Friday, August 19, 2005

The great Mustard vs Ketchup battle of 1980-something

I'll admit it right up front. My siblings and I weren't the nice neighborhood kids. We were beasts unleashed from hell to wreak havoc on the neighborhood.
Have you ever seen that show Malcolm in the Middle? The writers must have been neighbors of ours. Neighbors who are being kind.

My dad and stepmom trusted alone in the house by the time I was 8 and the oldest of us was 14. They should have known better.

They loved to collect antiques. They had lots of antique tools hanging on the walls in the kitchen. Since this is where most food fights take place, it was probably not the most brilliant of moves.

One day my brothers got into an argument over which could shoot further from a bottle, ketchup or mustard. The only fair way to settle this was to try it out. We propped the bottles up a bit on the table with some of the fine irish linen my stepmom kept in one of the drawers. Then we broke out the measuring tape, and started firing away. They went pretty far, but let's face it, nothing works better than the packets. Especially when you pile about 7-10 of those suckers and hit them with a hammer.
I have no idea which went further. There were so many condiments flying around the kitchen no one could really tell. I can tell you 3 things.

*Relish doesn't go very far. Too heavy.

*Owners of neighborhood delis don't like it when you come in and take all of their condiment packets for your experiments.

and finally,

*Mustard and ketchup stains white walls and wooden antiques equally well.


As always... Rachael said...

Oh my goodness. It's a challenge to compose myself enough to type this comment! That was hilarious! Truly. Awesome!

Karlos said...

Funny! :-)

Reminds me of a chocolate pudding fight I was involved in back in the early 70s in Santa Monica, California. After reading this post of yours, I was inspired to post my pudding fight story on my Blog.


Mrs.X said...

Rachael- Thanks! I wish my parents had thought it was so funny.

Carlos- lol! Pudding is so much fun to throw :)

Walking,Talking,Poison said...

Heehee, you remind me of my high school days when we used to have peanut butter and jelly races in grade school. We'd take the sandwich apart and throw each piece at the wall, sticky side. The jelly always won, peanut butter is sticky stuff, but it was fun anyway. No wonder those lunch ladies hates us so much huh?