Everyone has heard of Corner Bar hot dogs, but how many people are prepared to sit down and eat 12 in a row? Two visiting students accomplished this feat to join the hundreds on the Hot Dog Hall of Fame at the Corner Bar. Competing or offering support were: Nelson Nunes Filho from Brazil, Manuel Martinez from Spain, Anabel Carrillo from Ecuador, Lukas Kutilek from the Czech Republic, Kate Podhradska from Slovakia, and Jimmy Hunt from Kent City. Lukas Kutilek from the Czech Republic and Nelson Nunes Filho (Filho means Junior, who knew?) from Brazil are the newest names that will go on the restaurant walls after eating the dogs Saturday, May 9. Saturday was Nelson’s 18th birthday. Lukas ate 12 dogs in two hours and 25 minutes. Nelson ate his 12 in just under 45 minutes, WOW! Manuel could only handle eight of the dogs, Kate managed four of them before admitting defeat. Kate opted for an ice cream/cookie desert before attempting her fifth hot dog and then stopped. Anabel is a vegetarian and had a veggie wrap. Jimmy, who hates hot dogs and chili both, managed to choke down two and a half of those chili dogs in support of his friends. A good time was had by everyone and the contestants entertained other patrons that were having lunch at the Corner Bar.
Green thumbs The Rockford Garden Club had its plant sale last Saturday. It was a cool, rainy morning, and early, too. It started at 9:00 a.m., with the line outside the Rotary Pavilion forming before that. I only had time for one cup of coffee before I went. I was astonished at the number of people furiously buying. To me, the plants looked like stuff I see all over in yards or even vacant lots. The Pavilion was jammed with people obviously enthused about this stuff. I understood there were some choice items, and they were cheap compared with a garden shop. More power to the gardeners of the world! They help keep the place looking nice and they get a lot of enjoyment from it. I looked at my thumb and it still didn’t have a tinge of green so I went home to get more coffee. Donation Some people are kind to me. They send me stuff for this column. I guess they notice I need help. Several poems came in from a school class, all very nice. This one was sent by seventh-grader Will Zimmerman. On a warm summer day All the children laugh and play, Basketballs and footballs flying to and fro. They were happy to be freed from the terrible snow. And when winter came And when the winter winds blew, They had their mothers brew Nice hot soup. No more shooting basketballs at a hoop. As winter tightens its hold, Children find entertainment growing mold. But when spring comes around What they thought was lost now is found, The nice warm sun. I sure share Will’s feelings about winter and summer. First choice An elderly patient needed a heart transplant and discussed his options with his doctor. The doctor said, “We have three possible donors. The first is a young, healthy athlete who died in an automobile accident. The second is a middle-aged businessman who never drank or smoked and who died flying his private jet. And the third is an attorney who died after practicing law for 30 years. Which would you prefer?” After some thought, the patient replied, “I’ll take the lawyer’s heart.” The transplant was a success. Afterward, the doctor asked […]