Monday, August 07, 2006

Three Things About RI ...

The opportunity came up last weekend to tour around Rhode Island. Various locations are the settings for my planned novel. It was great to actually see these places rather than rely on images from the internet or invent them from whole cloth. Plus a digital camera was very helpful to make sure I didn't miss any details. A few fun facts:

1. In Rhode Island, an ice cream shake (or frappe as we say in Massachusetts) is called a cabinet.

2. In Providence, largest city and capital, there is a section of town called 'Federal Hill' which is their 'Little Italy'. The arch at the entrance to this area has a hanging pine cone or 'la pigna', an Italian symbol for generosity. It is not, as many suspect, a pineapple.

3. Every 50 feet there is a Dunkin Donuts coffee place. The drive-thru for each has a line of cars about five miles long.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Kristen said...

A "cabinet"? Where is the story behind that?

October 31, 2006 at 6:32 PM  
Blogger Todd Wheeler said...

Story? Explanation? I dunno. Why did we call water fountains 'bubblers' in Massachusetts? Why do they call soda 'pop' in the mid-west? And why is every kind of sub sandwhich in Maine called an 'italian'? Who ever heard of a tuna italian?

Thanks for stopping by, sis! :-)

October 31, 2006 at 9:21 PM  

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