Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Weird Word-of-the-Day Wednesday

schmaltz (noun): "excessive sentimentalism, nostalgia, fond memories." Apparently derived from the Yiddish word smalts meaning "melted fat." Uh, what?! Anyway...
     I'm feeling schmaltzy tonight looking at my school photo from Grade 9 circa 1980s. Look at me! How did I not know what a chick-magnet I was? Okay, maybe not a chick-magnet but at least chick bait? Or maybe a dangling carrot? (Yeah I know. Quit with the metaphors. It's getting awkward.)
     Check out my feathered hair. And count them: three unfastened buttons, intended (I guess) to show off my manly chesthairlessness. The eyes (and the open shirt) say confident but the slightly skewed mouth says facade-hiding-my-geekness-about-to-crack. 
     Here's what I remember thinking about then:
1. Christie Rudy.
2. How did Kate Stagman get away with a book report on a book that doesn't exist?!
3. Dodgeball sort-of freaks me out.
4. Why isn't Suzanne Somers on Three's Company anymore?
5. Christie Rudy.


Laoch of Chicago said...

Schmaltz is a great word. And nice picture, as we would have said in the 1970s, very decent, man.

Vinny C said...

Yes. I too get all schmaltz-y myself from time to time (just learned the word & already applying the "-y" butchery). It's a decent photo, by the way.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Cool, dude!

Missy said...

You were cute! I love the 80's and wish we could go back!

baygirl32 said...

I like schmaltz, its just one of those words that sounds cool (even without 3 undone buttons)

Just SO said...

So what ever happened with Christie Rudy? Lookin' good in the 80's my man. Lookin' good.

Elly Lou said...

Dodge ball is still used to torture terrorist detainees I'm pretty sure.

Artist and Geek said...

You had "thoughts" in Grade 9?

dbs said...

@LoC Thanks man.
@Vinny C Schmaltzy is even better than schmaltz and should be used frequently just 'cause it sounds great.
@Debra Too cool.
@Missy The 80s were memorable!
@baygirl32 I agree and I can't believe the lack of button use either.
@Just So I wonder where Christie Rudy is too. She moved away after our short-lived romance and I never saw her again. Sweet girl.
@Elly Lou Agreed. I think dodge ball may have been the impetus for bullying.
@Artist Yes indeed, albeit very fragmented thoughts (okay, mostly stream of consciousness followed by daydreaming).

Shana said...

You were rather cute in grade 9!! (I looked like a sheep dog)

Thanks for visiting and your comment!

I have been doing my family tree a lot lately. Must have something to do with not having my parents anymore!!

Take care

dbs said...

@Shana Thank you. We all had a sheep-dog phase if we grew up in the 70s or 80s.

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