Postcard #12- Deux Gros Nez

Posted on April 16, 2011. Filed under: Postcards | Tags: , , , , , , |

"I miss DGN" Postcards

Great photos of the Deux: http://www.chuckibis.com/chuck_spew/2006/11/30/dgn-rip/

YouTube video from the annual DGN race- Nancy and I can be seen on the 20 second mark:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ghooj-XIRzU&feature=related

I miss Deux Gros Nez. These days I am missing it even more than usual. Maybe it’s because the weather is finally warming up and that calls for a Snickers frappe at midnight. Perhaps I’m craving a scone with blackberry jam and whipped cream with my Sunday paper. But I think the real reason is that even though the building, steps, and awning are still there; the heart of California Street is gone. There are some snazzy stores on that block and if I wanted to I could buy a delicious hotdog, a pair of flamboyant shoes or a fancy sandwich, but none of those stores have the funky vibe of the Deux.

I could climb the stairs and open the door, but only if I am there to discuss my catering needs with the owner of the building. Yet my memories of the place live on. The first time I walked up the stairs, the smell of coffee and the loud music greeted me and from then on I was hooked. It became the place where I could be quirky, loud, and silly it didn’t matter because it was where I belonged.

During the nineteen years I was a DGN regular, my friends and I ate the flowers, laughed, and had a great time, even at 2:00 in the morning. Drunken Scrabble with my friend Dan, Mrs. Walley, my last first date with my Auntie Joy and Auntie Laura “chaperoning” and drinking lattes at eleven at night and not figuring out why I couldn’t go to sleep that night are some of my favorite memories. Other favorites include enormous peanut butter cookies, handing out Feta cheese at the yearly anniversary party and my first legal beer where you can bet I sat at the bar and choked down the chunky Spaten. I could go on forever!

I have been thinking about how to end this essay and not sound like an Enya song and I have finally come up with this: Even though DGN is no longer open, I am still that funky person who sat at the bar and laughed at the “old people” (I am their age now). I take my memories with me because they have helped make me who I am today. I have to say that there are no flowers at the 4,000 Starbucks near my house and that I would probably get thrown out if I tried to eat them anyway.

Now it’s your turn- do you have a favorite meaningful place? Memories of the Deux? Share on!

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Postcard #7: Panoply

Posted on March 11, 2011. Filed under: Postcards | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I have a new favorite word: panoply (pa-nə-plē) and according to The World English Dictionary it is “a complete or magnificent array”. I like saying it. I like how it feels when it rolls off my tongue. Panoply. Give it a try. Panoply. If you’d rather hear someone else say it, click on: http://www.merriam-webster.com/audio.php?file=panopl02&word=panoply&text=%5C%3CSPAN%20class%3Dunicode%3E%CB%88%3C%2FSPAN%3Epa-n%C9%99-pl%C4%93%5C and listen. Or if you have my number, call me and I’ll say it for you…no, really…I don’t mind; just give me a call and I’ll whisper it into the phone.

Since I heard the word panoply in a Decemberists song, I have been trying to use it every chance I get. Here are some actual examples: At Starbucks: “Look at that panoply of cookies, which one shall I have?” Browsing at http:www.sockdreams.com “What a panoply of socks, which ones should I buy with the gift certificate from my sister?”I really don’t spend a lot of time around warriors, so I’m not able to use the second definition of panoply which is “the entire equipment of a warrior.” But if I did, it might sound something like this: “What a manly panoply you’re wearing. Does it chafe?”

Postcard #7 is more than just my love of the word panoply. It is about you finding your own new favorite word. To help, I have included some words that I found on  http://phrontistery.info/clw.html along with some fun sentences you could use. Try these on for size and let me know how it goes.

Scaevity (noun): unluckiness; left-handedness.“Please help me. Due to my scaevity, I was unlucky enough to find only a pair of left-handed scissors. Now I’ll never be able to cut open this package of Twinkies I bought at the store. Rats!”

Clementine likes fancy words

Cucamonga (proper noun): I think this usually has the word “Rancho” in front of it and it may very well be a place in California and if it is, I have never been there.“I spent my entire spring break in Cucamonga mowing my grandparent’s lawn and walking Spriggy their ancient Boston terrier. Am I glad to be home!”

Filicology (noun): the study of ferns. “Why yes, I am a filicologist. Would you like to see some of my fronds? They’re fresh, tender and green.”

Sedecuple (noun): quantity sixteen times another.“I would like to sedecuple my order of cupcakes and make it to go, please.”

Teterrimous (adjective): most foul. “Excuse me, the noise from your __________ (videogame, car stereo- fill in the blank to make it your own) is teterrimous that I am forced to wear earplugs to block out the noise.”

Aquabib (noun): water-drinker.“Ever since I was arrested for public nudity and drunkenness, I have become an aquabib.”

I could go on forever, but I am going to stop at these six. Choose one and make sure you use it in conversation as much as you can. Don’t worry if people don’t understand what you’re saying or that you have to explain what the word means; they can be such foppottees.

Interested? Want more? Try these links:

http://decemberists.com/

http://dictionary.reference.com/favorites

http://phrontistery.info/clw.html

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