New Orleans History -- Lake Pontchartrain
Saturday, August 24, 2019
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Da Yoonion

The following are discussions about the first meeting of forum regulars in "real life" in April of 2003:

Yawl gonna be able ta come eat some oystahs at Zeke's on Monday?
Mr. Lake

So far so good! I am pretty sure I will work until 6pm Monday, have to drop one of Frankie's kids off at a Scout meeting first, then she and I will meet up with you guys at Zeke's, but will have William (8 yrs old and a sweetie) in tow if y'all don't mind!
CopCop

didn't ya tell us, CopCop, dat Frankie is from England? Let's hope JCG can make it on Monday so he and Frankie can have some convahsation about da old country.
Mr. Lake

Yeah, she's from Chester. Just a few minutes away from Liverpool an' she sez she an' her Sista' yoosta sneek owt when dey wuz yung in dey hot pantz an' go-go bootz an go see da Beatles at da Cavern!
CopCop

Da Cavun!!! Nah dat's special! Ah can't wait ta tawk ta Frankie about dat. Dis is gonna be fun.
Mr. Lake

ah kin make it. i might hafta bring mah daggone kid too. she's a angel though. she's tree an a half and she ax like a lil lady. maybe she could play wit copcop's kiddies. we'll see. oh, i wanted ta ax, is dis a yoonyun or a re-yoonyun? ahm da noo goil and i gotta lotta ketchin up ta do. just curious...
Hotsitotsi

Technickly, it's a yoonion 'cause we nevuh re-uned yet. We'll do dat anothuh tahm.
Mr. Lake

I never thought of that! The first meeting should be a "union"! Well, me an Cathy an' Mike awreddy had ow union!
CopCop

Dat's right. CopCop, Mr. Lake and BellBoy awe havin' a re-union. Aloit Reada, Mr. Lake and BellBoy already know each othuh, so dat don't hawdly count. Everybody else who nevuh met awe havin' a yoonion. When we awl meet again, dat'll be a re-union. Dis is gettin' confoozin.
Mr. Lake

so let me get dis straight. dis is just a quicky yoonyun, cuz the real awtentic yoonyun is gonna be at da camp. did i git dat right? cuz we nawlineeanz and we'll make enny ixcuse faw a pawty? am i follerin?
Hotsitotsi

Datz pretty close ta rite! Ah t'ink datz ah state law dat we kin have a pawty aw uh festivul at da drop uh a hat!
CopCop

It's like Ah tole yawl. We can't have no pawty (yoonion awe othuhwoz) until we get dat dam front walk built. Nah, if anybody wants ta volunteah daya soivices jis lemmee know.
Mr. Lake

Aw dawlin, if Ah's dere Ah'd help ya. Mah Daddy was a mastuh cawpentuh and cabnit makuh bah trade, but he suppowted us bah bein a maintnince man. He yoosta do odd jobs on a Sattidy and wood take me wit him. Ah loint alot just watchin (Ah was a goil and derefore coudden pawticipate) and nah do mosta mah own repaihs. Dat's wonna da reasins dat Ah bought a newuh house dis tom. Afta replacing alla da winduhs and doawas, ripping out da batroom floawa don to da sub floor, and jus about rebuilding dat 50 yeah old house, Ah figyad dat Ah was gettin too dam old to be playin Bob Villa evry weekend.
OkieYat

Ah know you would, Hawt. Ah know you'd be heah ta help build dat front walk if ya could, Okie. And Ah've no doubt dat ya real handy with a hammuh. But Ah suspect ya bought dat new house so you could spend ya weekends playin golf and drinkin boibun.
Mr. Lake

i'm konna handy. mah momenem own a hawdwaya sto an i hadda woik dere fuh all mah high school yeahs. nuttin like a teenage hawdwaya carreer ta make ya handy lata in life. i lernt alot an ah could prolly hep ya with dat sod wawk. we could make it a pawty and call it a pre-yoonyun.
Hotsitotsi

It's not a sod wawk. We don't got no sod wawks at da camp. We got'ta wawk--dat's diffrent from a sod wawk. A camp wawk (sometahms we cawl it a "run") is like a long skinny pier built on pilings ova da lake. Anyways, what hawdwaya sto does ya parents own?

Ah like ya idea about da pre-yoonyun pawty. Dat could woik.
Mr. Lake

i know whatcha mean. it's a pee-ah on pollins. ah kin swing a hammah, but ah can't drive no pollins. mah momminen own a hawdwaya stowa in luling. dey had it about 15 yeahs and nat wuz befooah dey had a soopa walmawt out daya.

i fuggot tah menchin dat sod walks wasn't always sod walks. didn't dey usta be bankits? as in: "ya gonna burn ya feet out dere onna bankit". ennybody know?
Hotsitotsi
Hotsitotsi