Overheard Conversations in Ashfield

Notes from Nan: Happy Mardi Gras!
BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati

My Favorite Overheard Conversations of the Past Week:

The first, on the Dangers of Winning the Superbowl and Having Mardi Gras all in the same two weeks:

Last week I was part of a conference call that was taking place in New Orleans. I was calling in on speaker phone and six or seven New Orleanians were all together. While we were waiting for the last person to show up for the meeting, I heard one person say, “I cannot WAIT for Lent!” “I know!” exclaimed another, “Ash Wednesday can’t get here early enough for me! I’m worn out with all this partying!”

The Second: on One Thing Women are Good For:

Two guys were talking to each other, unaware that I was in the vicinity. I heard one say, “He told me what he was doing and I was like, “Dude! You need a woman in your life! No woman would listen to that kind of plan and let you even attempt that! It’s a stupid idea!”

My new favorite name:

The vice-president and acting president of Nigeria is named Goodluck Jonathan. That’s his real name, Jonathan being his last name. It makes me re-think my plan not to have children. The naming possibilities are endless!

My favorite thing to do today:

Stream www.WWOZ.org on the computer. It’s the local, community-supported radio station in New Orleans and they’re playing Mardi Gras music all day long today. It makes you happy!


Nan Parati - Elmer's StoreNan Parati

Nan is the proprietor of Elmer’s Store in Ashfield, MA. A New England transplant from the Deep South, Nan shares her southern wit, wisdom and charm in her column, “Notes from Nan.” Share dinner with her every Friday at Elmer’s. Menu’s are posted with her column. nanparati@aol.com

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