The World's Most Interesting Thread

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by Benning Boy, May 5, 2010.

  1. Benning Boy

    Benning Boy New Member

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    Okay, it's an ad to push beer.

    But it's also a philosophy. Getting the most out of life. Tasting something you've never tasted. Maybe you'll love it. Maybe you'll hate it. But when you're playing piano at that cocktail party, and the subject comes up, you have a founded opinion to share.

    I propose this thread is for new experiences, great and small.

    Eat something you've never eaten? Review it here.

    Skydiving for the first time? Relate the experience.

    I ask that each of you does something you've not done before, and post the results here. It doesn't matter if a thousand have done it before you, we want to hear of YOUR first time.

    This isn't one-up or a d**k check. We want to hear of what the experience did for you. Perhaps it will serve to inspire.

    Everybody eat something you've never tasted this week, and post.

    And stay thirsty...for LIFE!
     
  2. NGIB

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    This was a few moons ago but it was an interesting snack. I was with my new wife down at the open air market in Angeles City (PI). She wanted to get her hair done by the lady-boys (transvestites were VERY common) so I tagged along as I had nothing better to do. While we were waiting for her spot to open, she carted me over to a "snack bar" and said she was hungry. She conversed with the counter lady and a few minutes later this round loaf of fresh bread was put in front of her.

    She takes a knife and cuts it in half and lo and behold I find it some kind of baked meat pie - and it smells great! I immediately grab a fork and take a bite and it was very tasty. She gives me this look of horror and says "Do you know what this is?" I answer, "I have no idea but it's damn tasty". As I'm about to grab another bite she tells me quietly that it's baked cat.

    Learned a lesson that day that has always stuck with me:

    If you try a new food and enjoy it, don't ask what's in it if you don't know...
     

  3. canebrake

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  4. Dillinger

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    When I was in Korea, I had several Korean Nationals who were local repair and construction techs working for me.

    Everyday they would make a big production out of lunch. It was generally sweltering by 11:30 or so, so for an hour to an hour and a half they would gather around where ever they were working and everyone would begin preparing something.

    They brought cook stoves from their trucks and they bought fresh veggies from road side stands and chopped them up to add to the various pots.

    Several times myself and the other DoD guys would leave them be and wander off to find something in an establishment. Sometimes they would want us to join them and that became known as "Shock the Round Eye Day" to all of us from America.

    So, one day we are working outside airbase K-16 and there is this little, and when I say little I mean tiny, "town" on the outside of the fence. To go back on base was a hassle, so come lunch time the guys all wanted myself and another guy to join them for lunch.

    We had Kay-Go-Gi ( sp? ) for lunch that day. It was a local delicacy that was supposed to help keep the male parts strong and healthy.

    It was thin strips, done over a rock fire and added to leaves with sauces and fresh veggies. Much like Bul-Go-Gi is done.

    Much like NGIB's reaction, I thought it was quite tasty. It was a red meat and it was soft, not like veal, but it wasn't chewy like a steak from Royal Fork Buffet.

    After the meal I was informed that I had consumed dog. Eh. It wasn't bad, I have to say. While I would not go out of my way to eat it again, I could definitely if I had to. As long as it wasn't one of my wonderful puppies. :eek:

    Foreign culture. Good times. :p
     
  5. Benning Boy

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    Gentlemen,

    What are you going to eat that you haven't tried yet?
     
  6. Bigcountry02

    Bigcountry02 Coffee! If your not shaking, you need another cup Supporter

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    Just like Osan! They called it Chicken-on-a-stick! NO! The real thing was cat-on-a-stick! TASTY!

    At times base health would advise partiers to snap the sticks in-half, so the vendors not to re-use them!
     
  7. CA357

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    About three years ago, my wife gave me a wonderful Christmas gift. It was a flight in a T6. It included a reproduction WWII flight manual which I studied prior to the flight.

    When the day of the flight arrived, the pilot gave me a walk around the aircraft and then we loaded up. We flew around the Sutter Buttes near Marysville/Yuba City.

    I followed the pilot through various maneuvers, barrel rolls, loops and even an Immelman Turn. I held the stick and rudder throughout the flight and he instructed me in the process.

