I Married a Robot

Metal things just turn to rust
When you’re a robot

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One day I married a robot and his name was Dave. Only I didn’t know he was a robot then. Had I known . . .

Evidence That Dave Is a Robot

1. He was advised to quit caffeine due to high blood pressure. He simply substituted coffee every day for . . . Crystal Light.

ACTUAL ROBOT QUOTE: “I don’t need coffee. I just woke up one day and quit. I don’t see why it’s so hard for people.”

2. He doesn’t care what he eats. This is even more infuriating because he can eat whatever he wants. But he doesn’t want to eat whatever he wants!

ACTUAL ROBOT QUOTE: “As long as there’s something for me to eat, I don’t care what it is.”

3. He doesn’t like cake.

ACTUAL ROBOT QUOTE: “Cake just tastes like air.”

But sometimes robots break down.

For as long as I’ve known Dave, he’s had difficulty swallowing food. We used to call it the Fish Condition, because it seemed to strike only when he ate fish. But it soon became clear that it wasn’t just fish, it was all kinds of stuff.

He would take a bite, get very still, swallow, gulp, make weird noises and weirder faces, and finally get up and start walking around. This made me nervous. He assured me he wasn’t choking—just that the food wouldn’t go up or down. Well, actually, it DID eventually come up. This made me not so much nervous as grossed out, but I was really rather concerned about the whole thing. I wanted him to see a doctor.

ACTUAL ROBOT QUOTE: “It doesn’t bother me that much.”

A few years ago we had dinner with Dave’s wonderful non-robot family. At one point, his mother excused herself from the table, disappeared for a few minutes, then returned. When someone asked if she was all right, she said, “Oh, yes. I just got some meat stuck in my throat, and it took a few minutes for it to go down.” Before I could shoot an accusatory look at Dave, one of his brothers chimed in: “When that happens to me, I find that leaning forward while I’m eating . . . “

PEOPLE, THIS IS NOT NORMAL BEHAVIOR!

It is NOT normal to choke while you’re eating!

Well, eventually Dave did see a doctor, but only after he’d developed chest pain. “Ask about the swallowing thing!” I screamed as he left.

An upper endoscopy revealed that Dave has eosinophilic esophagitis. Basically, this is a food allergy whereby eosinophils (allergy cells) collect in the esophagus, making it thick and rigid. To determine the cause, he had to eliminate dairy, soy, fish, eggs, nuts, and wheat from his diet. All. at. once.

Do you know what’s in every food? Soy. It warmed my heart to see Dave struggle with this diet, because it meant that he did have food issues, just like the rest of us. He missed his peanut butter sandwiches and giant Hershey bars. He accepted rice milk and rice pasta well enough, but could not abide the sprouted bread. I made him quinoa muffins, which he bravely tasted once. Every time one of us thought of a possible food . . . D’oh! It’s got eggs. Or soy. Or nuts. But usually soy.

The good news? Maybe he’s not a robot after all.

The bad news? No more peanut butter sandwiches.

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52 Responses to “I Married a Robot”

  1. 1 Cat

    I’m sad for you husband/robot, but happy for you to find out he’s not perfect. That is always good to know about one’s spouse.

    If I had to give up all of that stuff, I would just starve to death. It’s that simple.

    Cat’s last blog post..I’m Not Crazy – Just Particular

  2. 2 Kathy

    It sounds like the only thing worse for your robot would be if he lost his sense of smell. I’ve heard it’s really hard for people without that sense to eat because they can’t smell it and have no appetite for food.

    I don’t understand not wanting to eat everything in sight. Maybe your robot would be happy with a plate of lug nuts and washing it down with some Pennzoil?

    Oh, poor robot!

    Kathy’s last blog post..My Right Foot

  3. 3 The Incredible Woody

    Vol Fan does that whole food stuck in his throat thing – as did his dad and his grandmother. They finally found out that his grandmother and his dad had an extra pice of skin in their esophagus which acted like a little shelf in there. I assume Vol Fan has the same thing. Pretty gross though!

