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100 Things

So I’ve seen a few of you doing these lists of 100 things about you. Some have them on your sidebar, some are posting them in small pieces, and some have posted them all in one post. I think it’s egotistical, self-aggrandizing, and indulgent. I’m in!

The current plan is to break it into 5 groups of 20 things, with each group having a different theme. We’ll see if I can stay with that consistently.

100 Things: Me and My Family

100. My father’s family is Italian.

99. My mother’s family is Irish and Nova Scotian.

98. I have four uncles, three who are my mother’s brothers and one that is my father’s brother.

97. I was born in Weymouth, Massachusetts.

96. My parents were both born in Massachusetts as well.

95. I am the eldest of three siblings. I have a younger sister and we have a younger brother.

94. I moved to Ormond Beach, Florida (right outside Daytona Beach) in 1980, when I was three years old.

93. I have three living grandparents. I had four until my Nana passed away a couple of months back.

92. My father’s family came from Naples. The Avitable (and Avitabile) name is very big there. There is a statue to General Paolo di Avitabile, who was well-known in Italy and feared in Pakistan. In fact, his name (Abu Tabela) is used as a bogeyman to children in Pakistan even to this day.

91. I believe that my maternal grandmother has been able to trace her family back to the Mayflower, which is amusing, because the family drinks like Irishmen right off the boat.

90. I have never met any Avitables other than my uncle and cousins. I would like to, someday.

89. My mother’s family is quite large, and, in fact, she is older than her youngest uncle. As a result, most of the family members who are my age are actually my second cousins.

88. My grandmother’s brothers used to live in a very poor part of Massachusetts and were a bunch of thugs as kids. The Learys were a bit of a gang back in the 40s and 50s.

87. My mother liked my father because he was a bad boy who drove fast, was a bit older, and got into lots of fights, including throwing someone through a plate glass window. He was arrested many times as a teen and young adult, and it was only because of the good old boy network and my grandfather’s connections that he doesn’t have a record.

86. Before my parents married, my mother and father either broke up or almost broke up because she wasn’t sure he was willing to settle down. My father hitchhiked cross-country, and when he got to California, he realized how much he needed my mother and came right home to her, smelly and dirty from over six months on the road without a shower or bath.

85. Three of my uncles don’t have more than a high school diploma, yet they’re all successful businessmen.

84. While I have never hit on any of my cousins, many of whom are objectively attractive, my brother tried some cheesy pick up lines on my cousin on Myspace.

83. This same brother also set up a Match profile when he got out of the military. After choosing the parameters of the girl he was looking for, only one result popped up: my sister.

82. Both of my siblings work for me currently.

81. I’m not sure, but I may be the first person in my mother’s side of the family with a doctorate.

80. I am Italian and Irish, but I hate Italian food and Irish food. This vexes my parents.

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59 Replies to “100 Things”

  1. Angel

    I am Italian as well, and my husband is Irish. For the record, I LOVE Italian food (if it is prepared authentically. I do not go for most of these Italian restaurants that claim to be authentic, when you taste the food, you can tell it isn’t. Luckily, before my grandmother passed away she taught me how to cook, and also willed me her cookbooks. :clap:

    On the other hand, I don’t think I have ever had Irish food. Maybe at my in-laws, I’m not sure.

  2. heather

    “In fact, his name (Abu Tabela) is used as a bogeyman to children in Pakistan even to this day.”

    I’m sure some day your name will too be used as a bogeyman to children in Pakistan.

  3. RW

    There are actually only about seven people on Earth who don’t like Italian food. A handful here and the rest in Pakistan.

    But allow me to second Mr Fab’s question; what Irish food? I’ve been to Ireland and I can say this; you don’t exactly go there for the food.

  4. Avitable

    Hilly, we could be twins! Marinara makes me gag more than a big cock, too!

    Sheila, one who likes American cuisine and that’s about it.

    Angel, if it has sauce and pasta, I don’t care if it’s Olive Garden or an original family recipe. It’s still bad.

    NYCWD, meat-a-balls I like. It’sa the rest of it thata I don’ta like.

    Joefish, I like the way you were doing it, but I just needed more substantive information.

    Jhajha, as I finished writing it I realized that, but then I figured most people who read this blog can barely count to 5, much less 20, so I was okay.

    DB, isn’t it? Freaks me the fuck out, I’ll tell ya that.

    Mr. Fabulous, haven’t you heard of Bennigan’s? Heh. Actually, it’s things like corned beef and cabbage, which is more Irish-American than Irish, but it’s just like Italian food made here, too, in that sense.

    Heather, it is. That is my name. 🙂

    RW, I just can’t see the appeal of pasta and marinara.

    Erratic Scribbler, I’m hopping a plane right now.

    Poppy, yes, he is. I guess, in some ways, it’s clear how we’re related!

  5. Angel

    There are Italian foods that do not include pasta and marinara, but most of them you will not find here in America, so I see your point.

    I make the best meatballs, and I love them dearly!! You are making me hungry, and it’s only 8 am here!!

