Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Potato Chip Politics

my hastily photoshopped attempt at a chip flag

As a dem living in the reddest of red states, sometimes I feel overlooked in the voting  process, but the other morning as I was getting ready for work and watching the second hour of the Today Show, my hope in democracy was restored. Before Tamron Hall and Willie Geist began discussing crucial things Renee Zellwegger's face, they announced the winner of a hotly contested battle:  Wasabi Ginger Kettle Chips won the Lay's Do Us a Flavor Contest.

The fat kid lurking inside my being could not be more excited about this turn of events. [Tangent: This is about to devolve into a rant that will immediately make you ashamed to know me/read this blog/live on a planet where potato chip elections have a high turnout.] For the past two years, I have happily traipsed all over town amassing all the Lays limited edition flavors, so I can truly say that I made an educated selection. Still feeling the burn from last years Sriacha loss to the kind of meh Cheesy Garlic Bread, I was really going to be upset it I was 0-2.

This year, I knew from the first bite of the wasabi ginger, that I would be pissed if these were just fleetingly available. Over about a week, I shared a bag of each with my fella [Tangent: Even the cappuccino which everyone seemed all enraged about which I say, "what did you expect them to taste like? I mean they tasted exactly like that international delights powdered cappuccino mix encrusting a potato I would say it hit the nail on the head for that flavor profile."] He was on team bacon mac and cheese, because well that is the basis for his diet, but I only had eyes for that blaring green bag of kettley goodness. [Tangent: In the world of potato chips, can we all agree that kettle chips are the classiest option in the potato chip community? So what can make them more classy? THEY TASTE LIKE SUSHI!] I believed in my candidate and campaigned...and what happened the Wasabi Ginger chips won!

So why does this matter. Democracy works. Early voting on mid-term elections are underway. [Tangent: See, it's topical.] If a kettle chip with Asian ties can beat the Goliath that is a bacon-themed crisp, then maybe Tennessee can get wine in grocery stores!

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