Fat Tuesday.

How we do it in the D. (Belch.)

Posted at 3:17 pm in Video |

24 responses to “Fat Tuesday.”

  1. ashley said on February 5, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Wow. Just wow. I had this buildup, then you showed the donut, post-bite. It was…a donut.

    BTW, we have the same stove.

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  2. nancy said on February 5, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    Yep. It’s a donut. We’re easily pleased in February around here.

    Why are you even at your computer? Why aren’t you screaming SHOW US YOUR TITS at passersby?

    BTW, if you tip off the Meters that I used their song, I’m going to tell them you gave it to me.

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  3. Dave K. said on February 5, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    Nice story, Nancy. Richard’s Bakery on Wells St. in Ft. Wayne has been advertising “Paczki-Tues. Feb. 5”, on their sidewalk sign since December. I took a picture and e-mailed it to my son, Adam Kobiela, and his fiance, Helena Urbaniak, in Clinton Township just to say, “See, you don’t have to live in Detroit to get good Polish treats, and I won’t have to wait in line”.

    I had a 6:00 am meeting and therefore did not get to Richard’s until noon. The paczki were GONE! (I settled for a peanut butter cookie).

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  4. ashley said on February 5, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    I’m at the computer, ’cause I was out and about at 6:00 to see the Zulu king. After that 5+ hours, it was nap time for kiddies. I’m going back out later.

    And ZIgaboo won’t believe that I gave it to you.

    BTW, when is Mardi Gras in the Fort this year? June?

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  5. basset said on February 5, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    just going by that first image I thought it was some kind of charity situation, people getting free clothes in a church basement maybe. that is one nasty-looking bakery.

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  6. alex said on February 5, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Omifkngod. It just hit me. This is your column if you could have clicked on it and had video and audio. It’s a different form of literacy where spelling, grammar and punctuation don’t matter (as it was for those who majored in telecom instead of j-school), but the focus is on the subject at hand and not hair and nails.

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  7. Joe K said on February 5, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    Nice job Nancy,
    I have to agree with alex on this one.
    It is like a live telling tales.
    POLSKA, forever.
    I due miss my great grandmother Blaski’s cooking, that woman could due a ham that would kill.
    us Pollocks due love to eat.
    Joe K

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  8. Jeff said on February 5, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    I just have to share my joy — if you click to my blogspot blog, i’ve posted some pictures from my joyous religious pilgrimage last Sunday (getting ready for Lent, like they’re doing in NOLA), to the house where “A Christmas Story” was filmed.

    An unexpected benefit was learning that four blocks away half the exteriors of “The Deer Hunter” were filmed. I got lost looking for W. 11th, and drove past a building that i coulda swore was the grocery store where Meryl Streep worked, then the dance hall for the reception, and saw the Orthodox cathedral down Starkweather . . . when i was talking to the curator of the “A Christmas Story” museum and asked, she said “Well, we don’t usually get into “Deer Hunter” stories, ‘cuz it isn’t a good fit with our usual crowd coming here — but yeah, that’s the neighborhood over there where they filmed everything that wasn’t in Mingo Junction.”

    What a great film combo for a film festival in a decaying steel mill — “The Deer Hunter” and “A Christmas Story.” I’d go, anyhow.

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  9. basset said on February 6, 2008 at 12:55 am

    >It’s a different form of literacy where spelling, grammar and punctuation don’t matter (as it was for those who majored in telecom instead of j-school)

    >but the focus is on the subject at hand and not hair and nails.

    well, you’re right about the “different form of literacy” part anyway. but I see a couple of often-repeated and honestly really tiresome stereotypes right after that.

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  10. Danny said on February 6, 2008 at 1:45 am

    Look at the bright side, basset. At least you don’t have to put up with lawyer jokes.

    I’ve been up watching the election coverage. I’m amazed they were able to call CA so quickly. BTW, in case you all were wondering, I ended up going to my polling place. And yes, the meth-addict, ex-con and mom were all there and greeted me with cheerful chit-chat. Oh, well. Nothing was close in CA. Even if they threw out the box with my vote, it would not have mattered one way or the other.

    Mary, I can’t believe that Prop 92 is going to fail. And I am disappointed 93 is passing, but not surprised. It was deceitfully worded.

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  11. Danny said on February 6, 2008 at 2:17 am

    Uh, change 92 to 91 above.

    And it looks like 93 won’t pass. Maybe I need to sleep.

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  12. alex said on February 6, 2008 at 7:15 am

    Actually, Basset, I am trading in some bad stereotypes there. It’s just that one of our local TV news personalities recently began a blog that lives up to them. Nance is one of the commenters there. Inside joke. No hurt feelings intended.

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  13. basset said on February 6, 2008 at 8:04 am

    didn’t take it that way really, I’m just kinda tender about it after twenty years in the business… got very extremely tired of people assuming I was liberal, shallow, and fixated on my personal appearance because I was in tv news.

    so, for that and other reasons I got out of the business, got a spokesman gig with the local school district, and total strangers assumed I was corrupt, shallow, and lazy because I worked in the central office. ah well.

    that was a difficult job. 24/7 pager for nine and a half years, and open season from anyone who wanted to bitch about something. grocery store, car wash, day care, if you had a problem I was there to unload on. even got it out of town… in the boarding line at the Houston airport, coming back from vacation, several days’ beard, t-shirt and cutoffs, some woman stomps up to me and starts jumping my shit about some problem her kid was having. come ON…

    hell, I was on a train in Alaska once and noticed this woman staring at me, she finally came over… “you’re that school guy, right?”


    at least she was nice, lived in the next county and just wanted to talk.

    scary for awhile last night, here on the edge of Nashville… wave of tornadoes, lots of damage, people killed north of the city. we had about a thirty-foot white pine knocked over in the yard and lost a few shingles, no big deal.