  6. Julianne

    99. My mother’s family is Irish and Nova Scotian. and English. Nova Scotian is my mothers father, but i don’t think the Leary’s

    96. My parents were both born in Massachusetts as well. yes

    91. I believe that my maternal grandmother has been able to trace her family back to the Mayflower, which is amusing, because the family drinks like Irishmen right off the boat. yup back to John Alden & Pricilla Mullins, through the Wilder’s (your grandmother’s mother’s side)

    89. My mother’s family is quite large, and, in fact, she is older than her youngest uncle. As a result, most of the family members who are my age are actually my second cousins. it think it is her brother Kevin who is older than his youngest Uncle. Kevin was born in 1952, Uncle Mark in Dec 1953. So unless your mom’s bday is before 12-23-53 she’s not. But the rest of the statement is right

    88. My grandmother’s brothers used to live in a very poor part of Massachusetts and were a bunch of thugs as kids. The Leary’s were a bit of a gang back in the 40s and 50s. more the mid-50’s through the 60’s. The oldest boy was born 1936, the youngest in ’53, so they hit HS starting in 1950 and ending in 1971, eight boys in all. Rollie graduated with George Jung (of “Blow” notoriety) and Paul played football with him, but was a year or so younger

    84. While I have never hit on any of my cousins, many of whom are objectively attractive, my brother tried some cheesy pick up lines on my cousin on Myspace. yes he did leave me a comment that could be considered hitting on, but in his defense it started with “so i guess you know my brother adam” clearly indicating he was unaware of the relation. Thanks for referring to me as “objectively attractive” i love compliments

    81. I’m not sure, but I may be the first person in my mother’s side of the family with a doctorate.i think so, i don’t think any of the original generation got more than a diploma, and its only the younger of the cousins who have bachelors or masters, Kevin or Leah or Jason being the oldest i think.

    can you tell i am in charge of the family tree??

  7. Avitable

    Angel, I’m not a fan of potatoes unless they’re french fried or mashed, either, and I know that there are things like gnocci that use potatoes.

    Jules, thanks for the information. I think my grandfather’s (Howard) family is from Nova Scotia. Weren’t the Leary’s across the street or something from a large Italian family who were also a bunch of hoodlums? My mother is younger than Mark by six months – you’re right about that. I got my BA before Kev and Leah, although Jason is probably before me. You are clearly a highly competent keeper of the family tree!

  8. rockyjay

    Italian / Irish, huh?

    Then you must know the perfect recipe for (Irish) stew: Get some meat, some potatoes and a lot of Guinness Stout. Drink all of the stout. Forget about the stew.

    Too bad you Italians only get one good shave from a disposable razor.

  9. Meagan

    I see Julianne is pleased that she was referenced….not so sure that I feel the same…at least it was sean who found me in a search and not the other way around….I had just forgotten about that too….

  10. Avitable

    Mistress Yoda, what’s that?

    Mist1, I think they found their match.

    Rockyjay, I can’t even use a disposable razor once – I usually go through two or three blades if I haven’t shaved in a week.

    Tracy, awesome! You’re so cool!

    TMP, exactly. If it’s not a cheeseburger or a steak, I don’t care.

    Meagan, I’m happy to remind you. Anytime.

  11. Dragon

    “he realized how much he needed my mother and came right home to her, smelly and dirty from over six months on the road without a shower or bath.” That is the so romantic! No wonder she married him. Are you as romantic as your father, Avi?

  12. Avitable

    ADW, yes. Italian sausage is good for the ladies. Lots of protein.

    Mistress Yoda, isn’t that the “curse” of almost every culture except blacks? Irish, Asian, English, Greek, etc.? The curse must mean that if it’s smaller than 12 inches, it’s small.

    Dragon, probably. I can be very sappy.

    Amy, ask your husband what else I don’t like that surprised him.

  13. Webmiztris

    omg, how can anyone not like italian food! you are CRAZY!

    “In fact, his name (Abu Tabela) is used as a bogeyman to children in Pakistan even to this day.”

    why does this not surprise me, Dr. Avitable???

  14. Avitable

    Dawn, I just can’t get interested in marinara.

    Mistress Yoda, it’s a myth!

    Amy, oh, like those are big issues?

    Liquid, that is a truly brilliant idea. I might have to do something like that.

  15. Avitable

    Mistress Yoda, what is the difference? It’s not prepared on a plate with unclean animals?

    Amy, I have issues of Playboy.

    Nessa, mainly Irish-American cuisine.

    Bossy, I only like meat, cheese, bread, and birthday cake. It’s who I am.

  16. Miss Britt

    “I have issues of Playboy”

    Yes, and convince young girls to read those issues of Playboy with you while recording themselves masturbating.

    And you see no problem with that.

    As long as Amy is out of town.

    and THAT my friend, is, officially, an “issue”

    :dance:

  17. Avitable

    Mistress Yoda, let me know what you figure out.

    Usedtobeme, I knew I liked you for a reason!

    Tug, I don’t know if he did while he was hitchhiking. Maybe, but probably very infrequently.

    Angel, maybe I AM your husband! :boobs4:

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