Squirl's Nest

Monday, October 10, 2005

Gargoyles, I mean Grotesques. I stand corrected.

For some reason, October seemed like the month to post these pictures. These gargoyles are on an old building downtown, close to where I live. There used to be a bar there called Tiki Bob's. It must have been the cheapest one with the most drink specials. The reason I say this is because after it closed down the noise level at 2:00 am (Michigan bar-closing time) dropped significantly when it went out of business.

But I still love the building and the gargoyles and felt the need to share with the Internet as a whole. Hope you enjoy them, too.





Blogger August95 said...

Very cool Gargoyles. October does seem to be the time for them.

Mon Oct 10, 11:57:00 AM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Love me some gargoyles! And they do seem especially appropriate now.

But...so rude with the tongues out. who would pose like that?

Mon Oct 10, 11:59:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

August, thanks!

Bucky, I just don't know about this sticking out of the tongues. Like who could ever be so rude.....?

Mon Oct 10, 01:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those are absolutely awesome! I heart Gargoyles.

-Amber <><

Mon Oct 10, 01:13:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Thanks, Amber. I kept forgetting to bring my camera when I was walking by them. So one day I went over with no other purpose in mind than to shoot these pictures. Then I ended up going for a longer walk, which I really needed.

Mon Oct 10, 01:24:00 PM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

I think one of them likes me, she stuck her tongue out at me. Happen to get her number?

Mon Oct 10, 01:41:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Mebbe she does like you Mr B. But I didn't get her number. If you'd like to run up to Michigan, here, you could always ask her yourself, though.

Mon Oct 10, 02:23:00 PM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

I'm too bashful. *kicks dirt*

Mon Oct 10, 02:34:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Yeah, Mr B, I understand. She is pretty hot and all...

Mon Oct 10, 03:22:00 PM  
Blogger Nina said...

Gargoyles are so cool, magical they seem to me. Love the pictures!

Mon Oct 10, 04:31:00 PM  
Blogger eclectic said...

I've clearly watched too much PBS... the only thing I can think of is "Between the Lions" -- a show about a library that has talking gargoyles outside, and twin lions marking the entrance... *sheesh*

Mon Oct 10, 05:04:00 PM  
Blogger Susie said...

I like the gargoyles, and you're right, this is the time for them. Let's make October National Gargoyle Month. There, it's done.

Nice package, Mr. B. Holy shit, I love me some brownies!

Mon Oct 10, 07:25:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Nanina, you're back! Hi! Gargoyles are cool. Thanks!

Eclectic, I love the name of that show. I never saw it.

Susie, thank you for proclaiming October National Gargoyle Month. To be shared, of course, with our lovely Canadian friends.

And yes, that's quite a package that Mr B has.

Somebody's cat must've gotten loose on my blog. I think one with a bit of a lisp.


Mon Oct 10, 08:22:00 PM  
Blogger Von Krankipantzen said...

I love its wings. So graceful.

hreemrdb-the sound a gargoyl makes just before it poops on your head.

Mon Oct 10, 08:53:00 PM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

Just a few more days and I'll be going to the store for my very own box of Gargoyles.. I mean brownies. Yes!

Mon Oct 10, 09:04:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Kranki, thanks for that info. I will be listening for that sound the next time I walk underneath the gargoyles. :-)

Mon Oct 10, 09:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Danielle said...

HA! I clicked on the pic to see it larger on Flickr. First, I laughed at the way their heads are cocked. Then I chuckled at their tongues sticking out with Bucky's pic right below for her Flickr comment.

too funny.

I decided one day that in my dream house, I would have gargoyles that spit out water at the corners of the roof, instead of boring old downspouts.

Much cooler to have the water spewing out like a fountain.


um, did you notice how I managed to work in cocked AND spewing?

Mon Oct 10, 09:10:00 PM  
Blogger greatwhitebear said...

Wow, I love old buildings like that. so much moe character than the modern ones!

Mon Oct 10, 09:43:00 PM  
Blogger JessicaRabbit said...

OOoooo I love that building. I want it. Now. Gimmie.

Mon Oct 10, 11:36:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Mr B, enjoy those gargoyles, I mean brownies.

Danielle, I like the idea of the gargoyle water spouts, cocked and spewing.

GreatWhite, I do too. They don't make 'em like that anymore. That's why I like walking around the Heritage Hill area in GR. The houses were not all alike.

Jess, I would if I could. :-)

Tue Oct 11, 07:16:00 AM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

What if we made gargoyle-shaped brownies?