    The Incredible Woody’s last blog post..Sunday in Athens

  4. 4 Ilana

    Cake tastes like air?? Um, yeah, air from heaven! People who don’t like junk food make me anxious and confused. But the food allergy stuff is really a drag; I am an incredibly picky eater, so I basically subsist on pizza bagels, chicken nuggets, and pasta. If I ever develop a food allergy, I will probably starve.

    Ilana’s last blog post..Motivational Spending

  5. 5 Stephanie

    Poor poor robot Dave! I feel for him (although I personally despite peanut butter sandwiches). I hope this stage is short lived and he can find what he’s reacting to he has a shorter list of avoidable foods.

    And he can eat whatever wants – not that he cares.

    (Oh, sure, you marry robots so I don’t have to! What if I wanted to marry a robot? Instead of spending $300 in groceries every week and having a man who loves gourmet food and tromping through Central Market and shopping in general. And becomes ill with short-lived diseases that only manifest when he cleans. Oh well, at least he likes cake – but not frosting.)

    Stephanie’s last blog post..For Flit: Why Are So Many Torqued at Today.com

  6. 6 Daisy the Curly Cat

    I feel a little bit sad that robot Dave does not enjoy cake. Does he like candy? I think everybuddy enjoys candy.

    It sounds a little bit like Dave has what Harley has! Those eosinophils are mean.

    Daisy the Curly Cat’s last blog post..Happy Earth Day!

  7. 7 babs - beetle

    Oh that sounds awful. Poor Mr Robot! Fancy not liking cake. Having said that, I could quite easily never eat cake again, even though I do like it. I found it easy to stop eating chocolate too. how weird is that? Maybe I’m a robot too.

    babs – beetle’s last blog post..Goodbye Entrecard.

  8. 8 flit

    I thought that giving up coffee would be hard when the doctor put me on a diet that allows no caffeine.

    It hasn’t been a problem – although I sure do miss bread ….and pasta… and chocolate… mmmmmmmmmm…chocolate.

    I went to a fancy dinner last week and the dessert was chocolate cake … I did not eat mine but I have regretted not at LEAST having a bite ever since.

    Clearly I am not a robot.

  9. 9 Puglette

    i often wonder about my husband, he’s is too nice and too even tempered to be a true human. but then i remember that if he was not even tempered, we would not be together for long. i get to be the uneven person and that’s good.

    when my nephew was about 4 years old he asked his mom, my sister, how she could be sure he wasn’t a robot. she assured him that she was positive he was a normal little boy. me…i’m not so sure. i mean the guy is strangely smart and dumb all at the same time.

    have a good day!
    hugs,
    puglette
    :o)

    Puglette’s last blog post..Weekend Update

  10. 10 Jeff

    If that’s the definition of a robot, them I’m a bit robot-ish myself. For example… I would be totally happy to eat a ham and cheese sandwich and a bowl of vegetable beef soup for lunch every day for the rest of my life. Like Dave, I could care less what it is as long as it refuels me. Actually, I consider food and eating an annoyance, because it’s a colossal waste of time and money. I would be thrilled if I never had to eat again.

    Jeff’s last blog post..The hole in the wall guy

  11. 11 absepa

    I don’t know who I feel worse for–you, or the Dave-bot. On the one hand, it is really difficult to live with someone who doesn’t understand that you NEED to eat sweets. My husband made a comment one time about “wasting money on ice cream.” How can ice cream be a waste of money?!? On the other hand, though, I feel kind of bad that Dave can’t even have a peanut butter sandwich. Even for someone who doesn’t care about eating, that has to be kind of frustrating.

    I couldn’t remember where I had read “eosinophilic” recently, but it was on Daisy’s blog. (Thanks for the reminder, Daisy!)

    absepa’s last blog post..I Love This So Much…

  12. 12 JD

    Cat: I’m sad too, but also happy. Sad and happy: it’s the best way to go thru life. I would starve to death or die from the allergy. Living without wheat and dairy? I know people do it, but I couldn’t.

