Sunday, February 18, 2007

Happy Birthday To LogoPhile: I give my life to you

Yes, Logo. I dedicate my....uh....POST to you.
For you are toit. Toit like a toiga. Toit like a garden
roll from my favorite Vietnamese restaurant.

Being a true logophile,
you know how to pronounce Pho (Fuh). I love to eat Pho.
I will eat the Pho out of a bowl. Round, round, Pho around,
I Pho around. It is always a pleasure to get the Pho outta there.
Sorry I don't have an actual photo of the Pho I ate.
Not very interesting. The owner explained that since the locals
don't have a taste for the more exotic Pho ingredients,
he no longer offers the tendon and tripe that I require of my Pho.
Pho that, I said. He nodded politely.

I now introduce you to my dad. The Honorable
Gawpo, Sr. Check out the cordless phone action.
Mrs. Gawpo, Sr. has no need of spending extra
on those vee neck t-shirts. Check out the size
of that lemon. Yes, it's a lemon. (No, Katie, we are not
from Texas.) The actual lemon that is buried
under that Civil Defense approved layer of pith is about
the size of an orange. But it is good and lemony. The
fruit of this poor lemon is possible to eat. Check out
the pan of Sicilian sausage (salsiccia) my father made.
He bought a meat grinder from Cabela's and it works like
a champ.

These are Scotch Bonnets. You don't wear them. You eat them.
And then you die. Mr. Gawpo, Sr. grows these. They really, really work.

These are all cell phone pictures. This is me over
the local estuary.

Argh.......From my night as a Pirate and Emcee of our County Extravaganza.

Logolicious has already seen this one. She sent me
special coffee. The deal was that I had to wear heels
for a week. It's been two weeks and I still have them on.

Logo, if you ever visit, I have party snacks
set aside just for you.......

Now some shots of what I did this weekend......

Recognize these boots? They are made for bugging

Speaking of bugs, here she is: cute as one, to be sure.

I will bring Betsy with me in March. Those eyes.
Those lips. That lack of a body. GAWD, she's HAWGHT!!!!

This is my stupid human trick. I find that Sierra Mist
goes well with my olive Mediterranean complexion (spelling
is for Blue TSG). Photo courtesy of Tom through the sunroof
of the family Vulva. I mean Volvo. Sorry. Cindra was sleeping.

We were in guitar heaven. We saw teency-weency Martin
ukuleles no bigger than Tom's thumb. Okay, not really.
But that was funny.

We felt as though we were touring the guitar section
at the Smithsonian with Blue The Spa Girl.
But we weren't. These guitars were all waiting
for adoption. They looked at us with their lonely,
longing stares. They promised us, if we would be so kind
as to take them home, we could do so, no strings attached.
As much as Tom and I struggled to make a choice,
we just couldn't pick. We were beginning to fret.
The red guitar on the left started strumming our pain with its fingerboard,
but Tom and I felt so much tension that we said, "Nuts to this"
and left.

Tres trees...........the first one has a nest.

Finally, I leave you with one of my favorite culinary inventions: Cherry tomatoes and milk. You can substitute the milk with half and half or condensed milk. Enjoy!

Happy Birthday, Dear Logo. I hope you have enjoyed my POST as much as I have enjoyed giving it to you.


At Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 3:04:00 PM PST , Blogger grumblemurray said...

OMG! I so want to be your dad when I grow up. He's adorable!

At Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 4:13:00 PM PST , Blogger goldennib said...

Your Dad has the most amazing hair I have ever seen.

Tomatoes in milk?

You are so in tune with Tom.

I loved all of your pictures.

You and Ms. Logo such like some weird food.

At Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 4:46:00 PM PST , Blogger Blue the Spa Girl said...

Gawpo. I am speechless. What a fantastic birthday post for Logo.
I never knew of Pho. Do they have that at the Smithsonian? You know everything I am interested in has been archived and put behind security glass.
I do adore you with those cans on your head.
I will come back in about an hour to read this again, as there is much to absorb!

At Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 8:01:00 PM PST , Blogger snavy said...

1st - happy birthday to Logo!!

2nd - Do not even tell me that you were talking a picture of yourself with a cell phone while you were flying a PLANE?????

At Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 8:20:00 PM PST , Blogger Logophile said...

