Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Sam I Am

"He is not a Bush crony, and—notwithstanding the curious happenstance that 'Samuel Alito' is an anagram of 'I am a sellout'—his integrity is not in question."

—Hendrik Hertzberg

(Thanks to Oughtie Ken Bergben!)

Sunday, November 06, 2005

The Effect of Living Backwords

We were up by the old stomping grounds yesterday—well, a bit north of the old s.g., in truth—and began noticing the names of apartment buildings. Walking on West 122nd Street, we noticed an abode called "THE DELAWARE."—with a period. Love it! A period! Why not!

Our favorite was RELDNAS HALL. "Reldnas" sounded a bit too science fiction, like a character in Asimov. We put on our mirror-glasses to espy a more likely surname: SANDLER.

We always love it when people do things backward.

Some months ago, in the mid-50s (we're talking streets, not decades), we saw a sanitation/waste truck attending to a dumpster. The vehicle had the Spanish-tinted name NACIREMA.