    Kathy: I truly doubt that Dave would even miss his sense of smell. He could easily eat some sort of futuristic cube of processed proteins, carbs, and fats and be fine. Or lug nuts.

    The Incredible Woody: That’s weird! I’ve never heard of an esophageal shelf! I think Dave’s problem is hereditary, too, or else why would his mother and brother have the same issue?

    Ilana: I, too, would die if I ever developed a food allergy. I couldn’t even abstain from eating cake much less more healthy stuff. And I, too, am confused by people who don’t like at least SOME kind of junk food. It just ain’t right.

    Stephanie: I would almost trade my hunky robot for someone who actually loved to cook and appreciated food. Sigh. And . . . cake without frosting? Then it’s not cake!

    Daisy the Curly Cat: Don’t feel too sad, Daisy. Dave does love giant Hershey bars and other sweets. Just not cake. And, yes, eosinophils are really mean, especially when they attack sweet, innocent cats like Harley.

    babs – beetle: Yes, I’m afraid you are a robot. In one breath, you said, “Fancy not liking cake… I could quite easily never eat cake again.” This I do not understand. Only a robot says things like this. Don’t worry, tho. You are a very sweet, funny, talented, and smart robot.

    flit: I’d rather just go without than have only a bite of something delicious. It’s just too hard. And I’ve quit coffee before and been fine—but I really like it and am now probably addicted. I’m OK with that. I’m so sorry you don’t get to have bread, pasta, chocolate . . . Oh, poor flit!

    Puglette: My robot husband is also nice and even-tempered. Hmmm. I’m seeing a trend here. Does your robot husband ever make any noise when he sleeps? Mine is so quiet and polite at night. Not a snore, a snort, or a sniffle out of him. I’m really beginning to wonder . . .

    Jeff: ROBOT! THERE! THE ONE EATING THE SOUP! GET HIM! I just don’t get it. Food is so delicious and enjoyable! Hmmph. I’m going to go eat something outrageous now, just because I WANT TO!

    absepa: Yes, I remember reading about eosinophils on Daisy’s blog too. Daisy is funny AND educational! Dave and I had a similar ice cream discussion, only he wanted me to buy the cheap kind. I don’t like the cheap kind, end of story. But he doesn’t get it.

  13. 13 C.B.Jones

    So, he basically had throat rust? There seems to be some kind of kinky theme developing in these posts.

    I’m beginning to see a pattern so you don’t have to.

    C.B.Jones’s last blog post..Random Tuesday: *Your Ad Here*

  14. 14 Pricilla

    I am very sorry for your husband, and well for you for having to try and cook things with nothing in them.

    I hope you find the source of his allergy soon.

    Can he have goat’s milk? It is often times a better dairy for people than cow’s milk. I am all in favour of goat’s milk.

    Pricilla’s last blog post..Soap Answers and Goat Hopping

  15. 15 misstfied

    OMG, I would die without my sweets, what with the MAJOR sweet tooth that I have. By all means, I don’t indulge in them often but, if I simply “couldn’t” indulge in them through no choice of my own…..agh, no thanx. Wow, without me, I think 7-11 might just go out of business, I swear I practically live in their candy aisle, lol.

    misstfied’s last blog post..The Quietest Room In Town

  16. 16 Jay

    Good heavens, how scary! I’m glad he found the cause.

    Oh, and -

    “3. He doesn’t like cake.”

    That’s the one that convinced me that he might be a robot! LOL!

  17. 17 Regan

    Doesn’t like cake? Who doesn’t like cake? Or coffee? I’m going to take a wild guess and say he doesn’t like coffee cake, either. I love cake and coffee. And coffee cake. He might just be a robot.

    Regan’s last blog post..Girl Scout Cookies

  18. 18 Grace

    Well it’s a good thing he doesn’t care what he eats since he seems allergic to everything anyway! You are amazing cooking around all those – “can’t haves”.