Aaaaaaw, what a fabulous birfday post!
I'm looking forward to meeting Betsy, and I LOVE the Sierra Mist look, baby, its soooo you!
Thank you for the warning about snack time in Gawpo land,
*writing down in notebook, "Bring your own snacks"*
You are the very bestest evah, mwah!
Thanks too for the Marilyn Monroe birthday song, you are so sweet to me.
Looks like a great weekend, man.
Can't wait to see how much trouble we can get into together when you come spend one up here :D

At Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 8:21:00 PM PST , Blogger Candace said...

Wow - my head is spinning, there is so much here to love! Of course the guitar section really struck a chord with me.

Is it possible to buy guitars with smaller necks? Or to have larger hands grafted onto my wrists? Because I'm having some serious trouble getting my fingers wrapped around the neck and then origamied into some semblance of chord-making position. Or maybe playing the guitar is just meant to be really, really hard.

I have pictures that will make you never need coconut oil again, and also cause you to invest heavily in tissues/towels/other mopping up devices. But I need your email addy if you don't mind sharing it with a possibly insane lanyard-wielding chick. I'll show you mine if you show me yours. Mine is:

milkmaidenster at gmail dot com


At Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 9:33:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

First Order Of Business: Should anyone care to email Gawpo:

Second Order Of Bees Wax:

Grumblemurray: If you ever actually met my dad, you would increase your emulations tenfold. He exudes energy and humor. He kisses me on the lips and embraces me fiercely when I arrive and when we part. I love him. Everyone loves him.

Goleniensis Nibbicumsicus: (getting even with Blue for suggesting that I shorten names!) No, dear. Not just tomatoes in milk. CHERRY tomatoes in milk. Get it right. It's not the same any other way! Try it. THEN knock it. Cuz believe me, you will. But I like it. Ms. Logo takes no part in my exotic tastes. I simply co-opt her. She just enjoys being co-opted.

Blue TSG: I too knew not of the ways of the Pho. Until I went to a Vietnamese restaurant and watched every single Vietnamese person in the joint eating their huge bowls of soup. I had the regular stir fried noo-doo the first day, but the following day I asked for instructions. I will never go back to anything if Pho is available! I can do three cans on my head. Photo to follow some day.

Snavy: Yep. Do it all the time. Here's the deal: ATC (Air Traffic Control (usually Seattle Center) has me on radar and provides separation. That doesn't mean that I quit scanning for traffic. But it means I can snap a picture or take some video for few secs. I know that the controllers will alert me of any traffic when it is still many miles out. But I still scan, scan, scan. And yes, that is a self portrait.

Logo: Queen of the Day! You are so welcome for the Marilyn Monroe sultry song. I just hope you enjoyed my post. Keep praying for good flying weather!

Candacia: I knew you were good for a pun or two. How'd I miss that one? Are you playing a nylon string guitar? They are much fatter. Steel strings hurt a lot more until you get your callouses. Just ask Amander. I have an older Yamaha FG-110 that they call a "three quarter box." It is smaller and my hand fits around the neck nicely. Look for something like that. And email me so we can go into more detail, K? K! And be sure to send me those pictures that will disabuse me of the need for coconut oil ever again. Can't wait.

Love to all!

At Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 9:34:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...



At Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 10:14:00 PM PST , Blogger Ps said...

Loved those tress.Loved the picture of your dad.Loved that huge lemon.Loved the picture of that little bug.
Do you play the guitar as well?
Loved this post :-)

At Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 11:10:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Ps: LOVE that you loved it all!
Yes. I do.
And where's my letter from my new nephew?

At Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 11:21:00 PM PST , Anonymous Jackie said...

Okay. Am just going to say "Happy Birthday, Logo". There isn't anything else I can add. Well, other than, Gawpo - seriously - consider professional help.

At Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 11:44:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Jackie: Yeah, I know. Heh-heh. What else COULD you say? Oh, and just so you know, the siding guy has been doing this for many years. He's a pro through and through.

At Monday, February 19, 2007 at 5:48:00 AM PST , Blogger ARM said...

Gawpo!! Love the pictures! What a great way to start my Monday. Your dad's hair is pretty much the coolest thing I've seen in awhile. I love it!

The guitars are awesome (as are your hilarious guitar-sytle puns)!

And, as I told Cindra, I LOVE Bonnie baby's goulashes! Thanks for sharing your pictures! Oh, and I'm going to e-mail you now since you posted your e-mail above. But I will reciprocate: (it will also auto-forward to my work e-mail).

