Majestic swan or Mafia thug? You decide!
Blog Guy, I know you study organized crime. What’s this I hear about an upstart gang moving in on the rackets?
That would be the Swan Gang. Very nasty. Don’t mess with them.
Swans? Those magnificent birds? But they’re beautiful!
Not when they’re in your face threatening to burn down your linen supply business. Look at this undercover police photo of their godfather, Swan Corleone, intimidating folks at Swan Lake.
According to the police transcript he’s saying, “That’s a nice beach bag, lady. Be a shame if something happened to it.”
You should see them swanning around with their porkpie hats, big cigars and flashy gold cygnet rings. There’s a reason the cops now refer to “Swan’s way.”
Don’t you mean signet rings? Wait, I get it, Blog Guy. A cygnet is a young swan. And “Swann’s Way” is a classic book by Marcel Proust. This is just more of your sophomoric word play, which your readers will then try to top, right?
I don’t see it as sophomoric word play. I’d say it’s swan-upsmanship.
A woman looks at a swan passing by at the Alte Donau in front of the Vienna International Center in Vienna July 13, 2010. REUTERS/Herwig Prammer