Sunday, November 20, 2011

A.Word.A.Day drabble – 5/26/10: cashier

A.Word.A.Day drabble – 5/26/10: cashier

A Word A Day by Anu Garg


verb tr.: To dismiss from service, especially with disgrace.
noun: An employee who handles payments and receipts in a store, bank, or business.

From Dutch cassier or French caissier, both from French caisse (cashbox), from Latin capsa (case).

Alan took the beer from Artie and clasped Jim’s hand in a loose grip across the tabletop.

“Awriiight.” Artie nodded. “The undefeated arm wrestling champion of the 38th Division in a rematch against his most frequent challengah!” he announced into his beer bottle.

Jim smiled at Alan, sipped his beer, but didn’t tighten his grip. Artie looked disappointed. “Well?”

“Well, what?”

“Arm wrestle, already, don’t just sit there holding...oh.”

“Yeah. The arm wrestling was a blind. DADT’s dead, so we can’t be cashiered for this.” Alan squeezed Jim’s hand. “Want a real match?” he asked Jim.

“Hell, yeah.”

Artie grinned.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

new restaurant in Norcross -- Dalia's Mediterranean Grill

There was some concern when the GRW meetings moved from Decatur to Norcross that there would be no fun, interesting restaurants to have lunch at following the meetings. BUT! Check out Dalia's Grill, right next to the Mellow Mushroom, in a shopping center almost behind the Hilton where the GRW meetings are now taking place.

The url on their business card is no longer working (or not yet working? they opened two months ago) but they have a facebook page with their address.

They have the usual Mediterranean meat dishes (gyros, kabobs, etc.), but I'm here to tell you vegetarians about the salads. They had tabouli, hummus, baba ganoush, bowtie pasta with pesto, ziti with tuna, beet salad, cut fruit, stuffed grape leaves, Greek salad, Waldorf salad, macaroni with seafood, broccoli salad, spinach, cous cous, chick peas with fava beans, and Italian mix that had chick peas and kidney beans, green beans, carrots, olives and artichoke hearts.

Those are what was out *today*. They change them around and also have things like fried cauliflower.

I got the three-salad plate for $6.49, which included a sample of one of the other salads, and when I asked about the beet salad, the owner gave me a sample of that one, too. All delicious. The chick peas and fava beans might have been the best.

Lots of small tables, and outlet on the side where we sat, and the other owner told us they have wi-fi, when he saw that Bryonna had her laptop out.

Oh, and I didn't try any of the desserts, but they have baklava and tiramisu as well as a few others.

Very nice place, friendly owners. So we know there's at least one good restaurant up there!

Monday, November 14, 2011

A.Word.A.Day drabble – 5/24/10: jactitation. (NSFW)

Missed this one. And it’s a really weird one.

A Word A Day by Anu Garg



1. A false boast or claim that is intended to harm someone, especially a malicious claim by a person that he or she is married to a particular person.
2. Involuntary tossing and twitching of the body and limbs.

From Latin jactitation (tossing, false declaration), past participle of jactitare (to throw out publicly, to boast), frequentative of jactare (to throw about), frequentative of jacere (to throw).

Would have loved to use the “marriage” definition but just couldn’t work out how to do it. Too obscure. So going the easier, more obvious route. Anyone who can come up with a drabble using the "marriage" definition is welcome to post it in the comments. Your reward will be a standing ovation by me in the privacy of my own home.


“Ow, what the fuck!”

“Sorry! I’m so sorry! Are you okay?” Dave sat up.

“Yeah. I’ve had worse.” Jason rubbed his cheekbone. “Why’d you kick me? You could have just told me to stop.”

“No, it was great, I didn’t want you to stop. You’re so good I just kind of...lost it."

“Yeah, right. I know you’ve had better.”

“No. No one’s ever gone down on me before.”

“...Have I told you your other boyfriends sucked?”

“No, they didn’t. That’s the whole point.”

“Smartass. Now, spread ‘em. And if you kick me again, I’m tying you to the bed.”