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Monday, January 28, 2008

Saturday's Almanack


The Washington Post runs a column of Restaurant Closings in the Thursday local suplements, an I've always enjoyed them. So sometimes I do one, too.

The Post also runs an Animal Control Watch column and it's even better as it drily recounts anecdotes about unwanted wild animal invasions, stuck kitties, flightless birds, etc. Probably the best one ever involved a squirrel that was running amok in someone's house. Two policemen responded and cornered the squrrel in a grand piano. One officer, thinking quickly, played a riff by Toad the Wet Sprocket, which caused the squirrel to exit the piano and shoot out the window, to the homeowner's great relief. I think we're all agreed that this is something that could not have been accomplished with an oboe.

3 comments:

here today, gone tomorrow said...

I love the Post's Animal Watch column. I always wonder if the person writing it knows how unintentionally funny it is sometimes.

CHB said...

I'd bet you have thirty or more of these sitting around on the bench, waiting to get in the game.

richardcthompson said...

HereToday, I think they do; the writing is so poker-faced even in the face of the most bizarre content. I've never been able to parody it and I gave up trying.

CHB, I wish!