Friday, July 17, 2009


There's something empowering about crawling out on the garage roof and howling at the moon. Or maybe it's the word "Arrooo!" Since my book's been published, I've received "arrooo's" in text messages, emails, phone calls, cards, notes, etc. The word seems to take on many meanings, like "hello" "miss you" "cheer up" "congratulations" "don't forget the guacamole" get the idea.

We talked about it
during the recording of the Ocean County Library's podcast on The 40th Anniversary of the First Manned Moon Landing. We were sitting in a room in the Bishop building, formerly the Toms River library. Even though the shelves are now empty, the building has that quintessential old-fashioned library feel. If you've seen the movie "The Amityville Horror", you know what the place looks like. The library scene was filmed there. (By the way, the Hollywood producers did not think the librarians who worked in that building looked enough like librarians to be in the film, so they hired extras from a local retirement community to play the parts.)

After we did the podcast, we celebrated with an Arrooo!
Here's what we sounded like.
No need to wait for a full moon if you want to give it a try.


Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, the ARROOO didn’t play on my system.

I’ll walk over to the Long Island Sound later this evening and send an ARROOO towards Massapequa.

nanmarino said...

I walked over to the Barnegat Bay and sent an ARROOO in that direction too. Thanks for letting me know about it not playing

Anonymous said...

Glad to know that there is another writer out there who howls at the moon.... I'm sending you an ARRROOOOO that's echoing down from these 'Green Mountains'