    Grace’s last blog post..Food

  19. 19 Thermal Labels

    He does sound like a robot! The food allergy is pretty unfortunate, but if it didn’t really bother him that much for his entire life so far, is it really a big issue? Can’t he have peanut butter once in a while, kind of as a treat? Also, it looks like his whole family has this allergy so it’s definitely hereditary. -Neftale

  20. 20 babs - beetle

    Hahaha! I see that my comment sounds contradictory, but I was pointing out that even though I like cake, I could stop eating it if need be – quite easily ;) If it was in the house though, I may not be able to resist it.

    Mo always says I don’t explain myself very well ;O)

    babs – beetle’s last blog post..Goodbye Entrecard.

  21. 21 Lin

    I love the weird family choking thing! I’ll bet you just sat there amazed at the weirdness before you–I know I would be. Joe’s mom shakes her leg endlessly, like Joe and it drives me NUTS! That’s some weird sh*t. But the inherited choking beats me any day.

    Random note–the choking is bizarre (and scary), but Joe gulps for air like a fish when he eats. It’s like he can’t breathe out his nose while he eats. It’s bizarre too. Guys are weird.

    Um, I don’t like cake really. Or ice cream. And I don’t care what I eat either. Unless I’m going out for a treat. Does that make me a robot too?

    I’m thinking he’s not so much a robot as just plain weird. And I’m with him on 2 of the 3 qualifications, so I’m with him. Go Weird Dave!

    Lin’s last blog post..Holy Bike Pump!

  22. 22 Lola

    No cake for Dave-bot? I once worked with a woman who always refused cake and sweet treats whenever we had cakes at the office to celebrate birthdays or events. She was thinner than a toothpick. She claimed that she just didn’t like it. I always swore that the reason she refused the cake was that she thought that if she ate one bite she’d balloon all the way up to 125 pounds! Yeah, and she was a tall drink of water too.

    I think I’d die if I couldn’t have cake. In fact if Anastasia doesn’t come home with Bakers Square pie tonight, like she’s been promising (since last week!) I might just have to go clean out 7-11 of every sweet treat on the shelves. I’ve had a horribly exhausting 2 days advocating for my daughter at the hospital and getting nowhere.

    LOLA NEED CAKE!

    PLEASE SEND CAKE!

    Lola’s last blog post..Google Page Rank Happy Dance

  23. 23 Puglette

    hi there, my hubby is terribly noisy at night, with him and two snoring pugs it’s quite the cacophony. also, he can’t go without caffiene in the morning. he gets a headache.
    he’s a catch, i tell you!
    hugs from Ollie
    :o)

    Puglette’s last blog post..Weekend Update

  24. 24 Tippy

    Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto…did anyone else automatically think this?? Was it just me?? Anyone?!?

    Cake – gooood : )
    Food allergies – baaaaad :(

  25. 25 Jenn Thorson

    I was going to suggest that maybe Dave was a robot/raccoon, and he just needed more liquids with his meals to wash them down.

    But would need to be careful less the fluid interfere with his electric wiring.

    Jenn Thorson’s last blog post..How to Prepare Zombie Chicken

  26. 26 JD

    C.B. Jones: “Throat rust”—HA! Yes, in a way, I guess so. But I assure you, there’s nothing kinky going on here. Well, not in this post, anyway.

    Pricilla: You know, I never thought of goat’s milk at the time, but luckily, we have figured out the source, and it is the dreaded tree nut. And cooking things with nothing in them (hee!) is easier than you might think!

    misstfied: My entire mouth is made up of sweet tooths (teeth?) In my case, I’m keeping Walgreen’s snack cake aisle in business. Without me, those month-old Twinkies and suspicious-looking Zingers would sit there forever.

    Jay: Right! Who doesn’t like cake??? And it’s not that he doesn’t like other sweet things. But to him, apparently, cake tastes like air. I don’t get it.

