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Friday Night Dogs - Sun, 10/10/10 11:56 PM
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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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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Mon, 10/11/10 12:25 AM
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Sometimes I wish I lived in a small town.

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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Mon, 10/11/10 12:56 AM
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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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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Mon, 10/11/10 1:08 AM
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 It's still different than living in a suburb of Los Angeles.
 
 

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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Mon, 10/11/10 2:25 AM
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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!
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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Mon, 10/11/10 1:17 PM
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They are a necessary part of a wonderful picture, I know what you mean!

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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Mon, 10/11/10 1:51 PM
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mar52


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




Oh, yeah!

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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Mon, 10/11/10 2:03 PM
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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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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Mon, 10/11/10 2:16 PM
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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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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Mon, 10/11/10 2:26 PM
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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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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Mon, 10/11/10 2:38 PM
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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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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Mon, 10/11/10 2:47 PM
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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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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Mon, 10/11/10 2:53 PM
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Now that sounds like a wonderful memory. Thank you for letting us in on it.

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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Mon, 10/11/10 3:29 PM
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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.
 
 
 
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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Mon, 10/11/10 3:39 PM
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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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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Mon, 10/11/10 3:56 PM
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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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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Mon, 10/11/10 4:31 PM
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That never worked for me with Dodger Dogs.

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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Mon, 10/11/10 5:16 PM
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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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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Mon, 10/11/10 5:20 PM
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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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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Mon, 10/11/10 7:14 PM
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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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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Tue, 10/12/10 8:14 AM
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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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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Tue, 10/12/10 8:20 AM
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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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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Tue, 10/12/10 8:53 AM
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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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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Tue, 10/12/10 9:43 AM
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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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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Tue, 10/12/10 10:30 AM
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ken8038


Then again, maybe it's just me.


It's you.

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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Tue, 10/12/10 10:43 AM
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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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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Tue, 10/12/10 11:33 AM
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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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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Tue, 10/12/10 12:49 PM
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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,
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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Tue, 10/12/10 1:10 PM
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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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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Thu, 10/14/10 9:32 AM
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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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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Fri, 10/15/10 1:17 PM
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You're on.

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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Fri, 10/15/10 2:04 PM
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Somehow this thread has been making me think about going to the Venice High football game.
 
They were my rivals!  What am I thinking???

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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Fri, 10/15/10 2:08 PM
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mar52


Somehow this thread has been making me think about going to the Venice High football game.

They were my rivals!  What am I thinking???


Does the Venice High Team do their training at Muscle Beach??

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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Fri, 10/15/10 3:13 PM
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mar52


Somehow this thread has been making me think about going to the Venice High football game.

They were my rivals!  What am I thinking???


So what if they were your rivals. There's nothing like a high school football game. The fun, the excitement, the pleasure of watching kids and parents cheer on their team. It's pure Americana.
 
But what's wrong with going to your own high school's games?

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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Fri, 10/15/10 3:40 PM
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I live near Venice High.
 
I could get shot near my high school.
 
I used to work the games way back when as a Lettergirl.
Those were the days!  I really might have to look in to this.  Much better than sitting at home.

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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Fri, 10/15/10 3:40 PM
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Muscle Beach.... hahahaha!
 
No, but my brother swears my grandfather used to lift weights there when we were kids.  I think he's wrong.

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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Fri, 10/15/10 4:29 PM
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It is a fairly old memory now, but a friend, while his kid was a high school football star, took it upon himself to see that good food was served at the games. He took over the chairmanship of the committee (as he says, there was no competition for the job), and upgraded all the food. He raised prices a little, to cover the higher costs, but sold a lot more. He raised a lot of money.

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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Fri, 10/15/10 5:28 PM
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mar52


I live near Venice High.

I could get shot near my high school.

I used to work the games way back when as a Lettergirl.
Those were the days!  I really might have to look in to this.  Much better than sitting at home.


Sorry about your high school neighborhood. But do go to a high school game if you get the chance. You'll see some really good stuff about America.

