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Happy St. Valentine’s Day February 14, 2008

Posted by gregquill in Uncategorized.

I was born and raised in Chicago.  We were taught about the South Side Italian  gang led by Al Capone, and the North Side Irish / German Gang led by Bugs Moran.  And the rather memorable meeting between members of the gangs at SMC Cartage Company with their 45 caliber Tommy guns on St. Valentine’s Day, 1929.  I was born a mere 18 years later.


Red is such a pretty color…



1. gregquill - February 15, 2008

Sandy, thanks for your note.

Looking up “cartage” in several dictionaries, slovars (Russian dictionaries), dictionnaire Français (French dictionaries)and various thesaurus (4th declension Latin plural is “-us”, like the singular):

1. The act or process of carting.
2. The cost of carting.
3. the work of taking something away in a cart or truck and disposing of it

Way pane ß ???

Carthage (pronounced “cartage” by My Cousin Vinny and udder folks from Brooklyn) refers both to an ancient city in Tunisia and to the civilization that developed within the city’s sphere of influence. The city of Carthage is located on the eastern side of Lake Tunis across from the center of Tunis. According to legend it was founded by Phoenician colonists under the leadership of Elissa (Queen Dido). It became a large and rich city and thus a major power of the Mediterranean until its destruction in the Third Punic War in 146 BC. Although the center of the Punic culture was destroyed, it continued into Roman times. Rome also refounded Carthage, which became one of the three most important cities of the Empire, a position that would last until the Muslim conquest when it was destroyed a second time in 698. Today Carthage is being resettled as a suburb of Tunis.

Hometown of St. Augustine, St. Cyprian but curiously not a spot for St. Paul.

In French, camionnage.

In French, “cart – a – zhay” goes well with that famous French-U.S. department store, “Tar –zhay”.

And as Forest Gump said, “And that’s all I have to say about tha-yat.”

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