* Note: The first part of this post may require a front porch, a rocker, and a cane to wave at the young whippersnappers. The second part may require anti-psychotic meds.
Hubby and I were sitting at the table the other day, talking about cheese. (Yes, I realize that “Let me tell you about the cheese I ate the other day” is the conversational gambit most likely to make listeners lapse into a coma. I hope you’ll bear with me.)
I bit into a tasteless piece of rubbery orange-ness and announced, “You know, this so-called ‘old’ cheddar is what we used to call ‘mild’. It’s really sad that there’s a whole generation out there who thinks this is actually ‘old cheddar’.”
“Huh,” Hubby replied. “Never mind; there’s a whole generation out there who thinks that the orange plastic stuff on their fast-food burgers is cheese.”
Not to outdone by crotchety complaints, I upped the ante. “And most kids don’t even know that their french fries are made from potatoes.”
Then (as it frequently does in our house) the conversation veered sharply off-course and scuttled down the nearest rabbit hole.
“They probably think french fries grow on trees,” Hubby grumped, then brightened as inspiration hit. “Groves of french-fry trees… but they’re all hidden behind government-controlled park areas so nobody has ever seen one.”
“That’s it!” I exclaimed. “The government is in league with the forestry companies. That’s why the logging companies have such tight controls on their land. All those security measures and radio check-ins and restricted roads… I mean, seriously, how many logs do they really haul out? We’ve seen maybe two or three trucks carrying logs in the year since we’ve been here. They’re actually just hiding all the french-fry trees.”
“And those two logging trucks we saw are only decoys!” Hubby rejoined, getting into the spirit. “It’s the same two trucks with the same logs, just driving back and forth. The real money is in the french fries they’re shipping out in unmarked reefer trucks. And…”
He considered for a moment, then laid down his most compelling argument yet: “You know that guy who petitioned the Supreme Court to have sasquatches declared an endangered species? He was onto something, because guess who’s picking the french fries?” *imaginary drumroll* “It’s the sasquatches! They have a treaty with the government that gives them the sole contract to harvest from the secret french-fry trees in exchange for living in seclusion and having no contact with the rest of the world!”
So there you have it: We’ve figured out the mystery of why some french fries bear no resemblance to an actual potato; and we’ve also explained why all official sources categorically deny the existence of sasquatches. Are we brilliant, or what?
(Don’t answer that…)
Book 14 update: I made it to Chapter 17 this week and I’m chugging along. Aydan gets a nice surprise for a change!