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Catchphrase Crazies

Last weekend brought me to Chicago and a wonderful visit with my father's cousin Josephine, her husband Tony and family on the occasion of their 50th Anniversary.

I love everything about this trip. I love that my Mom and my Aunt Maria were there. I love my Chicago Casale Cousins. I love how loving and silly and familar we all are with each other - even family I was meeting for the first time. I love Chicago: the people, the food,the city itself - there's no place like it.

And I love this trip's catchphrase.

Whenever we go on vacation, we seem to invent and latch onto a catchphrase and repeat it at every turn. It's an exercise in comic timing that never fails. We find ourselves laughing all day long, everyday, for a week.

This time around it was when Aunt Maria inadvertently responded to one of us with this question, "Are you serious?"

My Mom then relayed the story of a girl who works with my brother. She says this all the time, only like this, "Are you seer-vee-ous?" Say it with me: "Seerveeous."

So here's how it goes: Sunlight is peeking through the curtains and Aunt Maria tells us we have to get up if we want to make the free breakfast.

"What time is it?"
"Are you seerveeous?"

We drive to downtown Chicago where the parking is not cheap. How much?

"$25 for two hours."
"Are you seeveeous?"

We order a stuffed pizza from Giordano's. The menu says it serves 3-4 people. It weighs about 9 pounds.

"Are they seerveeous?"

We ask a couple of Chicagoans how to get to the Randolph Street parking garage from where we were in Dale Plaza.

"You have to walk up that ramp and then walk 2 blocks in that direction."
We ask simultaneously, "ARE YOU SEERVEEOUS?"
Then we all bust out laughing like only we can.

And we don't care if anyone else gets it. In fact, it's probably funnier if they don't.

I'm not sure why we do this. Perhaps it's just the burning desire of all of us to inject a little funny into everything. It's the beauty of the inside joke. The joy of the callback. I know I am throwing the scenarios at you at a rapid-fire pace, but we sprinkled them throughout the day as perfectly timed gems and we laughed just as hard each time.

So this catchphrase will go down in history with all the rest, and we will take it out and dust it off and perhaps use it the next time we are together.

I dare you not to say it today. I'm seerveeous.

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