Happy birthday, Sis

Peggy, Sandy and me, circa 1960, in Ottawa, Quebec, Canada.

Peggy, Sandy and me, circa 1960, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

A big feliz cumpleaños goes out to my baby sis, Peggy, who turns 60 today.

While I’ve had a high old time acting the fool, heaping shame upon the family name and running my mouth in public to no particular purpose, Peggy has worked quietly and anonymously to extend the helping hand of the State to folks who need one.

Whenever some knucklehead brays that government is the problem, not the solution, I think of my sister and smile.

Happy birthday, Sis.


11 Responses to “Happy birthday, Sis”

  1. David Rees Says:

    Now THAT is a classic photo. Diggin’ the tie and the kind of “double breasted” sweater vest. Very haute couture for the time. Well done. Aren’t you glad you still have photos like that? My parents didn’t “do” photos, or very rarely, so I’ve got like two pictures of myself and my sisters to my name.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Just call me Bozo Brummel.

      My folks were good about shooting pix when we were still small and amusing, in Canada and Texas. Later on, not so much. Peggy may have more pix than I do, but my collection pretty much peters out circa 1964 or thereabouts. A few short years later I was uglying up right smart, pretending to be a hippie.

      Thank God nobody wanted to take my picture during 1971-77. I recall one costume that involved a black, flat-crown Resistol hat with a concho band, a U.S. Air Force-issue Alaska greatcoat, a white Levi’s shirt with “Mickey Rat” embroidered on the back by some long-forgotten half-a-girlfriend, the usual unkempt jeans, and knee-length moccasins. Also, and too, braids, beads and aviators. Looking good.

  2. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    The old Ronnie Ray-Gun quote comes to mind. Funny thing about the Rethuglicans, as soon as they get elected they start proving their claim that government doesn’t work. We’re in for a huge dose of it starting in January when Il Duce II takes over.

    • Steve O Says:

      It’s Christmastime in Washington
      The Democrats rehearsed
      Gettin’ into gear for four more years
      Of things not gettin’ worse
      Republicans drink whiskey neat
      And thanked their lucky stars
      They said, “He cannot seek another term, They’ll be no more FDRs”

      I sat home in Tennessee
      Just staring at the screen
      With an uneasy feeling in my chest
      I’m wonderin’ what it means.

      So come back Woody Guthrie
      Come back to us now
      Tear your eyes from paradise
      And rise again somehow
      If you run into Jesus
      Maybe he can help you out
      Come back Woody Guthrie to us now

      There’s foxes in the hen house
      Cows out in the corn
      The unions have been busted
      Their proud red banners torn
      To listen to the radio
      You’d think that all was well
      But you and me and Cisco know
      It’s going straight to hell

      So come back, Emma Goldman
      Rise up, old Joe Hill
      The barracades are goin’ up
      They cannot break our will
      Come back to us, Malcolm X
      And Martin Luther King
      We’re marching into Selma
      As the bells of freedom ring

      So come back Woody Guthrie
      Come back to us now
      Tear your eyes from paradise
      And rise again somehow

  3. Libby Says:

    Happy Birthday to your sister, Patrick! PO’G II in birth order, only!
    What a great tribute to your sister and a wonderful photo. Great expressions and your dog is included, too. Decades ago many adults were loathe to ‘waste’ film on a pet. A kid with a camera would always take a photo of a pet!

    Thanks to a great uncle who was a photography buff we have some great photos from my childhood but still there are huge gaps. No one else in our family had a camera until my father gave one to my mother for Christmas when I was 10.

  4. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Happy Birthday Peggy!

  5. Herb Clevenger Says:

    Wow..so you had one foot in Canada eh? Just think if you would have stayed you might be PM now. Then again they might have a birther movement too. Well consider yourself the Prime Minister of Sort of Lefty Leaning Cyclist Who Need Cheering Up Nowadays.

  6. khal spencer Says:

    Happy Birthday, Peggy!

  7. tim Says:

    Ottawa is in Ontario, not Quebec, Patrick, but you can see it from there

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