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Thread #146030   Message #3660874
Posted By: Don Firth
16-Sep-14 - 02:50 PM
Thread Name: Lyrics: 10,000 Swedes/20 Swedes
Subject: RE: 10,000 Swedes
Ballard is pretty much the northwest quadrant of Seattle, a city shape more or less like an hourglass, bordered by Lake Washington on the east and Puget Sound on the west. Initially, it was settled by a large number of Scandinavian lumbermen and fishermen. It's a modern part of a modern city now, but still the population is heavily Swedish and Norwegian.

Bumpersticker seen on a car in the Ballard District:

"Norwegian driver
Thank you for not laughing."

Further—a definition. Lutefisk is whitefish preserved in salt and or lye, and there is a complex process involved in reconstituting it so that it can be considered fit for human consumption. The process stinks to high heaven and often results in a totally inedible gelatinous mess. But, it is eaten anyway because it is considered an essential Christmas delicacy. Def: "The Piece of Cod which Passeth All Understanding."

Sven and Ole find work with a house-building firm, and on their first day of the job, the basement has been dug, but nothing has actually been built yet. Sven steps into the construction trailer on the site and asks the boss sitting at his desk, "Are ve supposed to start wit' da foundation, or wit' da roof?"

The boss stares at him open-mouthed for a moment, then says, "Well, with the foundation, of course!!"

Sven sticks his head out the door and yells, "Hey, Ole! C'mon down!"


Don Firth