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Rodney the Jalepeno Man
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New-Gen    Posted 07-23-2004 at 14:48:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
I used to know a young guy named Rodney. Rodney was a little like a real life Forrest Gump. Not a mean bone in his body, but not the kind of guy you'd want as your brain surgeon.
Rodney loved food. When he found a certain thing he liked he would eat it in great quantities until he got so tired of it he never wanted to look at it again.
Such was the case with jalepeno peppers. Given his history nobody was really surprised when he proclaimed his love for the things and boasted about how many he could down a single sitting.
One day we were in a restaurant with a salad bar. Rodney went and checked it out as we walked in and came to the table excitedly proclaiming that he was gonna order the salad bar because they had his beloved jalepeno peppers on it!
The rest of us did exchange some glances when he came back with a hubcap sized bowl of pickled ocra though..
Rodney was a proud man and we really didn't want to hurt his feelings, so we told him of his error in a tactful and respectful way. He took the news well, and said he really didn't care what they were called, he still liked them!
A few weeks later we were at a place that did have jalepeno peppers on a salad bar. One of the group showed them and Rodney, adventuous soul that he was, decided to try them anyway. So true to form he found the largest available bowl and filled it up.
Seated at the table we warned him that they were nothing like pickled ocra. But Rodney was a go for the gusto type, so he grabbed one and shover the whole thing in his mouth--
"Don't bite down onthewhole thing til you figure out what it tastes like--"
But it was too late--he already had bitten down--all the juices were flowing right down to his taste buds and they weren't liking it one bit!!
Hiseyes got wide, his jaw dropped open, he grabbed his Pepsi--as he was going for it one of us realized that pop was the worst thing for it--
Too late again. We started shoving water glasses at him, and as he drained all the little thimble sized glasses one of us got the waitress to bring us a pitcher and a TALL glass real quick!
One pitcher of water later Rodney was able to get down most of a grilled cheese sandwich, all the while telling us that "Them things ain't THAT bad--I'm just not hungry for 'em right now!"
His next food obsession was peanuts in the shell. A little messy but not nearly as painful!

George in TX    Posted 07-23-2004 at 15:47:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks NG I'm still laughing. I worked for 18 years in a natural gas refinery as a maintenance electrician. You can probably imagine the "macho" types that work in a place like that. One day a few of them got into a japaleno eating contest which was a real riot to say the least.

A half dozen heavy engine mechanics (BIG heavy engines and BIG heavy mechanics) got into a jalapeno eating contest. They were chawing on them things and saying, "Now that's good!" with tears streaming down their faces. I was laughing at 'em so hard I was crying almost as much as they were.

It wasn't long after that we celebrated our daughter's 14th. birthday. We asked where she wanted to go out to eat and she picked Bennigan's. We told her she could take a friend along and she decided on Lisa, a delightful young lady of the same age. We all ordered our favorites and mine was their Nacho Supreme platter. This thing was huge and had sliced jalapenos scattered all over it. I like the jalapeno slices but sure couldn't eat as many as they'd put on that big plate. I started pushing them off to the side of the plate - on Lisa's side as she was sitting next to me.

After a few minutes Lisa reached over and speared one with her fork and popped it into her mouth. I ignored that and a couple minutes later she did it again. I grinned at her and asked if she liked jalapenos. She said she loved them. By this time there was quite a pile of the slices on the side of my plate and I told her to help herself.

This sprite of a girl put down her fork and started popping those things into her mouth like they were M&M's! She wasn't kidding. She loved the things. I told her I'd sure like to take her to work with me some day. She looked at me quisically and asked why. I told her I'd love to watch a 14 year old girl beat out a bunch of 300lb mechanics in a jalapeno eating contest.

I forgot to ask her what she thought about habaneros.

: )    Posted 07-23-2004 at 16:28:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good stories from both of you : )

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