March 13, 2005

Ketchup Coincidence

On Friday, as I was getting ready to leave the house, I saw that Maggie had left a handful of 6 Heinz ketchup packets on my jacket. We’d gotten them from Smokey Bones when I’d brought takeout home. Ironically, they’d loaded us down with ketchup but had stiffed me on the fries that were supposed to be included in my order.

We didn’t need the ketchup at home, so Maggie figured I could take them to work with me. But I was in a hurry, so I didn’t throw them in my bag. I was afraid if I put them in my pocket, I’d forget them there and explode at some inopportune moment. “What do I need ketchup for at work?” I thought. Thinking I was being clever, I said something stupid like “Is there going to be some ketchup emergency today?”

A few hours later, it was lunchtime at the office. Ryan decided he was in the mood for Wendy’s and we thought “why not?” It made me think of the ketchup, so I told the story to Ryan and Sara. They pointed out that I could have used the ketchup (perhaps Maggie is psychic?) but I knew I wouldn’t have used it anyhow. I didn’t want any ketchup, and I didn’t get any from Wendy’s. So Maggie had not anticipated a ketchup need on my part.

But the day wasn’t over.

As we were finishing our lunches, Nina, who works for another organization in the building wandered over to our doorway. She was about to eat her lunch (French fries and chicken fingers) and she required an additional ingredient — something we found out she likes to eat in quantity. “Do you guys have any ketchup?” she asked.

She must have been surprised that such an innocuous question could evoke such laughter. After I explained the humor in the situation, she told us she could easily have used all the packets for her lunch. She customarily uses a ton of ketchup and doesn’t like to go without it.

Experience from the kitchen at McDonalds notwithstanding, I think that’s as close as I’ve ever seen to a ketchup emergency.

Posted by James at March 13, 2005 12:49 AM
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Now, see. If you were still carrying your adventure bag, you could have had a ketchup compartment. You were like Batman with that thing.

Posted by: briwei at March 14, 2005 1:27 PM

Yeah, but then he'd need to carry around french fries to dip into the ketchup compartment and they would require their own compartment. As well as another one for napkins... it spirals out of control.

Posted by: Mike at March 14, 2005 1:48 PM

I dunno why, but I was reminded of this:

NIGEL: No, no, no, no this....look, look, look, thereís a little problem with the... look this, this miniature bread. Itís like... Iíve been working with this now for about half an hour. I canít figure out... letís say I want a bite, right, youíve got this...

IAN: Youíd like bigger bread?

NIGEL: Exactly! I donít understand how...

IAN: You could fold this though.

NIGEL: Well, no then itís half the size.

IAN: Not the bread, you could fold the meat.

NIGEL: Yeah, but then it, then it breaks up, breaks apart like this.

IAN: No, no, no, you put it on the bread like this, you see

NIGEL: But then, if you keep folding it, it keeps breaking...

IAN: Why do you keep folding it?

NIGEL: And then you...everyhing has to be folded, and then itís this, and I donít want this. I want large bread so that I can put this...

IAN: Right

NIGEL: then itís like this, this doesnít work because then ...itís all....

IAN: Ďcause it hangs out like that?

NIGEL: Look...

IAN: Yeah.

NIGEL: Would you... be holding this?

IAN: No, I donít want to eat... I wouldnít want to put that in my mouth, no youíre right, Nigel, youíre right...

NIGEL: No, alright ĎAí, exhibit ĎAí. Now we move on to this, look, look whoís in here? No one! And then in here thereís a little guy, look! So itís, itís a complete catastrophe!

Posted by: James at March 14, 2005 2:00 PM

I know you can't fold paper in half more than 7 times. Wonder if that goes double for bread?

Try to continually fold a piece of paper in half--I got to just 6 folds. Yes, there are mathematical equations out there for folding theoretical paper, but I'm talkin' real paper here, folks.

Posted by: Patti M. at March 14, 2005 2:23 PM

The great thing about that is, it doesn't matter that much how big the sheet of paper is. Well, if it's really small you can't even fold it 6 times, but I mean bigger than a normal letter-size sheet.

Take a sheet or newspaper. You won't get past 7.

If you had some super-thin paper you might be able to do it.

Since bread it much, much thicker, you probably can't fold bread more than 3 times.

I'll try it with some syrian bread sometime. Perhaps someone near an indian restaurant could try it with nan?

Posted by: James at March 14, 2005 2:31 PM


Posted by: briwei at March 14, 2005 2:37 PM

Nan nan
Nan nan nan nan.
Hey, hey-yay.
Good bread.

Posted by: James at March 14, 2005 2:45 PM

I fold at least seven times whenever I play poker.

Posted by: Mike at March 14, 2005 3:00 PM

But folding 7 times in the same hand would be quite a trick.

Posted by: James at March 14, 2005 3:46 PM

What is the sound of one hand folding?

Posted by: briwei at March 14, 2005 7:05 PM

It depends. If you;re a little corny it's:

"Too rich for my blood."

If you're a cool character, it's the sound of two cards being pushed toward the dealer over felt, or landing in front of the dealer.

Posted by: James at March 14, 2005 8:21 PM

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