August 26, 2011

Stories with Choey

I have a sil and bil that own a restaurant on the shore in NJ. She is struggling to get him to evac. I get it... it's HIS business he started from the ground up. He built this business. He is sick at leaving it.

I get it.

Hopefully he'll be OK. It is a Cat 1... maybe a TS. We'll see...
Off that...


Funny story about Joe... (I'm sure I'll have hurricane blogging tomorrow. Hurray! Heh.)

Joe is difficult to understand on a good day at best. I don't know what it is... but he mumbles some, doesn't enunciate well using a very heavy New Jersey Italian type dialect, leaves out words and uses a ton of pronouns when speaking of people and it's difficult to differentiate which person belongs to what pronoun.

I swear this conversation happened three nights ago when my husband and I went to visit him in Rehab. (Joe is doing GREAT, btw.)

Me: So do you know hunhead's mother's mother's maiden name?

Joe: Yeah, let me tink. She was an Esposito.

Hunhead: That's what I thought.

Joe: We called her Katie.

Me: Who? (Trying to figure out if he called her Mom Katie, or her Katie and I never knew...)

Joe: Her Mom. We called her Katie. She was lovely, she was. She had a brudder named George. George... mumble mumble... real summabitch, hung out wit my uncle Gus. Da two o dem. Both real summabitches.

Me: *blink*

Hunhead: summabitches, huh? *Doing this Italian gesture with his hands to make Joe laugh*

Joe: Yeah. Nice wives da two o dem had. mumble mumble. lovers. mumble mumble.



Joe: Nice wives.... but dey did dem wrong dey did. *scowling* I never understood it.

OK. So what did you read this conversation as? I left puzzled, and thinking I'd just heard some 1940s rendition of Broke Back New Jersey. I was stunned.

I went back the next day to see him, but with a mission to clarify this, because it just didn't seem right.

Me: George was Katie's brother?

Joe: Yeah.

Me: He was a real summabitch?

Joe: *scowling* Yeah. He had a nice wife. Dey had tree kids. Nice kids. But it wadn't good enough for him.

Me: And he hung out with your Uncle Gus?

Joe: Yeah. He was anoder one of dem.

Me: summabitches?

Joe: *looking over at me in disgust* Yeah, summabitches. Dey tink we don't know what's goin' on? (Picture here, I'm slowing inhaling, preparing for hearing one of the biggest sordid stories of the 40s... part of my husband's families history.) One of my aunts told me one day and we saw it. Taking dose girls down to... da shore. Tinkin' nobody would know. Nice wives and families dey had. But no, dey was whoremasters.

Me: *blink*

Whoremasters? I nearly frickin' spit.

Joe: HOORmasters. It wan't right wat dey did. Hooring around wit good wives at home....

And so it came out, that George and Gus catted around on their wives, knowing where to take the girls far out of town so nobody would see them, but Joe knew all about it as did the rest of the family.

And in the next breath, he told me about the wonderful salami that George's wife would serve at supper for the family and I got infinite detail on all the food.

Crazy stuff... he tells me the funniest stuff. Just... half the time I don't understand it! It takes hearing it a few times before I can piece it together.

As for the title, when my husband and his brother are with Joe, they call him Choe or Choey. It's just how Joe says Joe... Choe, but they exaggerate it. It's kind of funny. He always laughs.

Posted by Boudicca at August 26, 2011 10:16 PM

You never know what you'll hear...many years ago I was at the funeral for a great-great aunt. I always knew her as dainty and prim. But then some of the older relatives remembered back in the 30s when she shot at the prostitute her husband had been with. I always felt she went after the wrong person.

Posted by: Mrs. Who at August 27, 2011 08:20 AM

... I love it.... I love talking to my relatives who have arrived at that age where they'll say absolutely anything just because they don't care anymore!....

Posted by: Eric at August 27, 2011 11:10 AM

So glad to hear he is doing well. Good job, Bou! :D

Posted by: PeggyU at August 27, 2011 11:56 PM