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Michael Hoffman

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Friday Night Dogs Sun, 10/10/10 11:56 PM (permalink)
On Friday evening I had two of the best hot dogs I've had in a long while, and the dogs themselves were terrible, the mustard was that yucky yellow stuff and the buns were awful. Still, they were wonderful, even at two bucks a pop.
 
What is it about cheap, tasteless concession hot dogs served from an electric roaster, pre-cooked and bunned, and wrapped in paper that makes them so delicious? I guess it must  have something to do with the fact that Friday night lights, hundreds of kids milling about, not paying the  slightest bit of attention anything going on not involving their school friends and ten thousand people in the stands screaming their lungs out for their high school teams make even lousy food a gourmet treat.
 
All I know is I can't want for next Friday night's dinner at the ball field. I might even switch from coffee to hot chocolate. 
 
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    mar52

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    Re:Friday Night Dogs Mon, 10/11/10 12:25 AM (permalink)
    Sometimes I wish I lived in a small town.
     
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      Michael Hoffman

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      Re:Friday Night Dogs Mon, 10/11/10 12:56 AM (permalink)
      Yeah, me too. My little town is a city of 40,000 people in a metropolitan area of one and three quarters of a million people.
       
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        mar52

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        Re:Friday Night Dogs Mon, 10/11/10 1:08 AM (permalink)
         It's still different than living in a suburb of Los Angeles.
         
         
         
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          Foodbme

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          Re:Friday Night Dogs Mon, 10/11/10 2:25 AM (permalink)
          Having been a H.S. Sports Booster Club member for many years, I can relate!
          Son played football & wrestled & Daughter was a swimmer.
          One season I set up a Curly Fries stand at football games to raise money for my daughter's Swim Team. Stored the equipment in my garage. Took months to get the grease smell out afterwards!
          <message edited by Foodbme on Mon, 10/11/10 2:31 AM>
           
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            chewingthefat

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            Re:Friday Night Dogs Mon, 10/11/10 1:17 PM (permalink)
            They are a necessary part of a wonderful picture, I know what you mean!
             
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              Michael Hoffman

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              Re:Friday Night Dogs Mon, 10/11/10 1:51 PM (permalink)
              mar52


               It's still different than living in a suburb of Los Angeles.




              Oh, yeah!
               
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                Rusty246

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                Re:Friday Night Dogs Mon, 10/11/10 2:03 PM (permalink)
                My son started playing ball at the age of 5, he's 14 now.  It doesn't matter if I just ate, I'll still have a hot dog, it's the only time I'll eat ketchup.  I have never turned down a request to work concessions either.
                 
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                  BillyB

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                  Re:Friday Night Dogs Mon, 10/11/10 2:16 PM (permalink)
                  I would attribute it to you eating cheap food in cheap restaurants for many years. You have finally acquired a higher level of taste, for tasteless foods. I bet that comment isn't going to get me on the Christmas list this year....................
                   
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                    Foodbme

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                    Re:Friday Night Dogs Mon, 10/11/10 2:26 PM (permalink)
                    BillyB


                    I would attribute it to you eating cheap food in cheap restaurants for many years. You have finally acquired a higher level of taste, for tasteless foods. I bet that comment isn't going to get me on the Christmas list this year....................

                    So, what's wrong with cheap food in cheap restaurants?
                    Cheap is good---Pricey is bad!
                     
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                      Michael Hoffman

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                      Re:Friday Night Dogs Mon, 10/11/10 2:38 PM (permalink)
                      BillyB


                      I would attribute it to you eating cheap food in cheap restaurants for many years. You have finally acquired a higher level of taste, for tasteless foods. I bet that comment isn't going to get me on the Christmas list this year....................


                      First off, the only people on my Christmas list are my kids and grandkids. Now, with that out of the way, let me insult you.
                      SO'S YOUR OLD MAN!
                       
                       
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                        LMS

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                        Re:Friday Night Dogs Mon, 10/11/10 2:47 PM (permalink)
                        What a great image.  Made me think of a great Friday night, many years ago.  A bad hurricane had left the CT town I grew up in without power for days, but the town had brought in portable lights for an unusual (for us) Friday night football game.  Since there really wasn't anything else to do, the whole town turned up for the and the parents working the grills at the concession stand could barely keep up.  It was a great night! 
                         
                        thanks for bringing me back there!
                         
