Guest blog entry by Heather Froeschl
My name is Heather Froeschl and I have a strange snack habit.
When I allow myself to get a bag of Doritos, with every chip I check to see which side is the cheesiest, and that is the side I apply to my tongue. Every chip, every time; there is no stopping the habit. It is something I do without thinking, I imagine much like lighting up a cigarette would be for those who smoke. Reaching into the bag, the chip is flipped from side to side, inspected for that glowing orange dust. I noticed this while driving around with my kids, looking at houses that were for sale. I noticed that this was probably as bad as talking on a cellphone while navigating the roads. I noticed that this was just plain weird behavior.
I started thinking about other snack habits I may have and what is weirder is that this really is the only one. True, I do flip Pringles over to the wrong side apparently, and savor the salty convex side instead of the concave, which naturally fits on the tongue better. But that’s Pringles’ fault, since they ought to put the salt on the side that fits the mouth better. I do hold my pinky finger out while drinking most beverages; I don’t know why, but maybe it’s the bit of English blood in my veins. Other than that I think my eating habits are pretty normal. So why the Doritos thing?
At least I’m not so out there on the cusp of madness as the brother on “Everybody Loves Raymond.” Remember the one where Robert touched his fork to his chin with every bite of food? That was sort of a “jump the shark” episode anyway, but comparitively, savoring the fake cheese dust on tortilla chips is pretty average. Right?
What’s your snack habit? I promise not to laugh.