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POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 24, 201-4 Page 13 by John Christoforo abb onno A Nostalgic Remembrance I must confess I ran away on New Year's Day. Recuper- ating in a warm climate is a lot better than hanging around in freezing weather watching the snow fall. As a result, the last couple of col- umns were penned in south- ern Florida and emailed back to the paper. I am doing much better and trying to get back to nor- mal, whatever normal is. I actually came home for a state council meeting for the Sons of Italy. I had missed the last couple of meetings and had to rely on the execu- tive director of the organiza- tion to cover me. I have a few appointments with medical teams that were involved with my operations, and once they are over with, I may head south again to warm up. I actually seem to recover faster in the tropics than at home. It probably is due to the fact that I'm in shorts and a T shirt. My newest shirt is a black one that says in big white letters, "I'm not yelling, I'm Italian." I love it. Growing up with Babbo- nonno, I discovered that he had a personal remedy for each of his problems. He had a sinus condition and had his own version of a neddy pot. He would heat salted water, scoop it with his hands to his face, inhale it and then spit it out. Another remedy he actu- ally tried was on me. I was running with a lead pencil in my right hand. I tripped and fell, and as I landed, the pencil stabbed me in the inside of my fore-arm. When I tried to get up, the lead broke off and I went running to Babbononno crying my young eyes out. He came up with a pair of tweezers and removed the lead. He then pulled out a wad of tobacco from his mouth that made his cheek bulge out. He pro- ceeded to cover my open wound with the tobacco and kept it in place by tying his handkerchief around my arm. I survived with no infections. Nanna and my mother, on the other hand, visited with the family doctor at least once or twice per month for whatever. The family doctor was actually the daughter of a paesano. Rose Jannini was either the first or second Italian American female doctor in the United States. When my mother wanted to continue with her education and was told by Babbononno that she had to go to work, she would point to Rose Jannini and state that her father sent her to college even though she was a female. Babbononno's ratio- nale for that was, "Signore Jannini doesn't have any sons, that's why his oldest daughter went to school." My mother had to live with this and never completed high school in spite of the fact t]aat she could look at a col- umn of numbers that were six across and twelve down and immediately give you the addition without writing anything down. When Morn and Nanna would meet with Dr. Jannini, they would both receive a superficial exam and then sit down to tea. Dr. Rose's sister, Laura, was her con- stant companion and took care of the domestic end of things. The visits were mainly bull sessions where the news of the day would go forth and be discussed. Babbononno and my father were the tough guys and seemed to never be sick. I think with Babbononno, that if he took time off from work (his day job) due to illness, he wouldn't get paid. Dad was in the same situation in his early days with the Boston Public Schools, no sick leave. If he couldn't play the night job with a band, a replacement would receive the night's pay. So, it seemed that my grandfather and father were never sick. I was lucky, even as a kid. I had the usual chicken pox and measles, but that was it. As an adult, a couple of colds per year were all I had to deal with. The first time I was in a hospital was when I had my tonsils taken out. The second time was when I had my nose rebuilt in 1965 (I couldn't breathe properly). Until recently, that was it. There was one point in time when I should have been hospitalized. I was driving home from school and didn't feel well. I was teaching at Hyde Park High School at the time and it was the middle of winter in 1970. I developed car trouble and called my father to get a ride home. I then called AAA for a tow. They were there before my father, and by the time Dad arrived, it had started to snow and I was cold. I had an apartment at the time, but Dad took one look at me and brought me to his house to have Morn look after me. I wound up falling asleep on their living room couch and would stay there for a week with pneu- monia. I knew I was sick when a tiny green image of a Cuban friend kept coming through the living room wall to see if I was OK. My tem- perature was so high, I was hallucinating. When I finally was able to get up, it was just before the February school vacation and I booked myself to spend the holiday week in South America. But, that's a story for another day. Was it that we were tougher than the genera- tions of today or was it that we just didn't know better? Nanna had problems from the 1940s on. During WWlI, she had a heart attack which would curtail her activities for the rest of her life. In the 1950s, she devel- oped breast cancer. The treatments back then were barbaric and she was often in pain. The cancer then attacked her lungs and in 1958 she passed away. Morn took after Babbo- nonno. She would read about different diseases and monthly have Dr. Jannini check her out to see if she had contracted them, but she remained healthy and made it to her late 90s, out- living almost all of her friends and relatives. Uncles Nick and Paul made it to their mid 90s before they cashed it in, and Uncle Gino, the last one from that generation in the family is 96, in good health with all of his faculties. Actually, he would hang around with me if his wife, my aunt Ninna would let him, but I think she feels that I would lead him astray and corrupt him. It's a few days ago and as I am composing this column, I can't see out of the window too well due to the snow that is falling. If this keeps up, I am going to head back to Florida and do my writing while sitting at pool side in a pair of shorts and the T shirt that says, "I'm not yell- ing, I'm Italian." GOD