Monday, July 23, 2007

It’s Mystery Meat - - In A Tube

I know there are some regular readers of this blog who doubt the well, officialness of some of the holidays mocked, I mean celebrated, on this blog (that reminds me, hi Kat. How are you? Hehehehe), but today is a holiday that most will enjoy celebrating. It’s National Hot Dog Day and Vanilla Ice Cream Day. Not too shabby, huh?

I have found references to National Hot Dog Day being one day last week, but that really doesn’t suit me today. So, because I found ONE site that thinks today is National Hot Dog Day, I’m sticking with that. And now, for my ode to hotty dogs. I don’t like them with a spoon, I don’t like them before noon, I don’t eat them with a fork, I don’t eat them with a dork. I don’t eat them boiled, I don’t like them oiled. I prefer them in a bun, I’m not the only one. I like them with relish, without it’s just hellish. I like them with mustard, uh, hmm, well, I guess I’m done now. I think they are best grilled, not microwaved. It’s the perfect self-contained summer food.

I know people who don’t like hot dogs. These are people close to me who claim they have seen what goes into a hot dog, hence the reason for their dislike. Apparently, an all beef dog just means it’s all from a cow. ANY part of the cow. I figure if I can’t taste the less than desirable parts, then I can eat in blissful ignorance. To be honest, most of my life is spent in blissful ignorance. If I knew better, I’d do something about it. But I don’t, so I won’t.

Come lunch time today I will suggest that we go to a hot dog joint for lunch. I will be overruled and end up celebrating National Hot Dog day by eating Chinese take out or something. Don’t worry, I’ll complain the whole time though. I’ll even tell the person taking my order that it’s National Hot Dog Day and ask what dish they recommend in lieu of actually serving hot dogs. I will point out to my coworkers that they are not eating hot dogs and that my meal is being consumed in protest. I will then either be asked to leave or abandoned by my coworkers. Actually, it’ll pretty much be a normal lunch.

I do think it’s interesting that they declare National Hot Dog day 3 weeks after the July 4th Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. I guess they figure it’s enough time to forget the horrific sights associated with said contest. To be honest, I’m only just now recovering my appetite for hot dogs after watching people eat 66 within twelve minutes, including the one competitor who regurgitated part of what he had downed. You know what, I just lost my hot dog appetite again.

Then there’s the fact that it is Vanilla Ice Cream Day. Do you think the two camps got together on this one? I wonder why the mustard and ketchup people didn’t hitch their wagons to this holiday. Well, I guess mustard and ketchup wouldn’t taste too good on vanilla ice cream. Call me an exciting SOB, but Vanilla is one of my favorite flavors of ice cream. When I make homemade ice cream, I use vanilla as the base. You can literally add anything to it. Coconut flavoring, toffee bits, M&Ms, small bits of bacon, feta cheese and whatever else Lucy and Ethel decide to throw in. Note, I didn’t say I always eat the homemade ice cream, I just make it. Perhaps the office will make one of our usual summertime late afternoon ice cream runs today. Then, I’ll get the chance to point out to everyone that today is Vanilla Ice Cream Day and wow my coworkers and boss with all my useless knowledge. Although, the more often I point these debatable holidays out, the more often people in the office start to wonder about what I do all day. And that folks, is why I moved my monitor so no one else can see it…

***Here’s a reminder to get your questions in by late tonight so that I can answer them tomorrow during Q & A Tuesday. Thanks!!***

42 comments:

kat said...

I'm the first to comment???? SERIOUSLY??? Sweet!

I miss hot dogs. I haven't had one since last October. I might actually accept this "holiday" since it would give me an excuse to devour one.

With onions, mustard, and a little bit of kraut. MMMM perfect!

AndreAnna said...

I wish I didn't like hot dogs as much as I did. I mean, one side of my brain reminds me that I'm normally a health conscious eater, and the other half kicks that half, and shoves a hot dog in my mouth screaming "LOVE THE DOG!!"

I think I know what's for dinner.

Here's my Question: If you could met one celebrity, who would it be and why? And would you sleep with them? ;)

kat said...

Oh yeah - and I "tagged" you by the way... and hopefully you have my question for tomorrow, still!

Michael C said...

