Mike Berman’s Washington Watch

March 24, 2008 10:55 PM

Wisdom From Saul Turteltaub

"Regarding leftovers: Better they go to waste then they go to waist."

"New York exaggeration. Three Subways and the Hudson Tube."

(When I suggested to Saul that I did not understand this line, he sent me the following explanation.

"In New York when you had to go a distance it involved taking two or three subways, most connected at Times Square and the full exaggeration was "and the Hudson Tube", which was a tunnel between Jersey City, NJ and downtown New York.

Example: "Why aren't you going out with Edna anymore? She is geographically undesirable. Three subways and the Hudson Tube. Or more simply: Bronx."

Subsequently Saul sent me the following version. "What a terrible date it was. I took a belt way, a parkway, a thruway to get a "no way."

And that is how a joke is born.

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