“Huddling” is the only word for what these pigeons were doing around the Eternal Flame at Daley Plaza, like so many stereotypical depression-era hobos huddled around a oil drum with a fire raging in it. If they had hands, one would have been cooking beans while another played a lonesome pigeon-tune on a harmonica.

4 Comments so far

  1. Irene (unregistered) on December 14th, 2005 @ 10:51 pm

    I can hear the harmonica playing and the beans buring right now.

  2. nikkos (unregistered) on December 15th, 2005 @ 6:58 am

    Ha ha ha! Thaks for starting my day with a laugh.

  3. EJ (unregistered) on December 15th, 2005 @ 2:27 pm

    Hilarious. I’m laughing out loud in my communal office space and once again, coworkers are passing around emails behind my back questioning my sanity. Nice post!

  4. James T. Struck (unregistered) on December 17th, 2005 @ 10:30 am

    Similar to the homeless, the pigeons’ rights are severely restricted. One is not supposed to feed them. Their migration patterns would be effected. It is unlawful to donate to the homeless and unlawful to donate to a pigeon.

    It is important to realize that pigeons are our ancestors. Ancient relatives of ours and relatives of the dinosaurs.

    The homeless are in many cases veterans of foreign wars or people who were intensely discriminated against.

    I asked IIT why they prohibited me from talking to students after they accused me of following someone home on the way to my mother’s nursing home and they sought a restraining order. I successfully explained that I would not contact the school any more. My mother became so agitated that she threw me out when I explained that 2 IIT students died of alcohol issues in 2000 and one in 2003 possibly. She lost much of her belongings because I was paid no where near as much as other employees with similar qualifications.

    Many of the homeless are people who were intensely discriminated against.

    The star of wonder or Bethelehem story can teach us to look at the stars. We can see in the stars our ancestors. We can see asteroids and possible threats to our existence. I have written about this in an article called “Learning from Catholic Myth” submitted to several publications. It has been repeatedly rejected. I submitted literally dozens of articles over the summer. Time had interest in two, NYT in spring interest in one, Chicago Sun Times called about another. Many of the homeless are probably writers who cannot make enough money to pay rent.

    Look at the homeless person and see yourself. Look at the pigeon and see our ancestors.

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