Tuesday, April 11, 2006

"I was built for tacos"

So I got some motivation, went to the grocery store, and made myself tacos tonight.

This isn't a big deal, but it did remind me of the better days in undergrad. The days in undergrad where I entered a mano y mano taco eating competition in Nags Head. The rules were simple, who could eat more tacos in half an hour.

I won. Handily. This was no small feet, as I was facing off against a man of Latin American descent. I know what you're saying, "Tre, tacos are pretty much an American food." True, but I remember eating tacos more than once in Costa Rica, so take that.

The real moral of the story is that guys will compete in pretty much anything. There were rickshaws downtown this weekend, so what was my first thought? Let's rent two and make them race around the block. I just moved into an apartment with a nice view of downtown, first thoughts? Let's build a green on the roof of the house below mine, so we can have chipping contests (OK, this is a lie, my first thought was "Can I build a zipline to the Hofbrahaus?" I'm looking into the zoning.)

Oh, I guess you're probably wondering, final score was 26-14. True, I could have stopped when I saw him choking everything down around 12, but I have pride. Also, the pile of vomit that I left about 3 blocks away from the restaurant wouldn't have been as big.

And no, I don't order a grande meal when I go to Taco Bell, once again, I have pride (some)


Anonymous said...

Wouldn't pride make you order and eat the entire grande meal, but self-dignity keep you from doing so?

But to the more important question: were the tacos served at the contest hard or soft?


Nye! said...

You have just enough pride to order two grande meals, right?

When I was in high school the football team would take the occasional Wednesday in the off-season to go to the Hometown Buffet and have a team-building dinner. Of course, by a "team-building dinner" I mean a "see how much weight you can gain in 90 minutes dinner." We even brought a scale.

My best session was a gain of 9 pounds in an hour and a half. The all-time champ (shockingly, you can see him doing fat-kid things at my wedding by clicking here) gained 12.5.

Good Lord, that's a small bowling ball. Not even a small one. Medium-sized. Wow.

Tre! said...

Hard Tacos. Beef. Greasy beef. The more I think about it, I think the bet may have been loser pays. So I may have kept going to hurt his wallet as well as his pride. Yes, I'm an asshole, a taco-loving asshole at that.

I challenge this "all-time champ" to a duel. Not an eat-off, but a real duel. I'm just old school.

Erin Mc said...

my sister actually started dating someone right after they competed in a one on one chicken wing eating contest. Ahhh true love.

Beth said...

Tacos actually are an authentically Latin American food, so your competition probably was pretty stiff. My sister-in-law is Mexican, and she can go on for hours about how good the tacos are at home.

Ginzer said...

God I love being a man and turning everything into a competition.

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