Tuesday, September 28, 2010

10:10 on 10:10

My lovely daughter, Teri, and my handsome future son-in-law, Mark,  are getting married in Key West, Florida on October 10, 2010 at 10:10 in the morning, with the festivities ending at 10:10 at night.

Key West
There's a Friday night bash on the 8th at the Rusty Anchor with close friends and family. Owners of the Hemingway House are letting Teri and Mark use the famous historic landmark for the rehearsal dinner Saturday night. Then...ta-da...next day is the big event!

The Sunday wedding will be on the beach, following a morning reception at the KW Yacht Club 'til 4:00 p.m. From 4:00 to 10:10 p.m. there'll  be a Key West pig roast at Durty Harry's bar complex. (Yes, "Durty" is spelled correctly.) To top off the celebration, right at 10:10 p.m., a  fireworks display will light up Mallory Square and part of Cuba. 

I'm planning on partying hearty next week. One of two things are going to happen. I'll probably need an ambulance when the week is over or I'll get arrested...or both.  Wish you could all be there.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Every once in a while people try to stump me with a word. A former teaching colleague sent me the word, paraprosdokian. And I was stumped!

The word paraprosdokian isn't in the compact Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary I have sitting on my desk. It's probably in the 50 pound, 20,000 page dictionary I have on the bookshelf, in the basement. Rather than schlepping that 50 pound monster up two flights of stairs, I decided to do an internet search for the word.

Paraprosdokian means: A figure of speech that uses an unexpected ending to a phrase or sentence. According to Wikipedia, it's a Greek word meaning beyond expectation. It's frequently used by humorists, satirists, and comedians for both affect and effect.

Here are some paraprosdokian examples:

1. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak. (How true!)

2. If I agreed with you we'd both be wrong. (A great one-liner to throw at your spouse, soulmate, significant other, then watch the sparks fly!)

3. Dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish. (If the truth be known, our pets really train us. In most instances, it's a good idea. )

4. I saw a woman wearing a sweat shirt with "Guess" on it...so I said "Implants?" (Sounds like something one of you guys would ask.)

Wish I could take credit for the four paraprosdokians listed here, but I can't, and I have no way of finding out where these came from. My question to all of you: Have any of you ever heard of  paraprosdokian?