    Then I got to perform the maneuvers while he coached me through. It was only an hour flight, but it was incredible.

    It is the most thoughtful gift I've ever received. BTW, those T6's are small.

    When I served in the Air Force, I was around the flight line and aircraft daily, but never had much opportunity to fly.
     
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  8. Jo da Plumbr

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    I'd like to eat her!!!:D

    Would that count?:rolleyes:
     
  9. Dillinger

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    ^^ That is one hell of a cool story CA. Thanks for sharing.


    Great idea for a thread Benning!!
     
  10. Dillinger

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    Hell man, I have tried lots of stuff that can be found in out of the way eateries.

    gator
    croc
    ostrich
    buffalo
    bison
    beefalo
    octopus
    seaweed
    kelp
    pretty much every fish you can catch in North America
    dog
    beaver ( the animal ;) )
    turtle ( in soup )
    elk
    deer
    bear


    I am game for trying just about anything once. I draw the line at outright RAW stuff though.

    My g/f in high school had an exchange student join their family for about 3 months. She cooked a traditional Japanese meal for dinner one night and there was one dish, I can't remember what the hell it was called ( or what it was SUPPOSED ) to be, but it was awful.

    It had the consistancy of wet pancake batter with lumps and stringy stuff in it. It TASTED like what I would assume wet wallpaper paste with lumps and stringy stuff in it woudl taste like, and it was raw, raw, RAW. It wasn't even room temp. It was horrible. :eek:
     
  11. canebrake

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    JD's example reminded me of the following food.

    The South Korean banchan known as Kimchi. (gimchi, kimchee, or kim chee)

    I tried some on a dare from a Korean worker of mine. I think we all thought this was going to be a good laugh for everyone.

    When he removed the lid from the ball jar, it popped like a cheap champagne bottle and bubbled as I peered into the rusty looking mess.

    With great trepidation, I sampled the offering and was pleasantly surprised. It was one of those 'new" experiences that require no time to acquire a taste. (for me)

    That was many years ago and with Kimchi available in many grocery stores, it has become a staple in my diet. It is however, one food that I can count on to be in the refrigerator. I'm the only one that eats Kimchi in my house.
     

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  12. NGIB

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    Sadly BB, at my age my "firsts" are all in the past. About the only first I'm looking forward to now is holding my first grandchild - and there's none on the horizon at the moment...
     
  13. orangello

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    I tried Ethiopian food at a nice little restaurant in Memphis; the people were very nice and did not seem local at all. They had something that resembled turnip greens but was hot enough to boil the paint off a car. Overall, the food was tasty and colorful. Of course, i didn't try any of the meat dishes, but they didn't look bad, and my friends seemed to like them.
     
  14. skullcrusher

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    I'm all about trying something new, especially food wise.

    My most recent new one was about a month ago. A friend gave me 2 pheasants (I have never hunted pheasant, so I really never came across any) and I put them in the rotisserie sprinkled in olive oil and a rosemary dry rub. It was great. I had enough for dinner and a coule of paninis the next day. My young son loved it as well.

    I've eaten most of the big game in North America. Not sure if Muskox is edible, and I don't think I want to find out. I've also eaten plenty of varmints including squirrel, ground hog, and beaver.

    When I was in Europe, I took the opportunity to try new things when I could. I can honestly say that I like snails, goose liver pate and good caviar. I am somewhat certain that I even had horse there because that steak tartar was not beef flavored. :eek:
     
  15. Benning Boy

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    I've done the kaegogi purely by mistake.

    Frog legs were so-so.

    Gator is excellent.

    Anybody seen these James Bond vacations?
     
  16. Benning Boy

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    One can stay at Goldeneye, Ian Flemings home in Jamaica, for $2500 a night.

    Hmmm......
     
