Monday, October 13, 2014

LDL 10/14/14

This may seem like Monday, after yesterday's holiday, but it's Tuesday and time for this month's LDL!

Unfortunately, your handsome, lovable, and modest, webmaster is way up here in Virginia, right outside Washington (Disneyland East) and have never had the pleasure of attending any of those "jumping and jiving" LDL's.

But I hear that the conversations and witty retorts rival those of the celebrated Algonquin Round Table group of New York City writers, critics, actors and wits. Gathering initially as part of a practical joke they met for lunch each day at the Algonquin Hotel from 1919 until roughly 1929. At these luncheons they engaged in wisecracks, wordplay and witticisms that, through the newspaper columns of Round Table members, were disseminated across the country.
The Oak Room (Round Table Room)

The story is told that one afternoon, Round Table member Edna Ferber arrived at The Algonquin in a new suit similar to the one Noel Coward was wearing. “You look almost like a man,” Coward said as he greeted her. “So do you,” replied Ferber.

I think some of the best quotes that survived were by Dorothy Parker:

Dorothy Parker
Answering her boss on not turning up to work:

"Tell him that someone was using my pencil."

"The first thing I do every morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue.

And. of course, probably her most famous was her tombstone request:

"Pardon my Dust."

The Algonquin Hotel is still there at 59 West 44th Street in Manhattan and, I believe, is now owned by Marriott.  The Round Table group never called themselves by that name.  They called themselves the Vicious Circle.

But that was then, and this is now and there's not a sharp tongue within a 100 mile radius of our LDL lunches!  Only, fine Southern Manners and class and old and new friends reminding us of our almost unequalled blessings!

This month's "LDL" (Let's do lunch) will be held on
Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 11:30 AM
at "Jimmies" Restaurant in Mint Hill.

This is your personal invitation to join us. Spread the word! Invite other classmates to come! Even better, BRING someone with you! Be sure YOU, come!