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Sunday, October 21, 2007

I am so totally adopting this as my new name!

Forget 'trep', 'treppy' or anything like that.  As of today I've officially adopted a new nom de blog.  I discovered it quite by accident while vanity googling, er... I mean checking out my site's technorati links.

I noticed that a German language blog (based in Beer Sheva) had linked to my post about Private S.W. Watts.  When I clicked over I saw the following:

"David von Treppenwitz [emphasis mine] hat ueber einen jungen Briten geschrieben, der auf dem britischen Soldatenfriedhof in Beer Sheva begraben liegt: Writing home for someone who can’t.  Ich kenne diesen Friedhof natuerlich und andere britische Soldatenfriedhoefe in Israel auch. Sie sehen sich alle sehr aehnlich. Auf mich wirken sie beruhigend, eher troestlich als erschreckend."

Holy cow... how cool is that?  David Von Treppenwitz!  It's like being a rock star, mad scientist and army general all rolled into one!!!  Hmmm, maybe I need a monocle.

Just a heads up... I'm going to be a tad insufferable for the next few days.

[clicks heels together, pivots, and strides haughtily from the room]

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Cool! Von Treppenwitz. Mazal Tov on your new name. Does it call for a kiddush?
After checking what the VON is all about (because I never paid attention to what it really stands for), it makes sense what they wrote. David from Treppenwitz, but I know, it sounds very cool. I would add to it a title like Duke. Duke David von Treppenwitz, that sounds even cooler. : )

Posted by: David S | Oct 21, 2007 3:49:49 AM

ach du lieber

Posted by: mata hari | Oct 21, 2007 5:47:06 AM

You need an organ and a tumbledown castle on a deserted mountain. It would also help if you could laugh maniacally.

Posted by: matlabfreak | Oct 21, 2007 6:14:06 AM

Great. I lost a bet to Colonel Klink. ;)

Posted by: Jack | Oct 21, 2007 6:17:57 AM

As my grandmother from Hamburg used to say, "shveinerei!"

You also realize, that by adding the VON you now need to be at least an hour early to any appointment or event....

Posted by: Baila | Oct 21, 2007 7:13:33 AM

Raus mit you! Give my regards to Baron Manfred Von Richthofen, and his brother, Lothar!

Posted by: wrymouth | Oct 21, 2007 9:17:30 AM

Ha! Ich bin lachend so hart. Oder auch als matlab von Mißgeburt gestanden , Ich bin lachend wahnsinnig. ( ja mein Herr , ICH zu bin ein von ) herzlichen Glückwunsch fort ihrer neu Überschrift ( werden wir begegnen als Bier? )

Posted by: Die Sabra Von Israel | Oct 21, 2007 9:18:01 AM

David S... Hmmm, I think I can arrange a little schanpps without too much trouble. But buying a peerage to go with my new name might just break the budget. :-)

mata hari ... I love it when you peak German to me! Auf Wiedersehen baby! :-)

matlabfreak... Look, between your suggestion and David S., it looks like I might have to spend a fortune accessorizing this new name. I just might have to rethink the whole thing. :-)

Jack... Could be worse. You could have lost the bet to Major Hochstetter. He probably has no sense of humor about his wurst being delayed. :-)

Baila... No joke, one of my friends from the old country was a dyed in the wool 'yeckie' and would sometimes circle the block in order to arrive exactly on time... not a minute early or late. :-)

wrymouth... I'd rather quaff root beer with Snoopy. :-)

Die Sabra Von Israel... OK, I think I got the part where you were laughing (not clear if it was with, or at, me) and I think you may have invited me for a beer. The problem with German is that I don't have the attention span to wait around for the verb. :-)

Posted by: treppenwitz | Oct 21, 2007 9:41:23 AM

You're a squid, so it should be Kapitan zur See David Graf von Treppenwitz.

What a great name for a pocket battleship. :)

Posted by: Karl Newman | Oct 21, 2007 10:39:35 AM

Oh David, I would have made you "von und zu Treppenwitz" if I had only known that this makes you laugh. BTW Karl Newman is right only let's do it all the way:

Adamiral zur See Graf von und zu Treppenwitz

You don't dring "Schnaps" (that's for the lower strata of society) you go for French Cognac and you don't need a monocle but a looking glass.

Posted by: Ruth | Oct 21, 2007 11:11:48 AM

Hmmm, maybe I need a monocle.


Oberst Klink?

Posted by: a. | Oct 21, 2007 12:26:36 PM

p.b. online translators are a disgrace on language, Safta. Any language.

Posted by: a. | Oct 21, 2007 12:28:47 PM

Karl Newman... Squid??? Since when did you adopt the lexicon of the neanderthals, um, I mean Jarheads... er I mean Marines?