  17. IGETEVEN

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    Well since JD started the list........

    gator
    croc
    ostrich
    emu
    bison
    beefalo
    horse
    goat
    sheep
    octopus
    seaweed
    kelp
    pretty much every fish you can catch in North America and South America
    Pacu (fish)
    Capybara (big aquatic guinea pig)
    rat
    dog
    monkey (various kinds)
    beaver (the 4 legged animal and 2 )
    possum
    coon
    turtles
    frogs and other amphibians
    lizards of various species
    snakes of various kinds
    Insects and grubs of various kinds (cooked and raw)
    eggs of various species of birds
    birds of various species including crow
    elk
    deer
    moose
    boar
    havailina
    bear

    I know I left something out, especially some exotics, but that's all I can think of now....hell now I'm hungry! :p

    Jack
     
  18. Dillinger

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    Yeah, we checked out the hotel Bond stayed at in Casino Royale. Some absolutely gorgeous private hotel chain that is like $8500/night for the "only have a villa left" that Bond stays in. :eek:

    http://www.oneandonlyresorts.com/flash.html

    Hit that site and check out Bahamas and the Villas. It will make you realize why James has a Black American Express Card.
     
  19. cpttango30

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    I remember the first time I rode in a helicopter. I went to work with my dad one day over the summer in CA. He was working the feather river canyon. If you don't know what it is Here Feather River Canyon, Plumas County Northern California

    This is a canyon that was cut by the feather river. Some yahoo thought it was a good idea to build a road in it as well. If you are ever in the area it is a must see ride bring a camera and plenty of extra Media cards.

    So we get to up at what must have been 3 in the morning and headed off to Oroville (Said Or a ville) (Home of RCBS too). We get to the PG&E yard and all the guys on my dad's crew are getting there getting the trucks nad gear ready when all of a sudden it sounds like a chopper is right over our heads the trailer is shaking dust flying sure enough he was landing in the yard.

    The guys get all loaded up and we head out with chopper following us in the air. About 1 hour later we are on sight. I had never seen a dirt road like this it was bumpy I am talking hill climb rock crawler bumpy but the Pierce 4x4 line truck and my dads FordF-150 made the trek. Then the chopper lands and they hook up a rope to haul polls first he takes my dad and I up to where we are going to be working. It is cool flying through the feather river canyon in a Bell Super 204 with the doors off. First if you have never been in a chopper before DON'T stick your hands out the doors. This guy was an amazing pilot just amazing. We land look around and then go back to the rest of the crew. Two guys are already making the 1/2 mile hike up the hill because they will not fly.

    He tells everyone that if something goes wrong don't run stay put he will make sure nothing hits anyone. So they hook him up and off he goes to get the first 100' poll for the 95' 2 poll structures we were replacing that day. All goes well and he is flying in polls like a mad man.

    The end of the day comes and a storm is starting to move in and there is a weather warning for the canyon for high winds. So right as it starts to rain like no ones business. He lands and says there is no way the line truck is making it down the hill just leave it there. So there is pilot, Myself, my dad and 4 linemen and gear on the chopper. Now these guys were not that small one guy could crush a slow pitch softball out of candle stick park on a bad day. Another one could eat a big apple in 2 bites. The Chopper was right at it's max load the pilot turns and tells the guys to buckle up we are going for a ride. Now two guys HATE to fly and didn't want anything to do with a chopper. He gives her the power and gets it to hover about 3' off the ground (just enough to clear the brush) he then moves sideways towards the cliff and then it happens.

    This crazy pilot dove the chopper off the side of the cliff and has us headed right for the water I would swear on a grave we were vertical. Then just as it looks like we are going to crash he flip the controls and bang we are flying level. 3 guys are green two of which were the guys that didn't want to fly were looking real bad. We get to the truck and he drops off the two guys at my dads truck and the rest of us fly back to the yard.

    One guy asked the guy where he learned to fly like that. He says "When them gooks are shooting at ya you figure out just what a chopper can do. He was a drafted chopper pilot in Viet Nam. IF you ever see the heliloggin on Ax Men this guy made that guy on there look like a wet behind the ear rookie.
     
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  20. CA357

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    Cool story. 'Nam chopper pilots had big brass ones.

    BTW, I drove through the Feather River Canyon, two weekends ago to the retreat I attend on the West shore of Lake Almanor. I generally make the trip twice a year.

    Trust and believe, what Tango says is true. The Feather River Canyon is absolutely beautiful.