Monday, July 20, 2009

Sucking the Fun Out of Summer


Here on the island we have a local health authority (acronym known as VIHA). They are often known to post health information (obviously!) and warnings regarding a variety of things surrounding your health. Recently (although I now can’t find the specific article) they have pronounced roasting marshmallows over your campfire as unhealthy and unsafe.

I stumbled on to this story by means of reading the “letters to the Editor” on our local newspapers website. The readers – much like myself – initially thought that VIHA were having one over on all of us. “Oh, lets have fun, and see if we can pull the wool over some yocal’s eyes!”

But no, their article is completely upfront and spoken in earnest.

VIHA suggests that IF you are going to roast marshmallows this summer, that you should: 1) thoroughly sanitize your hands before touching any food item (ok, somewhat legit’). 2) Take your roasting stick and quickly thrusting the twig in the fire and removing carbon from the twig with a clean tissue. And 3) they finally suggest that once roasted, if the marshmallow has flames coming out of it, it’s too hot to eat (DOH!).

In a day and age where we take more precautions in life than ever before – where do we ever get a chance to learn from our mistakes? I’m not suggesting we rush out there and throw flaming marshmallows at people, but a little common sense goes a long way.

Did eating that worm when I was 6 do permanent damage to me? Did NOT sanitizing my hands and or my marshmallow stick (or wiener stick for that matter) put me one step closer to the grave? If that be the case I should have died – or worse – many years ago. But instead, I got to be a kid and learn that dirt doesn’t taste that good. That touching a burning marshmallow with my hands or my lips – may burn me.

Is it just me, or are there certain people out there who are just looking for ways to suck the fun out of fun??

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And on a completely different side note: Thank you to all who commented on my last entry. I terribly thrilled that almost all my my readers actually responded.

4 comments:

poolagirl said...

Those people will never be invited to the Javelina Hunt! They would DIE if they saw what we do to giant puffies!

The Bumbles said...

That is sooooo wrong. We go up to a friend's lake house every summer and the kids there love finding the perfect roasting sticks and then making s'mores. Their hands are grubby from stick searching - the sticks are brushed off - and often they let those marshmellows burst into flames before blowing them out burnt to a crisp and letting that hot stuff ooze between the melting chocolate. Lots of tongues are burned because the wait is just too much to bear. And we wouldn't have it any other way.

The Bumbles said...

P.S. - re your comment on our Movie post...we LOVE Fast Times - that was NOT one of our Hated movies - we referenced it in that other one which ripped off lines directly from Fast Times and still couldn't find a way to be funny, much less original.

Good Timing said...

This is just ridiculous!!! I tell you...