At Monday, February 19, 2007 at 7:44:00 AM PST , Blogger Mr. Fabulous said...

I choose to believe that you do not really consume cherry tomatoes in milk, because to believe that would cause my world to collapse in upon itself...

At Monday, February 19, 2007 at 9:10:00 AM PST , Anonymous Quilly said...

Huh, I thought your dad's hair was likely proof he had a hair-raising child.

hose can't be Scotch Bonnets, the plae isn't melting.

No one would ever take you seriously as a pirate, especially with your hand on your hip like that. You were wearing the high heels, too, weren't you?

And, of course, Happy Birthday, Logo!

At Monday, February 19, 2007 at 9:38:00 AM PST , Anonymous Kat said...

Mutant lemons and guitar puns (that were very good), what is not to love about this post! I can so see you as a pirate.

At Monday, February 19, 2007 at 9:46:00 AM PST , Blogger somewhere joe said...

If you turn your head, and the soda cans, to line up with the interplanetary magnetic data stream, you should be able to blog wirelessly directly into our minds...

At Monday, February 19, 2007 at 12:41:00 PM PST , Blogger Candace said...

I forgot to say how much I liked the pirate getup. OK, I'll email you. But your email story is fishy. (wrong one, broken, blah blah) I suspect that's a red herring address because you fear my psychopathic stalkings.

At Monday, February 19, 2007 at 1:44:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Arm: Aren't they all just the sweetest? I love them so much. Glad you liked the pics. I just shot you off an email.

Mr. Fabulous: Welcome to your (collapsed) world. It's true, Dude. Try it.

Quilly: M R 2 Scotch Bonnets. C dem little feet? O S A R.

Yeah, I know. That "sachet left" makes the other pirates roll their eye.

Somewhere Joe: Wait till you see me do it with three. They arc.

Candace: Thank you. I liked being a pirate for a day. Email story? Fishy? Glad you CAUGHT that.

At Monday, February 19, 2007 at 3:00:00 PM PST , Blogger Blue the Spa Girl said...

Headless Chiing Chang Anchovy.

(awkward silence)

Fut the wuck?

At Monday, February 19, 2007 at 3:34:00 PM PST , Anonymous Quilly said...

Gawpo -- I'd tell you that I think you are a very strange man, but I don't want you to think I am making a pass.

At Monday, February 19, 2007 at 3:48:00 PM PST , Blogger Candace said...

Do you think they sell the heads in a separate tin? ^_^

Nice LINE, G. ^_^

At Monday, February 19, 2007 at 3:53:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Blue TSG: Yes, you can't get them with the heads any more. Mad anchovy disease, you know. Buns of sitches don't know it won't kill you. It only makes you mildly sick.

Quilly: Go on, say it. Say it. Please?

Candace: I wish they did, Candace. I wish they did. (and glad I hooked you with that LINE.)

At Monday, February 19, 2007 at 3:56:00 PM PST , Blogger grumblemurray said...

I was sure you were kidding about the tomatoes and milk. I'm still not sure you're not kidding. But having never tried it, I won't presume to know what it's like, despite my instinct being that the fabric of spacetime would turn inside out if it were true, as Mr. Fab suggests.

People have thought me strange when reporting my love of combinations such as cheese and apple, cheese and honey, raisins and Vegemite, raisins and almost anything else, Vegemite and honey, cheese and Vegemite, and so on.

You never know till you try it. But still... my universe feels very unstable right now, at the thought of this concoction of yours.

At Monday, February 19, 2007 at 4:18:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Grumblemurray: You are not the only one. And I hate to tell you this, but I am enjoying a tall glass right this very instant. Even as I type this, I am splitting seeds in a medium of bovine lactation. Yummers!

At Monday, February 19, 2007 at 4:19:00 PM PST , Blogger Candace said...

You know, yoghurt and tomatoes or cukes works with curry, so maybe the milky tomato thing could work. Still kinda waiting for you to make us all feel like fools for buying this. ^_^

At Monday, February 19, 2007 at 5:15:00 PM PST , Anonymous cindra said...

Knowing Gawpo as I do, I would be happy...HAPPY, I tell you...if this were the strangest stuff he consumed...this looks like a joke, but you never any rate, it is way better than most of what he eats for real, trust me.