    Regan: I am going to have to test out your coffeecake theory. I bet you’re right! Very strange. Coffeecake and coffee and cake are two of my favorite things (and the two things known to be avoided by robots).

    Grace: Who said anything about cooking! I made those quinoa muffins and spaghetti with rice pasta—that’s about it. He did eat a lot of fruit . . .

    Thermal Labels: I’m sure it’s hereditary. Too weird. And he does enjoy a nut or two every now and then, but sometimes he does experience trouble swallowing, so it’s best if he just skips the nuts.

    babs – beetle: No, no, I understand! It just sounded funny. It STILL sounds contradictory to me, who loves cake and thus could NEVER stop eating it!

    Lin: You do sound like you are maybe part-robot. I’d watch it, if I were you. Stock up on plenty of candy and pie, just to be sure. (And, yes: I couldn’t believe the choking scene in front of me that day. TWO of them! Acting like it was totally normal. WEIRD!)

    Lola: Did you get the pie? Or cake? You definitely need cake, and lots of it. I think if I were ever to diet again, the only way I could get thru public cake events would be to insist I didn’t like it (except no one would believe me). Luckily I work at home, so the only birthdays I celebrate are mine (cake), Dave’s (no cake), and Pru’s and Gus’s (catnip).

    Puglette: The snoring would bother me. Pru has a pretty strong wheeze at night, and I have to nudge her a bit to get her to stop. Luckily of the two of us, I’m the one who snores—and I don’t even realize it, so it never bothers me!

    Tippy: HA! Not a day goes by when I don’t think of that song! Cake is indeed good. Man, this is getting me hungry for cake. Cake for breakfast? Yes, please.

    Jenn Thorson: You’ve made a very good point. Drinking only makes it worse, as it just backs up against the food that’s stuck there. OR IS IT THE WIRING?

  27. 27 Heather Happymaker

    Aww, poor guy. But your post was hilarious! What is UP with guys? Your husband sounds as non-chalant about the important things as mine. You’ve got to love them.

    Heather Happymaker’s last blog post..Crazy Train

  28. 28 JD

    makes me long for Eliza

    or Rosie

    or that creepy voice on Space Odyssey

    JD’s last blog post..Almond Joy

  29. 29 Angelika

    Oh.My.God. Cake tastes like air??? WTF?

    But anyway, I found this really amusing, LOL.

    Angelika’s last blog post..Thanks, Cardiogirl!

  30. 30 Anne

    I would not be able to live on that diet. Fortunately, I never have a problem eating anything. My sister-in-law has the same problem with meat. I don’t think her doctor diagnosed an allergy. I think they diagnosed hers as psychosomatic. Maybe she should go back and get this allergy thing checked out.

    Anne’s last blog post..I Can Totally Relate

  31. 31 Steve | Kindledude

    I’m really into gadgets, and I wish I’d married a robot. Maybe I’d still be married. *sigh* Lucky you.

    Steve | Kindledude’s last blog post..Discount Car Rental Hell

  32. 32 mlm

    I never thought I’d see the word “eosinophilic” on a blog I was reading! My cat has eosinophilic granuloma complex, which causes her to itch uncontrollably and we have to take her to get steroid shots to calm the itching down. Although, I’ve held off recently on getting the shots because steroids can do nasty things after using them for a while.
    The other unbelievable part–doesn’t like CAKE? He very well may be a robot, because I don’t know any human who doesn’t like cake. Mmmmm, cake…..where was I? Oh yes, I gotta’ go get me some cake!

  33. 33 Pricilla

    I am glad you have found the source of the problem. There are lots of misconceptions about goat’s milk. It tastes just like cow’s milk except if you are used to skim milk it will tast rich ’cause it is full fat. Usually between 4 and 6%. But the fat in goat’s milk is a healthier fat than in cow’s milk.

    I hope your robot husband is feeling better.

