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Taster’s Cherce

My mother, old Johnny Appleseed herself, loved to take us camping as kids. I didn’t like it then and I don’t like it now, much to my wife’s chagrin. Emily is a country mouse and loves the idea of camping out underneath the stars. I’ve adopted the Woody Allen front, complaining about mosquitos and owls and nature.

About the only thing that sounds appealing about camping is making smores, and I don’t even love them either. I mean, what good are graham crackers anyway?  But some people are knuts for smores (fortunately, if I ever get a craving I don’t need to go camping to have ‘em). My wife thinks they are heavenly.

What about you? Do smores melt you where it counts?

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19 comments

1 Raf   ~  Jun 15, 2010 12:07 pm

I like s'mores, I remember eating s'mores cereal back in the day. I buy the s'mores flavored poptarts on occasion. I like graham crackers too.

2 rbj   ~  Jun 15, 2010 12:17 pm

Love s'mores, even though I haven't had them in years. And if you don't care for mosquitos when camping, there's always winter camping.

3 bags   ~  Jun 15, 2010 12:41 pm

i'm sorry but there is not one single thing on this earth that appeals to me about camping. not even s'mores can get me over that.

just thought you folks would want to know that.

4 Just Fair   ~  Jun 15, 2010 12:47 pm

Love Camping. Love S'mores. Love a big ass campfire. Love shooting stars. Off is your friend, AB. And plenty of it.

5 bp1   ~  Jun 15, 2010 12:48 pm

You're funny, Alex. A city kid through and through (and I don't mean that as a knock).

Smores are meh. I'd rather just eat the chocolate. Campfires, though, are way cool. I've always enjoyed sitting around a campfire and just letting the world go on without me for awhile. Kinda like sitting at the beach and getting hypnotized by the waves. Relaxing in a primitive sort of way.

6 ms october   ~  Jun 15, 2010 12:56 pm

i completely do not get the appeal of camping.
the bugs always bite me, too many weird noises, and sleeping on the ground is not comfy.

not a big s'mores fan cause i don't like marshmallows - seems like a waste of a beautiful piece of chocolate to me.

7 boslaw   ~  Jun 15, 2010 1:05 pm

for those that like toasted marshmallows, you must google the toasted marshmallow milkshake. It's ridiculously good. You toast the mallows in your oven. I can't take more than one in a sitting, but that one is like heaven.

8 Diane Firstman   ~  Jun 15, 2010 1:20 pm

Good news on Brackman from Kevin Goldstein:

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=11205

If you were ready to write off Brackman when his ERA sat at a lofty 8.31 after six starts in the Florida State League, that would have been a mistake, as things are starting to really click. He's been throwing an almost shocking number of strikes all season (7 BB in 55 IP), but his stuff is getting better in better, as the Yankees have put considerable work into nearly every aspect of his game and the results are finally showing up. With a fastball suddenly getting up to 96 mph, two distinct breaking balls and a changeup, Brackman has allowed six runs over 29 innings in his last five starts while whiffing 34, and he's back on the prospect map.

9 Chyll Will   ~  Jun 15, 2010 1:27 pm

I am a camping fanatic. I love the woods! Mom would take the family on vacations to a cabin every summer when I was a kid, and of course I lived in Croton for a whle as a wee one, which is exactly like camping. I want to go camping right now. I've lived in and near the city for twelve years and I hate it; I need the trees and the grass and the birds and the wildlife and the campfires and the roughing it and the waters and the psycho axe killers (I had a picture of myself working feverishly with a hatchet Mom gave me) and the call of the wild. I run the woods like I run the streets cuz I'm Chyll Will and m'run tings. >;)

10 Shaun P.   ~  Jun 15, 2010 1:36 pm

Camping is OK. I prefer hiking through the woods to sleeping in the woods, though. It can be fun as long as the weather is cooperative.

I love s'mores, and am happy to say that they taste just as good over a backyard patio firepit fire as they do over an in the woods campfire. Making a perfect s'more, now that's some nighttime art! And it only counts if you use an actual stick to hold your marshmallow (or "mushmelon" as my brother used to call them).

11 Raf   ~  Jun 15, 2010 2:01 pm

[8] Very nice so far, but I'd like to see him against better competition before I get too excited.

12 thelarmis   ~  Jun 15, 2010 2:08 pm

wow. i thought i'd get killed on this thread, but thankfully, i'm not alone!

don't like smores, marshmallows or graham crackers.

most especially, i HATE camping!!!

[not that i've tried any of the above. but...ick to all of it!!! : ) ]

13 Chyll Will   ~  Jun 15, 2010 2:37 pm

I'd think that being out in the woods would appeal to your baser instincts as a drummer. I don't know why, just seemed like you'd like camping. The other stuff I can understand (though I love graham crackers)...

14 thelarmis   ~  Jun 15, 2010 2:53 pm

[13] i pretty much hate the outdoors. my drummer instincts have led me to a life down in the basement or inside the windowless practice room. i have - what frank zappa hilariously calls - a "studio tan"! : )

i've never really liked the outdoors though. i hate rain, hate bugs and i'm not good with animals of any kind. i'm essentially one shade above albino, so i have to be super frickin' careful as far as the sun goes. plus, wind. ugh... (i have really long hair)

i love a lot of crackers. just not that familiar w/ graham...

15 NoamSane   ~  Jun 15, 2010 3:55 pm

Coming late to this party, but I have to report, I'm required to love s'mores by reasons of marriage. My wife is a s'mores devotee and that's putting it lightly. On our fridge door we have an ode to s'mores that she wrote as a young child in Vermont. Around the campfire she's a s'mores-ologist, a s'more-making instructor, she's the Charlie Lau, Walt Hriniak, Ted Williams, and Tony Gwynn combined of s'mores making.

Love everything about camping except going hiking all day then returning to the campsite exhausted and having to cook and clean up with very limited facilities.

[9] Chyll for an outstanding NYC/woods combo, Inwood is probably unparalleled. You have acres of old growth forest in Inwood Hill park, plus the A and 1 trains to get where you need to. I highly recommend it.

16 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 15, 2010 4:11 pm

15) NICE. Inwood is the only forest left in NYC.

17 Diane Firstman   ~  Jun 15, 2010 4:51 pm

You can't go camping here, but I defy anyone to visit here and NOT feel awed:

http://www.nps.gov/muwo/

18 NoamSane   ~  Jun 15, 2010 5:00 pm

[17] Wuurd.

I used to walk/hike there regularly. It never ceases to amaze.

19 Raf   ~  Jun 15, 2010 7:37 pm

[16] Van Cortlandt Park across the river isn't that bad either.

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