Otto's family tree

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Otto's family tree

  1. 1. by Cheryl LansExcerpted from Mini Blagues from Trinidad My family tree? Why certainly dear child I can tell you all about that. Luckily we don’t keep our records in govern- ment buildings that burn down, leaving us as nowherians. There are many of us abroad you know and it is a good thing too because so many dotish people are ready to kill us and the snakes too.Nowherians- Stateless, placeless, in this context not knowingyour lineage.
  2. 2. by Cheryl Lans Excerpted from Mini Blagues from Trinidad One of my most respected cousins actually spent some time with one of the decent sort who fixed him up after a bad drive broke one of his wings. Once he was released he went to lime at Maracas beach thinking that there would be more of those pardners. Well who tell him to do that? He joined the deceased in no time at all. You ever hear more? No broughtupsy on the beach that day. Counoumounous abound yes child. They is plenty too bad, dotish as the day is long.Bad drive – careless driving; lime—relax, pardners—friends,broughtupsy- Proper upbringing including concern for animalwelfare, Counoumounous- Ignorant people., dotish—stupid
  3. 3. by Cheryl Lans Excerpted from Mini Blagues from Trinidad That is me of course in the first two pictures. My closest family Tyto alba, happily is common like pot hound – although some small-island branches of the family are getting meagre. We used to work mainly on farms but de new thing now is to work in organic wineries, us for the rodents and bats for the insects.Common like pot hound- Plentiful; pot hound- Mixed breed dogs, De- The; meagre – reduced in number
  4. 4. by Cheryl Lans Excerpted from Mini Blagues from Trinidad Yes we in ting in the US and all about.In ting- Involved inthe latest fashions.
  5. 5. by Cheryl Lans Excerpted from Mini Blagues from Trinidad This round-eye one looking like he maccoing the neighbors is Mottley – Ciccaba virgata, his bars or bands or stripes are not so obvious in this dual picture.Maccoing- Minding their business.
  6. 6. by Cheryl LansExcerpted from Mini Blagues from Trinidad Meggie and Mano, two screech owls eating- their family name is Megascops choliba. This big-eared one is Virginia, a horned owl - family name Bubo virginianus, hooter from Virginia is the rough Greek/Latin translation of her name.
  7. 7. by Cheryl Lans Excerpted from Mini Blagues from Trinidad This one in the fancy threads is Trixie - Pulsatrix perspicillata is her family name if you please. Jumbie bird indeed. Yes that is what they call she, all ah we in fact. Is jealous they jealous and them so always playing mas in fancy costume and funkie washikong? I never hear more. Other people call her spec- tacled owl since that reflects the perspicillata part of her name.Fancy threads— Fine feathers make fine birds. Jumbie- Spirit.All ah we – all of us, mas- Carnival revelers; funkiewashikong—smelly sneakers
  8. 8. by Cheryl LansExcerpted from Mini Blagues from Trinidad Yes this one is a baby picture of William, is not short he short. Ok, he is going to grow up short alright like the rest of his family - Gaucidium brasilianum, all the Gaucidiums in fact. Some Europeans are the tallest people in the world but apparently they never reach here, maybe they stayed in Jamaica. No use crying over the past. Napoleon was short and he hooked up with a West Indian gyul if you must know. You didn’t know Josephine was a Creole? Well you know now.
  9. 9. by Cheryl Lans Excerpted from Mini Blagues from TrinidadJosephine catch cold anddead trying to pick upsome young man in aflimsy dress. Playing farsewith sheself in pre-feministFrance; but that is a wholenother story. 1801 Antoine-Jean Gros - Bonaparte on the Bridge at ArcoleHooked up with-Normally partnered with, in this case married; gyul-girl;Creole—born in the West Indies.Catch cold and dead- Died from a respiratory illness; playing farsewith sheself- Putting herself forward.
  10. 10. by Cheryl Lans Excerpted from Mini Blagues from Trinidad Here look at my French West Indies album; this is Athena, a burrowing owl posing on Josephine ’ s parents ’ house in Mar- tinique with a picture of the Creole sheself in one of those self- same flimsy dresses. Well look at my crosses, I getting old oui- mouth open story jump out. I getting all het up.Look at my crosses- My cross to bear; mouth open story jump out-Blurting out the truth: Creole proverb hors de bouche ouverte saut leconte. Het up- Worked up.
  11. 11. by Cheryl LansExcerpted from Mini Blagues from Trinidad
  12. 12. by Cheryl Lans Excerpted from Mini Blagues from Trinidad OK, back to the Trini album.When Papa God was sharing ears, Virginia Asio flammeustake nearly all and Sean here was left withthese small ones, hee hee. –
  13. 13. by Cheryl Lans Excerpted from Mini Blagues from Trinidad His family name is Asio flammeus—flaming owl, no that is the Latin meaning, I not swearing. They have a few small branches of small island family but I think we can stop here and call that George.I amnot swearing; small island- smaller Caribbean islands ( smallerthan Trinidad ) . Call that George- The End.

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