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HOT-DOG MAN'S BUN VOYAGE (dirty-water hot dog vendor realizes the American Dream :)
New York Post ^ | February 17 2009 | IRENE PLAGIANOS

Posted on 02/17/2009 8:06:42 PM PST by Mr_Moonlight

He's going to relish his retirement.

After 41 years peddling hot dogs in the same Times Square spot, Angelo Pipas is calling it a career.

"I like what I do. I'm my own boss. But now my kids are grown, so I can relax more," said the 57-year-old immigrant, who's leaving his cart behind to spend some well-earned downtime in his native Greece.

The doting dad has worked 10- to 12-hour days, sometimes seven days a week, "so my kids can have a better life."

Pipas' sacrifices were worth it - his daughter, Kathy, is a lawyer, and his son, Mike, is a Queens high-school history teacher - and they say he deserves to leave the dog-eat-dog business behind.

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Blessed is this street vendor of the NYC holy dirty-water-hot-dog ... for without him, we'd GO HUNGRY from dawn until dusk until evening until night until dawn once again ... oh, and there is always the beloved Salty Pretzel too ....
1 posted on 02/17/2009 8:06:42 PM PST by Mr_Moonlight
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To: Mr_Moonlight

Cute story. I used to dine on chili dogs and jamaican meat pies back when I worked in the financial district. Nice old lady had a cart near my building with fantastic chili dogs. I even considered getting my own cart. I really hated corporate work. Buncha losers.


2 posted on 02/17/2009 8:09:11 PM PST by Huck (Don't vote! It only encourages them! Bye.)
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To: Mr_Moonlight

I respect that man more than the current resident of 1600


3 posted on 02/17/2009 8:09:24 PM PST by al baby (Hi mom. I love sarcaism)
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To: Mr_Moonlight
He's going to relish his retirement.

This is corny, but I love the NY Post for its style. Used to always pick up a copy on the train. I don't miss those days. But the Post was always entertaining reading.

4 posted on 02/17/2009 8:10:17 PM PST by Huck (Don't vote! It only encourages them! Bye.)
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To: Mr_Moonlight

Salud!

Message to obamabots. See, nobody can stop you when you come here/live here looking for a better life, and doing what you can for yourself to make a better future for your kids. Living on welfare, food stamps, and section 8 just so you can put nike sneakers and designer clothes on your babies isn’t the path to success in the US. It perpetuate poverty, slavery and dependence. Dirty water hot dog guy got it, did it, and can now reap the benefit of a true retirement.....his childrens success!


5 posted on 02/17/2009 8:10:35 PM PST by wombtotomb (since its "above his paygrade", why can't we err on the side of caution about when life begins?)
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To: Huck

Mmmmm Chili dawg with onions...


6 posted on 02/17/2009 8:10:36 PM PST by mylife (The Roar of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Mr_Moonlight

He mustard been a hard worker


7 posted on 02/17/2009 8:11:28 PM PST by mylife (The Roar of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

LOL. Do you think anyone else can ketchup to his 41 years of selling hot dogs?


8 posted on 02/17/2009 8:14:45 PM PST by ComeUpHigher
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To: Mr_Moonlight

Now that he’s retired, I guess he can dog it now.


9 posted on 02/17/2009 8:15:56 PM PST by SamAdams76 (I am 13 days away from outliving John F. Kennedy)
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To: ComeUpHigher

I dont know, cheese pretty diligent


10 posted on 02/17/2009 8:16:16 PM PST by mylife (The Roar of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Mr_Moonlight

There must be something about Greeks and hot dogs. There was a hole in the wall stand in Tulsa run by a bunch of Greeks. I ate there every day.

They were so good that I tried to duplicate them but never could. I did notice the wieners were Swift and the buns were bunny bread. I thing the secret was in the sauce which was called chili but really wasn’t it was a mild chili type sauce, also the onions were very mild.

I also noticed they grilled them right in front of the window. Started with maybe 50 and kept adding more as they sold. They kept the wieners rolling so when you got yours it had moved over most of the grill and was well done by the time you got it.

Still was never able to make one as good as they did.