BLESS AMERICA LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given by TODISCO TOWING OF 94 CONDOR STREET, EAST BOSTON, MA pursuant to the provisions of Mass G.L. c 255, Section 39A that they will sell the following vehicles. Vehicles are being sold to satisfy their garage keeper's lien for towing, storage and notices of sale: 2002 TOYOTA TACOMA VIN #5TEWM72N02Z048679 2002 GMC ENVOY VIN #1GKD5135X72290247 2000 cHEVY IMPALA VIN #2G1WF55EXY9115483 1996 FORD F-150 VIN #2FTHF36H7TCA69376 1999 TOYOTA CAMRY S VIN #2T1CG22PXXC199976 1998 TOYOTA CAMRY VIN #4T1BG22K6WU220657 2002 ACURA CL - VIN #19UYA42462A005340 2009 CHEVY IMPALA VIN #2G1WB57N891157434 2000 HONDA ACCORD VIN #1HGCG3253YA012170 2004 ACURA MDX VIN #2HNYD18994H542642 2002 NISSAN MAXIMA VIN #JN1DA31A02T315912 1999 LEXUS ES300 VIN #JT8BF28G5X5071274 1997 TOYOTA AVALON VIN #4T1BF12B5VU 186576 2005 FORD FOCUS VIN #1FAFP34N85W130289 1998 ACURA INTEGRA VIN #JH4DC4457WS002233 1999 ACURA TL BLUE VIN #19UUA5659XA023197 1988 MAZDA RX-7 VIN #JM1 FC3316J0621333 The above vehicles will be sold at auction online only at TOWLOT.COM and is open to everyone. Run dates: 1/24, 1/31, 2/7/2014 For more ~formation call 617-227-8929 / Socially Scene (Continued main objective is fixing Joe. He has to if he wants this relationship to work. Joe's talent for turning real life struggles into comedic gems quickly landed him appear- ances on the most sought after TV and radio shows including as a regular on E network's Chelsea Lately. Godfrey Godfrey will per- form February 6t~-8~. Godfrey is one of the hottest come- dians in town. His one man show, The Godfrey Complex, was a major hit at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal. GQ Magazine re- cently said that Godfrey "is set to be one of the biggest performers in the U.S. in 12 months," following his run at the festival. Godfrey has per- formed on Late Night with Jimmy FaUon and recently starred in his own one-hour special for Comedy Central, Godfrey: Black By Accident. Colin Jost will take stage February 13th through the 15th. Jost was born and raised in Staten Island, NY. He has performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show, Funny As Hell for HBO Canada and the Just for Laughs Comedy Festivals in Montreal and Chicago. After graduating from Harvard University where he served as president of the Harvard Lampoon, Colin was hired as a writer for Saturday Night Live. He is currently their head writer and filmed an upcoming role in the Lorne Michaels produced film, Staten Island Summer, which Colin also wrote. Laugh Boston is the stand- up brother to Improv Asylum, Boston's improv & sketch comedy theater located in the North End. Laugh Bos- ton is owned by Chet Hard- ing & Norm Laviolette of Improv Asylum and John Tobin of Theatre District Productions. Laugh Boston opened the doors to its 300-seat state- of-the-art comedy theater in September of 2013. The ~enue features premier stand-up comedy, including a weekly show called Boston Accents, as well as national acts. Laugh Boston is located in Boston's Seaport District in the Westin Seaport Waterfront Hotel directly across from the Boston Con- vention and Exhibition Cen- ter. Laugh Boston has stand- up shows every Wednesday through Saturday night. Over the past few years, and as theater operators and performers, the Laugh Bos- ton ownership team noticed a dearth of stand-up venues in Boston in the mid-level range. While there are a few remaining clubs in the I00- 150 capacity, there remains a gap with no mid-range club. Because of that gap, the comedy scene has suffered greatly. A good portion of national names and cer- tainly regional and local stars, do not have the abil- ity to "sell" a larger theater. As a direct result of the gap in Boston's market, the per- formers are forced to work in other cities and industries, such as convention appear- ances and cruise ships. This has been well awaited here in the city of BostonT A from Page 9) Joe Matarase will take the stage at the new comedy club Laugh Boston on January 30th-February Ist. (Photo courtesy of cringehumor.net) state of the art, legit comedy club to host a great night out in the city! Laugh Bos- ton is located at 425 Sum- mer Street Boston in the Westin Waterfront and can be reached at 617-72- LAUGH. You can visit www.laughboston.com for more information on upcom- ing actsYl" A Tasty Treat to/Compli- ment Your Time in'the City ,,. This week instead of just recommending a restaurant I thought I would include one that is host to an interest- ing ongoing event at the Fairmont Battery Warf. A winter terrace of gourmet s'mores, specialty hot choco- late and warming cocktails all winter long. Outdoor dining is not usually synonymous with winter in Boston, however, for intrepid diners, Fairmont ~attery Wharf has opened its utdoor terrace to create a cozy winter escape along the waterfront. The terrace fea- tures lounging couches and Adirondack chairs, cozy blan- kets, fire pits and heat lamps to ensure a comfort- able experience. Perfect for beginning or ending a night out, the Winter Terrace menu fea- tures light fare cooked over open flame at the Aragosta fire pits. The menu features gourmet campfire S'Mores featuring marshmallows, graham crackers and the choice of chocolate, peanut :butter cups or sliced banana. For a more savory option, Gruyere fondue is accompa- nied by a platter of air dried salami, cherry peppers and crusty ciabatta bread. The comfortable atmo- sphere of the Winter Terrace provides the ideal environ- ment to sip on a warming cocktail. The menu contains a variety of featured fire pit cocktails, including the rum cobbler, a combination of Pyrat Rum, apple and honey puree and black walnut bit- ters; the whiskey warmer, comprised of Rye 1 Whiskey steeped hot with apple spiced tea; or spiked hot chocolate, a blend of Bellagio chocolate with the option of Godiva, Bailey's or Kahlua, and topped with Grand Marnier Whipped Cream. The Winter Terrace is open every night from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm and reservations are required. For more info call 617-994- 9000 or visit fairmont.com/ batterywharf-boston.