Wednesday, April 4, 2012

April 4th-Brought To You By the Letter 'D'


I think I got a little carried away with that whole Jenny Craig thing.

Bonus 'D' (I just can't help myself, that's why)


  Mrs. Penwasser and I went to our favorite diner this afternoon.  As we entered, we noticed that something seemed different.  There were still those huge mirrors of bare-breasted gods (eww) and goddesses (heyyyy).  The three-bean salad still sat next to three day old boiled eggs and rainbow-colored Beef Orzo soup.  But, something just wasn't right.
  Then we noticed a sign which said, "Under New Ownership."
  The Greeks had been replaced by a family of Presbyterians!

  And, as anyone who's been to a diner in the Northeast, that just can't be.

  Hey, I like bundt cake and meatloaf as much as the next guy.  But, they can't hold a candle to baklava and souvlaki.
  To say nothing of cheeburgers.


  1. Haha, sorry to hear you shrunk Al and that diner sounds crazy too!

  2. Baklava! I had some right after I was told I was allergic to wheat. It was my first and last time. I paid for it big time. Horrible stomach ache, headache, and nausea. I don't regret it. Little pieces of heave, they are. And apparently, they just turned me into Yoda.

  3. That Jenny Craig diet looks like it really works. Did you get that cap in the British Honduras?

  4. Your poor diner days there could be coming to an end. But at least they kept the mirrors right?..hahaha...I'm sure many want to know your diet secrets too.

  5. One of the things I love the most about the northeast are the diners!! Greek diners!

  6. Haha! I love that picture of "you" after the diet.
    Great A-Z post!

  7. @Matthew: That diner was the best. Especially that mirror with the bare-breasted goddesses.
    @Nellie: Little pieces of heave! I'm so going to borrow that.
    @Anthony: Outstanding! Yes, indeed, I did. When I was in the Navy, we went to Belize several years in a row. Pretty cool how they still have red telephone booths, a picture of the Queen on their money, poor dental hygiene, and all the cops go around, shouting, "What's all this then?"
    @Pat: My diet secret? Looking at those mirrors and then going home to "work out." out...that's what I'm going to call it.
    @L: They're the best!
    @nutschell: I've since eaten a lot of pizza.

  8. Back before I retired, one of my co-workers was Armenian and her dad made the best baklava! I drool just thinking about it!

  9. I thought a diner was someone eating in a restaurant. Now I know a diner is someone eating in a diner. I think my vocabulary just reduced by one word.

  10. And they always say OPA! (the BO is no extra charge)

  11. @Eva: Baklava is fabulous! Especially with a Diet Coke (which neutralizes the rich, sticky sweet goodness).
    @Gorilla: I'd tell you that English is one horrifically screwed up language, but............ The word "diner" comes from "Diner Car" on trains. They were called that because "diners" ate there or there was "dining" going on in them. Originally, these "diners" looked like (or may actually have been) old train cars. Now most of them are just regular buildings. But, all offer great breakfasts, lunches, or "dinners." I'm glad my native language is English. I'd hate to learn it.
    @Bushman: And the white tee shirts are free to every employee.

  12. Great picture! I know you're gearing up for the big day tomorrow, so try to get some rest! Julie

  13. As someone who truly takes her favorite dining places to heart, "under new management" strikes absolute fear into my entire being.

    -Barb the French Bean

  14. EXACTLY! Now, if I go to my favorite Chinese buffet and hear, "Good evening, my name is Lev Schwartz and I'll be your server tonight," I'm outta there!

  15. I don't think there's a single diner in New Jersey that's owned by a Presbyterian. Are they're actually Greeks in PA? I guess the Nazo diner is owned by Greeks. But they own the one in Phillipsburg as well, so they just went over the river a bit to spread their wealth (that diner in Nazo is terrible!)
    I just can't picture Greeks in the Lehigh Valley. It's just so dutchy.

    You may want to lay low on Jenny Craig.

  16. You're supposed to stop Jenny Craig when you are bikini ready.
    I don't think Greek people like Iowa. I've never met one.

  17. @Ruth: I know. That's why I shaved my chest hair. Too bad I couldn't stop.
    @ryoko: It was the Dublin Star diner in.....uh...Dublin. And those folks were as Greek as Zorba. The owner's name was 'Nick.' I couldn't pronounce his last name but it ended in "papadopoulos" something or other.

  18. greek folks have the best restaurants. i think i could live on greek food alone. not sure how the diet would go though...

  19. Cheeburger Cheeburger!
    I'd say you need a quick and massive infusion of carbs!