At Monday, February 19, 2007 at 5:32:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

UGH! I never got the milk and Pepsi that LaVern drank. I hated the idea of that. Is that really something people do? I still haven't tried it. Don't know why I tried cherry tomatoes and milk in the first place. But when I did it, I liked it. For me, it is best when it's been sitting long enough to get to be room temperature. I have everyone I work with trained. They all know that when I put food away, I put it up on a shelf and not in the fridge. I like it like that. Usually, I don't even heat it in the microwave. Yes, I do cover it with plastic wrap. I just finished my glass of cherry tomatoes and milk. It was delicious. Think of gaspacho, but warmer, and not really gaspacho.

At Monday, February 19, 2007 at 9:26:00 PM PST , Anonymous neva (aka "snuppy") said...

well, all i can say is, uh... actually, i can't think of anything to say, but this: your birthday ode-to-Logo post rocked! oh, i confess to being a mite disturbed by those tomatoes in that milk, but overall, i give it a high score for looks/content/enthusiasm. especially because it honors such a fine and fabulous woman. well done! xox

At Monday, February 19, 2007 at 10:19:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

neva (snuppers!!!!) Howdy! Hulloh! And welcome!!! Gawpo dig what you say. I am pickin' up what you're puttin' down, girlfren. (please tell me you're a girl....) Isn't she just the BEST? I love her so much. Okay, here's the scoop on the cherry tomatoes and milk---it freaks everybody out. You are not alone. You are accompanied by the masses. Someone at work today told me that Fritos and milk are supposed to be good. I will try that tomorrow. I like your scoring. You liked the beat and found it easy to dance to. Great. See you here soon, I do so hope. G

At Monday, February 19, 2007 at 10:21:00 PM PST , Anonymous Kat said...

Okay fine, just ignore me Gawpo... just why does your father grow something that can kill you?

At Monday, February 19, 2007 at 10:45:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Kat: Oh! My! GAWD, Magnum!!! I totally missed you. Okay, let's get to it, girlfren. Here's the deal. My father has always liked peppers. He used to grow some fairly hot ones that all of his brothers and the whole family used to sprinkle liberally on the spaghetti. Well, somehow he got hold of some Jabenero seeds. Coly How! Those puppies (hello, Neva. are your ears burning?) are amazing in their own right. What we do is take a fork and actually count the individual flakes on the tines. He can take a lot of heat, and he only counts out about seven flakes. I went big and took twelve last time I was down there. I can't describe what happens to your body when you start to feel the heat. It isn't really a burning sensation that you notice. It is a sort of tickle that shoots throughout your entire body. It is pervasive and endorphin rich. Amazing. But the Scotch Bonnets don't seem to do that. You can eat the entire meat of the Bonnet pepper itself and it tastes like a sweet bell pepper. UNTIL YOU GET TO THE SEPTUM-LIKE SEPARATIONS DOWN BY THE SEEDS. Then you die. We don't eat them unless we make sure we go to a Benny Hinn revival so he can raise us from the dead.

At Monday, February 19, 2007 at 10:47:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Kat: Or were you talking about the huge lemon?

At Tuesday, February 20, 2007 at 10:06:00 AM PST , Blogger bazza27 said...

That's some post Gawpo, your dad sure looks like a fun guy.

At Tuesday, February 20, 2007 at 11:06:00 AM PST , Anonymous Kat said...

I can't believe your blog ate my comment on the perfect mate for you! Interesting info about those hot peppers.

At Tuesday, February 20, 2007 at 11:26:00 AM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Bazza: We all refer to my mom and dad as "The Fun Couple." But it's my dad who has all the zip.

Kat: SEND IT AGAIN! I can't wait to hear how weird she will be.

At Tuesday, February 20, 2007 at 5:25:00 PM PST , Blogger Katie McKenna said...

It ate my post??!!!

At Wednesday, February 21, 2007 at 1:14:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Katie: So, you ate your post. You said you ate your post over there on Cindra's page and then she said something like "Oh, noooooooooooo...etc" and so I wondered what that meant, eating your post. Now if you had said that Blogger had eaten your post, well, that's something I might have gotten. I was just wondering if I should eat MY post, if you wind up telling me you liked how your post tasted. In the mean time, it's cherry tomatoes and milk.

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