Wednesday, July 18, 2007

BUON VIAGGIO DERRILL AND KATHY



























NEXT WEEK PROFESSOR DERRILL KERRICK (A NATIVE SON OF SANTA CRUZ) AND HIS LOVELY WIFE KATHY (Top Photo with your Gran Blaggatore) WILL BE TAKING OFF FOR A TOUR OF EUROPE. ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THEIR TRIP (AT LEAST FROM MY POINT OF VIEW) IS A THREE-DAY STOP OVER VISIT IN THE TOWN OF NIMIS IN THE FRIULI REGION OF ITALY. AS I WRITE IN 'LA NOSTRA COSTA', NIMIS WAS MY FATHER AND MOTHER’S HOME TOWN.


THEY WILL BE STAYING AT MY COUSIN FERRUCCIO DRI’S RAMANDOLO CLUB (Photo second from top). IN ADDITION TO FERRUCCIO THEY WILL BE GREETED BY COUSINS ANNA MARIA AND CESERE COMELLI (PHOTOGRAPHED ABOVE, STANDING BEFORE AND AUSTRIAN "CASTLE" WITH TWO OF THEIR GRAND CHILDREN). ALSO ON HAND WILL BE MY COUSIN ALDO COMELLI, THE RENOWNED MAKER OF 'VINO ORGANICO' IN NIMIS. HE IS PHOTOGRAPHED ABOVE WITH HIS LOVELY BLOND FRIEND, OLGA.


IF THEY WERE NOT ENOUGH, TWO OLD FRIENDS (Bottom Photo), MAMMA NANNA AND BABY NANNA . WILL BE ON HAND AT THE RAMANDOLO CLUB (Website: www. ramadoloclub.it ) TO MAKE SURE THAT THE KERRICKS HAVE A GOOD TIME.


BTW: DERRILL AND KATHY HAVE PROMISED TO DO A WRITE-UP OF THEIR EXPERIENCE IN NIMIS FOR THE BLAGGA. THAT AN LOTS OF PHOTOS TO BOOT. EXCITING......DON'T YOU THINK?? GB






12 comments:

Carolina Cariola said...

Oh my, Derrill and Kathy. You are quite the World travelers. When I was in Italy a few years ago, I kept hearing about Friuli. Friuli this and Friuli that. I thought it was a fruit dish or something. Imagine a whole Region in Italy. How funny?
Well, you have fun there and Derrill, "Fa il bravo". Carrie

Pat Polentoni said...

Wow!! Friuli a fruit dish. That's really something, Carrie. You problably also think that "Il Ponte di Sospiri" is an Italian Angel Food Cake. Kathy and Derrill should take you along. Then they would know what a real 'Fruitcake' is like. PP

derrill and kathy said...

Ivano:

We are honored to have your attention and incredible help for our forthcoming trip to Italy...we really like our "Bon Viaggio" blog...nice work.

One (final?) request before our departure (we leave for Zurich next Tuesday). In several e-mail messages you have explained how each of the persons we will meet are related to you or (if not) how you know them. Could you please send us a short list so that we could have a compact explanation available on one page?


Thanks a whole big bunch...you are a great guy!

GB (grand blaggatore) said...

Thanks Derrill and Kathy for your kind words. Her is the list you requested:

Anna Maria Comelli is my first cousin. Her father Giovanni was one of my father's younger brothers.

Cesere Comelli is her husband. No blood relationship other than he is married to Anna Maria. Same last name.

Aldo Comelli is my first cousin. His father Ruggero, was also one of my father's younger brothers. Also, Aldo's mother, Judita; was
a Bressani and a first cousin to my mother. Two Bressani Cousins married two Comelli Brothers.

Sandro Bressani (not photographed), is my first cousin. His father Tita, was my mother's younger brother. Teresina is his mother.

Ferruccio Dri, is my first cousin. His mother, Venerina was one of my mother's younger sisters. As a consequence, Ferruccio is also Sandro's firt cousin.