    Pricilla’s last blog post..Lazy Grazy Days

  34. 34 Trade Show Guru

    hey JD,
    Dave may not be a robot, but if he gave up coffee and said it was “no big deal”, then he’s not normal either. :)
    Seriously though, I didn’t expect it, but this was a very interesting post. I can’t imagine having that problem (eosinophilic esophagitis). Sounds like Red Stripe would still be ok though. ~ steve, the trade show guru

    Trade Show Guru’s last blog post..Trade Show Booth Display Design Secrets

  35. 35 Trade Show Guru

    Uuughhh… moderation again!
    I wonder if it was because I wrote: “eosinophilic esophagitis”. Or was it the reference to my favorite beverage? Hmmmm…
    Steve, the moderated trade show guru

    Trade Show Guru’s last blog post..Trade Show Booth Display Design Secrets

  36. 36 JD

    Heather Happymaker: Yeah, I do love my robot husband. He eats the same thing for lunch every day and today he forgot his little paper bag on the kitchen counter. I don’t know if he knows how to go out for lunch!

    JD: Oh, you mean Hal. “I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.” If I hear that creepy voice coming from the next room, it better be the TV.

    Angelika: I was all, WTF, too. Air? At least say it tastes like a sponge or something.

    Anne: Indeed, she might want to get it checked out. Meat is one of the harder things to swallow if you have EE. Of course, as my robot husband can tell you, once it happens a few times, you do tend to “make” it happen by tightening up and feeling nervous.

    Steve | Kindledude: Aw! When I told Dave I wrote a post about him called “I Married a Robot,” he was a bit peeved. I hope he understands that he’s the bestest robot in the world.

    mlm: Cake! Oh, how I wish I had some right now. Do you read Daisy the Curly Cat? I link to her in my sidebar. Daisy’s brother, Harley, has eosinophilic granuloma or something like it. You should check it out. Poor little cat. I hate it when cats get sick.

    Pricilla: Thank you, Pricilla! I’ve never tried goat’s milk, but now I’m tempted to (except for the fat part — but it would be OK once in a while, especially if it’s healthier fat. Goats rule!

    Trade Show Guru: I don’t know why Akismet grabbed your first comment, but I rescued it. THANK YOU for recognizing how bizarre it is for someone to “just give up” coffee. Red Stripe was never on the “can’t have” list, and neither was Labatt Blue, robot husband’s favorite brew.

  37. 37 Jen

    No more peanut butter sandwiches really sucks. Tell Dave I am thinking of him as I make one right now, I have to cut it into tiny bites and it isn’t for me but for the girl who will NOT lose that damn tooth, but still it sucks for Dave. I’d trade no coffee for eggs and peanut butter any day. Just don’t take away the Diet Coke.

    Jen’s last blog post..A Hypothetical

  38. 38 Tim

    Labatt’s Blue, huh? IO guess after Blue Beaver Beer that would do in a pinch :)
    Giving up coffee? He wouldn’t say that was easy if he had a Tim Horton’s nearby. Many people I know act like robots until they get their fix in the morning.

    Tim’s last blog post..The Rocket Stick – Rogers Air Cards

  39. 39 Wendy

    So what was it? What was causing it?

    My FIL has this, too, but his is something where his esophagus collapses, or something. Once a year they run a big tube down his throat and open it back up. ~shiver~ And no chocolate, carbonated water, or peppermint for him.

    Wendy’s last blog post..Oh. I Thought This Was the Point, Actually

  40. 40 Wendy

    Oh – and he gave up coffee JUST LIKE THAT?

    I need to learn his ninja skills. ~slurp~ ‘Scuse me, I’m overdosing myself on caffeine this morning. ~slurp~ I can’t stop.

  41. 41 Angelika

    You have a High Five from me HERE! :-)

    Angelika’s last blog post..Well, that’s not happening to me…

  42. 42 Natural

    I like to get myself in the “mood” before I read some blogs – this being one – and I read the whole darn think like a robot. Word. for. word. no. emotion.

    awh poor dave and his mom. i did chuckle when she excused herself from the table. i just saw a light bulb go off in your head when you thought – the whole family does it. my husband is not a robot.

