|John Flaherty is the guy on the right.|
Then this conversation took place:
Gia: "Oh shit! Looks like he's got the Heene."
Me: "What? Like he's got the what?"
Gia: "The Heenies. The fucked-up eyes! Look at him!"
Her Dad: "Yeah...definitely da Heenie Goblatz on dat guy."
I have no idea what the fuck they were talking about. Gia and her family have a mix of Spanish, German, Italian and Irish in 'em, so I figured it was an ethnic thing. Sounded Yiddish to me, actually. And who knows where people pick shit up.
Now I didn't want to seem ill-informed or ignorant, so I just let the comment slide. I had no idea what the Heenie Goblatz was. I was guessing it was the Evil Eye or something. A curse or just a fucked-up way of saying someone has fucked-up eyes. What do I know? I'm third-generation Irish from both sides of my family. We didn't have the Evil Eye. Except for that look that my grandmother used to give me sometimes. ::shivers::
Anyway, like I do, I couldn't let this one slip away. So I had to look it up on the Web. Nope...nothing on the Heenie Goblatz. Then again, I could have been spelling it wrong. Coblatz, Koblatz, Heene, Heeny....nope...nothing.
So I looked up the Evil Eye instead. Maybe work backwards. Found lots of good stuff too. Lots of different words and expressions for it in lots of different languages. Just nothing in any language that could possibly be pronounced like the way they were pronouncing it.
So I finally gave up and asked Gia about it. She immediately started laughing, explaining that the Heene family (pronounced he-knee) were neighbors when she was growing up and they all had fucked-up eyes. Hence the Heenies. The last part was just a nonsense add-on that her father made up. And there you have it.
The Heenie Goblatz.
Sometimes it's better to just ask right away rather than wasting a night on Wikipedia and the like.
___________________________________________________Note: Remember to play the Badgerdaddy Trivia Challenge every day. Dat guy does have the Heenies!