Flash Fiction #287



After Richard got his Business degree at Louisiana U., he was thrilled to get an entry position in Chicago.  He loved the South, but revelled in the global culture in the North, especially the food.  When his friend, BillyJoeBob flew up to visit, he excitedly took him to the Market, to sample the foreign fare.

Bubba said, “Ain’t none too sure ’bout this Chink food.  I hears they eats funny meat, and stuff that grows in ditches and swamps.”

Astounded, Richard replied, “Bubba, you’re so narrow-minded, your ears rub together.  Don’t y’all remember chitlins, gator steak, poke salad, and crawfish?”


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19 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #287

  1. Jim Wheeler says:

    I am reminded that one of the foods used by the early pilgrims to stave off starvation was lobster. It was highly reviled and eaten only as a last resort.


    • Archon's Den says:

      The son tells the story of a co-worker, whose parents ran a B&B in Nova Scotia. When he came up to Ontario, he wouldn’t touch lobster, because when cash was short, his parents fed it to him, and the good food to the guests. 😳


  2. Bill says:

    Richard (beats Dick) and Bubba. Oh, my.
    Everyone needs one friend in a stereotype mold. They call them mud bugs (found in barrow ditches in LA) for a reason, but I’ve never been able to suck the heads. Aren’t the Louisiana Arcadians from Canada?
    “Poke Salad Annie, the gators got your granny.” 🙂
    I actually loved this.

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  3. James McEwan says:

    We eats what we eats. Taste is always grounded in home grown foods no matter the substance, and your story confirms our prejudices about simple foods.


  4. I’d pass the gator steak.


  5. granonine says:

    And Bubba said, “Well, that’s different!”


  6. msjadeli says:

    Archon, I doubt Bubba’s narrow mind will be widened. It’s called invincible ignorance. It isn’t that the capacity to widen it isn’t there — in many cases at least — it is the willful disposition that keeps them spitefully ignorant.


  7. Nice story! Yes, “weird food” is totally a matter of perspective. 🙂


  8. Dear Archon,

    I’d rather take my chances with the Asian fare. I’ve been in Bubba’s country and crawfish? BLECCH. You’ve definitely captured the voice.




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