Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Stuff and Nonsense

A Jamaican deli near my home has added this chair. I'm tempted to sit and read there.


R.L. Bourges said...

Yessss! I actually remember that business of 'oh but you're not going to...to... wash your hair, are you? I mean...at this time of the month?'

Tell me, that deli: are the hair products offered as a side or...?

Vina Delmar ( by the way, that means 'graveyard by the sea', how romantic): her real name was Alvina Croter, she was born in 1903. I see the Marcaboth Women is about an overbearing mother and Women Live Too Long has no tagline (Ms Croter died in 1990, perhaps she would have preferred to die sooner? What sayest thou? )

That Tom: Yes Eva, vat a guy you married indeed. Milk of Magnesia will put the romance back in a marriage any day. Next time? Bring the bottle to the party. That way you'll both get to have a great time.

Once upon a time, a girl who bought Tampax before she was married, well... everybody knew what THAT meant.

Ah, the good old days... Thanks for the memories, A R.

Anonymous said...

Dunno Avid...about that deli. I mean, are those plungers there for more than one reason? Convenient locale!

Avid Reader said...

it's sort of a general store I guess--the other side is the food side.

runmotman said...

Funny, where do you find all these tacky old clippings?

tut-tut said...

You find the best clippings/mailing labels/all round things. we are being up in the area of yours in June . . .

Ronda Laveen said...

"(Tampax)...to us it certainly spells emancipation." That last clipping, "Once upon a time, my dears..." certainly got that RIGHT. I was definitely happy to get rid of those pins, belts and
2x4 sized sanitary napkin. Well, they called it a napkin but it felt more like a telephone book between my thighs.

Barbara said...

Some things have improved with time! What a liberation to be free of all those belts and pads! But an even greater liberation not to get a period every month! It's really too bad we can't go through menopause after childbearing is finished.

Deborah Godin said...

Back in my dorm days at school (back before fire and the wheel) we used to call a napkin a "mouse mattress"

Megan said...

I'm glad I wasn't menstruating in "the good old days."

Kurt said...

Even fewer people dare to be old and different.

Merle Sneed said...

I'm feeling a bit woozy with all this femal talk. I may still have a bottle of Phillips somewhere. I'll bet ti cures wooziness.

tut-tut said...

Actually, June is off . . . but I suggest you read The Thin Place (not related to June happenings/not happenings)

lettuce said...


I'd not come across that first thing, about not washing hair....??? (despite being old enough to remember the hideous discomfort of those brick-pads and elastic belt things)

ah, some things have truly changed for the better

My Classic Fiction Book List -Partial List

  • Austen, Jane: (Complete Works)
  • Balzac: Cousin Bette/ Eugenie Grandet / Cousin Pons
  • Best Russian Short Stories
  • Boyle, TC: Short Works
  • Brennan, Maeve : Short Works, 1 Novella
  • Bronte, Emily, Ann, Jane (Complete Works)
  • Brookner, Anita ( Complete Works)
  • Cather, Willa (Complete Works)
  • Chekov: Short Works
  • David Copperfield (Dickens)
  • Dickens:A Tale of Two Cities
  • Dickens:Great Expectations
  • Dickens:Nicholas Nickelby
  • Dickens:Our Mutual Friend
  • Dickens:The Old Curiosity Shop
  • Doyle, Roddy (some novels, memoir)
  • Drabble, Margaret (4 Novels)
  • Drieser, Theodore (Complete Works)
  • Fitzgerald, F.Scott (Most Novels & short works)
  • Hardy, Thomas (Complete Works)
  • Hemingway, Short stories
  • Hemingway: The Old Man in the Sea
  • Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises
  • Hugo: Les Miserables/Hunchback Of ND
  • James, Henry: Daisy Miller
  • James, Henry: In The Cage
  • James, Henry: Portrait of a Lady
  • James, Henry: The Golden Bowl
  • James, Henry: What Maisy Knew
  • James, Henry: Wings of a Dove
  • James, Henry:The Ambassadors
  • James, Henry; The Bostonians
  • Kerouac: Dharma Bums
  • Kerouac: On The Road
  • Kerouac: The Subterraneans
  • Kerouac: Tristessa
  • Lardner,Ring:Short Works
  • Larsen: Quicksand
  • Lewis, Sinclair: Arrowsmith
  • Lewis, Sinclair: Free Air
  • Lewis, Sinclair: Main Street
  • Lewis, Sinclair: The Job
  • MacGill, Patrick (Complete works)
  • Mackin, Walter (novels)
  • Maupassant: Short Works, novels
  • McGahern, John (novels of)
  • McNulty, John (Short Works)
  • Norris, Frank: McTeague
  • O'Brien, Edna (3 Novels)
  • O'Donnell, Paeder : Novels of
  • O. Henry
  • Potok, Chaim (4 novels/1 non fiction)
  • Salinger, JD : Nine Stories
  • Salinger: Franny & Zooey
  • Salinger: Raise High the Roofbeams
  • Salinger: The Catcher in the Rye
  • Sinclair, Lewis: Dodsworth
  • Sinclair, Lewis: Elmer Gantry
  • Sinclair, Upton: King Coal
  • Sinclair, Upton: The Jungle
  • Steinbeck, John: Sweet Thursday
  • Steinbeck: Winter of our Discontent
  • Steinbeck: Cannery Row
  • Steinbeck: East of Eden
  • Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath
  • Theroux, Paul (3 Novels )
  • Toibin, Colm: (Novels of)
  • Tolstoy: Anna Karenina
  • Tolstoy: Short Works
  • Turgenev (2 novels)
  • Twain: T Sawyer, Life on the Mississippi
  • Vonnegut: Early Works (1950s-60s)
  • Wharton, Edith: Novels of/Short Stories
  • Women & Fiction (Edit. Cahill)
  • Zola, Emile ( 10 novels)