This week my good friend Dr Spo, who reflects, posted about pizza and the rankings he would give to the pizzas of his misspent youth. And then doesn’t Debra, who seeks, posted some pizza memes just yesterday. It made me wish that they could taste the pizza at Nimrods’, the newest addition to the downtown food scene here. Part of a floating food court at Peakes’ Quay it is owned and operated by a trio of young entrepreneurs who had enough faith in their food and their abilities that they did a bit of a David and Goliath act earlier this year. But that is another story best left for a time when I want to rant about the murk and muck that is Municipal politics here in Charlottetown.
If the good Doc (living proof that not all docs is quacks) his Someone, and Debra along with Her Rare One were here they would taste pizza that I’m sure would send them over the moon. It reminds me of San Marino, our old standby when we lived in Rome – and frankly I can’t think of a bigger compliment. It has a thin crust that has been fired in a 5,000 lb, floating, wood burning oven, topped with fresh ingredients and garnishes. The crust has a crunch to it but is tender and slightly chewy with a bit here and there charred from the incredible heat of that clay oven. And the toppings are all fresh, top quality and applied in unusual but tasty combinations. And it’s all made and served up by a great crew – friendly, funny and obviously dedicated.
But enough about that – what has this, asks my faithful reader, to do with the title of your post? “Well,” said he wiping a stray smear of curry cream from a butter chicken pizza off the corner of his mouth, “the name of the establishment: Nimrods’! Strange name for an eating establishment don’t you think? Doesn’t it mean ‘a person who is foolish or inept’? Who wants to eat at a place named after ‘a person who is foolish or inept’? And not only that the punctuation suggests there is more than one “Nimrod” in the mix.
Yes Miriam Webster and the OED define a Nimrod as a foolish or inept person but (and you knew there would be a but) it is qualified as an “informal North American” definition that first appeared in the 1940s. What they don’t tell us is that it was defined by a rabbit! A celebrity rabbit but none the less a member of the family Leporidae: Bugs Bunny.
Yes gentle reader, Bugs Bunny! If nothing else, and he was much else, Bugs was well-read, erudite, and capable of great wit (and sarcasm). In early cartoons he, and subsequently, Daffy Duck refer to Elmer Fudd as “Nimrod, the mighty hunter” in a wicked touch of irony. It’s a direct quote from the King James version of the Book of Genesis where he is referred to as “a mighty one in the earth” and “a mighty hunter before the Lord”. In the Hebrew Table of the Nations he is listed as the great-grandson of Noah and the founder of many great cities. And he features in not only Hebrew and Christian mythology but also in the legends of Islam, and the foundation “histories” of Armenia, Hungary, Finland and even, as the patron of builders, in the early rituals of Freemasonry. In some stories he is credited (blamed?) for the attempts to build the Tower of Babel; in others as the builder of the great cities of Mesopotamia; in yet others the founder of nations; and in at least one tale challenges Abraham to a fight of the godly (Abraham) against the godless (Nimrod). I guess “godly” won that one????
So here was Bugs being all witty, learned sarcasm and what happens? Such are the vagaries of our language that poor old Nimrod goes from being “a mighty hunter” to being “inept and foolish”. Oh how the mighty have fallen.
And as to the people and the fare at his namesake establishment? They are “mighty” fine gals and guy who serve up “mighty” good pizza!
Okay July 25th is another one of those days: Chili Dog Day, Hot Fudge Sundae Day, Refreshment Day, Wine and Cheese Day and Merry-go-round Day. So we celebrate the first four and then take a ride on a Carousel??? That’s a sure fire recipe for disaster.