April 1, 2003
After a year and a half of taking pictures, the DCGreeks.com Camera Guy has taken his final shots. "I think it's time to move on," said Camera Guy clutching his Olympus (what other brand would any self-respecting Greek-American photographer use) C-700 Camera. "The camera had this power over me, it was almost an evil force urging me forward to take more and more pictures. My precious camera... precious... precious."
To his credit, Camera Guy never posted a bad picture. "It was like I had a magic camera. It only took moneyshots. It brought out the beauty in everyone, except for the evil ones with the red eye. The camera knew who the evil ones were... my precious camera... precious."
Camera Guy's brother knows that it will be difficult giving up the power of the camera. "I had to stop coming to Greek Nights altogether because the power of the camera was too strong to control." He adds, "If you see Camera Guy out with his camera, under any circumstance, don't stop to pose for a picture. He needs your help in beating the power of the camera. He can't do it alone."
Local Company Offers My Big Fat-Free Greek
"Let's face it, putting on a Greek wedding can be a hassle for a lot of people, and not to mention a huge expense for the bride's parents, who have already given away half their fortune in goats even before the wedding invitations get sent out," comments Steffie Dropisou, founder of Dropisou Wedding Planners. Dropisou's company saves its clients money by booking churches in rural Virginia and Maryland, that are so small, they actually offer a cash-back rebate for couples agreeing to get married there, just to increase their exposure.
Dropisou also saves her clients money by booking retired bouzouki players or finding DJs from other Balkan nations to play at the reception. She explains, "Eh, the American guests don't know the difference and the Greek guests are too sauced from my homemade retsina to care."
Finally, Dropisou's notion of a Fat-Free Greek Wedding extends to the menu. Dropisou claims, "We find that many Greeks are looking for healthier alternatives for the food at their receptions. It's amazing the things you can do with a bed of lettuce and a piece of pita bread these days."
Featured flavors at upcoming Greek Nights will be Cat-Aifi's popular, "Cat-Astrophia," flavored with tequila, and the "Mr. Octopus," with real bits of octopus and squid. "Greek kitties can't get enough tentacles, especially at Greek Night," jokes
While there is no cure for Crabs-in-the-Pockets, studies have shown that long-term exposure to the same young Greek female may keep the disease in check. "The problem is getting a girl to stick around long enough for that to happen," suggests Dr.
I.M. Ftinos, one of the researchers, a long-time sufferer of the disease. "It's especially difficult when the girl knows you have more than enough money in there, but the crabs still won't let go. I guess taking them to T.G.I.Friday's on their birthday doesn't help either, you know what I mean," Ftinos adds.