Author Archives: Gita Mani

About Gita Mani

Nature lover. Punster. Foodie.

Make me a cosmopolitan!

Big D, the city I call home, surprises and delights when I’m least expecting it. Check out these lovingly rendered signs around town.

The puns in this one put the happy in Happy Hour for me. So do the lettering, colors and illustrations.

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Centric Bar and Grill, June 2017

Anyone else see the subtle TGIF around the wine glass (top left)? Or is it just me?

A lot of care and creativity went into making these Dallas Comedy House menus:

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Dallas Comedy House, May 2017

So fun! I love “Key & Peele Lime Pie” and “the Such a Ham sandwich”! I also like “IMPROVISE your own.” But my favorite has to be “Nom, nom, nom” under Food. See it? Truly great puns, like this one, are stealthy. They do not call attention to themselves. Nom, nom, nom sits there perfectly happy if you see the obvious reference to food but leaps off the board to tickle your funny bone if you uncover the hidden joke (nomination, in this case).

The list of libations:

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Dallas Comedy House, May 2017

The DCH signs are high up on walls, and the angle of this shot makes this sign harder to read. My faves from this board:
Steve Martini
SarahDay Night Live
LizLemonDrop
the Woo-ie CK

😀 😀 😀
For being a teetotaler, I left both venues in high spirits.

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The most punderful time of the year

Signs that wordplay is alive and well in Dallas!

Near Mockingbird Station, around Halloween:

Halloween sign near retail store: fab-boo-lous

No scar(e)city of puns. Dallas is well-equipped.

Near Trader Joe’s/Walnut Hill:

Walkens welcome

Locks to laugh about.

Christmas cheer around here:

Gnome for the holidays

Where to go for my wordplay addiction? The elf-help section.

Happy you here! Err … I mean, Happy New Year. Too much punch can do that, ya know!

Office cutie

Look who traveled all the way from Glasgow, UK to Dallas, Texas, USA. Resilience Fox.

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Being used to forests, he took to the plant in my cube.

But it made him sneeze: “Atishoo! Atishoo!” So I gave him the whole box.

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He took a tissue and dabbed his little snout.

Then he finished his tour of my cube.

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Deciding he liked the monitor stand best, he made himself comfy there. That this forest dweller would want a Dell nearby didn’t surprise me. But there is another plus to the location that appealed to him — a buddy. Can you spot his buddy? Clue in the last photo. Leave your guess in a comment, dear reader.

Resilience Fox came from the caring hands and heart of The Star and Heart Studio on Etsy.

Bai love

I drink to your health. In my glass are Bai Bubbles. You may remember their sparkling wit from August. This month, I present Peru Pineapple and Lambari Watermelon Lime.

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Both fit the bill for subtly sweet and fizzy pizza prop. Great on their own, too.

Like the last two Bai bubblies, these sport a playful side.

Bai Bubbles - Peru Pineapple - Flavor so seductive, we should change its name to fineapple

Fineapple! Really? So cheesy, it’s fine. 😉

Bai Bubbles - Lambari Watermelon Lime - Your taste buds would commit a felony/To get their hands on a can this melony

lol – went from bad to verse

So far I’ve featured four flavors on this blog: Bogota Blackberry Lime and Bolivia Black Cherry in August; and Peru Pineapple and Lambari Watermelon Lime in October. Does this mean there’ll be another post in this series in December, you ask? No, this isn’t a Bai-monthly series. The other three flavors — Gimbi Pink Grapefruit, Jamaica Blood Orange, and Waikiki Coconut Lime — have fun writing too, but it’s not as creative.

Oh, before I forget, here’s the Bai-line for this post:20181021_192851.jpg

Cheers!

Sparkling wit

These beverage cans hide a playful side. Literally.

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Here they are from the front. All slick and smooth.

And here’s the playful side.

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Bai Bolivia Black Cherry – Take your taste buds for a wild ride on a cherry-go-round of flavor.

Side 2

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Bai Bogota Blackberry Lime – Blackberry flavor so insanely delicious, it defies all lime or reason.

I wanted to Bai a Coke alternative to go with pizza. While nothing compares to Coke as a pizza bev, these antioxidant infusions fit the bill, Bai and large. They’re a fizzy, flavorful counterpoint to the crisp crust-soft cheese magic of pizza.

Sweetened with erythritol and stevia leaf extract, Bai Bubbles are 5 cals a can, if you’re counting. Each has as much caffeine (45mg) as a cup of black tea. Their colors and flavors come from fruit and vegetable extracts, so they’re clean and look gorgeous in the glass. Cheers!

Thanks for reading! Until next time, good-Bai!

Dove tale

A white-winged dove built a nest in my balcony. It took about two weeks for the eggs to hatch and two more for the babies to fledge.

June 28th – I stepped out for better cell reception to this!

What bird is this, I wondered …

white-winged dove on nest in Dallas, Texas

A white-winged dove! Identifying marks: bright blue ring around the eye, black streak on cheek, and white-edged wing that gives the bird its name.

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July 9th at dawn

I came home drenched from a sudden downpour to a sight that tugged at my heart.

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Mom is sopping wet and hanging on in thunderstorm gusts and heavy rain. The balcony has no awning, so there’s no protection from rain. July 12th

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All dry and fluffy the next day – July 13th

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Is that fuzzball under mom a baby bird? July 14th

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Two little heads and two little tails – July 17th

Why this bird chose a fourth-floor balcony grate to have babies beats me.

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I gratefully accept this gift …

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… of a beautiful dove and new life so close

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White-winged dove profile story 🙂

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July 19th

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So big so fast. So beautiful! July 21st

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Family portrait – July 25th

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July 26th – Last pic of the three together before the baby birds fledged

See how the story ends! Check out the full album of photos taken June 28th to July 28th.

More about this beautiful bird:
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology: White-Winged Dove
Beauty of Birds: White-Winged Doves

I’ll forever love my very first bird guide, All the Birds of North America. It is awesome! There’s the Merlin Bird ID App, too.

Note: All close-ups are crops of longer shots (to give the birdies their space).