Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Special Guest Wednesday

This week, I'm proud to introduce you all to Armen Pirjanian who defined the word,

Mischief, n. 1. Companion to that last shot of bad tequila you know you should not have, but have anyways.
2. The patron saint of boys 3-12 years old.

About Armen: Armen was born in Iran, raised in Canada and moved to Southern California in search of a life of the mind. He now resides in Glendale, California which is more or less his ancestral home of Armenia only with less genocide. He is a formulator with Amgen and a coworker of Sonia's, who you met a few weeks back.

Having met Armen a few times I can tell you he's funny, engaging, enthusiastic and married to a very patient woman, Aileen. His politics slant just to the left of hard left and Armen is a partisan's partisan. Although not a sports fan by nature, he follows the Maple Leafs like Catholics follow dogma. Although Armen and I line up on different sides of many issues, we agree that The Godfather Trilogy was the apex of movie-making, including the third one, and don't want to hear any back talk.

Armen is a notorious kebab pusher and it's through his good offices that I found Rafi's which I recommend to anyone in the Glendale area, except vegetarians with whom I rarely speak. I'm told he is also an admirer of Alton Brown's chicken stuffing, although not what that means. He used to podcast and I believe with a little pushing might become a blogger. A virtuous man, Armen despises disingenuousness regardless of which sin he applies the word to.

How to be a future guest on this site: Just send an email to dpascover at mac dot com. On a future Wednesday, after posting that week's guest, I'll send you an email with a word to define. You'll be expected to return your definition along with a graphic representing either your definition or yourself by the following Saturday. The only rules are no profanity and no novels, please. And whatever I make up at the last minute.


duxfine said...

Mischief, n. The power behind the throne amongst indigeneous North American tribes, this influence was most often discretely wielded behind the closed flaps of the central lodge or teepee.

mireille said...

A left-of-hard-left, non-disingenuous man of virtue who watches the Food Network. Armen, I like you. xoxo

Sar said...

Ditto Mireille & nice to meet you Armen! Sure, I'll give a push to encourage your blogging. I'll even pledge readership.

Mischief - The anecdote for boredom.

(Nice write up Doug; you know you're just asking for it from the likes of a certain Bohemian and New England Pez with your vegetarian snark.)

Armen said...

Thank you mireille..

Im not exactly personal chef to chairman Mao but i do make a mean chicken parm.
Sopranos kick off party at my place this sunday.. some wine some pasta, a wacking or two ...fuggetaboutit...

Doug - really liked the Bio.
(ok thanks to Sonia as well)

pia said...

Good to meet you Armen. Don't think you realize that you stirred up some mischief with Doug's mischiefous comment about "rarely speaking to vegetarians."

When MizB comes you will see what mischief can be like in blogging.

I will read you also--and steal Doug's blogroll for the best people around who love a bit of mischief

logo said...

Being the warden of two male children in that age range I completely agree with the second definition.
A fascinating guest as always!

dddragon said...

Mischief: what's up when twin girls get their heads together and laugh evilly.

Nice to meet you Armen! I can't wait for sister AP3 to get here!

Cowgirl said...

I agree 100% with Armen's first definition of mischief involving "tokillya," er tequila.

One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor!

Miz B is gonna lloooooooovveee this post! ;)

kyahgirl said...

Nice to meet you Armen! That's a great bio.
No mention of Timmy's but I'm assuming that because the picture is there you might be a fellow addict. Yes? Do they have Tim Horton's in California? If yes, maybe I'll come for a visit some day :-)

Doug said...

Miss Chief, I presume, Duxfine

Mireille, thanks. He seems like a pretty good guy, doesn't he? Better check with Aileen, though.

Sar, I only meant mischief. I bet AP3 and Miz B will be pretty good to me.

Armen, welcome to the family.

Pia, I have no-one to blame but myself for that. And Kebab. I plead the Kebab defense. Moussaoui and I do.

Thanks, Logo

Dddragon, I expect you know a thing or two of the word.

Cowgirl, I don't remember that rhyme from H.R. Pufnstuff. (Ask someone older)

armen said...

Thanks every one for the warm welcome

Doug glad to be a part of "la familia"

kyahgirl unfortunately no Timmy's here
its a travesty I know -
me and my ignorant self walked into a doughnut shop when I had recently arrived in Ca. and ordered a large double double - and the lady looked at me as if I was speaking in tongues (for the non-Timmy addicts double double is 2 creams 2 sugars).
Needless to say whenever I’m in Toronto that’s usually my first stop.

Cowgirl said...

Doug, thought I would sing you a little tune -

H.R. Pufnstuff,
Who's your friend when things get rough?
H.R. Pufnstuff
Can't do a little cause he can't do enough.

Jamie Dawn said...

Mischief: My son's middle name.

Nice to meet you, Armen! Good job on your definition.

Doug: I can't argue with your assessment of The Godfather Trilogy. Them's good movies.

Tan Lucy Pez said...

Mischief, n., Must be Greek. I'm totally unfamiliar with this word.

Hello Armen! Nice to meet you. Good job on the definition. Also a nice write-up Doug.

ariel said...

Hi, Armen! I'm not familiar enough with English to define the word "mischief" or is it my snow white personality?

since the bio mentioned Armenia, dear bloggers, let me suggest you to check out this site and find out about one of the forgotten genocides...

AP3 said...

