A Celebration of -cel- #socs

Another occasion when we start with the commercial: this post is brought to you by Celeste Sicilian pizza. Abbondanza!

There was really a Mama Celeste. That’s her in the commercials. Reminds me of being in Saddle Brook, New Jersey and a colleague and I went to a parish carnival not far from the hotel one evening for dinner. We had pizza and pastries, cooked and served by little gray-haired Italian ladies in black dresses. Mama Celeste wasn’t from New Jersey. In fact, she was from Chicago.

A celeste (or celesta) is a cross between a xylophone and a piano. You press the keys, which activate hammers that strike metal bars. You hear it in "The Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy" from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite

You can also hear it in Buddy Holly’s "Everyday," played by Vi Petty, either the wife or the mother of Norman Petty, who co-wrote it with Holly…

We’re getting close to Christmas, which means gift wrapping, and that means you’ll be using a lot of cellophane tape…

I heard the word "incel" recently and had no idea what it was. The Urban Dictionary told me it’s this…

a member of an online community of young men who consider themselves unable to attract women sexually, typically associated with views that are hostile towards women and men who are sexually active.

Kind of a nasty thing to call someone, you know?

Anyway, Linda hosts Stream of Consciousness Saturday every week.

19 thoughts on “A Celebration of -cel- #socs

  1. Nicely done, John. I love the variety of words you found for the prompt. I vaguely remember that pizza. I used some tape to wrap presents yesterday and thought, dang, I could’ve used cellophane in my post too. I’m with Dan, glad I learned the new word I hope never to need to use it. I hope you have a great week!


    1. The company is now owned by Pinnacle Foods, which is only making microwaeable “pizza for one” and only shipping to certain regions, according to Wikipedia. They really went downhill after the ’70’s. Too bad, it was good pizza, but they ran up against DiGiorno, Red Baron, and Tombstone, all of whom were making a product at least on a par with Celeste and doing it cheaper.


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