Kat: Kudos on the first comment!! I thought you might like this holiday ;-)
Mustard onions and kraut? You are making me hungry!!

AndreAnna: One side of my brain says 'dude, that might contain cow and anus' and the other side says 'dude, that might contain cow anus, but I don't care!'

Very good question, btw!!!

Michael C said...

Kat: I saw the tag and am looking forward to answering your Q!!! ;-)

Bobby Griffin said...

Hey there Michael,

I'd like to take this time and congratulation you on your awesome blog and inform you that you are in the running for Bestest Blog of the Year. You are up against 104 other excellent blogs that have all qualified by being "Bestest Blog of the Day" in the past 12 months. Voting starts TODAY (July 23rd) and will end in 2 weeks (August 6th). Winners will be announced on August 7th!

The winner will be receiving (at least) a $50 prize and a ton of new visitors I'm sure. Other blogs that finish in the top 10 will also be getting a few new links and extra exposure. Full details of the contest can be found here. So what can you do to increase your chances of winning?

1. Go vote for yourself (duh!)
2. Encourage others to vote for you. Here is the URL: http://www.blankestblank.com/bestest/blog-of-the-year/. You can also find a nifty little graphic to include on your blog here.
3. Encourage others to register before voting. Registered users votes count 3 times more than guests.
4. Keep up the great blogging that got you here in the first place. People are going to be stopping by your blog before voting, and if you have some great, new content, that'll surely increase your vote.

Again, congratulations and good luck! And if you're interested in winning another "blog of the day" award and get in the running for next year's award, check out the new "Blankest Blank Blog Directory." Questions? Please feel free to email me or drop by the forum.

Michael C said...

Bobby: Woo Hoo! That's great news!!! Thanks!!!!

Just telling it like it is said...

I never eat hotdogs for reasons that I am sure that you are aware of due to my bacteriaphobia..I think flies fall in the meat turner...There I said it...Micheal you know I can't help myself...

Question: What kind of food did your mother cook for you when you were a boy..and what was her signature dish?

Michael C said...

Just Telling: Now I'm second thinking the hot dog...thanks ;-)
Great question, btw!!!!

knicksgrl0917 said...

hey! i'm going to cali this weekend and won't be back until september...here is the website i was talking about where i made extra summer cash. Later! the website is here

Just telling it like it is said...

Thanks...you know I had to say it...I tried to hold it in but it was just a loss cause...tehehe

I can't wait to hear your answer to my question...I'm like a little kid!!

brandy said...

Question time again? Hmm.. let me see..

1. What cartoon character do you feel is completely underrated in regards to their comedic timing?

2. If you could create a weapon that would destroy rock, paper and scissors all at once, what would it be?

3. Betty or Veronica?

4. What are your views on the current global warming crisis? And what steps (if any) are you and your family taking to ensure the ending of baby polar bears drowing?

5. Best flavor of chip dip?

That is all. Man, I love question time!

Patti said...

I like hot dogs and of course ice cream. I admit it. I try to balance it out and eat lots of healthy food as well. I hope it balances it out, anyway.


I have a question, Michael...Have you noticed, with few exceptions (Capt. Corky, Ralph, Lone Grey and Bobby Griffin come to mind) that more than 90 percent of your readers are of the female persuasion?

Michael C said...

Knicksgrl: Uh, thanks?

Just Telling: Yeah, I knew ;-)
Don't worry, I'll be like a little kid answering it.

Brandy: Great question! Is #4 a revenge question from one I gave you?? ;-)

Patti: I should try the healthy stuff. I really haven't been too good at balancing it out.
I hadn't honestly paid a ton of attention to the readership demographics, but now that you have pointed it out, I guess I had better so I can answer it ;-)
Wasn't there another question from last week you wanted to ask as well? I remember you being excited about a question.

Patti said...

lemme think..

Patti said...

well you can let us know if you returned to the Mexican restaurant today for lunch and if so, did they welcome you and your co-workers with open arms?

Michael C said...

Patti: I can handle that ;-)

Patti said...

glad to hear it.
Also, the question I had last week:
If Odat is your "bestest blogging buddy" who is your second bestest?

Michael C said...

