A Bowl for Every Taste

Posted on 01/24/20 by Dick Weinman

Ya gotta a Bowl, huh?
A bowl of Wheaties? Rice Krispies? Special K?
NYAH! Pigskin.
A bowl of pigskin?
It was New Year’s Day! A day of what to do in the ALF (Assisted Living Facility) when there’s nothing to do and everything’s closed except for the coffee shop but it’s raining and I can’t go out in my electric wheelchair and assuredly get the battery wet and be stuck in the rain batteryless and electricityless..

Tradition in America requires a Bowl Game – at least it did, in the days before Sponsorship. Now there’s a Bowl every day from Christmas to New Year. Once there was Sugar, if you needed something sweet. If you needed beauty, there was a Rose. And if you were hungry, an Orange. Now there are Tostitos and Fritos and even CHEEZ-IT! – Bowls filled with junk food!

But, there’s a football game to watch – sort of. To enjoy the game, I must learn all about the stuff the Bowl that bears the appellation offers its consumers. In addition, there’s the stuff or services whose honorific the stadia emblazon. There’s a pile more stuff and services thrust upon the over-saturated, defenseless viewer - S&S like cars, trucks, beer, TVs, fillet of chickens, burgers, retirement options, credit cards, chocolate-covered PB candy, lots of Apples-minus-a-bite, and many more my eighty-six year old memory has lost somewhere among the detritus of S&S.

Oh, yes, to complete the filling of the Bowl, hordes of young male adults, encased in grids of metal-covering-masks-with-sturdy-covering-of-head-battering-rams-and-cocooned-shoulders - beat each other up in a mixed salad of Bowls – Tropical Smoothie Café Frisco Bowl, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl, and the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl, to list some salad ingredients.

Bowled-over by the batch, bunch, bundle of Bowls?


Dick Weinman is an AARP volunteer and our Assisted Living Guru.

This story is provided by AARP Oregon. Visit the AARP Oregon page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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