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Chili anyone?

I am already sick of chili.

For those of you who came to The Brickyard Friday night to support the McDuffie Educational Secretary's scholarship fund by eating bowl after bowl of the stuff, thanks. But I've had more than my share of it for quite a while.

My wife makes a great, super-spicy, beanless chili that I ask for on occasion. During the month of October, though, it seems everyone has a chili cook off. Our church held one and then there was the one at the game this past Friday.

Of course the volume of the stuff that we made for each event increased proportionally. We doubled her recipe for the church event and tripled it for the ballgame. Because of that, I have been eating leftover chili for nearly every meal, and we have some in the freezer for later.

Even though I'm done with the stuff for a while, I was glad to see that many people at the ballgame weren't. The Mirror Meltdown, (our newspaper's team) sold so many bowls I couldn't keep up with it.

Of course I was probably too worried about our booth's decorations falling apart to keep an accurate count. After all, I built them.

Over the past two years, The Mirror has participated in the cook off and we've had some great chili. But for some reason we've always been - how should I say it - lacking in the decoration department.

So this year I decided to take things into my own hands. We stay immeasurably busy covering all the events and taking pictures of everything that goes on in McDuffie County. This leaves very little time for something like decorating a chili cook-off booth.

Knowing that I was coming to work late (mostly because I had to work until midnight writing about football) I gathered some tools and some wood in my back yard. I then began building a frame to display our banner.

Keep in mind when I say "tools" I don't mean a table saw and a nail gun. I mean I felt like the Amish raising a barn out there, handsaw and hammer in hand. Needless to say it took longer than I expected, and the thing still needed to be fused together once we got to the competition.

By the time I finished, I decided to just stay at home and help my wife finish up cooking the chili. I could work on newspaper stuff later. On the way to the cook off, we dragged every fall decoration in our home with us to hang on our booth.

Let me just say that all the hard work and sweat over the decorations paid off this year. In the two years we've been competing, we had not won an award. This year, we took home a nice trophy for having the best decorated booth in the competition.

So it's time to celebrate our victory. How are we going to do that? Chili anyone?



Web posted on Thursday, October 27, 2005











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