Miscellaneous Mishegoss

~ I’m sitting waiting for the new mattress to be delivered. I’m stop #9, they are currently at stop #7. The mattress we are replacing is only 4 years old but it has gotten ‘mushy’ and the edge support has become non-existent. It was pricey but not eye-poppingly so, this new one? Hoo-boy! But – Same price, or even more, at every place I checked. Plus we actually went into a brick and mortar store to test out mattresses – no more buying on-line, some things you just have to choose in person.

~ Even a mask does not muffle my New York accent – I spent the first 44 years of my life in NYC and the last 31 years NOT in NYC yet the accent persists. Which goes back to a post I wrote some years ago about getting older and reverting to your essential self. My essential self is a little Italian girl from the Bronx.

~ The salesperson tagged the NYC accent and then volunteered that she was South Korean but was educated in the USA – that said, neither my husband nor I could understand half of what she said. (And she was NOT wearing a mask.)

~ I am always amused about how much people don’t know about NYC, including the people who live there and I don’t mean the folks who arrive as adults, I’m talking about folks who are NY’ers born and bred.

I had an argument with a guy I was dating (way back when) about the location of Brooklyn and Queens. We had been out on the Island, either Nassau or Suffolk county, I don’t remember which, and somehow the conversation turned to where exactly we had been and where we were returning. I told the guy – Brooklyn and Queens are on Long Island – he said “No way”.  He was adamant and quite frankly insulting in his insistence. I opened the glove box and he had a map of the tri-state area (this was back in the 80’s when paper maps were still a thing). I told him to pull the car over, which he did, and I then proceeded to prove him wrong and me right.

Map of Long Island

That relationship didn’t last much longer.

People don’t seem to know that NYC is 5 boroughs. The sales person was going on about how NYC had 5 bridges and I’m ticking off the names of bridges until I realized she meant ‘boroughs’. I then tried to give her a quick rundown of how NYC is divided. I don’t know if she got it, and it’s not important if she did or didn’t, it just amused me.

~ My birthday is soon – 8 days from today. I will be 75. I suppose it is what some would deem a milestone birthday, for me it’s just a birthday, I think. I’m somewhat torn about it. I stopped celebrating birthdays a long time ago, I usually celebrated them alone, meaning I was the only one who cared.  I grant you that over the past some years friends have sent flowers and little gifties and that just blows me away. Just turns me into a puddle of tears – I am blessed and I know it.

I was going to go on a shopping spree for my birthday – go to a real shopping mall and shop in real stores but I’ve nixed that idea – it would be a lot of walking and my husband isn’t up to it.  So – no birthday yahoo for me.

As for the number of years – 75? Nah, I’m still only six.

15 thoughts on “Miscellaneous Mishegoss

  1. A milestone indeed! Anything that celebrates you is a worthy celebration. I have another little surprise headed your way but its arrival is slated for after your big day. A little extra anticipation. 🙂

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  2. Well, happy almost birthday regardless! I was born in NY (Tarrytown), but left at age 9, so I’m not particularly knowledgeable about the place. I do know that you can’t get a “real” bagel anywhere else in the US, according to NYers. I do challenge them on the pizza though ~ while I love the NY/NJ foldable slices, Chicago’s deep dish is equally delicious. And to be a total rebel, I also enjoy the pizza in NorCal!

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    1. No offense but Tarrytown is not NYC – we NY’ers are very provincial – there’s New York City and then there is the rest of the world and that includes the other places which are called New York State – never confuse the state with the City. For years even including Staten Island in NYC was problematical, it was always more Jersey but then they built the Verrazano Bridge…NYC is one of the few places in the USA where you can actually drink the water that comes out of the faucet and folks seem to attribute the tastiness of food in NYC to that fact. I don’t have an opinion about it (Shocking, I know…) Foldable slices??? That’s funny – it’s called Neapolitan pizza – the original pizza. I had to look up Chicago pizza – I always thought it was just round Sicilian pizza but I saw the photos and OMG – No. It may taste terrific but that ain’t pizza, well not what is generically called pizza ie: Neapolitan. I don’t know what I would call that. Pizza does not mean pie exactly but that Chicago stuff is most definitely pie! Reminds me of Easter pies Sicilian pizza is thicker than Neapolitan and is baked in a rectangular pan. Growing up that was the pizza I had most often because we only had homemade pizza and it’s easier to make than round Neapolitan. And I’m telling you, the best breakfast in the world is cold Sicilian pizza. Food is personal, what you like, you like and that’s the end of it.

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        1. At this very moment in time I am starving. I don’t usually eat much in the evening but my husband i going to make me a sandwich. Tomorrow is Sunday and therefore – Pizza Day! White pizza with mushrooms and sausage. But now I am also jonesing for Sicilian pizza – they don’t have that down here in the South.

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  3. I had to check Google Maps to see the borough layout. I’ve been to NYC once before, and I knew that Brooklyn and Queens were across the East River from Manhattan, but I didn’t know how Long Island fit into the mix. I didn’t realize that the East River isn’t actually a river.

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  4. 75 certainly is a milestone! I remember when you turned 64 because of that the Beatles song! I actually just got your card ready to mail before sitting down at the computer and pulling up your blog. But now all I can think of is pizza so I’m glad your birthday falls on pizza day!

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    1. Ah but since it is my birthday on Sunday it won’t be pizza day. I’ve discovered that I can order a bacon cheeseburger and fries and they will get here still hot. A burger and fries is like my all time favorite restaurant meal, homemade never tastes as good. So I will celebrate Sunday with a bacon cheeseburger, fries and whatever dessert the place has on offer. Pizza I can have anytime, burger and fries? A rare treat!

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