Some days you just have to say NO....
Ken was in the Army (E-5) and served in Vietnam “66-67” He was infantry, the 2nd of the 18th.. The Big Red One.. He and his unit or group of 8 guys were in the jungle for weeks at a time. When they finally came in they would all run into town for recreation and a hot meal. Ken's CO. would warn them against eating anything in town. The same kinds of fertilizers are not used here if you get my drift...
Actually Ken's CO. was very adamant that the men not eat in town. There were many ways the enemy would try to kill the Americans. Unfortunately Like today the enemy could blend into the villages and towns very easily for example; Ken's group had a problem with a sniper every night for weeks. (I think I told you earlier that Ken was trained as an "anti-sniper sniper") well he finally got into a good position one night and shot the guy. To his utter shock and horror he realized the guy was the company's barber. He had held a straight razor against Ken's neck many times while shaving him. It was scary to think he could have slit his throat at any time.
After one long time out in the Jungle Ken had returned to the base and had decided to go into town to relax. He had also decided that he had seen plenty of good food that was cooked and surely any bacteria or germs would be killed in the cooking process. My Ken loves food and good home cooking.
Ken found a decent looking place and went in. He had traded earlier in the day for some Johnny walker Red. And figured if he drank enough it would kill any bad bacteria that was left over after cooking.. He saw a big bowl of stew/soup like stuff being served to another person. It looked and smelled wonderful. He ordered it. It was wonderful. It tasted so yummy. Nice and hot with veggies and meat.. wonderful flavorful meat. He ordered another bowl.
He finally asked the woman what kind of stew it was. She said something in Vietnamese, then she said “ you know, you know, Bow Wow”.
(big collective EWWWWWWW from all of us...)
Yep, it was dog. Poor Ken lost all his stew, his Johnny Walker Red, and just about everything else he had eaten that day. He never did eat in town again.
If you find yourself needing something funny to laugh at today. If you can't find anything that will give you a grin or make your belly shake. Think of a grown man, a warrior, lean and mean, puking his guts out in the middle of town, after eating a Very Special Dinner.