The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Opinion

July 12, 2014

Hey, send some of the pizza my way, minus the anchovies

- — HERE ARE SOME thoughts from a guy who gained new respect for at least one airline pilot at a time when almost everyone grumbles about the woes of flying.

I say this after reading a short story on the business page of Thursday’s Herald. It told an amazing story of what happened when a Frontiers Airlines plane, headed for Denver, was diverted by storms to land in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Cheyenne is a pretty cool town if you want to take in a rodeo or visit an old Western-style bar.  But since the passengers were trapped inside the plane for a few hours, it wasn’t quite so cool.

But the pilot came through. He called Domino’s Pizza and had 35 pizzas delivered which were handed out to passengers. How great was that?

Of course if you were in the back of the plane and the only pizza left when they got to you was one with anchovies, it might not have seemed so great.

Still that’s my kind of delay – although it would have been even better if you received a free brewski to wash down the pizza.

I would hope the airlines reimbursed the pilot for his generosity and quick thinking which helped ease the pain of the delay for the passengers. And it might be a lesson in customer service for every airline.

At a time when you hear horror stories about airport delays, it couldn’t hurt to be a little more customer friendly like that Frontiers pilot. But hold the anchovies, please.

• Speaking of eating. Every year at July 4 celebrations there are various kinds of eating contests. And every year Joey Chestnut wins the Coney Island hot dog eating contest.

This year Chestnut downed 61 dogs in 10 minutes to win, even though it didn’t come close to his record of 68.

We all know that eating hot dogs in not the healthiest thing, considering the preservatives and other chemicals which are in them. Any food that can legally contain a certain amount of rat excrement and a portion of sawdust isn’t exactly what the doctor prescribes as health food.

There is also another danger – choking. In fact a guy died during a hot-dog eating contest in South Dakota on the 4th when he had a hot dog stuck in his throat. People were so shook up, they canceled the pie-eating event that was to follow.

While choking on hot dogs is a great danger with children, you don’t hear of it happening too often with adults. Still, when you are in a contest and not chewing food completely, it’s easy to see how it could happen.

Binge eating is never a good thing, although seeing the increasing level of obesity in this country, it appears that some people think they are in eating contests at every meal.

Pie-eating contests, where you have your hands behind your back and stick your face in one big pie to eat it, are fun to watch. They are pretty much a harmless good time.

But gorging on hot dogs or any other huge amount of food or drink is foolish and hazardous to your health.

On the other hand – Hey stewardess, is there any more pizza?

The Herald’s Lynn Saternow writes this column each Saturday for The Opinion Page. He can be reached at lsaternow@sharonherald.com

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