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DP: 32 Flavors

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Daily Prompt for 32 Flavors; Vanilla, Chocolate, or something else entirely.

When I joined the Navy in 2000, I had unknowingly become an anthropologist. Little did I know, that 10 years later, I would set out to go to college to become one, an anthropologist. An anthropologist studies humans and their origins, race, culture, societies, development, and a list of other things. There are 4 fields in Anthropology – Cultural, Physical, Linguistic, Archaeology.

Most of those in the military, especially the Navy, are unaware of their involvement as an anthropologist or that they are in a way more than diplomatic ambassadors, but they are also anthropologist. They travel to foreign countries as part of their duties, eat food from another country, talk to someone in their home country, shop in another country, walk around on soil that is foreign to them; it is all about submerging themselves into another person’s culture or society. I’m like a sponge, I love to soak it all in.

Before we pulled into port, we would have an idea of the things that we could see and do. A group of people are sent out before we pulled into port to find things that would be entertaining. Plus, they would locate the areas that weren’t safe for us and let us know. They would have tours set up and ready for us, names of a few places we could visit, and names of the shopping plazas nearby, as well as passing out a few maps of the city we were pulling into, and most importantly, they would bring bankers on board so we could exchange our currency.

The first thing some of us would look for once we got on dry land is food. It isn’t unusual to find a McD’s in most of the places we pull into and since some personnel are accustomed and habited to eating there, that’s the first place, and sometimes the only place that they’ll head to for sustenance. I actually look for something local, as I’m not bothered in trying new food. I especially looked forward to touring Italy and eating oven baked pizza and home made pasta. I even had the pleasure of eating tiramisu while I was in Italy, to which I loved immensely. Next thing I had to try was Italian coffee, then gelato.

I believed I spoiled myself, that when I came back home to the states, it was something that I searched for. Olive Garden was as close as I could get to Italian food, but I had some trouble finding Greek food, unless I traveled out of my way.

There were a few things that I tried overseas that I didn’t like; camel meat is on the top of my list to never try again, Greek burgers aren’t anything like American burgers, and I’m not sure what kind of burger meat I ate in Portugal. I’ve heard that camel is an acquired taste, or that the person who served it didn’t cook it right. To put it in the daily prompt’s words, it was definitely “something else entirely”.

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Twinkies and Cup Cakes make a come back


Yesterday I stopped at the Walmart in Benton (Arkansas) for a few items to make dinner with and also a few sewing items for my gram’s. I walked up and down a few aisles in the food section as well as the craft department, grabbing the things I needed. When I was on my way to check out I glanced over and saw the words Hostess Cup Cakes, but kept on walking. “Wait a minute,” I said to myself. I took a few steps back and stared in surprised at seeing the Hostess display. I walked all the way around, still in shock, seeing only a few Hostess items that made their come back; Twinkies, Cup Cakes, and donuts. What I also noticed is that it was almost picked cleaned. I hurried and grabbed my box of Twinkies and Cup Cakes, just in time too as two ladies came up and grabbed a couple boxes of each items. 


I headed towards the checkouts, placed my items on the belt, and proceeded to wait my turn in line to pay for my items. A couple came behind, placing their items on the belt. I glanced over to make sure they had the separating bar placed between their items and mine (a habit of mine for a good reason), and noticed they too had Twinkies among their items.

I was anxious to get dinner started and eaten so that I can open up my box of Cup Cakes and enjoy the chocolatey goodness that I’ve been missing. I opened the small package containing my small chocolate cake topped with frosting and the Hostess trademark white curly queue and took a bite. I was truly upset, the cake looked old and the frosting was way too sugary, definitely different than I remember them being. Even the texture of the frosting looked a lot different.

Today I tried the Twinkie, hoping that it wouldn’t be a failure like the Cup Cakes. To my astonishment, it was the same cupcake as it has always been. I was surprised, but ever so happy! Now the question is, how long are these cupcakes going to stay on the shelves and would the next box of Cup Cakes be better than the one I got yesterday?