Pinchin’ Tails

July 28th, 2006


I… did it. I did it! I pinched tails.

Last night, the cookout was a huge success. Excluding the people we brought with us, we fed around 150 people! There are four FEMA trailer parks in the area (that we know of), so, since the security guards are confined there, we thought we’d bring them over dinner in carryout boxes. I took three members from the teams we had with us (two from Minnesota, and a guy from Texas) and we drove on over. But… as I was pulling away from the cookout, a man came running up to the truck and said, “They said you were leaving!”

It was Tyrone. Tyrone, and his niece Yolanda, I met last week at the cookout. The flies in that field are terrible. We were talking about N’allins cuisine, and I made an off hand comment about how I’d rather eat food that flies landed on than suck the head of a crawfish. Well… he promised me that he would bring me some crawfish (and the spicy corn and potatoes they boil in the water with it) the next week.

And… he did. He ran up to the truck with a clear plastic bag full of crawfish. How… terrifying!! (And sweet.) When we got back to the cookout I… brought the crawfish over and he and his niece’s daughters taught me how to do it. (I got schooled by a six year old! She told me that it was just like eating celery. ???)

So… Yolanda pulled them in half, BUT… I pinched the tails myself. I… never thought in a million years I would could do that, but, it happened. The corn and potatoes were so spicy that my lips were tingly and numb!! Think they could’ve started a Yankee girl like myself off with mild? 😉

[Tyrone swam a half mile in 8 foot water to get out of the flood last August. Yolanda delivered her sister’s baby on I-610 during the evacuation. He’s living in the trailer park, she’s renting a place with a mice problem… and, though deathly afraid of mice, considers herself lucky.]

Never a dull moment.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Derrick  |  July 28th, 2006 at 1:28 am

    Hey I was thinking about you guys the other day, and thought I would say hey. Sure it’s nice and hot (humid as well) stay cool. Kristina says hi, and we’ll see ya soon.


  • 2. David Renner  |  July 28th, 2006 at 12:48 pm

    I have become known in the kinship for leaving a comment on every blog message, so I couldn’t disappoint your loyal readership by ignoring such an exciting posting. Lora, speaking on behalf of the State of Ohio, I am afraid that you have officially become “one of them.” I applaud your adventurous spirit in eating anything that is simultaneously looking you back in the eye, but it is a pretty strong indication that you have made the crossover. I genuinely now fear for your return, especially since you seem to find your “Shire” so uninspiring. Perhaps I am betraying the confidence of my friends in telling you this, but, in Kinship X, we resolved to (gently) seize you and prevent you from leaving us again if we felt that you were committed to leaving Ohio permanently. I’m afraid that I will have to buy the binding rope and inform the mob with the torches that their worst fears have been confirmed and extreme measures need to be taken on your behalf. :-) OK, all (kind of scary and disturbing) kidding aside, we really are looking forward to having you back and having a big deck building party in the near future. We will be praying for you and looking forward to your return some time soon! Take care and God be with you, my friends!

    In Christ,

    The Ring-Leader and Head Rascal at Kinship X


  • 3. Melissa  |  July 28th, 2006 at 1:01 pm

    I completely agree with Dave!
    As I am sure you know Eve will be visiting you next week. If you can try to take some time with her; I think she really needs you right now.
    Love in Christ,

  • 4. Lora  |  July 28th, 2006 at 1:06 pm

    Wow! Hi, Derrick!! (and Kristina!) :)

    Thanks for breaking into my house the other day. 😉 Poor Kathy, she was mad at us for not having extra keys in the garage!! Thanks for helping her out!!

  • 5. Lora  |  July 28th, 2006 at 1:11 pm

    Melissa and Dave!

    First… I am NOT one of them. I don’t say “y’all” and I loathe eating rice and sausage for dinner every night. 😉

    Second… will you make sure to send the Kinship X video down with Eve? We didn’t get to watch it last time. :( I’ll be sure to see her as much as I can. She already called and asked if we could hang out everynight. :) As much as I can, I’ll be seeing her! Thanks for the heads up on that.

    p.s. Dave, I love that you comment every post. I… think it’s one of the forgotten love languages: “Posting on blogs.” 😉

  • 6. Linda  |  July 28th, 2006 at 6:27 pm

    So, uh, are there any pictures of you pinchin’ tails? Because that would just make my day 😉

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