A Breath Of Fresh Air

Ron Nagasawa
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Wednesday - July 21, 2010
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It seems the older I get, the more I want to eat things that I enjoyed as a kid. At the movies I want to eat Snowcaps or Milk Duds. Or I find myself going more and more to the crack seed store where I can get lemon peel or rock salt plum from a jar.

The other day at work I was truly craving red cuttlefish legs. During lunch I ran out and bought a small bag. It was thoroughly tasty and I was completely oblivious to the smell. That stuff smells like three-day old fish, or worse.


Just as I polished off half the bag, I got a phone call from one of our sales executives. It was the last minute and she needed me to show up at a sales call so I could talk about our publications. As I hung up, I had no time to waste if I was going to be on time.

As I headed for the door, I put out a call to our staff if anyone had some gum or breath mints. I just about gave up when one of our young ladies opened her little tin case of Altoids and offered me one. I scooped up a handful, thanked her and took off.

On my way, I slammed the handful of breath mints into my mouth. What I didn’t know was that these were ginger-flavored and in that quantity were like a mouth full of jalapeños. My mouth was on fire and I had nowhere to spit these things out. All I could think of was getting a drink of water.

My speakerphone suddenly went off and I was told I didn’t have to make the meeting. I pulled over at a little strip mall and ran into a Chinese fast food restaurant. I asked for a cup of water and realized my breath now smelled like a giant ground up ginger root. The two Asian guys behind the counter looked at me and then one of them enthusiastically offered up some Tic Tacs.

Ron’s WEBSITE of the week Headmagnet.com


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