Sunday, December 13, 2009
Howard and I went to Fanny's last night to celebrate our 5th anniversary. Fanny's is where we met, sitting on adjacent bar stools.
I still remember our first conversation. Howard said, "Do you know this song the band is playing?"
And then I said, "Uh.... I think it is 'Sophisticated Lady.'"
That is how I know I liked Howard! Because I know my Duke Ellington and I knew darn well the song was "Sophisticated Lady." And here I was stammering and acting as if I were not sure.
Howard taped our entire first conversation so we have it. He was afraid to tell me for something like three years that he had taped that conversation because he was afraid I would think it was strange.
That is Howard pictured above with his Manhattan.
Here I am with my braces.
Get a good look because they will be gone soon!
I called earlier yesterday for reservations and you would think Fanny's would make some kind of little fuss out of us because we met at Fanny's, as I explained on the phone, and for years we were regulars there. But no. No one could have cared less that we had met there. The red carpet was not rolled out for us. That was OK. We were laughing about it. We were saying it was like New York City where nobody cares.
That is our waiter you see on the left in the picture of me.
We ordered this seafood diablo which we always used to get. It is kind of like our dish. Only now it was 10 times spicier than when we used to go there. All we could think was someone got into a fight with someone in the kitchen and they started throwing cayenne pepper all over into everything. Sicilians are always fighting. I used to tease Leonard Pennario about that.
The spicy food got me laughing too. It is not fun to laugh when you are eating something this peppery!
But it was a wonderful anniversary and all the goofiness about it just made it funnier and more memorable.
Our friend Ross on Facebook says that in today's world the 5th anniversary is the new 50th anniversary.
Looks like we made it!