Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A Kiss on the Cheek May be Quite Continental


Dearest Friends:

Words are so tricky.

"You like potato and I like potahto, You like tomato and I like tomahto. Potato, potahto, Tomato, tomahto."

"Let's call the whole kerfuffle off." - to paraphrase poet-laurets Ira and George Gershwin.

Another Ward One tempest in a thumbnail has hit the King's sensitive ears. This time involving an Alderman and MOM (Mother of the Mayor).

My agents who guard the perimeter of the Historic Core have heard scurrilous reports from outside the walls. Emanating from Monticello. That dear MOM Cohen has been telling neighbors stories that Alderman / Pilot-Bombardier Col. K.A. Kirby called her an "elite thin, crisp biscuit". She is implying he said so at a public meeting of the Murray Hill Residents Association (see: Col. Kirby's Surprise Assault on MHRA, May 13).

Problem is, no one heard him say it. Even those who could not be described as, ummm, delicately put, 'fans' of Col. Kirby never heard the biscuit reference.

MOM Cohen is also saying that the dear Alderman was not invited to her MHRA meeting. Even though they distributed fliers throughout Murray Hill and the Clay Street area to oppose the proposed 7-11 on the corner of Lafayette and West Streets. And the fliers included Alderman Kirby's name and personal phone number.

So it's OK if we bring you to trial in absentia. But please don't show up to defend yourself. It's an Annapolis tradition. Get over it.

Ever the peacemaker, at a restaurant ribbon cutting on Saturday in Murray Hill, Col. Kirby went so far as to plant a kiss on MOM Cohen's rosy cheek. To cement peace and assure an alliance.

One can only observe that not much was set or assured as a result.

Interest in this chain of events has now reached 160 Duke. We're not sure why. It's only another small kerfuffle in the citte.

So what if these small happenings are our oxygen and animate our public lives?

We are an Ancient Citte.

King of George


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Let's Call the Whole Thing Off
Ira & George Gershwin, 1937

Chorus - 1
You say either and I say either, You say neither and I say neither
Either, either Neither, neither, Let's call the whole thing off.

You like potato and I like potahto, You like tomato and I like tomahto
Potato, potahto, Tomato, tomahto, Let's call the whole thing off

But oh, if we call the whole thing off Then we must part
And oh, if we ever part, then that might break my heart

So if you like pyjamas and I like pyjahmas, I'll wear pyjamas and give up
pyajahmas
For we know we need each other so we , Better call the whole off off
Let's call the whole thing off.


Chorus - 2
You say laughter and I say larfter, You say after and I say arfter
Laughter, larfter after arfter, Let's call the whole thing off,

You like vanilla and I like vanella, You saspiralla, and I saspirella
Vanilla vanella chocolate strawberry, Let's call the whole thing off

But oh if we call the whole thing of then we must part
And oh, if we ever part, then that might break my heart

So if you go for oysters and I go for ersters, I'll order oysters and cancel
the ersters
For we know we need each other so we, Better call the calling off off,
Let's call the whole thing off.


Chorus - 3
I say father, and you say pater, I saw mother and you say mater
Pater, mater Uncle, auntie, let's call the whole thing off.

I like bananas and you like banahnahs, I say Havana and I get Havahnah
Bananas, banahnahs Havana, Havahnah, Go your way, I'll go mine

So if I go for scallops and you go for lobsters, So all right no contest we'll
order lobseter
For we know we need each other so we, Better call the calling off off,
Let's call the whole thing off.

10 comments:

  1. A 7-11 is not historic.

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  2. MOM is irrelevant to everyone other than to herself. In fact, if there is any sign of favoritism, if there is so much as a wiff of it, the mayor will be harshly scolded by the serfs.

    We must look at MOM and laugh in her pasty face, as she stands on her soap box. We must do so with subtlety and finesse.

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  3. I think he meant "cracker" not "biscuit"

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  4. We need a Royal Farms not a 7-11. They have better chicken.

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  5. Doug the DelightfulMay 19, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    We need a WAWA --good subs and worldly ambience.

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  6. I vote for a drive thru liquor store.

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  7. Nahh.. We don't need any business leave it an empty lot and closed gas station - no troubles that way. Why won't the rest of the world just leave Annapolis alone ?

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  8. Let's abandon the gas station! Make it into a crack house. A few murders in the neighborhood will brighten it up.

    Like that MHRA and Alan Hyatt??

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  9. We need an aroma therapy clinic for neurotic Murray Hill Women.

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  10. Peter the PublicMay 22, 2010 at 9:12 AM

    Where are you My sweet King ? Why hath thou been remiss in sharing your insights?

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