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August 18, 2023


Happy birthday, dear, wonderful Stacey! Eat cake and ice cream to your heart's content. "Even the nicest lasses/Have tattoos on their asses." Just fabulous, great!

Yes---happy birthday to Stacey. I think it was Dorothy Parker who said "The Bronx: No thonx," but we forgive her.

Hi, dear Terence. "The Bronx, No Thonx" is one thing she did not say. A silly poem by Ogden Nash?

It was indeed Ogden Nash who made that snide remark about Da Bronx. He later took it back and said: By 1964, Nash had changed his mind and said “I can’t seem to escape the sins of my smart-alec youth. Here are my amends. I wrote those lines, ‘The Bronx? No thonx!’ I shudder to confess them. Now I’m an older, wiser man I cry, ‘The Bronx, God bless them!”

My comment as a copy editor: I believe "smart alec" (sic) is not hyphenated and has a "k" in it: smart aleck. But I still love Ogden.

Well done, David! Definitely in the manner of Dorothy Parker!

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I left it
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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