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Page12 POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 16, 2011 Ray 15arron's Mitt Romney's hairdresser is fed up, said Michael Barbaro and Ashley Parker in The New York Times. For years Boston-area bar- ber Leon De Magistris has been trying to persuade the Republican presidential can- didate to update his conservative coiffure. "I will tell him to mess it up a little bit," says De Magistris, 69, who has cut Romney's hair for the past two decades. I said to him, "Let it be more natural." But Romney refuses to al- ter his trademark style: short at the neck, neat on the sides and swept back off the fore- head. "He wants a look that is very controlled. He is a very controlled man. The hair goes with the man." Romney is similarly strict about what he'll put in his meticulously coiffed mane. He won't use hair dye, says De Magistris. During long stints on the cam- paign trail, Romney sometimes trims his own hair. "It doesn't make me happy, says the Italian immigrant, but what can I do?" De Magistris wonders what will happen if Romney wins next year's presidential elec- tion. "I don't think he will call me from the White House and say, 'Come down and cut my hair,' but if he does, I will come." Carlo Scostumato, says, "One guy who al- ways goes to the top is a barber." The gracious Bridget Manganelli of East Boston, says, "People worry about their gray hair, but it's actually great to have gray hair. Ask any man who's bald." The unofficial Mayor of Medford, Tom Analetto, claims "baldheaded people should remember that when God made heads he covered up the ones he didn't like." Amen! Horsing aroundT The French, after Con- gress lifted a five-year ban on slaughtering horses for meat in the United States. A study found that live horses were simply being ex- ported to slaughter houses abroad where horse meat is considered a delicacy. It was a bad week for Nick Novak, the San Diego Chargers' kicker, after a TV camera caught him urinating on the sidelines while preparing to kick a critical field goal. Novak missed the field goal and his team lost. Forbidden knowledge: Maine prohibits leav- ing an airplane during a flight, leaving your Christmas decorations up too long, or walk- ing down the street with your shoelaces un- tied. The law in Missouri precludes the in- stallation of bathtubs with four legs resem- bling animal paws in Kansas City, or the res- cuing of women who are in their nightgowns by firemen in St. Louis. Gross! An Ohio tattoo artist tattooed a pile of excrement on his girlfriend's back after he learned she had cheated on him. Ryan Fitzgerald had been asked by girlfriend Rosie Brovent to tattoo her back with a scene from the Narnia fantasy series. Instead, after first getting her to sign a document allowing him to use his "artist's discretion," Fitzgerald took his revenge with an image of steaming pooh circled by flies. "I was passed out for most of the time," says Brovent, who admits she was drunk, "and woke up to this horrible image on my back." Heavy stuff! The average American male now reports weighing 196 pounds, up from 180 pounds in 1990. The average female says she weighs 160, up from 142. Yet just 39 per- cent say they're overweight, while 56 per- cent report that their weight is "about right." Some people grow up and spread cheer. Oth- ers just grow up and spread. And take a les- son from the elephant: it lives to a ripe old age without ever worrying about its weight. The astute Steven Sebestyen claims it isn't how much a woman weighs that's im- portant -- it's where she carries the weight. And his shapely, beautiful wife Theresa says, "Losing weight is no problem, the trick is to lose it so it doesn't find its way back." After more than two decades, Governor Deval Patrick on November 22 signed a gam- ing bill that will permit up to three full-scale casinos in different regions of the state plus a single slot machine-only facility. Intended to bring jobs to the Bay State and provide new revenues for state and local government, the law starts a process to create a powerful new state agency that will be charged with licens- ing and overseeing new gaming operations. The signing of the law also marks the start of a scramble by gaming companies to prepare plans and applications I 0 0 0 seeking one of the lucrative new licenses. The three regions of the state where a full- scale casino could be located are the follow- ing: the five eastern counties (Suffolk, Middlesex, Essex, Norfolk and Worcester), western Massachusetts (Hampshire, Hampden, Franklin and Berkshire counties), and the southeastern part of the state (Bristol, Plymouth, Nantucket, Dukes and Barnstable counties). The law creates more than a dozen new special purpose funds to receive a portion of license fees and taxes on casino profits, including a number of funds to benefit cities and towns. If gambling is a disease, as some contend, can you deduct your losses as a medical expense? Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill, says, "Gamblers are like toilets -- broke one day and flush the next." The great Joe Albano of Revere, reminds us, never gamble in heavy traffic. The cars may be stacked against you. Wow! On average, someone is murdered every seven and a half hours in Puerto Rico, and half of those murders are linked to drug gangs. Puerto Rico's per capita rate of drug homicides is now higher than Mexico's. So reported The Washington Post. A recent CBS News poll revealed 33% of Americans say they will not have enough money to cover their holiday spending this year. 41% say they plan to spend less this year than last. The downside of staying slim! Maintain- ill Recipes from the Homeland _ I by Vita Orlando Sinopoli I COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED SICILIAN GREEN OLIVE SALAD 1 jar Sicilian green olives* 2 tablespoons olive, canola, or 2 stalks celery chopped vegetable oil 1 large onion chopped 2 tablespoons cider vinegar 1 large garlic clove minced Salt 1 tablespoon oregano *Sicilian green olives are not usually found pitted. To pit olives, use a paring knife to cut olive meat from olive pit. Another method is to place each olive, one by one, on a cutting board. Using a wooden mallet, hit the olive so that the meat separates and exposes the olive pit. Place olive meat in a large bowl. Add chopped celery, onion and minced garlic to the olives and mix. Sprinkle oregano, oil and cider vinegar over the mixture and mix thoroughly. Additional oregano, oil, vinegar or salt may be added. When kept in a clean covered jar or bowl this salad stores well for a lengthy time in refrigerator. This salad is ready for serving within thirty minutes of preparation. NOTE: In my childhood, I remember my father buying a large wooden box of shinny light green olives from the produce market. The large quantity was to be shared with aunts who lived nearby. The women knew how much water and salt were needed to soak the olives and how long before they could be ready for this special Sicilian salad. In 1931; when my parents took the family to Sicily to meet our paternal grandmother, my brother Peter and I had the privi- lege of going to the olive groves with our relatives to harvest olives. As a six-year-old, I thought of it as a picnic day under the beautiful but old craggy-looking olive trees. We ate lunch and stayed most of the day before returning in the horse-drawn carts. Another day, Papa and his brother-in-law, Uncle Nino, took us to a processing plant near their hometown. There we saw olives that had been crushed, processed and stored in huge containers. The scent of olive oil was so strong in that small, cold processing plant that it made my eyes tear. I wanted to rush out into the flesh air. My love for the green olives and the olive oil extracted from them grew from that experience. ing a lean physique may be best for your over- all health, but it won't help you survive sur- ~ ~~t,~ gery. Patients with a body mass index that puts them in the normal to thin range "are at higher risk of death 30 days after surgery" compared with heavier people, George Stukenborg, a health professor at the Uni- versity of Virginia, tells Reuters.com. Moving news! Just 11.6 percent of Ameri- cans changed residences from 2010 to 2011, the lowest percentage since the Census be- gan collecting such statistics, in 1948. The dismal job market and the inability to sell homes are the primary factors suppressing mobility. In addition, fewer boomers are mov- ing because they can't afford to retire. Be aware, a third of American homeless families live in Florida. Stupid American history: On Christmas Day in 1868, President AndrewJohnson's last significant act was granting uncondi- tional amnesty to all Confederate soldiers for their actions in the Civil War. Confederate President Jefferson Davis declined to accept it. Apparently more Catholics attended Mass during Prohibition than any time in Ameri- can history -- because the production of le- gal sacramental wine increased by hundreds of thousands of gallons during that time. Now is the time to trade in your car for a new model, said Donna Roisato in Money. Used cars are in short supply because cash- conscious drivers are keeping cars longer. As a result, the value of 2 to 5 year old vehicles have climbed 10 percent over the past year, as opposed to an increase of just 2 percent for new models. Time for some show biz reminiscing with the stately musicologist Albert Natale. Keeley Smith signed up as a band singer by Louis Prima in 1947, when she was only sixteen. Four-time Academy Award and 20 time Grammy and Gold Record winner Henry Mancini is remembered for his classic "Moon River" from Breakfast at Tiffany's. He also cre- ated the scores for 80 other movies, includ- ing the Pink Panther series, The Days of Wine and Roses and Victor-Victoria. Born in 1924 in Ohio, he was a child prodigy who mastered the piccolo, flute, and piano by the time he was 12. His break came when he scored the theme music to Peter Gunn, a popular TV se- ries of the early 1960s. Mancini died of pan- creatic cancer in 1994. He was 70 years old. 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