Spotted at my son's soccer game this week, was this slogan on a shirt. Each to his own and all that, but really?!
I do enjoy a bit on the side. No, not the naughty, Benny Hill style, I'm talking condiments, sauces and the like. I still miss the condiments that I love from back home. Strangely enough, two of my favorites are dark brown in color and very strongly flavored - just like Marmite really, which I've talked about in previous posts. First up is Branston Pickle. Dear God, just mentioning this makes my mouth water. A pickle in America is green, looks like a small cucumber and is very strange tasting. Pickle back home is dark brown, crunchy, full of flavor, tangy and goes amazingly well with cheese and crusty bread, on a sandwich or with a Ploughman's Lunch. Most decent pubs at home will have a Ploughman's on offer, I'd take that any day over the American pub favorites of wings, nachos etc. Another thing missing on the menu over here is HP Sauce. Brown, fruity, tangy, spicy, I suppose it's the American equivalent of Barbecue Sauce, but it's so very different. One of the first things I'm going to eat next time I'm in Scotland will be a huge fried breakfast with bacon, eggs, potato scone, black pudding, fried tomato, beans and a huge dollop of HP Sauce on the side. Ketchup just doesn't cut it!
My early morning run was rudely interrupted the other day by some JACKASS who obviously thought I needed a drink, so he threw his huge soda cup out of his truck at me! What the heck?! I was mad and started gesturing and yelling, but quickly reeled myself back in just in case he turned around and came back with something worse, like a gun or something. His truck was old and battered and he was obviously kinda redneck. Oh the joys of road running in Tennessee :) One thing I have noticed on my road runs is that the preferred drink of choice for drivers or their passengers is Natural Light Beer. The roadside is usually littered with empty cans of Natty Light, obviously the choice of the discerning drink driver who then chucks it out the window when he's done! Further adventures in running this week include watching a very obviously drunk/high guy staggering down the road with his butt visible over the top of his pants. Something I can't erase from my memory unfortunately! And finally, some character felt the need to stick his arm out his window as he drove by and actually took my photo - this totally freaked me out! But, another day, another adventure I guess!
Does anybody else enter the competitions on HGTV? The prizes are just too good not to - homes plus cash or thousands of dollars for home improvements. I enter each and every one of them to no avail - apart from the fact that I get bleedin' carpal tunnel syndrome from all the keyboard action filling out the entry forms! C'mon HGTV, give a girl a break (or a prize)!
Anyway, that's it for this week, not too much to report. I'm going to start taking my phone with me when I run so that I can record some of these incidents that seem to happen on a regular basis! Stay safe out there my friends!