Posted 07-23-2004 at 15:47:16
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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.