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I believe this comment, a reply to the blog post from two days ago (see below or click here), is worth publishing as a standalone post. So, from the desk of Nik Pinski, formerly employed in a middle management position with the KGB, I present…

Welcome to Western Civilization.

“Back in Soviet Russia”, (I love writing sentences that start with that. It automatically catches everyone’s attention and makes whatever follows it seem automatically cool and profound. Like – WOW this guy is gonna bring us unique and kooky experiences from behind the Iron Curtain. You know – that place where things do you, and you have to dodge giant tetris blocks falling on you – tossed from the sky by the Party Leadership. Where you own everything and nothing at the exact same time. The land of beatiful paradoxes. And it’s usually true. But I clearly digress.)

Back in Soviet Russia, if any food gets WITHIN a month of the expiry date, it’s time to toss it no matter how little food you got. Starvation is a painful thing but what’s the use of eating anything if you’re gonna just throw it all up anyway and get salmonella to boot. This applies to everything. Eat things as fresh as possible, and cook the shit out of everything else. When I came to Canada for the first time, I always ate steak WELL DONE. My parents still do. They want it burnt to a crisp. It took me almost a decade to go all the way down to Blue Rare, and now I know just how delicious animal blood really is. Russia has changed in many ways but if I was a betting man, I’d still put money down that unless you buy food at ridiculously over-priced stores catering to the new Russian oil billionaires, you STILL need to be more careful with food than you would be with radioactive plutonium rods.

Not so in the West. A day overdue? A Month? Even a YEAR (i’ve eaten food that past overdue). MOST of the time you’ll be just fine. Expired food is a-okay. It’s an excellent feature of living in democratic capitalism. They should put it in the brochure.

-Nik Pinski

4 Comments

  1. Anonymous September 22, 2005 at 14:51 #

    Smurf,

    You obviously haven’t caught on to the organic phase. (Now, you can imagine what I think about organic food, so I’m quite pleased that you haven’t caught on to the organic phase, but I digress.)

    Just a motherly warning – eat past the due date if you must, but do restrain yourself from eating overdue organic foods. Purists disagree, but the chemicals in non-organic foods ARE quite useful – they keep my friend Smurf from dying after drinking 3 month-old milk (-;

    DC

  2. PhotoDiarist September 22, 2005 at 16:49 #

    The milk was definitely not refrigerated. However, as noted on the label, it was not only pasteurized but ULTRA pasteurized… not that I really know the difference or care. Also remember that the milk was only about 10 ml. Well, I actually had two of those, but still that’s a tiny amount.

    Organic food doesn’t particularly appeal to me… the word itself annoys me and I taste no difference. I do, however, taste a difference when I grow the stuff in my own garden, but that’s a whole different story.

    Did you know that drinking sour milk is fine? That is, healthwise it’s not bad for you unless the extra acid upsets your stomach.

  3. Suzie September 24, 2005 at 11:36 #

    Maybe our ’83 Bowen Kraft Dinner is still fine then!!!

    (just kidding)

  4. nik October 4, 2005 at 04:03 #

    hahaha i got my own entry. sweetness.

    since i’m trying to become a journalist, the fact that an entry i rambled out pretty quickly is memorable and interesting enough and worthy of attention like this, gives my writing confidence a big boost.

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