Then EVERYONE would be happy!

Winged Chocolate?

Tue Oct 11, 07:51:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

Bucky, we could have bumper stickers!

"Eat a gargoyle today!"

Tue Oct 11, 09:10:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Bucky and Mr B, when you make your fortunes from the Browgoyles, be sure to remember me.


Tue Oct 11, 10:03:00 AM  
Blogger Effie said...

I love your gargoyle pics!! When my hubby and I went to NYC--the only thing I could do was take pics of gargoyles on buildings--they aren't too common in these parts here....

All things spooky this month....first blood letting, er I mean blood giving and now gargoyles...do we see a theme emerging here?

Why do I get all the hard to type word verifications??!! jymoypm

Tue Oct 11, 11:47:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Thanks, Effie. Ichabod and I checked out a house one time that had a gargoyle. His brother's family looked at one, too. Of course their little three year old called them darboils. We never got tired of asking him to say it.

I hadn't really planned a spooky theme. Don't look for it or you may be disappointed with my next post. We'll see what I can come up with, though.

Tue Oct 11, 12:32:00 PM  
Blogger Kitty said...

It's hilarious walking around the hood. Some people have picked up replica lions and gargoyles and they always seem to make the mistake of facing them towards the inlet to the home.

Gargoyle newbies crack me up. They are supposed to always face outward always looking out for evil they may need to pounce on.

This has been a Kitty Service Announcement. Incessant beep ensues.

Tue Oct 11, 03:12:00 PM  
Blogger Kitty said...

OH YA! Gorgeous pictulating there Squirl!

Tue Oct 11, 03:13:00 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

Gargoyles beat Feng Shui anyday, in my book!
Nice photos.

Tue Oct 11, 03:34:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Yeah, Kitty, there is a right way and a wrong way to use gargoyles. Thanks!

Sierrabella, I agree. Thanks!

Tue Oct 11, 04:49:00 PM  
Blogger eclectic said...

Yeah! If you're going to gargle, always gargle OUT not IN. Preach it, Kitty!!

Oh, you said "gar-GOYLE" didn't you?. ****blush****

Tue Oct 11, 06:40:00 PM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Does gargoyling lead to the spitting or swallowing?

Tue Oct 11, 07:07:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Eclectic, totally understandable mistake. Gargling, though, should definitely be out.

Bucky, didn't Eclectic just say out???

Tue Oct 11, 08:35:00 PM  
Blogger Kitty said...

So many dirty themes, so little time.

Squirl, am I allowed?

Tue Oct 11, 11:09:00 PM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Since when does Kittay ask permission to be smuttay?

Wed Oct 12, 07:48:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Well, Kitty, what do you think?

Bucky exactly!

Wed Oct 12, 10:48:00 AM  
Blogger Nilbo said...

::: Ahem ::: (Pulling my specs down on my nose and looking over them as I address the class)

Who can tell me what a gargoyle is? You, at the back, stop looking up Bucky's skirt and answer the question. Why, that's absolutely right. A Gargoyle isn't just any carved creature on a building - those are called "Grotesques". A "Gargoyle" is carved creature that serves as a decoration but also MUST be a downspout for drainage from the roof.

There's the bell. Tomorrow's assignment - "what is a pompous knowitall"? Class dismissed.

Bucky, please stay after class. We need to come up with a way to bring your marks up.

Wed Oct 12, 01:02:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Pompous Knowitall, I mean, Nilbo, haven't seen you in these here parts in ages!

I looked up gargoyles in Wikepedia after I made this post and saw that info. Stupid me, I didn't figure too many other people would know so I left it.

Thanks for setting the record straight.

You and Bucky carry on now.

Wed Oct 12, 01:17:00 PM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Awwww, Professor Nilbo, not the oral exam AGAIN...

Wed Oct 12, 01:17:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

As I said, carry on.

Wed Oct 12, 01:20:00 PM  
Blogger Nilbo said...

Young lady, you will take it and you will enjoy it ... or at least pretend to.

Wed Oct 12, 01:41:00 PM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Well, how come it's always oral exams?
Why is it never anal exams?

Wed Oct 12, 01:58:00 PM  
Blogger Nilbo said...

Because I don't want you passing anything but this course.

(The verification code blogger is asking for: prnbok) "Yeah, Pat, I'd like to buy a vowel ..."

Wed Oct 12, 02:09:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Would that be a couple of O's there, Nilbo???

Wed Oct 12, 02:13:00 PM  

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