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Monday, May 28, 2012

"Chutzpah..." 'Chester "Unc" Lau' (Source)

Dakinetalks good friend and regular contributor is back explaining one of my favorite words, "Chutzpah!"
Unc is a reitred cinematographer living his twilight years on the island of Oahu. Chester served in the Korean war and enjoys the naturist lifestyle. He also wishes everyone a Happy Memorial day!
"Chutzpah" is a Yiddish word meaning gall, brazen nerve,  effrontery, sheer guts plus arrogance; it's Yiddish and , as Leo Rosten writes, "no other word, and no other language," can do it justice.


A little old lady sold pretzels on a street corner for 25 cents each.. Every day a young man would leave his office building at lunch time, and as he passed the pretzel stand, he would leave her a quarter, but never take a pretzel.
This went on for more than 3 years. The two of them never spoke. One day, as the young man passed the old lady's stand and left his quarter as usual, the pretzel lady spoke to him.  Without blinking an eye she said;
"They're 35 cents now."

Encore (Hana Hou) For a different perspective on what Memorial day means read today's, "Got Windmills blog by Andy Parx

Editor's note, Dakinetalk guest bloggers do not necessarily represent the opinions of dakinetalk. Guest bloggers are given space to express their beliefs and or opinions. We feel there are many roads and like to give people space to express their thoughts,after-all that's what dakine is...Aloha, James "Kimo" Rosen, Publisher.


Anonymous said...

Douglas Dunn said via facebook;"No good deed goes un-chutzpahed..."

Anonymous said...

Harmony said via facebook;"The story is certainly worth an extra dime!"

KimoRosen said...

Not only is this worth the extra dime, and not only does no good deed goes un-chutzpahed but remeber another true Chutzpah story," which enables a man who has murdered his mother and father to throw himself on the mercy of the court as an orphan." ;D)