After the Carolina Kite Festival, Mike sent a note with his thoughts and the results of the challenge.
OK R A ready:
This report is brought to you by the official correspondent and photographer of the WACKOS for the weekend of October 28th and 29th.
The weekend was awesome.
Many more flyers than last year.
NOW FOR THE WACKOS
Around 9:00 AM on Saturday I placed both jars of OKRA pickles on the announcers table and Don Dixon knew exactly what it was for. It seems Mr. G had been telling everyone he came to North Carolina for two reasons. To fly kites and eat OKRA.
Now I was planning a mid day event and wanted to let the pickles sit in the hot sun for a couple of hours. I then walked down the field to find Mr. G. and tell him the OKRA was at the festival and the camera was loaded, and around noon we would consummate the challenge.
where made all morning long about the AKA, WACKOS Okra challenge.
Now Mr. G was hesitant and somewhat reluctant, as people as Don Dixon, and others expressed there displeasure with OKRA. He chose the HOT Okra pickles. And he and I, and a swarm of spectators went to the center of the flying field. He opened the jar, took a sniff, dipped his finger in the juice and licked it off. He pulled out an OKRA pickle when one of the spectators said "take a big one".
Mr. G then told the
spectator to pick the one he should eat. And I was posed with my camera
Oh yes I said we lost
So Dave came through on the challenge.
As further proof, check out the Weekly Updates on Dave's web site,
"I ate it in North Carolina! - http://www.gombergkites.com/update/47.html
and look at the pictures below.
After Mike's report, Jim sent a note congratulating Dave on his accomplishment.
|I understand from
Mr. McMullen that you ate the Okra. Congratulations.
I also understand that you wondered, post eating, what all the hooraw was about -- it wasn't too bad after all, was it?
I had a lot of e-mail about that from folks who eat okra, leading into the weekend -- "Why are you letting Gomberg off so lightly, making him eat something good?" Well, I got two things to say to that.
First, we let you off
easy with PICKLED okra instead of stewed. Okra is good as pickles
(tastes like pickle!), it is good fried, it is good steamed, it is good
in gumbo. It is ONLY nasty when it is stewed with tomatoes -- that's
when it gets all slimey and is noticably disgusting. We figurred
making you take one look and refuse to eat wouldn't be much use to anybody,
so we went
Secondly, however, we knew you didn't know all that. Okra has a nasty reputation, and although you'd only have to eat it for a few seconds, you'd have to live with the anticipation for WEEKS! Eating okra is not bad at all -- facing the prospect of eating okra can be mentally devastating.
Now, we are waiting
for Mike's pix, then we'll get you your members. We were inclined
to just take Mike's word, but somebody (me, I think) pointed out that every
man has his price, and you of all people have the abillity to
I wish we could have all been there to be a part of the fun -- sounds like a great weekend. When you are next coming to the Southeast, please let us know -- I really want to see GKPI in flight!
Regards and all,
PS: Mike sez you defeated him in the "Dual Line Land-Next-To-The-Stake Game." I had to explain to him about the "Claim victory, ignore the results" strategy. You'd be surprised how badly you were defeated now....
APS: Mike shoulda counter challenged you to a mano-a-mano Rok fight. He came in second at the WACKOS NKM Rok battle -- while wasn't your finish a lowly 3rd at AKA?
If you're wondering, 3 new AKA members have signed up
(or soon will be) and one member has upgraded to a family membership. Total
yield is SEVEN new AKA members total !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
|After his tasty repast of hot pickled okra, Dave became a convert and tried to spread the word among the assembled multitude about the benefits of eating pickled okra. Unfortunately, pickled okra is not universally loved.||