May 12, 2005

I dare not say things are looking up...

for to do so would surely cause me further schlamazelry, but I will say that the seminar was okay. Why? Catering by The Fish Market! Greek salad, slaw, fried okra, roasted potatoes, corn on the cob, hush puppies, fried fish fillets, broiled Greek-style shrimp that would cause you to slap your own mother, and a tasty triangle of baklava. I went light on the breaded stuff and filled up on salad and shrimp, and I'm going to take the baklava to Reba. Boy, am I sleepy.

Sprinkler piping? Well, it's important, if you have sprinklers in your building. And plastic pipe is a different thing from black iron, if you can believe that!

For example, it is forbidden to use edible oils such as Crisco as a gasket lubricant. Second, you should not allow pipe sealant to plug the sprinkler head.

Who knew!?

Best malaprop was the information that the chlorine atoms in CPVC are "bounded" to the other molecules. I think he either meant "bonded" or "bound."

Or not.

Second best was the information that the CPVC piping is suitable for potable water supply. With "potable" pronounced using a short-O pot. But, what do I know? It's not like I'm from Cleveland or anything. Anyway, I wouldn't drink out of a sprinkler pipe, no matter what.

Anyway, back to work! Or a nap. I am awfully sleepy now.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at May 12, 2005 01:37 PM

WOW!! That sounds like the best-fed seminar ever, if it was catered by the Fish Market. Can we all come to your next seminar??

Posted by: Stan at May 12, 2005 01:47 PM

How do you pronounce "potable" then?

Posted by: Igirnint at May 12, 2005 01:49 PM

Certainly, Stan. But I can't guarantee you who the caterer will be.

Dave, the French pronounce it "poe-TAHBLHHHHGHHHhH," but I prefer to prounounce it the way Alex Trebeck does--"po'-tibl."

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at May 12, 2005 01:58 PM

I am so jealous! We always get Aramark or Johnny Ray's and Fish Market is SO much better!

Posted by: sugarmama at May 12, 2005 02:00 PM

I got a double helping of scrimps, too. Man, they were good.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at May 12, 2005 02:14 PM

I suppose you'd get double jeopardy for a potent potable.

Mmmm, greek food. Almost makes me want to travel to Chicago. Almost. 13 hours one way is a bit much for saganaki and the combo plate at the Greek Isles.

Posted by: MarcV at May 12, 2005 02:52 PM

Surely there's some good Greek places there in NC, Marc. Aren't there?

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at May 12, 2005 02:57 PM

Maybe he meant that the chlorine atoms cannot move beyond the other atoms.

Which they probably can't, but I suspect that he was right only by accident.

Posted by: Tom Jackson at May 12, 2005 06:06 PM

Best I can tell, he was trying to say the chorines won't come off into the water in the pipe, or into the air if the pipe catches on fire.

(By the way, I always spell 'pronounce' as 'prounounce.')

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at May 12, 2005 11:49 PM

No, not really. I blogged about it a few years back on my "Provincial Date Night" post, of my disappointment in the one "Greek" restaurant in Greensboro.

There may be one in Charlotte or Raleigh, but I'm not getting my hopes up. I just saw "Big Fat Greek Wedding" last night on TV, and that didn't help either! I'll just have to make my own octopus balls. (For some reason that last sentence doesn't sound right.)

Posted by: MarcV at May 13, 2005 08:37 AM

Maybe if you said "my own Greek octopus balls."

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at May 13, 2005 09:50 AM