Wednesday, September 12, 2007

So Long For A While

RangerPundit embarks for Italy
That was the theme song for the old radio and TV show, Your Hit Parade. It closed the show, "So long for a while, that's all the songs for a while; so long to your hit parade and the tunes that you picked to be played. So long." The show sang the top ten hits for the week as compiled in the nation's jukeboxes. I liked the song because there was no finality to it. It wasn't like "So long, its been good to know you." That's the song they played when our troop ship was leaving San Fran Bay for the Far East. It wasn't pleasant watching young, grown men cry.

What's this musical quiz all about, you may be thinking? On Friday, Maryann and I will be embarking on a 17 day trip, plane and cruise ship, that starts in Rome, ends up in Venice and makes stops in France, Corsica, Malta, Italy, Greece, Montenegro and Croatia. We will be celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary in Sorrento, Italy with the possibility of hooking up with some cousins. It should be loads of fun as we both return to our roots and catch up on some old world history.

My grandparents on my mother's side are from Basilicata, near Naples. My grandparents on my father's side, plus my father, are from Vasto, Abbruzzia. My wife's grandparents on both sides are from Naples, as is her father, so you can see why celebrating our anniversary in Sorrento is going to be special. Sorrento is right near Naples.

Hockey? No sweat. JB will keep you abrest of any developments in Rangerland. Who knows, we may pick up that big moose D Man we so desperately need and want. I doubt it but you never know. We will return on October 1st in time for the opener on the 4th. In the meantime, arrivedici.

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  • The Dark Ranger said...

    mike, enjoy every inch of that damn wonderful country. think hockey while drinking local wine, but don't forget to pay attention to that lovely wife who lets you blog daily and watch all Rangers games.


  • mike said...

    tdr-Thanks.I hit the jackpot, she watches them too and had an eight game home winning streak toward the end of the season on the games she attended. I should have stayed home that final night.

  • kaspar fan said...

    Enjoy your trip, Mike & the Mrs.! Hopefully, Kasparaitis will make the cut. He looked great out there; so much so, that it was hard to recognize the improved version. I think it's all going to come down to the salary cap or if they are willing to trade out. I'm still banging those drums in anticipation of seeing #6 back where he belongs.

  • mike said...

    kaspar fan- the salary did him in.