On The Bricks

June 23, 2021

         A group of alligators is called a congregation. Which makes sense because they are congregating, but it also brings a visual of those big, nasty, and ugly animals sitting in a pew on Sunday.

My father, son-in-law, and ex-husband and I were on a team for the Wild Animal Trivia Contest at the Guymon public library. Papa and ex both have a bit of a hearing problem and probably should have hearing aids, but we signed up just because it would be fun. It’s a good thing we didn’t sign up for our ego because we never held the lead. But it was fun. We learned something and supper afterwards was a blast.

          That is why I learned about the congregation of alligators. And there’s more along the same lines for me to share! Other groups:

  • A shoal of bass;
  • A smack of jellyfish;
  • A gaze of racoons;
  • A clowder of cats;
  • A cackle of hyenas;
  • A troop of kangaroos;
  • A leap of leopards;
  • A fall of woodcocks;
  • A romp of otters;
  • A prickle of porcupines;
  • A crash of rhinoceroses;
  • A troubling of goldfish;
  • A pod of whales;
  • A charm of finches;
  • An exaltation of larks;
  • A murder of magpies;
  • A watch of nightingales;
  • A parliament of owls;
  • An ostentation of peacocks;
  • A colony of penguins;
  • A bevy of quail;
  • A business of ferrets;
  • A wisdom of wombats;
  • A flamboyance of flamingoes;
  • A rhumba of rattlesnakes;
  • A gang of elk;
  • A tower of giraffes;
  • A tribe of goats;
  • A bloat of hippopotamuses;
  • A richness of martens;
  • A labor of moles;
  • A drove of sheep;
  • A dray of squirrels; and
  • An ambush of tigers.

Think how much interesting your conversation will be now, knowing these trivia facts!

          We should all step out once in awhile and learn something. It is good when we also support someone who is trying to make something happen, too.

          If you’re wondering, our team, named Three Generations, got fourth place the evening of the trivia contest. Out of four teams. Oh well.

          The Garden Club Annual Garden Tour is on June 26. The gardens being featured are David and Cindi Player’s at 721 NW 5th Street (you should check out David Players facebook page because he loves taking photos of his beautiful flowers); Jerry and Jeani Wing at 2880 Road W; John and Linda O’Leary at 1217 N. Academy; and Helms Garden Shop at 124 N. Quinn where you have a chance to visit with a Master Gardener about gardening. You’ll also get a 10% off purchase coupon good until Aug. 1.

          Farmers Market starts on July 10 and will be every Saturday morning until the last Saturday in September. It opens at 8 am and ends when they sell out or noon hits.

          The library has another wonderful program coming up on July 20 from 6 to 8 pm with Oklahoma author Rilla Askew. The program is “Tulsa Race Massacre: 100 Years of Reflection.”

          Children’s Health Fair is set for July 23.

          A children’s event, “Under the Sea,” is set for Aug. 7 at Main Street Events.

          Great happenings. Take a gander at one of them!

          See you on the bricks!