    Natural’s last blog post..My Two Left Feet

  43. 43 JD

    Jen: Ah. A woman who loves her Diet Coke. I think I could live without peanut butter, because I don’t eat it that often, but when I do want it? Get out of my way.

    Tim: Heh. No doubt. Robot Dave has sampled Tim Horton’s (and declared his undying robot love for it), but, no, we only get the packaged kind here. Sniff.

    Wendy: Ewwwww! Well, Dave has had to have the endoscope shoved down his throat a few times and a stent put it. The cause: the humble nut. Found in such delicacies as Almond Joy and Snickers. Poor Dave. But wait! NOT Poor Dave, because, YES! He did give up coffee just like that. So annoying. I could stop if I wanted to . . . but I don’t want to.

    Angelika: Thank you!!!

    Natural: Oh, it was so funny. The whole frickin’ family probably has it and thinks it’s totally normal. If my niece is reading this—Jackie?—I wonder if she remembers.

  44. 44 ann of thejunkdrawerblogfamily

    I am so happy to hear that another woman out there also has a robot for a husband.

    1. In 28 years of working, he never missed a day for being sick. He did tell me that once he threw up at work and the company president made him go home. It happened in the afternoon, so he only missed half the day.

    2. Arrives home from China still looking and smelling fresh.

    3. Gets up at 3:45 am every morning to run 6 miles before work. Lightning, snow, rain, ice, wind…nothing stops him.

    4. Only person I know who eats 5 servings of fruits and veggies every. single. day.

    5. Does not drink coffee.

    6. Could live without cake.

    7. Does not enjoy coffeecake.

  45. 45 Jac

    I laughed so hard when I read this post because it has been my understanding that my own father is a robot. And he does the “not choking” but really choking thing too.

    Ahh… you gotta love Xmas get togethers (which I have sucessfully managed to get out of since I’ve been in the Army– the true reason I re-enlist comes out).

  46. 46 JD

    ann of the junkdrawerblogfamily: I’m so glad you chimed in. Your husband is WAY more of a robot than mine. That fruits and vegetables thing is just plain scary and don’t get me started on the rising before dawn to run. Who can live like that? Wait, Does not enjoy coffeecake??? . . . *faints*

    Jaq: I was hoping you’d read this post. So your dad has it too, eh? I’m not surprised. We’re getting together today for Uncle Dave’s birthday, where we will be served questionable cold-cuts and grocery-store cake. YES, when his mom serves cake, he will eat it.

  47. 47 Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry"

    My dad had trouble swallowing too for years–he never did ask the doctor about it. Just lived with it. It didn’t happen all the time, but he would never eat out at a restaurant again once it happened at a restaurant once.

    Karen, author of “My Funny Dad, Harry”’s last blog post..Leave The Weeds Alone!

  48. 48 Florida Girl In Sydney

    “It’s like eating air.” Obviously something only a robot would say.

  49. 49 JD

    Karen, author of “My Funny Dad, Harry”: I’m sorry to hear your dad suffered from trouble swallowing. I wonder if it was EE? Another diagnosis, apparently, is acid reflux. I know my husband was reluctant to eat out, too.

    Florida Girl In Sydney: I know, right? Who in their right mind could compare cake to air? Only a robot. Or maybe an alien.

  50. 50 Corrina

    That cracked me UP! Your robot is awesome. Cake tastes like air to him, though? Hilarious, if not a little perplexing.

  51. 51 N. "payrol jobs" Reeves

    You really married a robot and a transformer one at that. He really can change into a stubborn grouch when it comes to food.

  52. 52 JD

    Corrina: Yeah, hilarious and perplexing. He’s a strange one, my robot. But I love him. (Plus I get all the cake!)

    N. Reeves: Good point! And Transformers are expensive!


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