The Kismet Kolumn July 20 ‘11
out of suntan lotion, bathing suit sales picked over (my favorite drag queen
name on the Invasion was “Summer Clearance”) and catalogues are pushing Fall
Fashions – don’cha love that in the midst of a heat wave!
The ”substitute people”
– the weekly renters - are starting to show up (wait till next month – you
won’t know anyone!) And as the hordes of day trippers invade our tiny community
it is a matter of pride that we still look clean and manicured – thanks in most
part to Sam Woods carting and street cleaning and Lou Romanzi’s army of workers
specially Monday when the din of weed whackers dominates (so what’s a little
noise in Paradise when it looks so good?)
Speaking of noises – what’s with the
ferries that are suddenly honking their presence at all hours of day and night?
Horn Sounding – We are
sounding the appropriate US Coast Guard horn signals for a vessel in a backing
situation. The one long and three short blasts are standard when backing
away from a dock. This all came about when a
neighbor issued a complaint to the Coast Guard and the Coast
Guard had to take action and enforce the regulation. With Fire Island Ferries
neighborhood location we do not sound these signals as a good neighbor
policy. That has all changed with the complaint and we will continue to
sound horns until the Coast Guard tells us otherwise. We are in contact
with the Coast Guard and attempting to provide a quieter alternative but that
will need to be reviewed and approved. There is no timeframe at this
time. Tim Mooney
And this might be a good time for me to
interject my Comments on Canine Cacophony after Licari’s Love Letter to dogs & Dawn’s Doggie Dialogues, but
I’m afraid I’d get bitten.
Marsha Hunter, reminds Kismet property owners who have not done so to date, to
send in their 2011 KCA dues as invoiced in May. The Fire Island Association's
(FIA) annual general membership meeting is Saturday, at 11 AM July 30
at the Ocean Beach Community House, new FIA president, Suzanne Goldhirsch,
presiding with guests: Town and State elected officials. On Kismet beach
scraping, the Kismet Erosion Control District has been advised by our
environmental consultants that it is unlikely the District will receive a
permit this summer from NYS/DEC and FINS to scrape the beach, since our beach
does not meet those agencies' permit requirements as to beach criteria this
The Kismet Bake sale, presided over by Pat V, Nancy, Phylis B, Cheryl
R, Michelle S et al was a yummy affair with impressive contributions that sold
out exceptt for some cookies and cupcakes which w ill
be served on kids night at the movies (see article in Fireislandsun.com)
Couples Club x2, the Founding Fathers of Sat AM post tennis INN Breakfast: Peter S, Arthur G,
Charlie U (in witness protection program), Salteen import Mel and group baby Tom L (only 58) criticizing each others caloric
intakes and choices: Peter-"Artie how can you have eggs and pancakes?" Art- It’s protein. Tom
L the fussiest -eggs over very very easy, no butter, bacon…
pancakes for the others. The topic for debate: which the correct word for
when Tom’s son Nick L, 19, has a girl in his room? Inappropriate
or Improper??? It always ends up “Artie! You're an idiot!’
Mike & Marge F look on
Out owner Paul B sending for ice from
the Market instead of his own place for son Tony’s little league party. Hmmm- very interesting.
bartender distinguished himself falling off a deck July 4th in the Pines. Pretended it was a dance move
as he emptied his pockets of sand. Can’t take that kid anywhere..
PARTY LINE: FYI when telephones first became available in
there weren’t enough to go around so several
families had to share one line. If you picked up telephone you could hear if
someone else was using it and you had to wait. It was a friendly thing. It was
called a “party line”.
Whammy BD in Out’s tent for Patti
Romanzi & her twin brother Tim, ringside seats for the Journey cover
band. Patti said “the drinks flowed like water thanks to our special waitress
(daughter Bryanna)” which left guests thoroughly anesthetized by midnite. “Those tents are nice” said Lou
R. Patti said “WOW!”.
the grown-ups played in their tent an army of at least 30 Kismetics invaded
FH’s White Party last Saturday: many of The
Next Generation Casey & Gracie, Kiley & Taryn P,
Morgan B, Rob V, Nick L, Sam W, Anthony P, plus Jill
Metcalf, Joey Bellinzoni, Chrissy, Shane Carew, Jack Heilpern., INN’s Tanya,
Yellow Pelican and Pelicans Roost and Yellow House sharehouses. If we
threw a party here what color would it be?
Sports: There WILL be softball – do you here
that Verne? Ask Lou. Zumba continued Sundays at noon – gals love it
for the high and the fun, guys love it for the hormones it releases later – go! Here’s a quote from Roz as it got intense ”the mind should never write checks the body can’t
miss Empire State Stompers at INN Tuesdays – the best!
is my DREAM LIST of COMING EVENTS ;
Kismet House Krawl: pix of the past
(these guys were the best – they stayed
chained together all evening)
That’s the Casino!!!
Cowgirls & Indians
most creative of all events ever in which 7-8 houses would choose a theme in
secret and transform their house into it – from the deco orations to the
clothes they wore, drinks they served, music they played. Each a total
surprise. i.e. the ‘Ool house became an entire wedding brides grooms ushers bridesmaids you entered thru a wedding arch and there
were party favors, then they would all join the crowd on to the next house.
There was a medical tent with sexy nurses and MDs with weird specialties,
drinks were administered by attendants from huge syringes, our own KFD Dom’s house
was totally Sesame street with huge animals
that dwarfed the guests and so on as houses mixed and melded – cowboys and
Indians, nurses, brides, cocktail waitresses until there was a Fellini-esque
quality as all the houses melded at the Out of Inn – my favorite was the last house
which was a gambling casino, guests were
given play money at Black Jack, Poker, Crap tables and served drinks while they
played (and there was one Real Table with Real Money shhhhhhhhhh).
interested n resurrecting contact Bob at Brown Sugar.
big daddy of’em all was the original Hooker’s Ball mandatory costumes as Pimps or Ho’s
(several Salteen husbands seen sneaking in as Johns). We had theme parties like:
Come as your Fantasy, Come as you are not in White, (I came as a bride with my
entire house the wedding procession) St.
Paddy’s day parade with real bagpipers marching through town and B-S
serving Corned beef and cabbage and lots of beer. Those were the days my
friends, all done without a firehouse and no entrance fees.
dream Volleyball Tourney with
several teams labor day weekend
(competition so fierce they used to import ringers) tams had names and we still
have among us the original Nasty Boys: Jay Smith (whom the younger players say
is still “awesome” at the net), Palace’s Elliot, plus Vinnie, Bryan, Ryan, Jayson, Sarah (atta
girl) - can be done just needs a little
organizing – Pancake breakfast I shall miss seeing families and friends eating
together, And on the Wish List is KFD vs
SFD softball game with cheerleaders et al
overheard at beach: I went off my beer diet and had one soda- too much sugar -
at least beer has 3 parts protein. Their girlfriends were on the soda and candy
diet. Congrats to the Japanese women’s World Cup team for rescuing the
to care about soccer (Stephen Colbert)
there’s a new bike rack – get off my deck
waitress Jo can use some hugs from Mom
The Sarle brothers play the Out
are SO civilized!
can I get some service here?
…and that’s Kismet!!!