Archive for March, 2010

Palm Sunday: Church with a Door Prize!

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

“I’m Jewish. I don’t work out. If God had wanted us to bend over, He would have put diamonds on the floor.” ~ Joan Rivers.

As a kid, one of my favorite days to head to church with Mom & Dad was Palm Sunday.  Normally, my favorite  treat was the communion wafer (one was ok, but they really should have passed a bowl around – like a bucket of popcorn. And I know that would’ve been a hit with the “audience” because I always heard growling tummies, sometimes over the rumble of snores).

Palm Sunday was SOUVENIR DAY!!!

All parishioners were lucky enough to go home with a door prize of fresh palms! And I loved those palms — sometimes I’d grab a couple of extra fronds on the way out for my “sick” sister at home (yeah, the one I didn’t have).  Ok, call me greedy, but this technique I learned from my Dad, who would always tuck an extra Italian roll or Granny Smith in his pocket at the breakfast buffet (the scrambled would’ve been a bit too messy).

(ITALIAN LESSON:  Sunday = Domenica)

YAY! Church Prizes!

P.S. One of my least favorite church days:  Ash Wednesday (you can read that post here: )

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Mom’s Amazing Health Secrets – Finally Revealed!

Friday, March 26th, 2010

“You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.” ~ Yogi Berra

Mom and I were just on the phone discussing her health secrets.  Great info for a daughter to have, right?  I mean, this woman has not been to visit a doctor in decades!  No sh!t!  Mom’s last OB/GYN visit:  when she had me back in the sixties.  Mammogram? Squishing Mom’s “freckles”? Hell, no – not for mom, I think she has an allergy to white coats and titty vices. 

 (ITALIAN LESSON: for your health = per a tua salute)
Give us our daily Pizza

Give us our daily Pizza

WAIT NO MORE! Here are Mamma Romano’s Health Secrets:

  • Begin your day with a Coke  – no diet crap either.  Remember, sugar is your best friend!
  • Meds – no prescriptions, just snatch whatever you can from your family & friends.  We all need a good night’s sleep, after all.
  • Pizza Pizza Pizza – Give us our daily pizza, and make it saucy.
  • A few nights a week be sure to swig down a whiskey & ginger – bottom’s up!

Have a Coke & a Smile!

Now, Mom WAS in the hospital once, but it was just a cameo appearance when she was hit by a truck, but I’ll save that story for another day.

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I wanna go back…

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

“I wanna go back
And do it all over again
But I can’t go back I know
I wanna go back
Cause I’m feeling so much older
But I can’t go back I know
~ Eddie Money

As a homage to Dover Middle School (as mentioned in my previous post, Eddie Money feautured our famous alma mater in the video for his hit song “I Wanna Go Back”.   Sorry to say, the school was bulldozed and currently a chain drugstore stands in its place.   I should call Crissie Hynde, dammit! Well, at least we Dover alumni still have our precious memories, and this video. Thanks Eddie!

 (ITALIAN LESSON: Jr. High School = scuola media inferiore)


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You can take the girl out of Dover…

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

“When you’re a Jet, You’re a Jet all the way. From your first cigarette. To your last dyin’ day.” ~ West Side Story

You know the rest: But you can’t take the Dover out of the girl.

True, if I must admit it myself.  Dover Middle School reminded me of the movie West Side Story, where the Sharks and the Jets were planning a battle.  But our battle was not about whose turf belonged to whom, it was about Rock’n Roll vs. Disco, baby!  Yeah, really dramatic, huh?  Well, the writing was on the wall – literally, with permanent marker scribbles, like: DISCO SUCKS, LYNYRD SKYNYRD RULES,  ROCK IS DEAD,  DIE DISCO F*K%@#, graffitied all over our school’s bathroom walls.

(ITALIAN LESSON: Battle = battaglia)

Ready for playground battle, I toted around my shiny pearl-handled switch-blade knife,  because the students were buzzing about an upcoming fight over our musical tastes – the less bloodshed meant your music is better, so you “win”… what a crock, huh?

The Dover still in me? I still carry my little weapon with me once in a while,  just in case someone calls me out to battle about my penchant for Frank Sinatra or 80s tunes. Wanna fight?

Rock vs. Disco War

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The Sauced-Stained Food Diary

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

“Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.”  ~ Orson Welles

What are we having for dinner tonight?

A few excerpts from my diary, circa mid-to-late seventies:

MONDAY: “Dear Diary,  Pancakes for breakfast (tasted really good).  Lunch: pasta fagioli.  Played records with Patti Ann , then mom made  spaghetti & meatballs for dinner – was really yummy .  Ice cream sandwiches for dessert. 

SPLOTCH!!! Ooops! There goes some sauce on the page. Guess I shouldn’t eat and write.

FRIDAY:   Nan’s anisette cookies for a snack, sausage & peppers for lunch and chicken cacciatore for dinner  – loved dipping the Italian bread in mom’s sauce. Watched The Monkees on TV. I love Peter Tork as much as that sauce!

SPLOOOTCH! Damn, more saucey droppings!

SATURDAY:  Walked to the candy store with Pat, Tracy and John for some BottleCaps, Pop Rocks and Wacky Packs –  got the UGH LEE card – hahaha!  Dad trekked all of us to McDonald’s for lunch – I really like those tasty little onions on the burgers.  Played outside in the yard all afternoon, making mud pies. Then made Tracy eat an ant – told her it was chocolate covered.  Mmmm.. mom made lasagna for dinner. It-was really delicious, and Dad ate all the garlic  – eeeew! (Funny, these days I am the one picking out that garlic –to ENJOY!)

I’m sure you get the message by now. All I seemed to have on my mind was food, food and more food (until boys came around anyway, then I had a new crush each month, more about my bizarre crushes in the next post).  I get my love of the next meal from my Sicilian/Napoledon father – hey, it’s an Italian thing –  eating could actually be an Olympic sport (remember my “Abbondanza” post?).  I think we are born with sauce in our veins.

The fig doesn’t fall far from the tree, either, because while Dad and I were enjoying our breakfast, we’d be chatting about a savory lunch to come a few hours later.  While chowing down on lunch, we were discussing what mom would be cooking up for dinner.  Yup, my main loves in those days were breakfast, lunch and dinner – they were so HOT!

It’s actually amazing I am not a fatty-patatty! When I look back through my diaries (which I wrote in from about seven until I was twenty two) my main focus (in my younger days) was stuffing my face! I often wonder why I didn’t become a food writer or restaurant reviewer – or the 600 lb woman currently in her bed filling her fat pie-hole with dozens of eggs, cheeses, meats and crusty Italian loaves, hoping to reach her current goal of 1000 lbs (true, and freaking disgusting by the way)! 

I still have my love affair with good meals, but I don’t plan on looking like the blueberry girl from Willy Wonka any time soon (guess that’s why they invented exercise).

Eat Much?

Funny Note:  To this day, my first roommate Cheryl and I still crack up about what we call the “Romano Food Diaries”.  When we needed a laugh we’d dig out those old diary pages, and just simply read them aloud.  I think I’ll give Cheryl a ring and recite some of my “food porn” to her this weekend.  It’ll bring back some silly and sweet memories … for both of us.

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