I Like To Eat #socs

Many years ago — I’m talking back when I was in single digits — my friend Willy and I had a band. It was just the two of us. He had a ukulele, I had a 3/4 size guitar, and we would get together and play them. By “play,” I mean we’d be really noisy, because neither of us could actually play them. He sort of strummed the uke, I’d slap the strings over the soundhole in the guitar, and we’d write songs. One was called “I like to eat”…

I like to eat,
I like to eat meat,
And another good dish
Is fruit and fish.
I like to eat…

This would go on for I forget how many verses. We’d talk about liking hamburgers and hot dogs, Eskimo pies, Popsicles, whatever we could think of.

We had a whole bunch of songs, and we’d record our practice sessions. After listening to the playback one day, he made the observation, “Maybe we should learn to play chords and stuff.” Then we decided, nah, we were having too much fun.

But I do like to eat. A lot, which is why I resemble a weather balloon with legs.

Weather balloon (a transosonde) getting ready to be released. (Public Domain, source: Wikipedia/US Navy)

I was into weather around the same time I was in the band with Willy. My aunt Jill asked me what I wanted for my birthday one year, and I told her “a weather balloon.” She aactually started asking around where she could get one. I didn’t get it, primarily because they’re really expensive, but it was cool she asked.

When you travel a lot, food isn’t just sustenance, it’s something to do. I was on a modified Atkins diet once, and I found myself thinking about food all the time, especially when I was on the road. I finally decided it wasn’t worth driving myself crazy.



This short entry was done for Stream of Consciousness Saturday, hosted by Linda Hill.

2 thoughts on “I Like To Eat #socs

  1. I used to like to make up songs too when I was a kid, but they were mostly songs that made fun of my sister. I could be pretty mean with those songs. I’d scour the dictionary to find terms that were unique to those I had used previously. Now when we get together we laugh and even sing a few of them. Yes, she remembers those mean words but she’s pretty good-natured about it now.

    You’re so right about eating as an activity when you’re on the road. When I was on the road that was a main thing we’d do, especially if we were driving after a show and didn’t have a motel room to go to. My wife and I still like going out to eat. In fact just today we took my wife’s father and sisters out and spent about 4 hours between driving back and forth and sitting in the restaurant eating.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out


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