Ruth... How embarrassing! Who knew that I was not only tippling the wrong tipple, but looking through the wrong glass! :-)

a. ... OK, I'll go along with you on your general disdain for online translation. But what then? Also, what does Col. Klink have to do with a waiter??? [tilts head sideways like a confused puppy]

Posted by: treppenwitz | Oct 21, 2007 12:33:44 PM

Now I'm waiting to hear your first trombone concerto. :)

Posted by: psachya | Oct 21, 2007 1:17:52 PM

Meshaneh shaim meshana mazal? Mazal Tov on your new name, sounds pretty cool. If you get tired of it you can change it to Van Treppenwitz and pick up a guitar or something...

Posted by: Jewish Blogmeister | Oct 21, 2007 5:45:41 PM

Is it a coincidence, but the week where we read about Avram getting the extra 'Hey' in his name, that you should get the extra 'von'????

Posted by: Skaj | Oct 21, 2007 10:09:54 PM

David, whenever one of my shipmates or I would do something particularly sailor-like, a comment like "You are SUCH a Squid" or just "Squid" would be made. They were terms of endearment, but had to be earned.

Now, about all your sea stories....nuff said. :)

Posted by: Karl Newman | Oct 21, 2007 10:38:38 PM

Like Jack, after you mentioned the monocle, that's who I immediately thought of.

David S. - Duke David - uhh, I would stay far away from having those two words in a title - does David Duke ring a bell?

Posted by: Jaime | Oct 21, 2007 10:58:18 PM

(hope the insufferableness wears off by thursday, herr von trep) :)

Posted by: jennifer | Oct 22, 2007 12:22:31 AM

Love it! Very "Sound Of Music"

Posted by: PP | Oct 22, 2007 8:57:54 AM

I must say that there was more Hogan's Heros in my mind than Captain von Trapp... sorry! And I think the new identity suits you just fine.

Posted by: nrg | Oct 22, 2007 9:22:55 AM

Okay, what is a 'yeckie'?? I've been known to circle the block a few times when I arrive somewhere early. One friend even came out and waved at me to come in rather than go for another loop. :-) Of course now that I'm married to a wonderful, but not quite so timely woman, we usually average out and arrive either right on time, or just a tad late, but not too late.

Posted by: JDMDad | Oct 22, 2007 12:54:21 PM

Also, what does Col. Klink have to do with a waiter
Now, now. Don't try picking me for the scapegoat and sidetrack. Besides, Jack was first.

Posted by: a. | Oct 22, 2007 1:01:59 PM

Hahahaha! Excellent! I don't know why, but David von Treppenwitz reminds me of a mad scientist...

Posted by: Miss Worldwide | Oct 22, 2007 1:58:11 PM

psachya... More like an epic opera I should think. :-)

Jewish Blogmeister... Good thought.

Skaj... Yeah, you keep thinking I'm that tuned into the parsha. It's nice that someone doesn't think I'm a total am ha'aretz. :-)

Karl Newman... What? I followed the rules and started each one with "This is no sh*t..." didn't I? :-)

Jaime... I think we all watched way too much TV as kids. :-)

jennifer... I had to send the organizers a note telling them I won't be able to attend. Unfortunately I'm slammed at work. We'll have to meet up another time on our own.

PP... Oooh good one. I hadn't thought of that one. Actually it fits; The Von Trepp family singers. :-)

nrg... Thanks. I think. :-)

JDMDad... I don't know if I spelled it correctly, but a 'yeckie' is a Jew of German descent. They got the nickname in pre-state days when the more casual Jews of eastern European descent made fun of the jackets the German Jewish men wore. 'yeckie' is a modification of the word 'jacket'. Yeckies are know for being hyper punctual )among other things).

a. ... No, I really wanted to understand your comment. Honest!

Miss Worldwide... Thanks. I always hoped that skipping chemistry in high school wouldn't limit my future options. :-)

Posted by: treppenwitz | Oct 22, 2007 4:43:04 PM

I hope it doesn't knock too much of the mystique away to tell you that all it means is "David, from Treppenwitz."

But it is a great moniker. Use it often. "Ich weiß nicht was soll es bedeuten, daß Ich so traurig bin..."

Posted by: Elisson | Oct 22, 2007 5:49:39 PM

Not to insult your memory, but this wasn't the first time someone refer to you as a Von Treppenwitz.

It wasn't too long ago, when, I, also honored you and your family with the title.


As you so fondly like to say ... don't thank me, I am a giver. : )

Posted by: Jaime | Oct 23, 2007 3:51:41 PM

Elisson... Yeah I know, but it sounds so much more important in German! :-)

Jaime... I guess it didn't register because you shortened treppenwitz to 'trep' and didn't mention my first name at all. :-)

Posted by: treppenwitz | Oct 23, 2007 4:05:03 PM

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