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September 03, 2010


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Here's an example of martini-laced literature. It is by the inestimable Dorothy Parker:

I like to have a martini,
Two at the very most.
After three I'm under the table,
After four I'm under my host.

Ogden Nash's "A Drink With Something In It":

There is something about a Martini,
A tingle remarkably pleasant;
A yellow, a mellow Martini;
I wish I had one at present.
There is something about a Martini,
Ere the dining and dancing begin,
And to tell you the truth,
It is not the vermouth--
I think that perhaps it's the gin.

Thank you, Larry. I guess that's the perfect example. But I also like Ogden Nash's and am grateful to have it quoted, Susan.

My all-time favorite Hecht poem.

Is it really, Early? Is it early, really? Losses come later. You win now.

When life gives you a Bob Lemon, make Lemonaid.
- HS (Herb Score)

Gil McDougald, who knew the score, was quite a feller. So was Vic Wertz, who was born Dick Hertz but changed his name in high school when, on the first day of classes, the teacher asked, "Who's Dick Hertz?"

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on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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