The Point Of No Return edition

An intriguing title for a post

It makes me feel like a sixteen year old again (Maria ?)

Anyway, a brand new bar has opened here called simply…

‘Mama’………

It’s as cool as hell ! ! !

Good wine, good beer, good music, good vibes…

…You get the picture

Every second Friday they plan to have live jazz / blues / bosso nova

…beginning next month

Woo hooooooooo ! ! ! ! !

Right up the Groover’s strada (back to Italian)

But why is this establishment of cool called ‘Mama’ ? ? ?

Beats me

So let me jump over the Atlantic and bring up a Hollywood

feature called ‘Failure To Launch’  (2006) starring Matthew

McConaughey (and Sarah Jessica Parker) as a 40-ish American

that still lives at home . ! . ! . …………………….

Simple plot…….

…high net disposable income

…no bills

…no responsibilities

…quite simply a freewheeling playboy lifestyle

…and a funny American rom-com situation

…In Italia this proposition wouldn’t work because……..

…….it’s the NORM

I KID YOU NOT ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

A mate of El Groover is just moving into a four-bedroom villa

with enormous garden and garages and a huge basement he

will turn into an office so he can work from home…….

…..because the owner has waited four years for his son to move

into it…..

…..and he built it specifically for his son, to order so to speak

…..in this case, the parent’s order !

…..but the son (40-ish) (single-ish) prefers to have everything

done by Mama (and Papa)

But let’s not fool ourselves…………..

This patriarchal society in Italy is……………

owned, operated and controlled by the matriarchs

LOOK !

Think about it, why did Lorenzo name his new bar ‘Mama’

…not ‘Papa’ ! ! ! ! !

The average Italian male (not all, but the average)……

…..is like the silverback gorilla…..

…..Huge

…..Ineffectual

…..Living on memories

…..Hiding behind designer labels

MAMA is in control…

…in CHARGE

…still slim

…still capable (it’s a male / female thing !)

The fact is………

…..Mama was always in charge

Italy is a matriarchal society masquerading as a patriarchal one

Which brings me back neatly to the title of this post…..

The point of no return is the moment the male’s waist

measurement exceeds his wife’s bust measurement…..

…..in Italy this happens to be 38 inches (apparently it’s to do

with the Mediterranean diet)

(The Groover doesn’t mind ! ! !)

That’s the point the Italian male passes the metaphorical baton

…..the point when reality becomes truly symbolic and the past a……

…..Well, it was good while it lasted

…..He thinks

…..She may not agree

Bless them all…………

G.

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