economic fairness."

He called for greater diplomacy leading to troop cuts in Iraq. He also revealed that he plans to "always write" while in office, with his model being the late senator, Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

Gerald said...

A must read article

Saladin said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone.

DEN said...

Merry Christmas to you too Sal!!!!

Jeanne said...

You have proved it. The best stories are the Catholic school stories. Only a priest would say "NO, no, lord no we can't go to a bar and perform the nativity." And then give in and go to five. Beautiful.

Jeanne said...

Nice to see you here Sal. Do you have a favorite Christmas story?

Jeanne said...

I opened the fridge just now and what did I spy? A pan of homemade brownies. They aren't my daughter's vegen version of brownies (she puts maple syrup in everything sweet-yuk). I don't know where they came from I just know they are GOOD. Holy Jesus I'm going to have to do some major rowing this weekend.

Did I write brownies? My mistake...fudge.

DEN said...


O'Reilly said...

Fudge? yummie!

I too am a "recovering" Catholic school student (just kidding about "recovering" - I'm not scarred. It's a part of my life I enjoyed and enjoy revisiting.) I was in love with my first grade teacher. I don't remember her name. She was a nun and she was beautiful. My fourth grade teacher harshly chastized my buddy Chris when after a long, loud tire screech and impending thud and crash of broken glass, he yelled "Coooool!!!", apparently oblivious to the danger the accident represented to passengers.

Fudge! Yummy

Saladin said...

Jeanne, I will make my Christmas story very short. When I was about 4 years old my parents were very poor. We were surviving on my dad's V.A. pension and SS, my mom was unemployed. The local Fire Dept. in Portland had a program called "Toy & Joy" that low income people could sign up for. My parents put our names in, and though I can't recall the details, I was very young, I remember waking up that Christmas morning, with snow on the ground, and a pile of presents nearly up to the ceiling around our little tree, courtesy of the Toy & Joy Fireman. I have donated to them ever since. My favorite present was a pair of black rubber boots which I promptly put on so I could run out into the snow. I can't recall ever seeing snow in Portland before or since that year. The End.

Anyone interested in the Toy & Joy program can get info. HERE

Jeanne, I have been here all along, I have just been silent.

Gerald said...

Another must read article

Gerald said...

It is indeed "a curious moral phenomenon" that many Americans, the vast majority of whom claim to be a Christian of one sort or another, can sing traditional Christmas carols one minute and – by defending Bush and his war, glorifying the military, and repeating their mindless mantras – sing warmonger Christmas carols the next.

Gerald said...

More wars in 2007

Here is my theory. The three Nazi nations of America, England, and Israel want chaos in the Middle East because with chaos a nation cannot focus on the future and their time and energy are spent on the present with no future for the people. We see it in Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, and now war with Iran.

Gerald said...

Israel has at least 400 nuclear bombs, a fully capable conventional military and can protect itself just fine. They don't need the U.S. for their defense, but for aggression against threats that do not really exist.

Gerald said...

Nazi Israel has broken accords with the Palestinians because Nazi Israel does not want stability in the region. Nazi America is Nazi Israel's lapdog and so they start wars of aggression.

There will be MORE WARS IN 2007!!!!!



Gerald said...

Everlasting Wars

Gerald said...

Indeed, it could be argued that the "war on terror" has now morphed into the "war on radicals," allowing Bush to add the likes of Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and the leaders of Syria and Iran to his lengthening international enemies list.


Gerald said...

Bush is raising a nation of killers

Gerald said...

Now, enough of these sixty-year-old children. There are more important subjects at hand. Like bringing our troops home from Iraq before more catastrophes like Haditha occur. Or Mahmoudiya, where soldiers have already been convicted of raping and murdering a fourteen year old girl, and killing the rest of her family. It's time to bring the troops home. It's time to impeach and imprison George Bush. And it's time to ignore that silly old man Donald Trump.

Gerald said...

A Parable For Our Time

Gerald said...

The scale of the disorder in our national priorities right now is truly staggering; it approaches moral anarchy. Alexander Hamilton, the conservative genius of the financial class, warned this could happen. Speaking to the New York State legislature in 1788, he said:

As riches increase and accumulate in few hands; as luxury prevails in society; virtue will be in a greater degree considered as only a graceful appendage of wealth, and the tendency of things will be to depart from the republican standard. This is the real disposition of human nature: It is what, neither the honorable member nor myself can correct. It is common misfortune, that awaits our state constitution, as well as others.

Gerald said...

A Woman I Know Was Murdered

Gerald said...

I don't know who murdered Safia but I do know that they wasted their time. There are thousands of other women just like her out there. And they will not be denied either the fullness of their humanity or the integrity of their religion. This is the spirit no amount of killing can kill.

According to The Independent," Fariba Ahmedi, a female member of parliament who attended the burial, said: "Those enemies who have killed her should know it will not derail women from the path we are on. We will continue on our way."

From where I stand, those people who think that feminism is a Western fad which will either eventually go away or can simply be ignored, need to listen again. The roar we hear behind us is the sound of the whole wave of women around the globe for whom the Will of God means a great deal more to them than the historical suppression of women done in its name.

Gerald said...