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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Fri, 10/15/10 5:39 PM
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This is a great  story.  My 12 year old granddaughter asked me  if she could borrow some money from me  as  she is going to the high school   football game tonight with friends.   I said   "Sure, how much do you want?"   and  she  said    that she really wanted  twenty dollars.............enough for the  admission  and  for the  whisker dog contest..
 
So  I  said  that I would be glad to lend it to her  but what in the world was the  whisker dog  contest.   She  told me that  her  friends had  all decided to  see who could  eat the most  hot dogs  and then the winner would get treated next week. 
 
I asked her why they called them  whisker dogs  and  she said that by the time they got them ,  they  had  been  cooked and  wrapped so long ago that  they  had  whiskers growing on them.   (Only  a group of  giggliing  12 year olds could  dream  this up)  She also assured me that she would win for sure!
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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Fri, 10/15/10 5:52 PM
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mar52


I live near Venice High.

I could get shot near my high school.

I used to work the games way back when as a Lettergirl.
Those were the days!  I really might have to look in to this.  Much better than sitting at home.
 

You'll see some really good stuff about America.

That's what scares me! "Pants on the Ground"! The Clothes, the Piercings, the Tattoos, the Chains and the Hair all scare the crap out of me! It's Halloween 365 days a year!

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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Fri, 10/15/10 7:00 PM
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Michael, I'm happy you agree with me, now we have to find some one to take the bet that your not going to spill mustard on your jacket.......................A smart man knows the odds.........BillyB

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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Fri, 10/15/10 7:09 PM
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Michael, I'm happy you agree with me, now we have to find some one to take the bet that your not going to spill mustard on your jacket.......................A smart man knows the odds.........BillyB

I bet he uses Ketchup, not Mustard! You would loose!

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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Fri, 10/15/10 7:26 PM
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Well he had mustard last week, I don't figure we are going to teach that old dog a new trick that makes him switch to ketchup

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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Fri, 10/15/10 10:06 PM
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BillyB


Michael, I'm happy you agree with me, now we have to find some one to take the bet that your not going to spill mustard on your jacket.......................A smart man knows the odds.........BillyB


You have my permission to shoot that sawbuck my way. Not a drop of mustard despite having eaten four of those absolutely delicious, godawful hot dogs.

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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Fri, 10/15/10 10:07 PM
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Foodbme


BillyB


Michael, I'm happy you agree with me, now we have to find some one to take the bet that your not going to spill mustard on your jacket.......................A smart man knows the odds.........BillyB

I bet he uses Ketchup, not Mustard! You would loose!

You must be joking. Or hallucinating. Catsup on a hot dog? Me? I'd sooner be dead.

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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Fri, 10/15/10 10:49 PM
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BillyB


Michael, I'm happy you agree with me, now we have to find some one to take the bet that your not going to spill mustard on your jacket.......................A smart man knows the odds.........BillyB

I bet he uses Ketchup, not Mustard! You would loose!

You must be joking. Or hallucinating. Catsup on a hot dog? Me? I'd sooner be dead.

Everyone has their price. You wouldn't do it to win a bet? Say, for $50??

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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Fri, 10/15/10 10:54 PM
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Absolutely not. Not for $50, not for $50,000. Catsup on a hot dog is an abomination.

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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Sat, 10/16/10 4:06 AM
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Hey Michael, I'm proud of you and I'm sure the people that sat next to you are also. I had my carpenter make 5 sawbucks last week, we only used 4, where do I ship it..................x
 

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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Sat, 10/16/10 12:36 PM
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Oh, no you don't. A sawbuck is a sawbuck, and a sawbuck in a bet isn't made of wood.

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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Sat, 10/16/10 1:39 PM
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Michael, Michael, Michael, I have my Mountain home in the Blue mountains of Oregon, there is a small town about 16 miles away and every one in that town will tell you a Sawbuck is a Sawbuck made out of wood. I would say the person offering the (Sawbuck as a bet) would have it be his purgative on what the Sawbuck would be. If a person is taking the bet, he should get a better definition of what the bet really is. I would say that "Mayor Al" should be the impartial judge in this matter. I would be happy to send Mayor Al a Cases of Pacific Northwest wine for his impartial decision...................(How can a whole town be wrong and Michael be right).....................BillyB

