The Stories I Tell ~ from The Word Cellar

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I love stories. I'm the one at social functions with a dozen new anecdotes. But I worry about hogging the conversation. Sometimes I tell myself that I'll be quiet and let others do the talking. But no matter how hard I try, my stories insist on bursting out! Here I can let my stories (the classics that I tell again and again, as well as new ones that unfold along the way) run free. I'm a professional writer and editor, and sole proprietor of The Word Cellar. I write for a variety of publications and clients on everything from green buildings and nuclear reactors to entrepreneurship and the arts. If you need words written, edited, or enlivened, I can help. Contact me.


Peach Oo-la-long

What do you get when you mix a beret-wearing penguin, Oolong tea, and peach puree? A tasty beverage with a fun name and cute label.

Try it in the glass bottle -- it tastes better than the same stuff in plastic bottles. This continues to confirm my husband's theory that all beverages taste better when packaged in glass. However, I'm still a bit dubious about his claim that a square pizza tastes different than a round pizza from the same pizza shop.


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Anonymous Jess said...

I totally agree. Beverages do taste better from a glass bottle. But I also agree that round and square pizzas taste different. Every time I see a square pizza, I always think that it's not going to be any good.
I also think that fruit from a glass jar or plastic container is much better than from a can. I feel like there is a metallic aftertaste to most things from a can.

3/20/2006 6:07 PM  
Anonymous Allyson said...

Yes, and I'll buy anything with a cute label. I'm all about the packaging. I guess that makes me a sucker. . .

3/21/2006 7:40 PM  
Anonymous Dave said...

i actually had this tea this weekend. not too shabby! not too jack shabby at all!

3/27/2006 12:13 PM  
Anonymous Allyson said...

Ok, slack-style sista! I'm tired of seeing this photo every time I come with great winsome hopefulness to your blog. Post something new! Like. . .photos of your messy kitchen or your workspace or you holding the end of your nose up so you look like a piggy, or the socks you're wearing today.

3/28/2006 11:57 AM  
Anonymous David said...

I totally agree with Allyson. Now we all cant blog like I do but this is getting a little old. I know you are a VERY busy girl, but I have provided an entire plethora of ideas. If need be just simply post my blog up there. copy and paste. or just a link to send people to mine. or be orginal and blow us away with the worlds greatest blog!!!

3/28/2006 1:34 PM  
Anonymous Allyson, aka "Blog Cop" said...

Persecution! Persecution!

3/28/2006 6:34 PM  
Anonymous David said...

Ok looks like Allyson and I might have to start taking over this blog. Im going to use gorilla tactics to take control of this. Understand I am only doing this cause I care about family blogs. This is an act of love. I urge Jenn to start blogging and I will step back.

George Barris, creator of the Batmobile, transformed a used Lincoln convertible into the famous Batmobile in only three weeks and on a budget of $15,000.

The famous map of the Ponderosa Ranch featured in opening sequence of Bonanza is actually wrong. The artists placed Carson City to the north of Ponderosa rather than east. To fix this problem, producer David Dortort came up with the ingenious idea of turning the compass so that north faced to the corner rather than straight up.

The famous vista where Mr. Roarke used to greet his guests on Fantasy Island was none other than the Queen Anne’s cottage located deep in the Los Angeles Arboretum. It was built in the 1880’s and has appeared in over 200 movies and TV shows.

A total of 369 Dodge Chargers were used to play the General Lee car throughout the course of the Dukes of Hazzard series because the car took so much wear and tear.

Ben Jones “Cooter” was actually a U.S. Congressman in the 1980’s but eventually lost his re-election bid to Newt Gingrich.

Lucille Desiree Ball was not initially embraced by her hometown of Jamestown, New York. Her rebellious nature, including being the first woman in town to wear slacks, was scorned by locals.

Kenny Kramer, the inspiration for the wacky character “Cosmo Kramer” made famous by Michael Richards in Seinfeld, once lived across the hall from Seinfeld’s creator Larry David. He reportedly sold the rights to his character for $1,000 before Seinfeld hit Nielsen gold.

The creators of The Cosby Show actually changed the Huxatbles' professions so that they could realistically afford a Brownstone in Brooklyn Heights. On the original show proposal, the mother was supposed to be a plumber and the father was supposed to be a limo driver but the house was too expensive, so they made them into a lawyer and a doctor.

At the end of each Waltons show, the signature goodnight sequence was based on the real life experience of series creator Earl Hamner (who narrated each episode). It took about ten minutes for Earl’s seven brothers and sisters to bid each other goodnight until Earl’s father finally said, “That’s enough.”

3/29/2006 2:03 PM  
Anonymous Allyson said...

Racoons wash everything before they eat it.

3/29/2006 2:58 PM  
Anonymous David said...

My blog minions have been informed of this situation and they will soon land on this island of Jenn. Allyson has her cleaning racoons ready to attack. It is all falling into place. Jenn, I urge you to blog before this goes too far. Once the minions and racoons start, they cannot be stopped.

3/29/2006 3:15 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I nearly forgot about those very cleanly racoons!!! :)

3/30/2006 12:13 AM  

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