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                          Michael Hoffman

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                          Re:Friday Night Dogs Mon, 10/11/10 2:53 PM (permalink)
                          Now that sounds like a wonderful memory. Thank you for letting us in on it.
                           
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                            the ancient mariner

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                            Re:Friday Night Dogs Mon, 10/11/10 3:29 PM (permalink)
                            In the 30s and early 40s the relief pitchers on all teams were former starters who were in their last years.  At Ebbets Field The bull-pen was set into the left-field corner  in between the LF Stands and the bleechers. 
                             
                            Bleecher seats were $0.25.

                            Hot dogs were a nickel or a dime, i can't remember-----but
                            The out of shape --- 35 to 40 year old pitchers in the pen would ask us kids to go get them some hot dogs and give us 50c ---- they must have eaten a 1/2 dozen each during a game.  Whatever the cost was it included a big tip----one dog for the kid who went to get their  mid-afternoon snack.
                             
                             
                             
                            <message edited by the ancient mariner on Mon, 10/11/10 3:31 PM>
                             
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                              BillyB

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                              Re:Friday Night Dogs Mon, 10/11/10 3:39 PM (permalink)
                              Michael Hoffman


                              BillyB


                              I would attribute it to you eating cheap food in cheap restaurants for many years. You have finally acquired a higher level of taste, for tasteless foods. I bet that comment isn't going to get me on the Christmas list this year....................


                              First off, the only people on my Christmas list are my kids and grandkids. Now, with that out of the way, let me insult you.
                              SO'S YOUR OLD MAN!


                              Just wait until I tell my Dad.........Bully.........I was going to ask to be adopted by you but then I would have to sit through all these stories................Oy Vey
                               
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                                EdSails

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                                Re:Friday Night Dogs Mon, 10/11/10 3:56 PM (permalink)
                                Last Thursday night I went to my nephew's football game in Corvallis OR. The big decision was--hot dog for $2 or polish sausage for $3. The polish sausage won out, and after a trip to the condiment stand, I was in hot dog bliss. As was stated earlier, it was probably not the best dog you could get--but with a cheering crowd behind it, it sure hit the spot!
                                 
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                                  mar52

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                                  Re:Friday Night Dogs Mon, 10/11/10 4:31 PM (permalink)
                                  That never worked for me with Dodger Dogs.
                                   
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                                    Michael Hoffman

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                                    Re:Friday Night Dogs Mon, 10/11/10 5:16 PM (permalink)
                                    BillyB





                                    Just wait until I tell my Dad.........Bully.........I was going to ask to be adopted by you but then I would have to sit through all these stories................Oy Vey



                                     
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                                      1bbqboy

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                                      Re:Friday Night Dogs Mon, 10/11/10 5:20 PM (permalink)
                                      mar52


                                      Sometimes I wish I lived in a small town.

                                      Well, you know mine, but no Cheap dogs in Ashland. Great Polishes in Talent though.
                                       
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                                        mar52

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                                        Re:Friday Night Dogs Mon, 10/11/10 7:14 PM (permalink)
                                        How far off of the 5 is Talent?  We saw the exit, but no town.
                                         
                                        Can't say that I saw any hot dogs in Ashland or Medford this trip.
                                         
                                        Did see some hotdoggers on the river though.
                                         
                                         
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                                          BillyB

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                                          Re:Friday Night Dogs Tue, 10/12/10 8:14 AM (permalink)
                                          bill voss


                                          mar52


                                          Sometimes I wish I lived in a small town.

                                          Well, you know mine, but no Cheap dogs in Ashland. Great Polishes in Talent though.


                                          Hey Bill, I was up in the Blue Mountains a week ago, it was 26 degree one morning. The guy I have working on my house had a thin layer of ice on his 5th wheel water tank, it's going to be a cold winter. I think it's time for some good hearty flavorful sausage, not many good ones in Eastern Washington and over the bridge to Oregon. We had some Jalapeno sausage and German sausage made up from a Pig we processed, not bad, but looking for a better mix. I think I would take a good Italian over any sausage for flavor..............Take care, hope all is well...............Bill
                                           
                                           
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                                            1bbqboy

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                                            Re:Friday Night Dogs Tue, 10/12/10 8:20 AM (permalink)
                                            BillyB


                                            bill voss


                                            mar52


                                            Sometimes I wish I lived in a small town.

