CHEAP EATS Oh, I have so many sporty things to tell you about! To my surprise I am playing baseball again, football season starts (for girls) on the same day it starts for the 49ers: next weekend! Meanwhile, the Giants and A's are both very much "in it," entering September. Steroid busts . . .
Next week I am going to hire a dedicated sports writer for Cheap Eats. Mine will be the very first cheap eats newspaper column with a sports section in it.
This makes sense, trust me, food and sports being intrinsically intertwined. As any old dog will tell you, chasing a ball makes you hungry. And as any old Hedgehog will tell you, watching people chase a ball makes you hungry too.
For hot dogs! For chicken wings! Pizza . . . What does intrinsically mean?
Well, whatever, this week is this special food issue thing, so I thought I would clue you into this great new brick oven pizza place where I ate with my pal Earl Butter one day while Hedgehog was out in the world. She's been brought in to try and rescue a horrible horror movie, you see.
Popcorn . . .
Yes, in honor of the occasion, I will devote the rest of this column very very exclusively to this new, cool, quiet pizza place. Except, as I am also (as of this moment) going on my own private writer's strike, you're going to have to do most of the work.
Stand in front of a mirror, please, and make a fist with your right hand, except for the pinky. Now, go on ahead and poke that there teacup-tipping pinky of yours into the palm of your other hand.
Got it? Did you do that? Do you feel kind of goofy? Do you know where I'm going with this?
Sorry: where you're going.
I'm on strike.
You, my friend, are going to punch yourself in the throat, sort of. Not hard. Just touch that same teacup-pinkied fist to your neck, sidewise, so that your thumb and index finger encircle your Adam's apple even as the side of your little finger touches your soul patch.
Nicely done, you hipster you!
Next we are going to . . . Next you are going to lose the fist and bring the palm of your hand to your heart, you pledge allegiance to the flag, and so forth. Don't be afraid to love your country. This is important. We don't have the best healthcare situation in the world, but we do have Bruce Willis.
So bend your left arm at the elbow and hold it to your stomach, palm up, if you will, as if cradling a baby. Or a watermelon or something. Now scoop your right hand, palm up, over your left hand and on up toward the opposite collarbone.
Do you ever wonder what is wrong with you? Well, start! I don't recommend all-out hypochondria; just a healthy sense of wonder. Why, for example, are you a scab?
Don't give me the finger! Give me the opposite of the finger. That is, bend your middle finger down and — all those other ones, even the thumb — give me those. Give me everything but the finger. OK?
Now tap that middle knuckle against your chin. That's all I'm asking. Is that so much to ask?
And there is yet one more thing you can do for me, Ms. Picket Line Crosser. Cross your fingers for luck. Lord knows we can use it. There are elections coming up later this fall, as well as football seasons.
There are everyday dangers to be avoided, like crossing the street and riding your bike to work.
I'm saying, cross your fingers on your right hand and draw yourself a little Fu Manchu mustache, just the sides of it . . . Yeah, leave the upper lip alone. Just two straight lines, first down the right side of your jaw, then the left, with your fingers crossed. For luck.
Yeah. Like that. Okay.
Now. You know what you need to know.
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