Townie Tidbits

December 14, 2017
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By Sal Giarratani

GERRY IS ON THE ROAD WITH HIS BOOK TOUR

Gerald Doherty was on the road in Quincy on his book tour. Gerry the author of “They Were My Friends: Jack Bob and Ted” was over at the Council on Aging at the Kennedy Center for a meet, greet and autograph session with a large crowd of seniors eager to hear some of his great stories from days gone by.

It is not exactly like the Hillary Clinton book tour that I caught up with while down in Austin, Texas, but it certainly is more interesting. We all know what happened with her but with Gerry we can learn things about politics we never knew from an insider who played the game quite well.

IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE…

Christmas seems to be sneaking up on us pretty quickly. Stopped by Bunker Hill Florist. They’ve been into the Christmas season since opening back in 1981. Before they arrived, many Townies always seemed to get their flowers down at Kerrigan’s not far from where Bunker Hill Florist is located today. You call this one door closes, another opens.

You need to check out this flower shop all decked out for Christmas. Looks like a winter wonderland. Christmas abounds everywhere inside the shop. Christmas trees, lights and a cast of characters waiting to brighten up your holiday spirit.

All that is needed is a couple of real reindeers in the place.

STEVE SWEENEY BIG GUY ON SOUTH SHORE

Charlestown’s own Steve Sweeney now a Quincy transplant recently brought his Steve Sweeney Variety Show down to the RiverClub Music Hall in The “Irish Riviera”, a.k.a. Scituate earlier this month. Folks always love hearing the politically incorrect Sweeney  talk Townie to them.

 

AUSTIN HONORS IT VETERANS

This past Veterans Day I was down in Austin, TX and ended up marching in their parade with the DAV, Lone Star Chapter from Austin. It was the first time they told me that their DAV parade unit had a Boston connection. I told them up here I belonged  to the D.A.V.  JFK Memorial Chapter in Dorchester, MA and the Abraham Lincoln Post 11 GAR in Charlestown. They told me they have a GAR Post outside Austin, too.

 

A KNIGHT OF DUNKIN DONUTS  GOES TEXAS

About four miles from my nephew’s home, the closest H.E.B. Supermarket is down on Slaughter Lane. Last year, I bumped into a bunch of old guys gathered together having coffee and donuts and trying to solve all the world’s problems. I chatted with them and said I did the same thing in Boston with my old guy friends at Dunkin’ Donuts. They said that chain is really down in Texas. They asked me to join them and I did.

Came back again this year and met up with them once again for my free coffee and donut and joined in their discussion of world issues. I ended up having the store manager take our picture.