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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Sat, 10/16/10 2:07 PM
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Michael, Michael, Michael, I have my Mountain home in the Blue mountains of Oregon, there is a small town about 16 miles away and every one in that town will tell you a Sawbuck is a Sawbuck made out of wood. I would say the person offering the (Sawbuck as a bet) would have it be his purgative on what the Sawbuck would be. If a person is taking the bet, he should get a better definition of what the bet really is. I would say that "Mayor Al" should be the impartial judge in this matter. I would be happy to send Mayor Al a Cases of Pacific Northwest wine for his impartial decision...................(How can a whole town be wrong and Michael be right).....................BillyB


I'll tell you what, sir, if you feel the need to take a purgative  to help you evacuate your bowels, that's fine. But a sawbuck is a dead founding father named Alexander Hamilton.
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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Sat, 10/16/10 2:24 PM
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Lets forget about this past week............I'll bet you" 2 fins" next week.............BillyB 

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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Sat, 10/16/10 3:08 PM
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Lets forget about this past week............I'll bet you" 2 fins" next week.............BillyB 


Just as long as you don't get 'em from your fishmonger it's a bet.

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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Sat, 10/16/10 3:23 PM
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Hey Michael, I remember being at Shea Stadium years ago, I took my wife and nephew. I had a hot dog and beer, someone hit a foul ball, I dropped my hot dog and beer, the ball ended up 6 rows behind me, boy did I get a few looks.....................miss judged that one my a mile.....BillyB

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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Sat, 10/16/10 3:30 PM
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I've had beer spilled on me at a couple of ball games by people going for foul balls. It's a good thing I've never been to Shea Stadium or I'd be blaming you.  You weren't at the Polo Grounds, were you?

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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Sat, 10/16/10 5:05 PM
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mar52


I live near Venice High.

I could get shot near my high school.

I used to work the games way back when as a Lettergirl.
Those were the days!  I really might have to look in to this.  Much better than sitting at home.

 
Venice is really interesting. Not very many places where you can walk from a muti-million dollar house to a gang-infested area. And it's nothing new for that area. I do miss my favorite place there---La Grange Aux Crepes. It was delicious! Well, I'll have to at least try Baby Blues sometime.
High School games were fun though. I was in the marching band for all 3 years of high school. We never played Venice though, but our going to games at Van Nuys and playing Marshall and Poly could put us in dicey areas for the games.

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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Sat, 10/16/10 5:20 PM
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Shea Stadium opened in 64, I would have been there about 68 or 69. The Mets were my Nephews team, I was a yankee man from birth. ....

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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Sat, 10/16/10 5:31 PM
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Yankees? I knew there was something very unsavory about you.

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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Sat, 10/16/10 6:47 PM
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EdSails, were you a Valley Boy?  I went to Hamilton.  I don't remember playing Valley Schools.
 
Hamilton is actually adjacent to a couple very good neighborhoods but there have been some shootings in the last year.
 
I wonder if I could get anyone to go to a game with me.  I'll have to bribe them with mediocre hot dogs!
 
Edit because I went off on a tangent and never said what I meant to say.
 
Was the crepe place on Rose near Lincoln?  That place was WONDERFUL!  Clams and garlic for me, please.
 
As for Baby Blues I have mixed feelings.  Brisket should not be stringy stew.
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Re:Friday Night Dogs - Sat, 10/16/10 7:11 PM
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EdSails, were you a Valley Boy?  I went to Hamilton.  I don't remember playing Valley Schools.

Was the crepe place on Rose near Lincoln?  That place was WONDERFUL!  Clams and garlic for me, please.

As for Baby Blues I have mixed feelings.  Brisket should not be stringy stew.

Well.....sorta. I went to Verdugo Hills in Tujunga, in the Valley League although we were not in the Valley as such. I do confess taking a summer school class at Grant once though, so I guess that makes me an "honorary valley boy".
I am trying to remember what street La Grange Aux Crepes was on. Larry Gelman, the owner, was a great guy who always made you feel like you were dining in his home. Rose sounds right though--I remember parking was horrific, but that's Venice.
Maybe I'll pass on Baby Blues. Too much other good BBQ around!

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