by Maria Schulz
When you read the news these days, you can’t help but notice some really odd stories floating around out there. For instance, there’s the story of the 33-year-old man who spent over $100,000.00 so he could look like Justin Beiber (now that’s money well spent) or the story of how Robin Thicke compares himself and his wife to John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
To paraphrase Lloyd Bentsen when he debated Dan Qualye a.k.a. “Mr. Potato Head”, I would have to say, “I liked John Lennon. John Lennon was a “friend” of mine. You, sir, are no John Lennon.”
So, with these lofty thoughts rattling around in my head, I came across an article about a man whose home was burning down. He immediately saved his family and pets, and made sure everyone was safe and sound. And then, inexplicably, he went back into his burning home…and saved his beer.
It got me to thinking: was it really, really GOOD beer? Is it the kind of beer you can only get from a burning building? Was this his idea of a noble quest?
Here are a few questions you should ask yourself if your house is on fire:
1. Now that my family and pets are safe, I should definitely:
a) Go back inside that burning building and get my beer out
b) While there, grab a bag of marshmallows so’s I can get me some roasted marshmallows
c) Stay away from anything that’s in flames because flames burn and kill
d) Douse myself with gasoline and THEN re-enter the house
Answer: A & B
2. The term “back draft” applies to:
a) That movie with Kurt Russell and William Baldwin
b) That thing that almost kills you when you run back inside your burning house to save your beer
c) What you feel when your plumbers’ pants don’t cover your butt
d) All of the above
3. People don’t remember that you’re a hero when:
a) After you rescue every living thing in your house, you run back inside and almost kill yourself to save some beer
b) You risk the lives of firefighters who would’ve gladly given you a beer if you’d only asked
c) You choose to save beer and not the priceless Van Gogh painting you didn’t even know you had hanging in your living room
d) You don’t know who Van Gogh is unless we say, “that painter guy who cut his own ear off.”
Answer: A & B
At least this man got out alive and everyone had a good chuckle. He even got to save a few cans of beer after all. So, I guess there really was a happy ending to this story.
I could’ve left it there, but unfortunately (for you), this got me thinking. I started to wonder what truly stupid things I would rush back into a burning building to save. So, here’s my list of:
The Top 15 Stupid Things I Might, in Some Parallel Universe, Rush into a Burning Building to Save
#15: My Charlie Brown Cookbook
This actually did go up in flames when my parents’ house got hit by lightening and burned down. You can read about that fun-filled moment in my life in my upcoming book, Tales From a Hungry Life: A Memoir With Recipes. Coming to Amazon in just a few weeks! (How’s that for a shameless self-promotion?)
Now that I finally found a copy of Charlie Brown’s lunch bag cookbook on the internet, there’s no way I’d let it go up in flames again—even though I only use one of the recipes.
#14: My Dancing Green Man (pictured here with his girlfriend)
When life hands you lemons, wind up your little green man and he will make you feel like starting your own lemonade stand, then selling a 10% stake to it on Shark Tank and making millions. My little green man sits on my desk and dances across it whenever I feel like I need a lift. I think he’s hilarious. All right, so he’s not a case of beer, but still.
C’mon…I can (and often do) play this game for hours. There is nothing quite like the challenge of building something that can defy the laws of physics (whatever that means) as well as common sense. I like to think of it as my personal model of “hope trumping experience.” This one’s gotta be saved!
#12: Kit Kat Bars
Gimme a break, Gimme a break. Break me off a piece of that Kit Kat bar! I realize if I ran into a burning building to save these, my Kit Kats would probably be nothing more than a pile of liquid chocolate gold, leaving me to cry and shake my fist at the universe as the building crashed all around me. But still, I would never forgive myself if I didn’t try.
#11: The Game of Life
My friend Ann and I used to sit in my old bedroom when we were kids and play this game all afternoon long. It was like a religion to us. After school was over, we’d walk up to Gunther’s Deli and get Suzie Q’s and cokes, and then sit in my room and wind our way along the path of Life. We wouldn’t stop until we’d packed our cars full of kids and ended up millionaires. A fiery grave is NOT for the Game of Life.
#10: My Kettle Bells
Because after the fire, I’m really, REALLY going to get into shape.
#9: The Twilight Saga
Of course I’m just kidding. If I had these outside with me, I might throw them back in to the burning building.
#8: My dog’s hedgehog toy
It takes FOREVER for my dog to lay down and go to sleep. Yes, I know we all would have to learn how to adjust, especially after our home burned down. But there’s no way I’m going to have her pacing all over the place, looking for her hedgehog. Did you ever see the movie, Best In Show? Think bumblebee toys and you’ll know what I’m talking about.
#7: My Minions Tee-Shirt
This tee-shirt is really soft and makes me laugh whenever I see it. Now if that’s not a good enough reason to risk 3rd degree burns and possible death, I don’t know what is.
#6: A Jar of Nutella
While I’m inside, I might also grab some bananas and whip up some crepes that I’ll stuff with Nutella. What, I don’t have time for that kind of thing?
#5: Count Chocula
I have not eaten Count Chocula in several decades….BUT, if I actually had a box of this in my possession, and it was trapped in a burning building, I would feel compelled to free the Count from his fiery end.
#4: Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey
Do I really need to explain this one? Obviously, worth going back into any building to retrieve, even if the entire building is in flames.
#3: My Bowling Ball
Yes, I’m pretty sure that I’d run past my favorite books, beloved photos, and my bike for my bowling ball. Right.
#2: My Sombrero
Look, if my house is burning on a sunny day, I’ll need to shade my eyes. Also, Cinco de Mayo just wouldn’t be complete without this necessary headwear. It’s not like I can find a sombrero on any old street corner, or at the local party store. So flames be damned!
You never know when a pack of these will come in handy. I keep the ones I got for my wedding—the ones that said, “Gary & Mana,” just in case there’s a birthday cake that needs a few candles set ablaze. They’re also there because I like to remember not to take myself very seriously…because Mana don’t play that game.
I imagine if I were forced to stand by and watch all of my worldly possessions go up in a fiery conflagration, I’d need something sweet to revive me, possibly before, during, and after. This coffee flavored ice cream might be a good place to start.
Coffee-Drenched Ice Cream
So, Hungry Lifers…if you had to choose a few very, very stupid things to run back into a burning building for, what would they be? What food would you choose to eat while watching this horror unfold? Would you be hungry? As a matter of fact, I would probably be hungry, but that’s why this blog is called…oh never mind. Please leave a comment and let us know your thoughts. Thanks!