Joey Chestnut has apparently declared himself the greatest athlete of all time after breaking the world record for eating as many hotdogs as you can in 10 minutes. He ate 76 in 10 minutes. 76…. Jody was clearly not eating hotdogs from outside my so called football teams stadium. It takes at least 10 hours to get served and I dread to think of the chemicals and additives entering into the body after just 1 of those monstrosities never mind 76 of them. Only shed loads of tomato ketchup is saving that.

Yesterday food delivery came with 18 missing items and various random substitutions. Brexit is going really well………

So as I we picked through the damage. No favourite sausages – ok Hawklad can live with that for a week or so. No favourite salad and fruit – again he will make do. It went on and on in a similar vein until. NO Tomato Ketchup. To many amongst us that will just not fly. To Hawklad that’s worse than a zombie apocalypse. So today we go out ketchup hunting.

Needs must…..

56 thoughts on “Ketchup

    1. Oh there was this moment I just wanted (not needed) Branston Pickle in a sarnie. 🥪 Only that when home, it turns out the pickle was without chunks!!! WTF!!??! It’s called Branston Pickle [smooth] and it is seriously wi’ no lumps!!! So I say it’s more like Daddies Sauce and the other more important thing I have to ask is: What is the world coming to?

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  1. Some things one simply must have. My son loves hot sauce, a certain brand. Our local store had been out for weeks which meant so were we. I tried various other brands which were okay, but. The evening we went in for something else and walked by the shelf to see they had his favorite, I purchased four bottles. In the process of checking out we got funny looks but a must is a must. And our circumstances are different than yours so I can only imagine the importance level of your quest.

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  2. I had several substitutions in my grocery pick-up and even one item that I drink daily (protein shake) that is “no longer available for pickup orders”? Really? And no ketchup? Poor Hawklad! I hope you’re doing the best you can! I remember you in my daily prayers. 💛🙏🏻

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      1. Don’t worry about first attempts. After all no one can play a stradivarius on their first attempt. Well, not without it sounding like a cat has it’s tail caught in a door!

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    1. I have a story to tell. I once worked with a young man who made a similar claim. He went nowhere without his trusty bottle of ketchup, I don’t think the brand even mattered. I asked him one day if there was anything he ate that did not require ketchup. He said no such food item existed. I said I bet there is one somewhere. He said never. I said I’ll find one. He said, I’ll give you one chance. If you can find one food I cannot put ketchup on, I will stop eating ketchup for life. Aha! The game was afoot. I had three days to choose 1 item, since the bet was made on a Friday. Came Monday morning, and I carried a bag into the workplace. He saw me, and immediately wanted to know what was in it. The event was scheduled for noon, so I would not tell him. He bugged me every 10 minutes, but I would not budge. At last noon came, and he took his favourite chair at his favourite table. Plate in front of him, bottle of ketchup in hand, big smile on his face. Little devious grin on mine, I started to open the bag. “Wait,” I said as I rwa he’d into the bag with a sharp knife. I cut the item in half, and proceeded to ceremoniously place on his plate one half of a grapefruit. He looked at it, but lathered it with ketchup, and cut into it. Still smiling he put a bite in his mouth, and began to chew. The look on his face was curious. He chewed and chewed, determined to like it, but once he tried to swallow, it would not go down. He could not eat it.
      He handed me his bottle of ketchup and pointed at the garbage can. I took the ketchup-smothered half to the garbage with me. When I returned he was greedily eating the economy half of the grapefruit. “Much better without ketchup!” he said. And true to his word, I never saw him with his bottle again.
      True story. It wasn’t me who set the terms, it was him. Why, I don’t know. But he stuck to them.

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      1. Can I put a contract out on Spelchek. It has to die! Two changed words spoiled my whole story!!!!
        rwa he’d should have read “reached”
        economy should have read “second”
        How can it make such changes? Why does it make such changes? I proofread, but still it makes me look like an alien who learned English as a fortyth language. Oi, I want to scream.

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      2. Wow! That is a true story? Awesome! And so cool that he did keep his word. Why couldn’t he swallow the grapefruit with the Ketchup? Was it the taste or a chemial reaction that changed the texture? Really good story👍

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      3. Totally true. I think he actually trapped himself when younger by telling everyone how much he loved ketchup, so that he could not stop doing it. He was THE KETCHUP KID. This was a way out for him. (Pure conjecture, but humans often set themselves traps that they cannot get out of without help. It takes a very strong personality to make a huge change on their own. I bet you can think of a trap you live in, a box that no longer serves any purpose, but yet you maintain the facade because everyone knows that thing about you, and they do not want you to change, even if you do.
        When I was younger I had many such traps. I had to “rediscover” that they were traps to get rid of them. My then wife did not like the changes, I was no longer the man she married, she said. I asked if she liked the new me, she said, Yeah, but I don’t love him, I love you. My reply was No, you don’t love me, you love him. I am no longer him. I still loved her, but we broke up anyway. She tried to keep me in boxes that no longer meant anything to me. I was changing. She was not.

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      4. I can totally relate to what you say. Yes, you were put in a frame (or put yourself in it). You may not be happy with that frame anymore but one of those boxes (as you said) may also be that you are used and taught to living to other peoples expectations. Over time you don’t realize that you can just step out of that box. This can go so far that you don’t even consider that you are allowed to get out of that box. I too used to live to standards I was taught to live although they did not fit me. But I was taught to do so and as a young person you think this is how it has to be… bad luck. However, it needed me almost 40 years to understand that I am a free person to live out of the box… this was when I started writing “I’m Free”.
        It is not easy to just take that step (or those steps) since you are still afraid to do something forbidden or expect to being questioned, ciritcized or worse. But the more boxes you escaped the more you escape that misunderstanding in you.
        You summed this all up amazingly!

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  3. I watched that hot dog eating contest. I thought I was going to puke watching them stuff those dogs in their mouths. But what really got me was that they had to eat the buns too – so they would soak them in water to get them down. I’m getting sick thinking about it. Yuck.

    I hope you guys find some ketchup today! I know how some things cannot be left out. Good luck!

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  4. I’m sorry, but I’m from NY and we do NOT have ketchup on hot dogs. MUSTARD RULES! That said, hot dogs are disgusting and I haven’t had one in years. I doubt I’ve had 76 in my entire life! Gah!!!

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  5. The only thing I’m likely to have tomato sauce on is fish, hotdogs, sausages or bacon, though I must admit for me, bacon, mushrooms and mayo in a fresh crusty baguette takes some beating. I confess to not having bought tomato sauce since we were in the cottage (2007 to 2014), though Hubby likes his brown sauce periodically. Happy hunting.

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  6. To be honest I am a brown sauce or Branston man and only use ketchup when making sauce for burgers or seafood. However, I do appreciate the importance of the right condiment and wish you well on your quest. Internet shopping can be the pits.

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  7. My husband cannot eat without ketchup, it’s just an absolute necessity in his world. Personally I don’t eat the stuff very often at all, but I can just imagine Hawklad’s consternation. It sounds very much like how my hubby would react.

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  8. Only thing I like on a hotdog is chili & cheese. Maybe ketchup on a burger or fries, if I’m in the mood.

    I totally understand about needing to have a very specific item. Ben has given up gummy snacks cuz he only likes the Kellogg brand, and we can only find them in “princess” packs. The package is wrong, so he won’t even try.

    Gummy snacks aren’t that great for him anyway😉

    I’m glad you found your hienz. Did you buy a couple to avoid future trouble?😆
    💌💌💌

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