Wednesday, March 18, 2015
This past Sunday was the South Side Irish Parade. I attend Mass at a cousin's house in Beverly before the step-off as has been the Hickey Family custom from earliest days of parade's history. Mass is always followed by a magnificent Irish Breakfast and a tribal jaw-fest. This year I had an appointment in suburban Oak Park and pulled " a Murphy" at Communion. I had parked my car strategically at 99th & Oakley for an easy egress to the Dan Ryan. As is my custom, I gabbed with the people working to make the parade a success. I met two young CPD Heroes on east side of Western Avenue. They said it was their first South Side Irish detail and wanted to know a good place to eat. I ponted out Fox's Beverly Pub and assured them of a fine feed and a most attentive staff of Friends of The Blue.
Down the street across from Tom Gibbons' Town Liquors. I had the pleasure of these three sons of Chicago's Northside One a Luther North Alum, another a St. Pat's graduate and third young guy the tallest of the three a CPS scion of Sullivan High School. I toldthis trio of heroes that I get a store of great yarns and jokes from the Homicide Detectives who live near me and wanted to return the favor.
Mike Houlihan, a guy named Brian and Pulitzer Prize winning Chicago Tribune writer Bill Crawford
I told them a yarn picked up from Chicago's Rennaissance Man - Film Maker, radio host, author and with Michael Houlihan
" A very troubled man went to his doctor and told him ' Doc, I think I am losing my mind. My boss told me to get help.
The man with the caduceus gave him a look of genuine concern and asked, 'What's the problem, Sport?'
' Doc, for no good reason I blurt out WHAT"S NEW PUSSYCAT?' I was in a meeting of mortgage brokers last week and while I reported on quartley home sales in Indiana . . .I bluted out again WHAT"S NEW PUSSYCAT? My boss said I'm Losing my mind. Tell me, Doc, what is going on with me.'
The Son of Hermes, Mr. MD, smilked knowingly and replied 'You have what we in the medical profession call Tom Jones Syndrome.'
The worried man seemed assured somehow, ' Is that pretty common.'
The doctor shouted ' IT"S NOT UNUSUAL!'
The cops loved it. I love cops.