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  14. basset said on February 6, 2008 at 8:08 am

    all that said… Nance, that was a pretty good piece, keep going.

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  15. MichaelG said on February 6, 2008 at 9:13 am

    That was a really fun vid, Nance. We want more. I was especially primed for this one because the lady who runs the bakery was interviewed yesterday (Tues) AM on NPR. She claimed tradition has it that the watchacallits were made to use up all the fat that had accumulated over the winter so it wouldn’t spoil in the coming summer heat. I know. It sounds that way to me too.

    I didn’t have much riding on any of the props in CA except that I did want the indian gambling ones to go down. They were about nothing but more money and power for a very few already rich and powerful indians. And it is gambling, not gaming.

    Your career path is a well trodden one here in Sacto, Basset. For years I’ve been seeing TV news people disappear from their TV jobs and turn up two weeks later as spokesindividuals for an endless number of utilities, state agencies, big businesses, etc. Some of them return to the news desk after a few years. It hints that the TV news bidness is not an easy ride.

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  16. brian stouder said on February 6, 2008 at 9:35 am

    It hints that the TV news bidness is not an easy ride.

    Here in Fort Wayne, the local morning anchor at channel 15 recently had a house fire; totally destroyed her home. This has lead to a surprisingly interesting series of reports (only quibble – the predictably sappy music throughout the reports).

    She reported that she rose at 2:15 am ‘as usual’, and got ready and went to work – leaving her sleeping family behind. Later on, at the station, she heard the tones on the scanner, and the fire dispatch – and then HER address – captivating stuff, especially coupled with the video images of her totally destroyed home. (the smoke alarm went off, and her family called the fire department and escaped, unscathed)

    But the thing that really struck me was the part about getting up every day at 2:15 am!

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  17. Danny said on February 6, 2008 at 9:52 am

    Interesting, Michael. I too voted against the gambling props. I figured why let that stuff get even more of a foothold in our politics. It can’t be good.

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  18. beb said on February 6, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    Despite the large Polish contingent in the South Bend/Mishawaka (Ind) area, I never heard of pacazki before moving to Detroit. In S.B. the Poles celebrated Fat Tuesday with a pancake breakfast for Democrat politicans. I gather in recent years the Republicans have begun complaining about being left off of the schmooozing.

    Of course, as a non-Catholic, the whole concept of Fat Tuesday went right over me head.

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  19. nancy said on February 6, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    It hints that the TV news bidness is not an easy ride.

    No, it’s not, and particularly for women. At 40, you really have a decision to make: Stay in, and reconcile yourself to ongoing plastic surgery coupled with rear-guard action against the young babes coming up, or get out and hope your face still opens doors in the private sector. For all the grief I give local TV news here, I have to salute at least the non-Fox affiliates for keeping a few older women on the payroll. One seems to be on WXYZ every night, doing standups from some blood-slick crime scene or another, but my guess is, she keeps her job by being fast, low-key and competent. Because she is.

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  20. alex said on February 6, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Here in the Fort you can be a hagged-out old broad in TV news if you’re married to a politician. I can think of two, one present and one former.

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  21. MichaelG said on February 6, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    Here in Sacto the main anchor team on the highest rated station are a husband and wife named Dave Walker and Lois Hart who have been around since before ever. They worked here in Sacto long, long ago and then went to CNN. Their claim to everlasting trivia fame is that they were the very first faces to appear on screen when CNN began broadcasting back in whenever. I agree that it must be much more difficult for women. Just ask Christine Craft. Lois Hart on KCRA is obviously of a certain age. According to Wikipedia she turned 58 yesterday. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lois_Hart . An old pro, she competes as you observed: “by being fast, low-key and competent”.

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  22. ashley said on February 6, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    I remember Walker and Hart. Without looking at Wikipedia, I think Walker had a prosthetic leg or sumtin. Of course, if I do CNN reminiscing, I think of Bella Shaw in leather, and that’s not good for anybody.

    We have an anchor at WWL in New Orleans, Angela Hill, who’s been there over 30 years. She used to anchor with her hubby, Garland Robinette, who’s best known for being on the other side of the mic for Ray Nagin’s “pardon my French” speech. She’ll be there until she doesn’t want to be there, I guess. I wouldn’t characterize her as fast, low-key, and competent, but rather, New Orleanians are resistent to change. Her co-anchor used to be Hoda Kotb, who is fast, low-key, and competent.

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  23. basset said on February 6, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    CNN? Hair and nails? Two words…

    Sasha Foo.

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  24. brian stouder said on February 7, 2008 at 9:41 am

    two more words – Candy Crowley (mighta spelled her surname wrong). She’s about as glamorous as Aunt Bea, but when she reports, I listen

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