Andrea Berman’s Beach City Buzz

Greetings, friends, and welcome to the Beach City BUZZ.  Time for a rhyme (or reasonable facsimile):  Be careful what you wish for, my dear old Granny warned.  Of course I didn’t listen, and wished for “one good storm”.  And while the Blizzard of ’78 was the worst we’d ever seen, we sure got sucker punched but good by the Blizzard of 2013!  Grocery stores resembled a circus with all three rings, as New Englanders prepared to hunker down, but first, we just needed a few things – Batteries, water, bread and milk, (and don’t forget the Charmin!) The rate at which the shelves went bare was really quite alarmin’.  The “packies” were packed as folks did their best, to stock up and prepare, ‘cause everyone knows that storms are no fun, when you run out of wine and beer.  Get the ice melt! Generators too, for shovels we all clamored.  Good grief, it’s coming right towards us, they say we’re about to get hammered! “We’re in a heap of trouble, get out of the way, don’t wait!  And for all those living on the coast, it’s time to evacuate!  Then official words from Hizzoner Deval – there came a final decree: Stay off the roads, do not go out, hey, the Governor and I agree!  We took his advice, battened down the hatches, bundled up and stayed inside, and hoped and prayed with fingers crossed, to avoid a raging tide. The waves came over the beach wall, for as far as the eye could see, and it seemed the world turned upside down – oh, look, Mayor Rizzo’s on TV! So we all made it through (tho barely) the Great Blizzard of 2013, and if there was any doubt in our minds, Mother Nature sure can be mean.  So now we’re stuck with heaps of snow, but it could have been much worse, I’ve got to think of some cute way to end this little verse. We’re hearty souls, we Northerners, despite all that’s transpired. Cheer up, ‘cause Spring’s just a month a way, and the Red Sox are down in Fort Myers!…Time to plow right into the BUZZ…Karen Sekenski emailed to let us know that Immaculate Conception will be celebrating it’s 100th Anniversary next year, and all alumni are being asked to kindly provide contact information.  There’s a link on the IC web site at  Planning help is needed – you can be a sponsor or volunteer, loan or donate IC memorabilia, or just pass the word.  Watch the BUZZ for more updates coming soon…Ran-dumb thoughts:  Whenever you get a bladder infection, urine trouble; A real man is a woman’s best friend. He will never let her down. He will comfort her after a bad day. He will inspire her to do things she never thought she could do. He will enable her to express her deepest emotions. He will enable her to be confident, sexy, and invincible … No wait. Sorry. I’m thinking of wine. It’s wine that does all that stuff. Never mind; How big does a cupcake have to be before it’s just a cake?  Have you ever noticed that the older we get, the more we study store receipts? Just sayin’…Ward 2 City Councillor Ira Novoselsky emailed us a “heads up” for this year’s Cupid Splash, to be held on Saturday, March 23.  All are invited to join in or sponsor, and the funds raised will help support a great cause – Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and its Better Beaches program. Participants are encouraged to sport their finest “cupid” attire! Each participant is asked to raise at least $25 with a goal of $100. This year’s winners for biggest overall fundraiser and best costume will once again win round trip tickets from partners at JetBlue Airways and some totally awesome gifts. For information on volunteering or getting involved, contact Megan Rawson at  or call (617) 451-2860 x1001…That’s it for the BUZZ, BUZZers.  Do whatever makes your heart sing, and remember:  In successful relationships, NO ONE wears the pants…This week’s SMILEMAKERS:  Linda Jansen, John Graziano, Rosemarie Tomasino, Janet Doherty, Peter Tarsi, Erica Flores, Louise Rumson, Kelly Powers, Arthur Carbone, Scott Aiello, Richie Testa, Tony Davis, Bob Long, Brenda Sugarman, Andrea Zelano, Cassandra DiBella, Juan Romero, Eric Bonnetti, Susan Pizzi, Marilyn O’Keefe, Addison Wood, Daniel O’Leary, Nancy Polonsky and Lila Tatelman…Heeere’s the CHUCKLE – Spoiler Alert:  It’s a bit crude, so if you’re easily offended, stop reading right here (of course we know you won’t)…Ole and Sven were  drinking buddies who worked as aircraft mechanics in Minneapolis, Minnesota and one day the airport was fogged in and they were stuck in the hangar with nothing to do. Ole said, “I vish ve had somethin ta drink!” Sven says, “Me too. Y’know, I hear ya can drink dat jet fuel and get a buzz. Ya vanna try it?” So they pour themselves a couple of glasses of high octane hooch and got completely smashed. Next morning Ole woke  up and is surprised at how good he feels. In fact he feels GREAT! NO hangover!  NO bad side effects. Nothing! The phone rang. It was Sven who asks “How iss you feelin dis mornin?” Ole says, “I feel great. How bout you?” Sven says, “I feel great, too. Ya don’t have no hangover?” Ole says, “No, dat jet  fuel iss great stuff  — no hangover, nothin. Ve oughta do dis more often.” Sven agreed.”Yeah, vell, but dere’s yust vun ting.” Ole asked, “Vat’s dat?” Sven questioned, “Haff you farted yet?” Ole stopped to think.  “No.” “Vell, DON’T, ’cause  I’m in Iowa.”…Got comments? News? Announcements? Jokes? 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