OLGA is Aldo's friend. They have been going together for quite some time.

Mama 'Nanna' and Baby 'Nana' are spirtually related to Charlie and Prince of Gulch Ranch Fame (P.73-74, La Nostra Costa)

Thats about it. Have a good time. ivn0

carolina cariola said...

Gran Blaggatore: You have to do something about this guy Pat Polenta-head. Everytime I say something nice on the blagga, he jumps up and writes something nasty about me. I made an honest mistake with that Friuli thing; you know friuli, fruitty. They are almost the same. I bet Polenta-head thinks that 'vino organico', has something to do to do with
the male anatomy. Boy, does he have a surprise coming!!

Kathy and Derrill you have a real good time. Gran Blaggatore's relatives look like real nice people. Aldo is such a "hunk" . Olga is real lucky to have him as a friend. Take care. Carrie

gb said...

I agree with you Carrie. A Gentleman should not cast aspersions as to a lady's character on the'blagga'. Especially a lady having such an illustrious name as yourself. Pat Polentoni consider yourself officially admonished by your 'Gran Blaggatore'. Go and sin no more. BTW: You do know what 'vino organico' means..don't you?? ivno

Pat Polentoni said...

Carrie: I apologies. Mia culpa,mia culpa, mia culpa! And GB:
I do know what 'vino organico' means. In fact I have seen it made at a Woodstock Reunion Festival a few years back. You 'picca-off da vine' and you 'stomppa da grape'.

Caution to Derrill: Go easy on the 'vino organico'. You don't want too 'maka too mucha trobolo' for Kathy PP

Saratoga Sam said...

Pat: You forgot to mention that those people picking at the vine and stomping on the grapes weren't wearing any clothes. I have the whole thing on video. I think that you may be in it.

I won't worry about Derrill giving Kathy too much trouble. Back in our college days at San Jose State, he fell asleep after two beers. Sam

Anonymous said...

To Saratoga Sam: Do you have any other "goodies" to reveal about Dr. Kerrick ?? He was my professor at Penn State U. He seemed so "uppity" then. I am sure my fellow alums would enjoy a 'clearer' picture of the man.

saratoga sam said...

Dear anonymous: Unfortunately Derrill waa a "straight arrow" when I knew Him. He hooked up with Kathy (one of the best looking gals on campus) real early at SJS. That was all she wrote. I thought I might have him on video at that grape stomping event, but I was mistaken. On the other hand Pat Polentoni was definetly there. Sam

GB said...

GB: More to the point of this article, Doriano Degano sends the following information that can be useful when visiting in Friuli.


Ivano:

Just a little Furlan Heritage (or Folklore).

I love this one. The town is Cividale Udine, a small hamlet right on the steps of the Giulian Alps bordering Slovenia. It is near one of the oldest Sanctuaries (1500 years old) in the region called Castelmonte.

Well the folklore about Cividale is about it's famous bridge, 'Il Ponte del Diavolo'(translated the Devil's Bridge.) The folklore behind the bridge is that the devil's mother had a huge boulder in her apron and dropped it into the river Natisone. Thus the town people at the time built the bridge around this huge boulder in the river.... I visited Cividale many many times while in Friuli and I enjoy going to Cividale and visiting the bridge, as well as going to Castelmonte. I often climb down to the base of the bridge to get a close look at this boulder... while down beneath the bridge you get the feeling of the folklore. The river Natisone is clear flowing mountain fed spring water with an abundance of trout. You can clearly see the fish swinning along. Doriano

Marvin Del Chiaro said...

Let me add my best wishes to you both for a buon viaggio, Derrill and Kathy. Certainly enjoyed our
"visit" and mini-reunion at Ivano's booksigning; I no doubt still owe you some photos from the event. Also, Ivano, enjoyed reading all the banter on the "blagga". Fantastic! We all owe you a debt of gratitude, Ivano!! Ciao. Marv Del Chiaro