Interview with the Hot Dog Man

I read a LOT. Books, magazines, websites and blogs. When I'm blog surfing I leave comments and I get responses to comments I forget even making!

This post is a result of one of those comments. Her Highness Queen E. Carlie had this interview game going on her blog. I come across her blog a lot in Battle of the Blogs and I usually give it a read 'cuz she's a good writer (I skip the "girly" stuff). So she sends me these questions that I am supposed to answer. Here they are, with the answers:

1. (I've been wondering this for a while, actually.) Where I come from, no hot dog man would ever get away with not serving veggie hot dogs. While I haven't scoured your menu, I've never noticed them listed there. Is there just no demand in your parts?
I have had 2 people ask for veggie dogs in 2 1/2 years! My personal thoughts are that if you are going to have a hot dog , HAVE A HOT DOG. Every veggie dog I have ever tried has sucked BIG TIME. I suppose if a lot of people were asking for them all the time, I'd have some in the fridge, but just about everyone I know thinks they suck too-even my vegetarian daughter. Besides, I have a sign at my truck that says "we have no rabbit food here" and veggie dogs border on rabbit food, so as a matter of policy I wouldn't have them. I do have a veggie wrap however:



2. Tell me one invention you wish you could have been credited with.
My best friend's grandfather invented the machine that makes Thomas' English Muffins have that "fork split" slice when you cut them in half. I like Thomas' English Muffins, always have since as far back as I can remember. I always thought it was cool to have invented something like that. They called my friend's grandfather (appropriately) "the Muffin Man." He had a great beach house and a place in Florida and he always drove a new car with vanity plates that read "MUFFIN" (he was partial to the Oldsmobile Cutlass-a dream car for my generation when we were young-that made him an extra cool grandpa). The summer before my senior year of high school, he gave us the keys to his white Cutlass and asked my friend and me to drive it to Florida to switch it with his Black Cutlass. He gave us the keys to both cars, a Mobil Credit Card and a few bucks and off we went. It was a fantastic trip punctuated by my first para-sailing experience, my first trip to a bar (in Daytona Beach), a trip to Disney World (so cool being there with NO PARENTS) and a rather unpleasant experiment with "Sun In" hair lightener that left my hair orange and my friend's hair a yellowish green. When we got home, I had another friend's mom dye my hair back to black!

Now I'm not sure if I'd want to steal my friend's grandfather's invention. He was a very nice man and I wouldn't want to take his livelihood from him. I'd also be concerned about upsetting the space/time continuum and having that very amazing road trip erased from my memory. My answer to this one would be something similar to the Thomas' English Muffin fork slicing machine: obscure enough that I could maintain a "normal" life, cool enough to make people say "wow, that's pretty cool" when I tell them what I invented, useful (what would my life have been like without those "nooks and crannies"), and profitable so I could afford to hand the keys to two new cars and a credit card to a couple of knucklehead teenagers and not lose sleep over it while I sail around in my luxury yatch.

Anything I may invent will probably be hot dog related. If someone walks up to my truck and wants to license one of my toppings, I am all over it!

3. What is one thing you wish you could change about the blogging community?
Two things:

The first thing I would do is ban anonymous comments. It really frosts me when someone has a strong opinion and they are being critical about something yet they don't have the GUTS to attach their name to their comment. I refuse to publish anonymous comments for certain posts. If you don't want anyone to know what you say, then don't say it!

The second thing I'd change is I'd make The Hot Dog Truck mandatory reading for anyone with a blog (that would undoubtedly boost my readership).

4. Which comic book character (hero or villain) do you most identify with? Why?
I'd say Superman for some obvious reasons: he can fly, he is super strong, he's got x-ray vision and he's chummy with Wonder Woman who is a total babe. The early Superman of my youth didn't have all the angst displayed by more contemporary superheroes. If I was a super hero, I wouldn't want any hang-ups.

My other choice would be Johnny Storm, the Human Torch. His youthful persona and playboy life style coupled with the ability to burst into flames and fly appeal to me.

5. List a couple of things that you are stubborn about no matter how hard you try not to be.
I am stubborn about a great many things and I enjoy being stubborn about the things I deem important enough to be stubborn about. So I guess I don't try too hard to not be stubborn about certain stuff. Therefore, I am not doing anything to be less stubborn-not even contemplating about it. Period. End of discussion.

Whew. That was a fun interview!

Now it’s YOUR turn to play:

1. Leave me a comment saying, “Interview me.”
2. I will respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will update your weblog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

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6 comments:

SandyCarlson said...

Day late BYB Sunday greetings!

I enjoyed your bio. Nice to read a not girly one! You're very interesting.

mikster said...

I'm in total agreement about anonymous comments.

Webmiztris said...

anonymous comments chap my ass too...they're a bunch of cowards.

Nicoel said...

Did this meme a couple of weeks ago but it's always interesting to see what sorts of questions people come up with...

I'm in total agreement about anon commenters, btw

Garden Gnome said...

Hi, I enjoy your blog. Interview me please.

QueenieCarly said...

I write girlie stuff? Me??

Great job on answering the questions.

And Johnny Storm sounds way more appealing than plain old Superman. Although the Wonder Woman part does add to that argument.

Thanks for playing!

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