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POST-GAZETTE, JUNE PAGE 13 abb?]nonno by John Christoforo A Nostalgic Remembrance Last week, I ended the column with a conspiracy devised by SaPs mother and her aunt to try to get me married off to a Sicilian girl. After that episode, I knew that my days visiting with Sal's family had to be short- ened. After dinner that night, we planned our escape; I mean continued tour of Sicily. There were a few more sites I wanted to see and a beach or two I wanted to head to, but I figured that we should be on the road east within two or three days. One of the places I wanted to visit was the home of Lulgi Pirandello, the famous writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1936. SaPs father, Carmelo, led the way with Uncle Gus in tow. When we headed to the beaches, I basked in the tropical sun of the Mediter- ranean and swam in the warm water that separated southern Sicily from Tunisia in North Mrica. I was in paradise, but the older men seemed uncom- fortable hanging out under the noonday sun. Later in the day, we headed for a beachside res- taurant. Sal and I were still in our bathing suits, but the older men who were under a beach umbrella at the cabana we had rented sat on the shade side of the table we had chosen to sit at. I was curious about the older guys and their aversion to the sun. Uncle Gus offered an explanation, "The idea of being tanned seems to be a northern European and an American phenomenon. In the Mediter- ranean countries, tanned skin means that you were a field hand, a farmer, and were on the bottom-end of the social scale. I had seen the same reaction among Puerto Ricans, Cubans, and Dominicans who were mid- die-class or above. Being tanned was a stigma, not something gentler people aspired to obtain. Two days later, Sal and I left Canicatti. I said my goodbyes to his parents with a promise that I would visit again. I was sorry that Uncle Gus decided to stay behind, as his stories were never-ending, but he was not young and was not willing to rough it traveling across Sicily in the summer heat. Sal's father outlined locations on a map, circling the places he thought we should see before heading to the mainland. Of course, Sal's mother packed a lunch for us when we left. Being a true Ital- ian, the food was packed in a shopping bag, not a lunch bag. As we departed the parking lot at the condo, several neighbors came out to say goodbye. I didn't realize that we secretly had received celebrity status among the locals, and in such a short period of time. I drove east, stopping at the cities of Caltanissetta and Enna, knowing that there is ancient history surrounding both places. Late in the day, we found a pensione, or let's say, a clean, inexpensive hotel to stay at. The next day, as I drove east, I saw a mountain in front of us, with black lines descending from the top down- ward. I was quite curious as I had never seen anything like it in my life. As we got closer, I discovered that the black lines were streams of hardened lava that had spilled out, not from the top of a mountain, but from the oPening of an active volcano, Mt. Etna. We stopped at a tourist area, as both of us wanted to find out more about what we saw. It seems that the volcano usually never erupted in an explosion. Instead, the lava would rise to the top and spill out causing flow lines that ran down its sides. There had been a cable car in existence that brought tourists to the top, but after the last spill, which I was told happened about two weeks earlier, the whole mechanism was wiped out. Instead, we rode on the backs of donkeys as far upward as we could go, and then climbed the rest of the way to the top, leaving the donkeys behind. Once we reached the top, 10,991:feet abgve sea level, the temperature was about 40 degrees. Sal and I leaned over the mouth of the volcano and looked inside at the round circle of molten material that moved back and forth a couple of thousand feet below us. As we peeked inside, our faces became covered with sweat. Another tourist who was doing the same thing, yelled out in Italian, "My face is numb from the heat and my butt is numb from the cold." We all laughed. At that point, I realized that it was cold at that elevation and we quickly headed back down to civilization. Once back at the bottom, I looked for water and was told that the water was not drinkable, and I had to buy bottled water. There would be only two instances when I would be told the water was not drinkable, here at Mt. Etna, and at food stands at the base of Mt. Vesuvius. We decided to head southeast again, stopping for a while at Ragosa, Avola, and then Sir- acusa. It was getting late and we checked into a pensione in Siracusa. The dialect of Italian the locals spoke seemed to con- tain Greek words with Italian endings. After dinner, Sal and I sat at a sidewalk car6 to have a drink and watch the world go by. We struck up a conversation -- FOR YOU WHO APPRECIATE THE FINEST -- THE MUSIC FOR ALL OCCASIONS 781-648-5678 with some people at the next table, and when I asked about the Greek words, we were told that the area was settled by the Greeks about 1000 B.C. They added, that the entire area was called I piani di Grec- chi. {The plains of the Greeks.) I then understood why there were ancient Greek words mixed in with Italian words spoken with a Sicilian dialect.., fascinating. I was now on the east coast of Sicily and desirous of seeing Catania. I had heard of Bellini Park, and was told that it was one of the most beautiful on the island. The- propaganda about the park was right on target. We spent several hours looking at the gardens, statues, and tourists wandering through the park, many of them Scandina- vians from Norway and Sweden. (The tourists, that is.) At 11:00 that night, I decided to call home (collect). It was 5:00 pm Boston time, and everyone would be home. I told Mom and Dad about Mr. Etna and Catania. When Babbononno got on the phone, he warned me about Sicilian women for the second time. When I asked why, he said that their fathers and brothers all carried lupari (Itai- ian shotguns), and if I seemed like a threat, I might be on the wrong end of the gun. I told my grandfather not to worry, said goodbye to everyone and told them I would call from our next destination, Messina. The next day, I pointed the car north and drove to Messina as planned. We arrived late in the afternoon and checked into the Jolly Hotel. I would have headed to a pensione which would have been cheaper, but I was out of gas and tired. We would spend about a day or two traveling through Mes- sina. The old section was con- structed during the Middle Ages and fascinating. The newer part was even newer, having been wiped out during WWII and rebuilt in the 1950s. This was the busiest Sicilian city I had seen since landing in Palermo a week or so earlier. It was a commercial center and had a ferry that carried passengers, cars, trucks, and even trains to the Italian mainland. I bought a ticket for the ferry for the fol- lowing night, and ... I'm out of space, so, see you next week. GOD BLESS AMERICA Loved Ones The Post-Gazette accepts memorials throughout the year. Please call 617-227-8929 Saturday, June 4th (Rain date: Sunday, June 5th) 11:00 am - 7:00 pm Waltham Common VENDORS (food & non SPONSORS Proceeds support Scholarships and local charities. 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In addition to filing the written appearance, you or yOur attorney must file a written affidavit stating the specific facts and grounds of your objection within 30 days after the refum date. IMPORTANT NOTICE The outcome of this proceeding may limit or completely take away the abov~named person's right to make decisions about personal affairs or financial affairs or both. The above-named person has the dght to ask for a lawyer. Anyone may make this request on behalf of the above-named person. If the above-named person cannot afford a lawyer, one may be appointed at State expense. Witness, HON. JOAN P. ARMSTRONG, First Justice of this court. Date: May 11 2016 Felix D. Arroyo, Register of Probate Run date: 6/3/16 t