For those who have never lived in south Louisiana, you may not be familiar with the term lagniappe.
Lagniappe (pronounced: lan-yap) means “a little something extra” in Cajun country.
Each week, I try to post a “Lagniappe Blog” that is just me scattershooting about whatever pops in the old skull.
So here we go….
The Golden Hawg:
Each week, Gregg will be announcing the winner of the coveted Golden Hawg Medallion with the inaugural award going to the fine folks at Eckrich for combining two of this nation’s great pork products into one delectable deli-meat…Bacon Wrapped Ham. Yes I said it…Bacon Wrapped Ham…available at Jewel Osco and Piggly Wiggly. ECKRICH…MAKE THE MOMENT RICH…trademarked and not to be used without the express permission of Ricky Bobby Inc.
Speaking of Sausage:
One of my favorite all-time YouTube clips is the Jimmy Dean Sausage Complaint call by a guy named Randy Taylor. If you have not seen it before…here it is. GF Note: Some of Mr. Taylor’s language is inappropriate for your office, the local children or the woman sitting next you at Starbuck’s while you use their free Internet.
Growing up in Texas, I know several men that could very well be Randy Taylor. In fact, there is probably a little bit of Randy Taylor in all of us. He is a man pushed to the limit by the corporate greed culture so prevalent in today’s society. He is a man who has lived off the land…who has made his own sausage. He is feeding a hungry family of five on the stagnant wages, including a plump little Scotch girl. He is the new American.
As the new American, Randy Taylor is also something else. Jimmy Dean’s did not drop their 16-ounce regular sausage package to 12-ounces but Jimmy Dean’s did and still does produce a Premium Pork Light Sausage roll that does come in a 12-ounce package. Like so many people today, Randy Taylor just bought the wrong roll of sausage and immediately blamed the company for his mistake. Blame others for the actions of yourself…the New American Way.
While on the subject of Texas, I had the opportunity to see one of my favorite Texas songwriters and performers last weekend. The great Joe Ely performed at FitzGerald’s in Berwyn. Having seen Joe many times over the years…in all different states of sobriety…Ely still is a terrific performer and consummate professional. ChicagoAtNight’s James Francis Ryan of Iowa posted this review of the show.
If you are an Ely fan, I recommend you stop by his website and purchase his “Joe Ely Live -- Chicago 1987” CD. This was recorded at FitzGerald’s and includes legend Bobby Keyes on sax. I had not seen this CD before but Joe was selling it at the show. It is fantastic.
For my friends in Lubbock, Joe also told a story about the Preston Smith International Airport and the mentality of West Texas.
Joe said that he was recently standing in line at TSA security behind an old West Texas Cowboy wearing his perfectly starched shirt and a beautiful Stetson cowboy hat. The TSA agent told him he would have to remove his hat. The old cowboy said he had no intention of removing his Stetson. At that point, the man asked what would happen if he didn’t take off his Stetson and the TSA agent said they would have to remove him from line and search him using a wand over his entire body.
After contemplating that answer for a few minutes, the old cowboy looked the TSA again dead in the eye and said, “Let’s get it on then.”
**What is it about hipsters and their love of vintage NBA jerseys?
**The irony is not lost on Gregg when seeing LeBron James as the NBA’s spokesman for its “26 Seconds” stay in school initiative.
**While we are on the topic of LeBron and the NBA, I would be remiss if I did not have the obligatory mentions of Jeremy Lin, Linsanity and the self-proclaimed worldwide leader’s hype machine. During this week’s Mavericks-Knicks game, Mike Tirico made the following statement about Lin in the first half: “That is only Lin’s third turnover…if you are keeping track of such things.” Are you kidding me…Tirico dismissed Lin’s penchant for turning the ball over as an inconsequential part of Linsanity. WOW.
**How much sugar/sugar substitute do people who use the small packets to level a table in a restaurant or bar waste all across the country each year?
**GF Note: To the husband and wife team that plays the erhu (Chinese fiddle) and sing at the Jackson Blue Line station…you might want to remove “I Just Called To Say I Love You” by Stevie Wonder from your set list. You’re welcome.
**Gregg is finally glad that the Great American Race is finally upon us…Let’s Go Racin’ Boys.
That is all for this week folks…enjoy and stay classy.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “No, no, he didn't slam you, he didn't bump you, he didn't nudge you... he *rubbed* you. And rubbin, son, is racin'.”
COMING UP NEXT: 60 Minutes…unless you live on the West Coast where you will enjoy your regular-scheduled programming.
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