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Hey, why not? I guess I'm Scottish, then. I mean, I did trace one lone ancestor back there, and as I recall they assissinated him. Still, it counts, right? ;) Wouldn't it be a hoot if the Good Doctor really was Azorean.? ;) S
By: scott park on December 31, 2012
I adore the "lacking her usual piss and vinegar" quote - I will pinch that one, if it's OK with you? Your vivid observations makes me feel like I know your mother very well. And don't be mean, buy her a lady-shave; one is never too old to flirt. There's nothing wrong with wanting to be Portuguese; Eusebio was one of the greatest footballers (soccer players) on the planet. Happy New Year.
By: Bryan Jones on December 31, 2012
I suppose, since my maternal grandfather was born in Tegucigalpa, I could say I'm Honduran?
By: Uncle Skip on December 31, 2012
Just get the poor woman the cream and let her dream. Mindy
By: mindy on December 31, 2012
I like your mom. She's got spunk and now she's got the hots for Dr. Fernando. You go girl. Have a terrific day. :)
By: Comedy Plus on December 31, 2012
You are a great son and a great man. I look forward to reading more of your stories in 2013.
By: Michael Offutt on December 31, 2012
FELIZ NOVO ANO!!
By: fishducky on December 31, 2012
My mother-in-law was a certain flirt when she went into the rest home. She had been a nice little old lady prior to the hip surgery and then during her therapy she flirted shamelessly with the doctor. He was cute. I think in the name and power of that great habit...sex...you should call in a traveling beauty parlor and get her so dolled up that even you will admit she has style. I hope my son does the same, I think I will put that in a letter somewhere right now.
By: Tabor on December 31, 2012
i used to know a guy from the azores and he never called himself portuguese. sounds like you may need to up your game if you want to light your mom's fire. who were portugal's historical enemies? maybe the dutch and spanish in the days of the explorers/colonizers? declare yourself spanish or dutch....or just buy some ciopppino for mom...
By: lime on December 31, 2012
I have you pegged. You ENJOY arguing with your mother. My son loves pissing me off. The only thing one of us has to mention is The Hurricane's college graduation and Judith Butler and we're off and running. The two of you should get together, as long as I don't have to hang out with your mom.And for God's sake, just get the woman the hair crap. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on December 31, 2012
yes, Stephen, get the hair stuff for your mum. if she's looking forward to her appointment all is not lost. i like your mum. she's feisty. wishing you and your family a very happy new year and i hope 2013 is a good year for us all
By: Fran on December 31, 2012
The only person I've seen on TV who claims to be Portuguese is Emeril Lagasse. He looks pretty hairy to me. I might have to side with your mom unless I see a hirsute Azorean.
By: Val on December 31, 2012
Every woman should feel good about how she looks. Make her New Year, get the cream. Your talk with her reminded me of the family named Fontaine who were convinced they were of French descent. Looked into it, and found out their ancestor came through Ellis Island and his name was VanDane, which is Dutch! Through the accent, the immigration worker wrote Fontaine, and it was easier to change the name than the papers.
By: messymimi on December 31, 2012
Ooh, you're a brat! But a good son, anyway :) But why won't you get her the hair removal cream? Or maybe you could take her to get her face waxed? That would liven her up, I'm sure :) Have a happy and blessed new year!
By: Kianwi on December 31, 2012
There's nothing better than a good argument so you might as well help your mom's brain out at the same time.
By: Jeff Laws on December 31, 2012
Oh, Stephen, this is spectacular! I just wish your mother could appreciate it as much as I can. Happy New Year, compadre!
By: Bruce/Catalyst on December 31, 2012
You certainly have a knack for keeping yourself from falling into depression. You don't even need crossword puzzles. Happy New Year to you.
By: Red on December 31, 2012
Not to be a downer, but depression can become an issue after surgery. You may want to watch this or speak to her doctor if she is not her usual self. You do want her to get her piss and vinegar back, don'tcha? And yes, just get her the cream. I promise, nobody will call for a price check!
By: Pixel Peeper on December 31, 2012
You are very funny. I love the Joseph Stalin reference. Have a wonderful New Year, Stephen. I linked to you in my blog post; you've been one of my most loyal, and I appreciate it. xoRobyn
By: Robyn Engel on December 31, 2012
Stephen- get her the cream plus a visiting beautician- she'll love the attention. And no matter how old you are you still feel fire in the belly. Humor her! and A Big Happy New Year to all!
By: Kathe W. on January 1, 2013
Azorean, eh? Well, why not. But add my vote for getting her the hair removal cream. When a woman still wants to look good for her public, she hasn't given up hope.
By: BLissed-Out Grandma on January 1, 2013
A great piece. A terrific exercise there for your mom, to get her charged up, but I think you are right. Dr Fernando is likely to have a higher amperage for her.
By: tom cochrun on January 1, 2013
Oh, my. I think perhaps you might get the cream for your mom, then check if the doc is perhaps of Portuguese persuasion. Or just tell her you are Gaelic next week. (However, pronounce it clearly, or you will have a totally different discussion on your hands!)
By: Cat on January 1, 2013
my uncle claims to be Welsh, despite all the evidence to the contrary - i think we had a welsh ancestor some generations back, so on that ground i'm going to be a viking from now on
By: don\'t feed the pixies on January 2, 2013
I shall claim to be Czech. I'm thinking that if I ever need to go into hiding, there are plenty of people who wouldn't mind caching a small Czech. Pearl
By: Pearl on January 2, 2013
What a fun post today and some great fired up comments! Definitely get her the cream, and tell her your French! (Like me!)
By: Eva Gallant on January 2, 2013
I don't for one moment believe that you neglected to get her the cream,
By: Hilary on January 4, 2013
Good gracious, get her the cream and let her dream. LOL By the way, the San Diego zoo just acquired an adorable baby panda who snacks, cuddles then pees on himself. Enjoy your New Year you Azorean you.
By: Venita Louise on January 10, 2013
A belated Happy New Year to you, Stephen!!! Always an interesting post.
By: Michael Manning on January 15, 2013
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