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Anyway, I finally chose a slab from the stone supply warehouse to replace my kitchen countertops, which I don't want replaced, but alas, now have no choice unless I want to live with this:
Here's what I chose:
So I decided on the Calacutta Brazil quartzite.
"Calacatta?" I said when I saw the name printed on the side of the slab. "Did they misspell that?" I pointed out the odd orthography to the staffer who had brought me back to the warehouse and was more or less following me around as I moved from slab to slab.
"They just spell it so many different ways," the diplomatic (and probably somewhat weary of trailing me) staffer replied.
Then it occurred to me: Ah, Calacatta Brazil quartzite must be from Brazil, where Portuguese is the language. Hence the non-English spelling.
Still, I wondered what it was about this quartzite that caused it to be named after a city in India.
Mayhaps the flowing movement of the pale brownish-goldish veins through the illusive light stone evoked for some early South American stone-cutter exotic images of the Ganges moving through a mysterious alluring landscape? Or something like that? Now I found myself wanting to know from where my future kitchen accoutrement derived its intriguing name. I googled it.
Turns out that whoever christened Calacatta Brazil quartzite wasn't thinking of Calcutta. They were thinking of Calacatta, a rare, uber-pricey luxury marble quarried in Carrara, Italy, the veining of which apparently resembles the veining in a particular kind of quartzite mined in Brazil.
Oh. Calacatta. Okay. Calacatta Brazil quartzite it will be. Once it's in my kitchen maybe I'll look at it and think of Italy. Or Calcutta. Either of which place I wouldn't mind being right now.