We have generally had a pretty clear division of labor on this project: we all eat, and Dave does the laborious editing work to make each video happen. This is what happens when we decide to switch it up. “69, Dudes!” indeed.
Tonight’s menu: the number 69 – hamburger, fries & salad.
When Dave ate the hot pepper in Episode 37: Sweatin’ something changed in his brain forever, and tonight was the first glimpse of the new Dave. No longer content to keep his experiences to himself, New Dave wants so badly for others to follow in his footsteps that he is willing to spend money to make sure it happens. And as you see in the video, Devin and Todd are the first beneficiaries of New Dave’s generosity. If you ask nicely, maybe New Dave will make you, too, an offer you can’t refuse.
Only two other things are worth mentioning. Immediately after Todd started recovering from his hot pepper we regretted not trying to get him to throw up. For a while he was riding the line between puking and not-puking, and maybe if we had started pretending to puke or made gagging noises we could have pushed him over the edge. It’s one of life’s regrets, and we will never know.
The other thing is that there is no need to ever order the King Size Hamburger. It is just too much meat. You will be plenty satisfied with a normal size hamburger.
Tonight’s menu: the number 44 – king size hamburger.
Devin is right; this project is hard. It isn’t hard like lifting a heavy weight or beating Contra without using the cheat code. It’s hard in the same way it’s hard to stick to a new exercise program or diet. It’s just so damn long.
We started this project on a whim. It was an off-the-cuff almost joke idea that we began to run with. That was July. Six months later we are just about to hit the halfway mark, and we all have a much better idea of what we have gotten ourselves into.
The reality is that 88 Nights is a mixed bag of fun and frustration. There have been times when we were all excited and couldn’t wait for the next night to come; there have also been times when the project seemed to be demanding every spare moment and emotion it could squeeze out of us. Those moments are less fun.
There is no magic way to blend four sets of goals, four opinions about what makes a video good or bad, and four (increasingly busy) schedules. But as long as we keep finding a way to get together and eat that next meal the project keeps moving forward. For now, here’s to another meal eaten. 42 down; only 46 to go.
So I was exaggerating when I said Toddy only likes to eat five things (even in the video we got to six). There are actually 11. Here’s a list of the things Todd likes to eat. I’ve known Todd my entire life and I’ve never seen him eat and enjoy anything that’s not on this list.
pizza (or just the ingredients)
peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
frozen chicken nuggets (different than chicken)
Panda Express’ orange chicken (different than chicken and frozen chicken nuggets)
As far as the manure taste goes… wow. I think it’s in his mind. If he’s nervous about the quality of food I think his brain tricks him into thinking it tastes like manure. Once, when he was coming down with a cold, I offered him some Vitamin C pills that were past the expiration date. He refused them because he thought they would make him more sick.
Maybe I’m too liberal with my food consumption. I don’t know. Todd and I will probably never agree that Spicy Mustard is delicious. But it is.
Tonight’s menu: the number 41 – colosal burger (w/ pastrami).