Patti: That I have to plead the 5th on so as to not offend anyone ;-)

Patti said...

I thought you would say something along those lines. ;-)
I see a career at the United Nations in your future.
But that would mean relocating and I doubt you would like NYC and its environs when you are used to beautiful sunny California and its authentic Mexican fare.

Michael C said...

Patti: Ha!! I will still acknowledge the question tomorrow. ;-)
I wouldn't mind living in the Northeast, I'm just not sure about NYC. It might be a bit more people than I am used to.+

Erica AP said...

Are your twins identical twins? If so, how often do people stop you, when you go out, to tell you they look alike?

Michael C said...

Erica: This one will be fun to answer. Thanks!! ;-)

Patti said...

can we submit questions now for your future file? I would hate to forget it by next week.

Ralph said...

The operative rhyme to mustard is custard..."I like them with mustard, even diced up in custard", amoething like that. Eat a good quality hot dog, locally we like CT Hummels or Grote & Weigel, I wonder about the quality of most national brands (except Hebrew National)...

Q&A: Can you dance as well at Rat packer Sammy Davis Jr?

Michael C said...

Patti: Yes. I will try not to answer it ;-)

Ralph: Custard, how could I have missed custard. Dance like Sammy, huh? ;-)

brandy said...

I would like to say that I don't believe in revenge questions, but that's a lie. It IS a revenge question, and as long as you continue doing Q & A Tuesday (which I love by the way), I will continue to give shoot questions at you that cause you to ponder your life, and question the choices you've made, the values you hold dear. That is why I have to know- betty or veronica.

Michael C said...

Brandy: I guess I called it, but I do deserve it. I look forward to your deep probing questions. ALthough, the phrase deep probing kinda freaks me out, so I'll just call them soul searching questions ;-)

Tammie Jean said...

Hi Michael C, you exciting SOB! Vanilla is one of my favorites too :)

Looks like you already have a lot of questions, so I'll just sit back and enjoy...

Odat said...

I love hot dogs!!!!!!! My favorite ice cream is vanilla....I didn't know it was that holiday today..but I sure was in a good mood...i wonder..hmmm....
Anywho....here's some questions....
a) are you a cat or dog person?
b) do you like the beach or the mountains?
c) ocean or lake?
d) coffee or tea?
e) vanilla or chocalate?

Ok I'm done. ;-)
Peace

kat said...

Velcro or lace up?

(Sorry, just wanted to get one more question in there to be a total pain in the ass)

Michael C said...

Tammie Jean: Nice rhyme. Thanks for taking the time!

Odat: sounds like today was your day!!!!! ;-)

Kat: Nice bookends to the day with the early and late questions. Trying to sneak one in there huh? ;-)

Airam said...

Do you think that in honour of the two holidays being celebrated, people eat hotdogs and vanilla ice cream together? Would you? How do you think that would taste?

Heart Of Darkness said...

Hot dog and vanilla ice cream... I think there's a pregnant woman out there somewhere who's salivating right now! LOL

Michael C said...

Airam: That question made me strangely hungry and sick at the same time ;-)

Heart: Ha! I have a pregnant coworker I'll try it out on. LOL

Heart Of Darkness said...

I hope you're wearing something vomit-prooved.... the ways of a pregnant woman's mind are mysterious ones! LOL

Michael C said...

Heart: Well, I do have a cubicle wall between us ;-)

FRIGGA said...

2 holidays in 1 day, and I morally cannot take part in either one. Well, the hot dogs one is obvious and just gross. But ice cream day? ugh! and if I have to have ice cream can't it at least be chocolate. But alas, no, just plain crummy vanilla. Therefore it is against my high chocolate morals and principles and values that I cannot eat any non chocolate sweet.

Phew, sorry for the rant :P

CS said...

I don't eat real hotdogs because they contain meat, but will a soy hotdog count? As for vanilla ice cream, I could do that if I am allowed to add a bunch of chocolate sauce. Otherwise, what's the point?

Michael C said...

CS: That works fine! Yes, as much chocolate sauce as you want!

meleah rebeccah said...

hotdogs.... eeeewww.

Icecream... yes please.

Michael C said...

Meleah: 1 out of 2 ain't bad, I guess ;-)