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As Scene ByBY FREDERICK (RICK) DERUITER“Well, you better learn to like it!” It’s a tasty beginning for sure – maybe. I wouldn’t say that I was a fussy eat- er as a boy. But, I was pretty adamant about what I likedthe country YOUR mom used) who would be happy to have a dinner like this.”grapes, hotdogs left for a while (but they’re back with a vengeance!), and mayonnaise. Okay, mayonnaise isn’t a food, but I prefer Miracle Whip.Learn To Like Itand didn’t like. I also was a bit of a wise- crack in those days. So a quick wit was a pretty good way to make my mom smile. Which meant I could have a bowl of cereal instead of what Mom made us for dinner.I have a fairly lengthy list of foods I love – that most folks are not fond of. When I find myself in a small-talk conver- sation, I tend to turn to those foods as a topic. Everybody eats. It’s an easy in-road, and a place to find some common ground.There are foods I wish people would quit messing with... Shrimp. I adore a plate of chilled shrimp smothered in cock- tail sauce (main ingredient... ketchup). I’ve had raw shrimp... once... and that’s enough. But folks insist on cooking it with noodles, with sauces, with exotic spices, which to me... always ruins the shrimp.Or... a quick wit made Mom mad, and I’d hear the first sentence of this month’s column!“Me? Oh, I can destroy a jar of pick- led herring, a whole can of peas with some ground steak on top, cooked carrots in every variety, braunschwieger (I had to check the spelling) in slices with the paper still on it, and KETCHUP. Okay, ketchup isn’t a food – but it goes on most of the foods I eat.” I’ll have a conversation about the foods listed above with some pride. I have no idea why. It’s like I’m trying to save them from extinction.Left over pot roast chunks, some store- bought gravy (usually “thickish” and cream colored. Yech!), poured over broiled bread (because, the toaster was broke), and put it on a plate... and... that’s dinner. Not a favorite for the ten-year-old version of me. TIME OUT! The almost 60-year-old ver- sion of me thinks that sounds kinda good.Mmmm... French fries, steak, burgers, chips, cookies, cup cakes, pizza, and some pecan pie.“Mom, I don’t like this. I can’t. I can’t eat it. I don’t like it!”There is a list of foods that I ate when I was younger... that I simply wore out. I can’t eat the boxed cheese anymore (it starts with a “V”), pickle loaf, I haven’t had a bowl of cereal in I don’t know how long, potato chip sandwiches,Blech... beets, cauliflower, squash, zucchini, rhubarb, kale, any fruit with the word “berry” at the end.Get ready for the cliché Mom answer. “Ricky, you know there are hungry people in _______ (fill in the blank withI lost about 50 pounds in 2003 – guess what? That “blech” list... I had to learn to like it!Get ready for the quick wit. “That’s probably because they have a mom who can cook!”There are foods in my life that I really, really wanted to like, but, just never could get past... “Where can I spit this out?!” My cousin Mark was about five years older than me – and at the age of ten – he was pretty much a hero of mine. He LOVED spinach in a can (remember Popeye?). So, I wanted to love it, too. Not a chance. Not even with ketchup.And, back to the beginning we go... “Well, you BETTER learn to like it!”DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO WIN!Be a super sleuth... join the ongoing hunt for Rick DeRuiterPour through the pages of Scene this month and find theelusive DeRuiter. Warn your friends. Warn your neighbors. He’s in there somewhere, waiting for the one lucky detective to find him!LAST MONTH... Page... 9 LAST MONTH’S WINNER... SARA SCHMANSKELOOK! - Now you can e-mail your detective work too! Include your name, daytime phone and what page you found him.OR on-line at... www.scenepub.comWHERECOULD HE BE?Have you found him in this issue?If yes, call Scene at 979-1410 ext. 307 or email to have your name entered in the drawing to receive A GIFT CERTIFICATE TO A LOCAL EATERY. You must make your discovery by April 5, 2019 and the winner will be announced in the next issue of Scene!WIN A VALUABLE PRIZE!4 SCENE 4403 I EDUCATION ISSUE

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