11 posted on 02/17/2009 8:16:19 PM PST by yarddog
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To: Mr_Moonlight

12 posted on 02/17/2009 8:16:50 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: yarddog

Best hamburger joint in the world is Western Steakburger

Gus was greek and Maria the wife was spanish


13 posted on 02/17/2009 8:18:58 PM PST by mylife (The Roar of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: ComeUpHigher

Some of the condiments are silly


14 posted on 02/17/2009 8:19:18 PM PST by ThomasThomas ( Accept it, there is no except after in math.)
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To: al baby
You gotta go back to Reagan to find a man who might be equal to this hot dog vendor. Reagan was a self-made man. Gifted, to be sure. But put his gifts to work the best he knew how. And he did so with grace, humility, and humor. He didn't get everything right, but who does? I believe he came from the right place, and he did accomplish a few things.

The Bushes are privelaged sons, which makes them damaged goods. It's the rich man's curse or something. They remind me of people I've met on Martha's Vinyard. Thank God I haven't been there in many years. And I think they were both failed presidencies.

Clinton was self-made, but it was all yuppie/boomer self-realization/actualization, devoid of any sense of duty or humilty. Obama reminds me of Clinton. He's the last of the boomers, but he shows all the usual traits--narcissism, irresponsibility, navel-gazing, and self righteousness.

Almost all politicians, it seems to me, exhibit an acute sense of entitlement. We sometimes call it elitism. Deep down, they don't respect themselves in the morning. They know they are slime. So they rationalize. And lash out.

This hot dog vendor did good honest work for years. He raised to successful children. He worked hard. He subjected himself to the marketplace. That's a noble life, in my opinion. Something most politicians don't know the first thing about.

15 posted on 02/17/2009 8:19:41 PM PST by Huck (Don't vote! It only encourages them! Bye.)
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To: yarddog
They kept the wieners rolling so when you got yours it had moved over most of the grill and was well done by the time you got it.

Never under estimate the flavoring of a well seasoned grill

16 posted on 02/17/2009 8:20:40 PM PST by mylife (The Roar of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: ThomasThomas

Mayonaise alot of comments about condiments on here! ;)


17 posted on 02/17/2009 8:25:36 PM PST by FLDemocracker
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To: wombtotomb

Only in America....hope this administration won’t find a way to regulate those like him out of business.


18 posted on 02/17/2009 8:27:33 PM PST by prayerfullywaiting
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To: Mr_Moonlight

Enough of the hot dog puns!


19 posted on 02/17/2009 8:43:03 PM PST by smokingfrog ( Dear Mr. Obama - Please make it rain candy! [ I like jelly beans.])
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To: smokingfrog
Enough of the hot dog puns!

Yeah... I never sausage a thing!

20 posted on 02/17/2009 9:19:00 PM PST by Oberon (What does it take to make government shrink?)
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To: smokingfrog; Mr_Moonlight

Just one more! ;)

This man has earned the right to ‘relish’ his retirement, sitting on his ‘bun’ while doing ‘ketchup’ with his life!
‘Hot-Diggity-Dog!’

The All American Dream! May this fire never be extinguished!

Junie K


21 posted on 02/18/2009 1:24:35 PM PST by June K.
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To: yarddog
There must be something about Greeks and hot dogs. There was a hole in the wall stand in Tulsa run by a bunch of Greeks. I ate there every day.

Same here when I was in college back in the 60s. A hole in the wall owned by Greeks -- two chili dogs and coffee for lunch every day. Only 75 cents. Good dogs too but after a couple of years off that diet, I swore off dogs for a long time.

22 posted on 02/18/2009 1:33:23 PM PST by Ditto
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To: ComeUpHigher; mylife
"He mustard been a hard worker...Do you think anyone else can ketchup...?"

I never sausage nonsense.

23 posted on 02/18/2009 1:36:49 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Baddah ba bomp!


24 posted on 02/18/2009 4:40:19 PM PST by mylife (The Roar of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Mr_Moonlight
Hot dog man isn't anybody's fool.

Betcha he's letting his cousin run the stand and he still gets a cut of the action.

sw

25 posted on 02/18/2009 4:46:16 PM PST by spectre (sw )(Congress lied...the economy died)
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