"vegetarians with whom I rarely speak"

Ha! You lie. Well, you email with us, anyway.


Veggie kebabs are the best kebabs!

armen said...

Thanks Ariel - well didn’t want to get political (me political ...never ... ha)
this is a very good site as well


ap3 I believe what you are referring to is a salad on a stick
that’s all ill say on that matter

Miz BoheMia said...

Oooooweeee! ap3 is a fellow veggie head! OW! DANCE THE DANCE ELECTRIC!

*GASP* *Bohemian clutches heart as she is shocked, SHOCKED* ...except vegetarians with whom I rarely speak. Wha?...

Nope... I read no such thing! I know that all Dougy Dawgs looooooveeee bohemians and their rhapsodic vegetarian ways. You loooooveeee me and you know it brotha!

Ooooh! Armen was born in Iran!

Farsi sobat mikoni? Dige bishtar neminevisam just in case! Loved your write up and nice to meet you!

Mischief? Where! What? ME? NOOOO! *Shocked Gasp, SHOCKED*

Doug said...

Armen, around here that means "double meat double cheese" but I bet you've learned that by now.

Well done, Cowgirl. Of course, I meant the Banana Splits. One Banana, Two Banana, Three Banana, Four

Thank you, Jamie Dawn. Mainly on behalf of Godfather III.

TLP, ask Dddragon to explain and maybe offer an example.

Ariel, you should really look in the Encyclopedia for "Mischief" It's under all the letters.

AP3, you're one of the good ones.

By the way, all, is it just me or are the comments really blowing today?

Miz B, you're the other good one. I'm not being nice to any more vegetarians, though, so don't ask.

armen said...

Miz BoheMia I was - preety sure i know what you said (in my broken Farsi)
but my soul is Armenian regardless of my physical location :)

who knew mischief could start a veg - non-veg free for all

Doug - we should take em all to a Churrascaria - (remember where we went that time in Burbank)
im sure interesting dinner conversation would ensue.

Omnipotent Poobah said...


Do you have a brother named Hammer?

And I think you should amend you definition:

mischief - Companion to that last shot of bad tequila boys 3-12 years old know they should not have, but have anyways.

Nice to meet you.

Rio said...

i'm the Miss Chief of mischief if that makes any sense. it does in my mind but its a wonder i can think at all.

ariel said...

thank you for the link Armen. who was talking about politics here? (it's nice of them, the site has Turkish language, too.)

Cowgirl said...

By the way, all, is it just me or are the comments really blowing today?

Doug I think it must be because it is Hump Day, AKA Wacky Wednesday.
There is no way to blame the water. The comments have been blowing over at Shayna's site also...

Sar said...

Excuse me Doug? Are the comments really what?? I thought this wasn't that kind of site. Bad doggie! I think you've met your daily allotment of mischief.

Armen - "salad on a stick", lol!

Doug said...

Absolutely, Armen. In fact, I'm starting to think you're just a mis-spelled Argentine.

Haha, Poobah. Isn't that a little late to start drinking?

Ariel, I think genocide is either the alternative to politics or the natural result. I know I want to choke someone most of the time.

Cowgirl, thanks. I was afraid it was just me.

Blowing, Sar, like an ill wind. Perfectly gentlemanly metaphor.

revi said...

blowing. ha.

your "blowing" comments beat my blog on it's best day.

hush you!

actonbell said...

Hi, Armen--nice to meet you! That's a very appealing write-up:) You did a great job with the definitions, too.

SquareGirl said...

According to my mama me and my four siblings caused a lot of mischeif when we were growing up, so I can only assume that "mischief" means "joy to the very core of my being".

Hi Armen, I love non-vegetarian kebabs and will have to check out the place you recommended...nice to meetchya!

Doug, you are right to not talk to vegetarians too much...anyone who doesn't eat meat is not to be trusted. And the comments do indeed blow today...just doing my part to cause more joy today!

cooper said...

Nice to meet you Armen.
Don't eat much meat myself you'll have to work on that.

I'm astonished to know that Glendale is where one goes for the " life of the mind".

Ya learn something everyday.

armen said...

Yes -
its amazing the clarity of mind one achieves when surrounded by ones country men - or is it country persons
nah country men - :)

oh and Doug thanks for giving me the opportunity to be Wed. guest - Really enjoyed it

Tan Lucy Pez said...

The comments "blow?" They blow?

These people are the best commenters in the universe, and you say that they blow? You, sir, are no gentleman. So don't go usin' no gentleman's metaphor. You dawg you.

3D has no idea about mischief. Those girls are perfect in everyway. Just ask their grandmother. She'll vouch for them. Perfect.

Doug said...

Revi and, especially, TLP I meant the process of commenting blows. I tried to answer comments when there were three and then four and then six and it kept giving me errors and closed boxes and missing verifiers. The commenters are, as always, sterling.

Thanks, Actonbell.

Squaregirl, I'm sure that's just what your mama means. Mine too. I think mine uses "Idiot" similarly.

Cooper, we'll have you kebabing in no time.

Armen, thanks for doing this. I'm glad it was fun for you too. Good job on the definitions and the responses throughout the day.

Just like their Mom, right, TLP? By the way, Goa'uld gets cyberwedgies until she posts something.

Janet said...

I love the definitions for mischief. I always managed to feel so inspired and yet such a mere mortal in the presence of all of the wordsmiths who contribute here.:)