Sunday, June 28, 2015

Between the Bridges



Between the Bridges: Acronyms for Dummies


Our local Broad Channel V.F.W. Post will be hosting a brunch this Sunday, June 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  As I always say, there are so many reasons to love brunch — most importantly is the simple fact that any meal which has a Bloody Mary as its “MVP,” is a meal worth getting up and out for…and the food’s not bad either!  So grab your family and friends this Sunday and come on down for a Bloody Mary or two because a Broad Channel Brunch just wouldn’t be the same without you!
It’s that time again!  The guys and girls at the VFW will be hosting a its 2nd Annual Pig Roast and BBQ  on Saturday, July 11, from 2 pm to 6pm. This is not just another BBQ, it’s a PIG ROAST, a veritable sensory overload of pork gone hog wild!  Of course, in addition to the roast pig there will be the usual BBQ staples of cold beverages, hot dogs and hamburgers with all the fixings for those of you who may be too timid to sample a recently unburied cooked dead pig. And for all you vegetarians and vegans out there, we will also have corn, salad and watermelon, but, c’mon…why bother?  $20 for adults, $10 for children and tykes 4 and under can sneak in free! All are welcome. Don’t miss it! And remember, what happens at the pig roast, stays at the pig roast!  As always, all proceeds will go to benefit our veterans.
A few weeks ago during a conversation regarding summertime visitors to Rockaway I remarked to the venerable editor of the Rockaway Times, Kevin Boyle, that I felt a more correct acronym for the term Down for the Day should be DFTD rather than the more commonly accepted usedDFD.  Without missing a beat, Kevin responded, “Well, I guess you’re one of those who chant:  USOA !… USOA !”
As our island community is usually ignored by the aforementioned throngs of beach tourists, I chose not to pursue the issue, deciding to allow those who reside “across the bridge” to continue their use of the abbreviation DFD unfettered by any semblance of logic.  Besides, we here in Broad Channel have our own abbreviations for such weekend visitors who, through no fault of their own, sometimes wind up in Broad Channel.
When cars are backed up from the Cross Bay Bridge to 6th Road because only one cash toll lane is open, I refer to it as DBT, short for Damned Beach Traffic.
When, having been displaced from the subway, scores of people adorned in bathing attire and flip flops are seen confused and wandering slowly westward along Noel Road toward Cross Bay Boulevard with towels, umbrellas, coolers and children in hand, I refer to the assemblage collectively as RSDA, short for Rockaway Shuttle’s Down Again!
As an aside, there are those who complain that the term DFD is somewhat derogatory.  I say, get over it! Better a DFD enjoying the warm sand and cool ocean breezes than to be stuck in a car amidst all that DBT or an RSDA lugging your towels and coolers along Noel Road up to Cross Bay Boulevard to catch a bus.
In closing, as July 4th is right around the corner may I leave you with “USOA!….USOA!” Broad Channel – Why would anyone want to live anywhere else?  See y’all next week.  Comments:  rtbetweenthebridges@gmail.com

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