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Paper Jam - TWC

My Uncle Clarence could not stand the taste of iced tea, but around our house, it was a staple.  When I was younger, I'd be the one tasked with fixing up a pot of tea... boil the water, add tea bags and let it steep, a big scoop of sugar and finish topping off the gallon jar with water.  Later, after my Dad died, I'd just brew the tea and add water - no point in wasting time on the sugar... too much trouble.

But Clarence didn't like tea in any way, shape, or form.  He'd gag if he sipped it.  Once when he was feeling sick, and took some Nyquil (another item which made him gag), I quickly handed him a largish glass and said, "Here, have some Pepsi to wash it down...".  He gratefully took a big gulp of it, and alas... it was iced tea, instead.  I think it ended up all over the kitchen as he spit it out rather quickly.

As I sit here, thinking on those days, I can remember a time when I would try new things... Weird things.  Sometimes, it would be a contest between myself and my brother, Ted, and Clarence, to see who could out-gross the other.  It went from the fairly painless, like ketchup and mustard sandwiches, or bologna with ketchup and mustard, to more sickening mixes, such as iced tea and milk... (That's one of my few concoctions that actually got wasted... I usually ate/drank what I came up with).  Mom didn't like for us to waste things, so for the most part, whatever we fixed, we ate, or drank.  

As far as sandwiches go, I have made peanut butter and bologna, or peanut butter and jelly with bologna, or many other variations...  I don't suggest that everyone try these things - I was a teenager, as was my brother, and our uncle was a teenager at heart, and we'd just push the edge as much as possible to try and out-do each other.

Jump ahead a few years, when I moved to Pennsylvania, we stopped at an Amish roadside market one day, and bought some traffic jam.  Yummmm... Unlike the disgusting sandwich ingredients of old, this traffic jam was made up of various berries (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, etc), and was actually VERY tasty.  Another Amish-made item was the marshmallow-peanut butter.  Mix that with traffic jam and you've got a tasty sandwich indeed.

But one thing I've never, ever tried... is Paper Jam.
Paper Jam - a two word challenge from ... thought I'd share it here, too.... ;p The challenge was to use a pair of words (this week's choices are below):

chipped teacup
broken chair
paper jam
fluent tongue
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greycanbehappy Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
May I download this?
Blueskye27 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
A nice nostalgic quality to this piece.
arkansawyer Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha.. Thanks. is full of interesting groups - including the one "two word challenge" that I originally wrote this for...
vandalises Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007   Photographer
Ewww, bologna ALONE is disgusting. :giggle:
arkansawyer Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Hahahaha... :D nothing like Oscar Meyer...

Up here in PA, though, they don't consider that bologna.. here's it's the summer sausage - type stuff that they call bologna... :D
vandalises Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007   Photographer
Wait, what? :( Summer sausage is DELICIOUS though. Bologna isn't. :faint:
I'm confused.... :lmao:
arkansawyer Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Hahaha... people in PA look at us funny when we say bologna is O-S-C-A-R M-E-Y-E-R ... they say that's NOT bologna... :)
Helens-Serendipity Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Well execuited :clap:
arkansawyer Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
llcountrygirl Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007
:) I remember you used to mix different types of kool-aids all the time. YUCK!!
Brings back fond memories.
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