70: winning

during my lifetime, there have been advances in the food and beverage industry, and also some flops.

i miss crispy m&ms.

keebler magic middles were incredible.

does anyone remember ecto-cooler?

mcdonald’s arch deluxe, and advertisements for it as an “adult hamburger.” does anyone remember the commercials? ronald mcdonald was seen doing adult things, such as playing golf.

clear pepsi. released to test groups of a million people at a time, rhode island was one of the locations. boston was another. too bad new englanders hate change.

new coke.

and what about ok soda? coca-cola’s rebel advertising campaign that was targeted toward the growing cynicism towards advertisements by generation x.

does anyone remember tan m&ms? they got phased out when blue m&ms came in. during that same time, if you found a grey m&m in the bag you’d win a boatload of money. i remember keeping the candy in my mouth just long enough for it to turn grey after all the colour had come off, allowing it to dry and then showing it to my friends.

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68: words

there are certain words that i love to use, but rarely have the chance to:

smattering

innocuous

jurisdiction

milieu

ontological

theodicy

one of my favorite literary devices in writing is a part of speech, especially personification.  when i was younger, i first learned the meaning of the phrase “part of speech” when i was at a bible study with my parents.  i didn’t understand why Jesus would tell a story instead of saying something outright.  they said he was just using a part of speech.

i’m still unravelling the power of the metaphor.  it’s part of the reason i’m a sociology major; i believe that we can talk more boldly about who we are as people in stories rather than faceless data.  there’s so much to see in the world through an other’s eyes that we could never see ourselves.  a story about a father waiting on a porch for his son to return after being disgraced is more profound than being told that we need to exhibit grace and forgiveness.

when you talk about yourself, tell me a story; use words.

66: cafeteria

most people talk about their bad experience with school lunch.  when i was in high school, i loved the school lunch.  one reason is because i’ve always been a big fan of hot food, although more often than not, i would choose a cold option.  there were several food options i looked forward to.

nacho supreme.  i would load that baby up.  it was one of the only school lunch meals where i could pretty much get all that i wanted.  they’d load the plate up with chips, and we’d get to choose topics.  i figured out earlier on that it’s best to ask for everything on it, even though it’s messy, because if i didn’t, i’d end up being hungry.  so they loaded me up.  ground beef, that delicious fake yellow cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, sour cream.  the works.  and it was only two bucks.  i’d get a chocolate milk to go with it too.

i’d always get the mcrib when we had it.  it was basically an odd boneless rib slathered in barbecue sauce, served on a tortilla roll.  it would usually come with twist fries, which to this day would still be my favourite had i not discovered waffle fries.

another wise tip for school lunch:  get the salad.  you can put as much on your plate, and while it’s only iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, and carrot shavings, it’s filling, and you can usually take as much as you want without the lunch ladies getting on your case.  also, get the hot vegetable, whatever it is.  it can usually be mixed with the meat in the main course in order to mask its bland taste, and again is more filling.

hot dog or hamburger day were also pretty awesome.  i’d either get two hot dogs or a hamburger.  for an extra twenty-five cents  another patty could be added to the hamburger.  i’d usually go that option.  dousing it in all sorts of condiments was necessary as it was rather bland and grey without it all.

the cold lunch options at my high school were decent too.  there was an a-la carte line that i could go to and get all sorts of fare.  there was a bag of cookies for a dollar that had three fresh baked, chewy cookies in it.  they were random kinds depending on the day, but they were great.  pop tarts were seventy-five cents.  a bagel with cream cheese was only a dollar.  some days i’d do those three and forego the hot lunch.

but there was the arc de triumph from middle school that i remember:  the triple decker, peanut butter, jelly, and fluff sandwich.  it was great.  that beast had white bread teeth and all sorts of goodness.  it only cost a buck fifty through the a la cart line.  i’d get that whenever they had it.

most days i went with a bagged lunch though.  sandwich, fruit, salty snack, dessert.  it wasn’t terrible, but i’d usually supplement it with something from the a-la carte line.  i spent too much on then the same way that i do now.  i’ll never grow up.

65: hiking

i can honestly say that there are only a few types of trail mix that i like.  i am often picky about it, to the extent that if i don’t like just one of the items in the mix, i try to avoid the mix entirely.

for instance, i don’t like raisins in my trail mix, but i do however like dates or figs.  i’m not a huge fan of chocolate chips in the mix, but i can go for m&ms.  dried fruit is always good.  apricots, if they are present, need to be firm instead of mushy.

overall, i prefer a salty mix over a sweet mix, and i appreciate if some things are spicy or tangy.  cajun and oriental trail mixes are some of my favorites.  chex mix is also a good combination of flavour, however i usually try to avoid the pretzels.  they’re not very good.

to be honest, i don’t think i’ve ever had trail mix when i’ve gone hiking.  on the few times i’ve actually gone to a trail with the intention of going hiking we’ve stopped and eaten subway first.  that was in new hampshire with my friend zach.

i think i’d like to go hiking a few times this summer.  nothing hardcore, maybe something 5 or 6 hours round trip.  i would have fun with that.

64: sides

baked beans are my favourite side. it really doesn’t even depend on the meal we’re eating, as long as there’s baked beans on the side, i’m happy.

but what about mashed potatoes, or macaroni and cheese? there’s also baked apples with cinnamon. i used to go to this place called boston market. i would go there with my dad, who lived in newport when i was younger. i used to go visit him, and we’d get boston market. it was a tradition.

i always used to have a hard time choosing a side, but i can assure you that i would never choose cole slaw. even now, i’m not such a huge fan. i am a big fan of bean salad now. but baked beans always win out. i love ’em.

if it were between mashed potatoes and a baked potato, i’d go with mashed. gotta have lots of butter, with salt and pepper, and definitely sour cream. lots of sour cream.