It’s all good, the last issue that is. One bit of reflection, however, on the use of the German language. Now, the “Schnitzel” you are referring to in the last Kokusnuss Radio (Coconut Wireless, Aug. 11, 2005) is a “Wienerschnitzel” after the capital Wien of Australia—whoops—Austria (just checking if you’re awake): a breaded, very thin veal cutlet and nothing but a veal cutlet by the way. Which in itself is okay, unless you are the calf.
The “Weinerschnitzel” you are referring to is commonly unknown in German-speaking countries; if it was known at all, however, it would be either a Schnitzel for or from a whiner or it would have to be a moaning, whimpering or howling veal cutlet, thin or not which, of course, as you and I know cannot be the case since veal in any moaning state would not be handed out on the plates of any concessionaire, regardless of [being] in a State Park or not, due to the veal’s undue state of expiration.
-Thomas Holzer, Kula
The Editor responds: Actually, I was referring to the popular though insanely unhealthy “Wienerschnitzel” fast food hot dog franchise. They’re huge on the mainland, and I was saying that if the state Department of Land and Natural Resources wanted to put food vendors in our state parks, then they should go all out. But I can totally see your point.
DOES CRAIGSLIST SELL HOT DOGS?
I was saddened by the article about struggling alternative weeklies, which described Craigslist founder Craig Newmark as Public Enemy No. 1 (“Weekly Newspapers in Crisis,” Aug. 18, 2005). Craigslist fosters an incredible sense of community in an otherwise decentralized and alienated urban society, and deserves nothing but acclaim for the service he provides. I am a faithful reader of alternative weeklies and wholeheartedly root for their survival, but they must launch themselves into the present rather than point angry fingers at someone who already has.
-Anonymous, via email
The Editor responds: You know, I haven’t been to Wienerschnitzel in years. I think the last time I ate one of their hot dogs was during a game at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California. I don’t know about you, but I like to keep hot dogs simple: ketchup, mustard, relish and onions. Yeah.
DID BEST OF MAUI TALK ABOUT HOT DOGS?
Your 2005 Best of Maui (July 28) issue is superb! The art, the writing, the whole production, all came off really well.ECongratulations. Great work. As one of my favorite movie characters, Goldmember, might say, “It’s a keeper!”
-Roger Sussman, Haiku
The Editor responds: You know, I’m pretty sure we forgot to include a Best Hot Dog category in this year’s Best of Maui issue. For that, I am sorry. We’ll have to do that next year. No idea who it would be, since we don’t have any Wienerschnitzels out here.