Category Archives: THE ARMENIAN IN-LAWS

CLEANLINESS NOT NEXT TO GODLINESS IN OUR HOUSE

Happy birthday, Leens! I won’t bother trying to find the perfect gift.  You return most of my presents anyway.  Instead I’m giving you this blog post, plus a manicure and pedicure. When you were a little girl in Manchester N.H., you used … Continue reading

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IF IT WAS A SNAKE, IT WOULD’VE BIT ME

My wife is up to her old tricks again, mangling idioms at an alarming rate. Here are three recent mix-ups from my Beirut-born beloved. They threw you under the river Aleen was aiming for, “They sold you down the river,” or … Continue reading

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ANGER, URINE, AND INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS

One time my wife got in an argument, and the other party got so angry, he said, “I wouldn’t piss on you if you were on fire!” My wife was disgusted and offended by the remark. But I told her … Continue reading

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THE CONTINUING EDUCATION OF A RELUCTANT HOCKEY MOM

Last month my wife Aleen asked me to join her for an errand on the other side of town. At first I was reluctant. By which I mean, I refused categorically. But then she dug out an old black poker … Continue reading

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I SMELL A RAT

Back in the saddle after long break in Montana. I know most of you come here looking for the mixed-up idioms of my Beirut-born, Armenian wife.  However, I am going to play against type today and write about NASCAR, guns, … Continue reading

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INCIDENT AT OGLALA

I received complaints about the recent shortage of blog posts, especially ones about  my wife. I don’t know whether people have already mastered the previous Aleenisms and begun to incorporate them into daily life. I may conduct a pop quiz … Continue reading

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LET’S PUT A PIN IN IT

Here’s a saying my wife Aleen uses when dealing with a stubborn husband, child, or business associate.  Let’s put a pin in it. I was reminded of the phrase today when my friend Eric wondered aloud about installing a synthetic-ice hockey rink … Continue reading

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CAKE EATERS IN AN URBAN NEIGHBORHOOD

My morning rituals include walking the dog, drinking espresso, and picking up used condoms outside our home. Those of you from New York City won’t be impressed by the condom part. But people in L.A. never fail to raise an … Continue reading

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CUT YOUR NAILS, FAWN HALL

Toddlers are so cute, you forget how dangerous they can be. I remember when my daughter Lulu broke my wife’s nose in a head-to-face collision. I could hear the crack from across the room. I also remember the tiny little … Continue reading

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THREE FOR THE WEEKEND

You don’t deserve it.  You weren’t all that good this week.  Plus, I’m still upset that my favorite hockey team was knocked out of the playoffs.   Nonetheless, I am gifting you today with three more pearls of Aleen Keshishian wisdom. … Continue reading

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