July 8, 2004

Saltine Challenge

Yesterday, six fierce competitors took on a seemingly simple task which proved daunting. Could any of us eat six saltine crackers in under 60 seconds?

With a timer and a box of saltines we gathered at lunchtime for what will be known forevermore as: Saltine Challenge

While we each had out own style, and own approach to the task, we all learned a valuable lesson. And that lesson is: don’t ever mock the mouth-drying power of six saltine crackers. Not ever.

Yes, lunchtime around the office can get pretty bizarre. See for yourself.

Posted by James at July 8, 2004 8:31 AM
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"Dryness is truly a harsh mistress."


Now I'm craving Saltines. I'll bet I could eat 6 in 60 seconds. Probably. Maybe.

Posted by: Patti M. at July 8, 2004 2:40 PM

I suspect that people who tend to drool more would be better at this sort of thing.

Posted by: Chuck S. at July 8, 2004 3:05 PM

Was dunking forbidden? That's how the hot dog contest people get the rolls down so fast.

Posted by: Julie at July 8, 2004 3:56 PM

Dunking was forbidden. It would be far too easy and no fun if you could dunk.

Posted by: James at July 8, 2004 5:25 PM

Next time I see you folks, I would be happy to administer the Saltine Challenge and put you up on the wall of competitors.

Posted by: James at July 8, 2004 5:45 PM

Can we do this after the D'Angelo's vs. Quizno's head-to-head?

Posted by: Julie at July 9, 2004 9:46 AM

D'Angelo's vs. Quizno's? Will there be extra points for contracting Hep A?

Posted by: Patti M. at July 9, 2004 10:13 AM

I've been worried about hepatitis lately, what with an immune-compromised kid in the house. It seems to be rampant lately, and the state doesn't seem to have a handle on it yet.

However, I still think the head-to-head of meatball subs is in order, as Julie refers to. I mean, figuring out who makes the best meatball sub has got to be worth SOME risk. :)

Posted by: James at July 9, 2004 1:06 PM

What is it with you guys and these crappy chains. Don't they have sub/pizza shops near you? Support your local shops people! If you don't you'll end up with no choices but Quiznos, subway and D'Angelos. There used to be a great sub shop on New Boston Road in da River but it closed a short while after the Papa Ginos near Durfee opened.

Back when I was able to eat bread there was nothing better than a chicken parm sub from Pizza Express in Maynard. They had good meatball subs too. And what with the big deal about toasting. Do you mean you can't get subs toasted at some of those chains. I've always asssumed you could get toasted because every subshop I've ever been to asks me toasted or not?

Posted by: Bob at July 9, 2004 1:14 PM

The best sandwiches in the NB/Dartmouth area are at Ernies in New Bedford. Bar-none. Paninis to die for. I love the eggplant. And when we go for pizza, it's Jimmy's down the street.

Unfortunately, we can't make it to New Bedford every time for lunch. The local places in Dartmouth are only OK for subs.

Dartmouth is a sort of a suburban stripmall hell nowadays.

For really good eatin' you have to go to New Bedford. No Problemo, Ernies, etc. Small places locally owned by good folks.

But the UMass Dartmouth immediate area isn't known for its dining choices. That's part of why we get so obsessive here about food at lunchtime.

Posted by: James at July 9, 2004 1:24 PM

Last time I was down that way to visit my sister I noticed a new coffee shop - Cousin John's maybe? - next to Wendy's. The coffee was decent, and it wasn't a Starbucks. (Starbucks also has decent coffee, not great coffee, but they are a corporate giant squeezing the little guys out. Peets has great coffee, but there aren't too many of them around on this coast.)

Posted by: Jim at July 9, 2004 2:42 PM

It's Uncle John's Coffee House, I think. Ryan used to go there quite a bit, but I've never been. I _think_ they have music at night.

Maggie and I went to Java Jungle once, which was down the road a bit, but they closed (or moved?) shortly after that.

Posted by: James at July 9, 2004 2:47 PM

I really like Uncle Jon's Coffee house. {Much better than DD.} They have a good selection of tasty coffees, and a "flavor of the day" menu. The atmosphere is also quite nice. I have frequented there quite a bit just to have coffee and read, or do some homework.

Not a big fan of their sandwiches tho.

Posted by: Sara at July 10, 2004 2:45 AM

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