Tuesday, February 17, 2009

basement clothes and porch beers

I'm sure this has happened to all of us. You're cleaning up after a party and discover a broken glass or that something got knocked off the wall or you find something mysterious in the kitchen. 

I didn't discover this until the day after the Saint Valentine's Day party

The door knob was missing from my closet door. You can sort of see it poking out from under the door. I didn't realize it until it was time for me to leave to work at Marigold. And you can't go to work at the clothing store looking like a slouch. All of my skirts and dresses were behind that door. 

I grabbed a holiday dress from storage in  the basement, and looked okay for work --if not a little inappropriately sparkly for a Sunday afternoon shift. 

It's not the first time I've worn "basement clothes." It usually happens when I have a guest sleeping in my room and I've forgotten to take clothes to the living room with me for the next day. I've walked out the door with some funny outfits, depending on what is in my laundry basket in the basement. 

I did get the door open after work. Good old farm girl ingenuity. And in the farm tradition, the screwdriver is still there. No reason to actually fix it until the next party. 

"Basement clothes" reminds me of how many self-explanatory, short-hand, slang terms my friends and family have for things. 

"Porch beers" can mean one of two things: sharing a beer with someone on the porch or telling someone to "shop" on my porch for beer. I still have plenty out there after the party. 

"The Bumpy" is the nickname for the liquor store down the street. It morphed from a rap song about a bumpy bottle. [for the record, I don't drink as much as this post might suggest!]

"Jeff beer" is shorthand for a Miller Genuine Draft Light at Red Key.

"Nora drink" is a Jameson and water - little bit of Irish whiskey, heavy on the water. 

"Hanging on my ear" is family short-hand for I don't know where the shoe/glove/person/book/car/what ever you might be looking for is.

"Doris Day parking" - finding the perfect parking place. Like Doris always does in her movies. 

"Payday eve"  means Thursday (even if you get paid on a day besides Friday). I'm a big fan of "eve" -- birthday eve, Christmas Eve eve -- you get the idea! 

"Research" - a polite term for stalking someone via Facebook or Google. 

Do you have any work or family shorthand? 


Ralph said...

Ralph-ism's = those clever sayings Ralph always seems to come up with to explain events of the day, the past, and the future.
Okay, I made that up - but it could happen.

Cliff said...

Oh my, the Morrows live on this kind of stuff. Most of which I can't put in print.
We also operate harvest almost entirely with hand signals. Each one of them has a history.

WYA! said...

Doris Day parking- love it. We'd call it that when we find a pull-through (we LOVE finding a good pull-through space).

Teresa said...

We used to turn on our TV with needle nosed pliers when I was a kid. Hoosier girls rock.

Granny Annie said...

I shall adopt "Hanging on my ear" and ditch "Up your _ _ _ _!"

bad influence girl said...

Bonus beer: Beer that a guest leaves behind in your beer fridge (or gives you after her Valentine's Day party).

Jamie Dawn said...

The Case of the Missing Doorknob.

My kids have words they use instead of "yes."
"Cha" is what Courtney says for "yes."
"Yeesh" is what Taylor says for "yes."

I like your family terms.

Janell said...

I can't think of any shorthand, but one of my sisters often says to me, "That sounds like something Dad would say." I take it as a compliment,but I think she means it the opposite.