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Mine Creek Revelations by Louie Graves: Addictive Foods


$$$ WELL SPENT. Many moons ago I wrote about some UofA perfessers who got a federal grant to study the effects of chicken poo placed on the surface of the earth. Surprise! They discovered that grass and weeds did better when the poo was applied. Further, they discovered that if the poo was actually mixed with the soil, the results were even better. Much useful knowledge gained, obviously!

Now comes one that’s even better. Perfessers at the National Institutes of Health and at the National Library of Nutrition have ‘discovered’ that pizza is more addictive than any other food.

The research sounded real scientific. Their published report in a scientific journal used terms like amygdala and umami. They even referred to “a unified symphony of flavors.” Wow. I can’t believe that before this, no one realized that crust, tomato sauce, cheese and pepperoni went well together. My favorite pizza is from Road Mart.

Just think how much better off humanity would be if the perfessers could figger out how to make beets and English peas addictive.

I’m serious. Take a moment and let your amygdala contemplate how significant that would be.

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ONLY FOOTBALL FANS might have noticed that Arkadelphia whitewashed Joe T. Robinson in the championship game of class 4A, last weekend. There is a lesson to be learned here. Arkadelphia started the season at 0-5. Early in the season they were beaten 28-23 by the Scrappers. Then, when we played Joe T., the Senators pretty well handled the Scrappers so by all rights Joe T. shoulda whupped the Badgers again when they played again in the title game.

From 0-5 to repeat state champs. Salute to the Turnaround Badgers.

The lesson is that if you don’t give up and you work hard to get better, you might hoist the trophy. Are you paying attention, Hogs?

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My father was a college student in Austin, Texas, during the Great Depression. Travel wasn’t so easy, then, and he had planned to stay on campus during the Christmas holiday.

He got a package from home in the mail. It made him so homesick that he decided to hitchhike home and surprise his family for Christmas.

It’s still a long way from Austin to Texarkana, but it was REALLY a long trip then.

He decided not to open his package, but would wait until he got home.

He walked out to the highway and stuck out his thumb. Hitchhiking was safer in those times.

It took a couple of days to get to Texarkana. He didn’t have any money, but he did have an apple and a candy bar. They sustained him on the trek. I remember hearing him tell how cold and hungry he got. None of the truck drivers who gave him rides were in any position to feed college boys, so the apple and candy bar (I believe he said it was a Hershey bar) had to last.

He finally arrived home, and on Christmas morning opened his package. Among the items was some money. He could have eaten and bought a bus ticket.

ANOTHER CHRISTMAS story. My family spent one Christmas in California after Dad’s Marine Corps Reserve unit was called up during the Korean War.

This is one of the few Christmas trees I actually remember. The tree was decorated with candycanes, bubblegum and strings of popcorn. My mother remembers that there was nothing on the tree that was breakable. That was because one of my younger brothers — who was a toddler — kept pushing the tree over.

ANOTHER CHRISTMAS story. One year the tree had only new ornaments. That was because before Christmas, the devil got into a couple of my brothers and a neighborhood buddy, and they went into the basement where Christmas ornaments were stored. They took turns stomping on the ornaments until only crunchy glass shards remained.

My mother remembers that the ornaments were expensive and were from Germany. The boys’ backsides may have been addressed.

ANOTHER CHRISTMAS story. One Christmas legend is that Santa brings switches and chunks of coal for the stockings of little boys and girls who have been bad. (But everyone knows that little girls are NEVER bad, right?)

The two oldest brothers crept down the stairs before anyone else was up. They emptied the stocking of one brother and substituted some switches from bushes in the yard.

My parents caught on to what was happening, and told the older brothers that the switches would be used enthusiastically on the pranksters if the stocking items weren’t found and replaced immediately.

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THINGS I LEARNED from opening (and believing) email: “It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.”

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WORD GAMES. Another set of twins: Rise and Shine. Military recruits memorize this on the first glorious day of boot camp.

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HE SAID: “I think the 24-hour news cycle has helped exaggerate the differences between the parties. You can always find someone on TV somewhere carping about something. That didn’t happen 20 years ago.” George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States. God bless.

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SHE SAID: “Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people – your family, friends, and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way.” Barbara Bush, First Lady. God bless.

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