Zero day.. for the most part
I got up early and walked the 50 feet to the cafe. Before making myself sick, I actually wanted to enjoy a nice breakfast, so I ordered an omelette and two sides of breakfast potatoes. After that, I resupplied at the store and laid down in the grass. My strategy was to wait two hours before attempting the pancake challenge. In 4 years, only 2 people (out of hundreds) had ever completed it. Your prize…free pancakes and a stomach ache.
Rambler made it in around 10 am, and 30 minutes later he was sitting with me at a table as I awaited my flapjacks. The challenge was to eat 5, they said most couldn’t finish even 1.
When they finally came out, I was speechless. This were the biggest godawful pancakes I’ve ever laid witness to. They dwarfed the pancakes from Duncannon, Pennsylvania. I picked up the platter; it easily weighed 8 to 10 pounds. What human being could eat all of this?
I had two hours to finish them from the moment of my first bite. It took me 12 minutes to eat the first one; I was stuffed, but I kept at it. I folded them up, dipped them in syrup, and ate them like a sandwich.
I finished the second pancake after one miserable hour from the first bite. I wanted to quit; I was in agony, and my jaw muscles were cement. When I was about to throw in the towel, rambler informed me that if I ate half of the next pancake, plus one more bite, I could say “I ate the majority of it.” This logic was uncontestable, and the waitress said that if I could do it, then I’d be an above average failure. This compliment blew a second wind into my sails as I took a bite of my third pancake. I’d do anything to be an above average loser instead of just an “average” one.
More than 30 minutes later, I finished that half, then tore off one more bite of the second half. VICTORY…sort of. My jaw had locked up on this last half, and I had to drink water with every bite to soften the pancakes. My saliva glands were dry. I almost threw up from the disgusting combination of water and pancake, but in the end persevered. I kept telling myself “mind like a steel trap” with every bite. It worked, surprisingly.
I passed out on the grass for two hours after the challenge, totally miserable. I wasn’t going anywhere today.
This day ended up being mostly a zero day. There was more to it before it ended, but I’ll save that story for another time.