                                            Well, you know mine, but no Cheap dogs in Ashland. Great Polishes in Talent though.


                                            Hey Bill, I was up in the Blue Mountains a week ago, it was 26 degree one morning. The guy I have working on my house had a thin layer of ice on his 5th wheel water tank, it's going to be a cold winter. I think it's time for some good hearty flavorful sausage, not many good ones in Eastern Washington and over the bridge to Oregon. We had some Jalapeno sausage and German sausage made up from a Pig we processed, not bad, but looking for a better mix. I think I would take a good Italian over any sausage for flavor..............Take care, hope all is well...............Bill


                                            We had frost warnings for the orchards last night. 
                                            Marlene, Talent lies completely to the West of I-5 up those hollows you were gazing at.
                                            The polishes are at Tark's BBQ/Market. New Sammy's is on 99 between Ashland and Talent.
                                            We have many more taco trucks than hot dog carts. :)
                                             
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                                              ken8038

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                                              Re:Friday Night Dogs Tue, 10/12/10 8:53 AM (permalink)
                                              Now that the overall quality of Major League Ballpark food has gone up maybe it's time for that to trickle down to local HS food concession stands. Sorry, but no amount of "atmosphere" would make me enjoy a crappy hot dog on a crappy bun with yellow mustard served by some Team Dad or Mom who has just picked his/her nose and not bothered to wash his/her hands. Then again, maybe it's just me.
                                               
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                                                tiki

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                                                Re:Friday Night Dogs Tue, 10/12/10 9:43 AM (permalink)
                                                Unfortunately MOST of the hot dogs in Here in Oklahoma are lousy---BUT---the Checotah high School boosters serve BARBEQUE!!!! Briskit on a bun beat thosw chea[ hot dogs hands down!!!----and the team is kickin butt too!
                                                 
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                                                  Michael Hoffman

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                                                  Re:Friday Night Dogs Tue, 10/12/10 10:30 AM (permalink)
                                                  ken8038


                                                  Then again, maybe it's just me.


                                                  It's you.
                                                   
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                                                    BillyB

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                                                    Re:Friday Night Dogs Tue, 10/12/10 10:43 AM (permalink)
                                                    Michael, that would make all the Moms, Dads, Grandmas, and Granddads nose pickers with dirty hands, I hope it's only a New Jersey thing......
                                                     
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                                                      Michael Hoffman

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                                                      Re:Friday Night Dogs Tue, 10/12/10 11:33 AM (permalink)
                                                      It must be a New Jersey thing.
                                                       
                                                      I don't understand the better food at ballparks thing one little bit. Ballparks should have nothing but lousy food that can be enjoyed with beer. Me? I don't want no stinkin' gourmet food at a game. Anyone who goes to a ball game for the food has to be nuts from the get-go.
                                                       
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                                                        Foodbme

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                                                        Re:Friday Night Dogs Tue, 10/12/10 12:49 PM (permalink)
                                                        ken8038


                                                        Now that the overall quality of Major League Ballpark food has gone up maybe it's time for that to trickle down to local HS food concession stands. Sorry, but no amount of "atmosphere" would make me enjoy a crappy hot dog on a crappy bun with yellow mustard served by some Team Dad or Mom who has just picked his/her nose and not bothered to wash his/her hands. Then again, maybe it's just me.

                                                        Yea, you're right. It is just you!
                                                        Signed,
                                                        Team Dad
                                                         
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                                                          Michael Hoffman

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                                                          Re:Friday Night Dogs Tue, 10/12/10 1:10 PM (permalink)
                                                          Around here the concessions at high school games are worked by boosters -- athletic boosters and band boosters. Until I stopped coaching a few years back I never got a chance to enjoy the efforts of the parents at the concessions. Oh, I sure enjoyed interacting with them at other times, and I appreciated what they did for the kids, but watching them work the concessions is pure joy. Heck, last year they let me work a couple of games, and I did my very best to remember to pick my nose and keep my hands dirty.
                                                           
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                                                            BillyB

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                                                            Re:Friday Night Dogs Thu, 10/14/10 9:32 AM (permalink)
                                                            Well today is Thursday, the day before Michael's culinary night out at the Stadium. I have a feeling the next post will be " But they tasted so good last week" stay tuned the sage continues...................I have a sawbuck that says he comes home with mustard on his jacket.........BillyB
                                                             
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