Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Ask Uncle Sal: Dancing dogs and driveways

What do dancing meat products have to do with the day of the week? Redhot with Relish

Now, it would be easy to chalk this up as another thing cubicle farmers do to cheer themselves up. And it might well be. Some corporate drone mighta done that picture because Friday is the only thing he has to look forward to. (See a previous edition of Ask Uncle Sal about how much importance office cogs place on the day of the week.)
But let's think about this another way. Say you run a bar and your special on Fridays is hot dogs. Then that picture you submitted would be pretty appropriate, don'tcha think? So let's think of it as sump'n good like a bar special instead of sump'n as depressing as office life.

Dear Uncle Sal: Why do people park on driveways and drive on parkways? Bumfuzzled in Bemidji

These are the kinda questions that keep you up at night, Bumfuzzled? Since ya asked, I'll answer. That's the way this here column works.
To find the reason people drive on parkways, ya gotta go back a bit in history. Ya see, the first parkway was a road called Park Way in Ronkonkoma, New York. It was named for an amazing Korean table tennis player who moved there when he couldn't find no more opponents to play in his hometown in Korea. The guy won a national championship in table tennis (yeah, there is such a thing) after he moved to Ronkonkoma. As ya mighta guessed, parkway became a generic term for a road. Which leads us to the matter of parking on driveways. See, since a parkway became a generic term for a road, real estate agents couldn't say that a house had a parkway leading up to the garage. So some clever real estate agent figgered that if people drive on parkways, they might as well park on driveways.

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