Really, Frito-Lay?


For the last few years the Frito-Lay company have run a contest called “Do us a Flavor” (Note – You’ll need to log in with Facebook to view anything, and they’ll harass you to post to there if you vote on anything…that annoys me to no end) where people across the US are invited to submit their suggestions for new flavours of potato chips. The first winner was the “Cheesy Garlic Bread” flavor, which is now in occasional rotation for sale. There was also the “Chicken and Waffles” flavor. I tried that one, and I can tell you, it had a real maple syrupy flavour to it which was not very good.

Last year, when they held the contest, they had their four finalists –

  • Cheddar Bacon Mac-and-Cheese
  • Cappuccino
  • Mango Salsa (Wavy Lays)
  • Wasabi Ginger (Kettle Cooked)

I tried all four flavours and, thanks to finding the small bags on a quick pit-stop at a grocery store to get cash out on my way to Chicago, found small bags to send along to Snoskred, so she could try them out herself and give an opinion. Just a side note – she found the Wasabi Ginger flavour her favourite of them all. :)

This is what I thought of the different flavours –

Cappuccino? It’s actually quite interesting, but it doesn’t have enough of a coffee taste for my liking, so I didn’t really like it. Cheddar Bacon Mac and Cheese? I didn’t notice any bacon flavour in there at all, and to combine the macaroni flavour into a potato doesn’t really work. I was not a fan of this one either. The Mango Salsa was the one that I was wanting to try the most of them all, as it sounded so promising. In fact, it was the one that I tried to vote for, but couldn’t since for some reason they make you either sign in with Facebook or use a text message. I was totally uncertain about the Wasabi Ginger one, as it sounded such a weird flavour combination, but HELLO! this is what you mix in with your sushi, so of course it’s a good fit! I tried it and it was actually quite awesome :)

When the results were announced, I was admittedly expecting the bacon Mac and Cheese to come out on top, because of the bacon thing…but it was the Wasabi Ginger, and I was asked to by Snoskred (and I quote here) “Send me about 600 packets pls! ;)”

Figuring that they would have them in the stores right away, I thought this would not be a problem, even going so far as offering to get the 600 packets as requested (though quoted as 50 dozen). There was some other stuff that I was lining up to send along anyway…

So, I go to the store. None there…just the regular flavours. And I go to a different store…nope. Literally all winter, whenever I would go into a grocery store, I would take a trip down the chips aisle and see if they had the Wasabi Ginger chips and the answer Every. Single. Time. was “Nope! Not today!” Of course, over this time, I’ve got a package pretty much ready to go, and I pretty much give up on it and finally sent the package out, substituting the (equally as awesome) cheddar and sour cream flavour of chips in place of the wasabi ginger ones.

And wouldn’t you know it? Literally 7 days after I send the package with the substitute image, I see the image above (well I saw the cheddar bacon mac chips first, but figured they’d be there)…Considering the numerous fruitless searches I had for these chips, immediately upon seeing them, I snapped 4 into my trolley and was on my way.

The other package? Well, it was delivered today, and the contents will have been well noted by now, and well enjoyed :)

Oh, and to the people at Frito-Lay…well played sirs. You successfully trolled me by making them available just after I sent the other chips (also made by your company may I add thankyouverymuch) out 😉

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Before the HUNID…


This was the view that I had as I was landing at Kingsford-Smith Airport. It wasn’t the first picture that I took on Australian soil (those were much blurrier).

In the background, you can make out some of the airplanes on the tarmac – including a Virgin Jet (I’m not sure if it was a Virgin Australia or a Virgin Atlantic), the tail of a Singapore A380 as well as a Malaysian Airlines plane.

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First Impressions of Australia

While I’m going through some of the older photos that I have on the various hard drives on my computers, I figure it’s a great time to go through some of the photos I’ve taken on my various trips over time.

However, this isn’t a photo that was taken by a camera. This is actually a screenshot of an iMessage that I sent to Snoskred, but due to the fact that I was already out of the airport, I was away from the free WiFi, so the message wasn’t actually sent until I found my next free wifi, which was, I believe, on the ferry to Manly.

The background to this is, of course, that I had just spent better than a day travelling across the globe (leaving Milwaukee at 2:26PM Thursday, arriving Sydney at 10:30 AM Saturday (6:30 PM Friday Milwaukee time)). I was at the point of being ready to crash into a bed, but I was told not to, and I was glad I didn’t.

Anyway, I stepped outside after I was listening to the final game of the 2011 World Series (which I had learnt about while on the plane from Auckland to Sydney, as I had been thinking that the Rangers had it sealed up from what I heard while in the San Francisco airport). Then, it hit me:


I still find it hilarious that I managed to misspell Humidity, but it’s still a favourite line of mine “Holy fuck the Hunid!” :)

Now only if they could sort out the anthem…Adam Hills, what say you?

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Winter has come


Well, it’s winter and with winter comes the doldrums. But with the doldrums does come some good things –

When I updated my stats previously, I had mentioned that I had gained quite a bit over the course of 2014. Well, thanks to some changes that I made to my exercise routine, namely going to a different gym with different equipment and a more peaceful atmosphere where you don’t have people grunting all the time, I have managed to take off 6 pounds!

Beginning weight on 30/12/14 = 348.75lb (158.19kg)
Weight on 30/01/15 = 342.5625lb (155.38kg)

What is interesting is that with the different gym (it’s all part of the same company’s chain of franchises), they have a special room with a stand out front. It offers a series of classes called Wellbeats.

The series that I have been doing mostly is the Kinetics, which features a teacher showing you different moves that I thought there’s no way I can do that. Things like burpees, mountain climbers, lunges and just all kinds of crazy stuff that is really good for the body.

However, being who I am and saying I can’t do that yet then trying it and trying it again, I manage to do this stuff (even if I did fall to the floor when trying a curtsy lunge! :D). There’s a story to be told about my learning to swim later, as it’s relevant here. :)

Are you trying to lose weight this winter? What have you been doing to lose the weight, and is it working?

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Bad Photoshops

I’ve recently purchased (the parts for) a computer (and built it, a story for later). While going through files from the computer that it’s replacing, I found this photo randomly.

I think it may have been an attempt to enter a photoshop contest? I don’t know, but I found it hilarious that these poor kids are trying to play what looks to be hockey using a basketball alongside the freeway. In full view of a police car.


Oh, and there’s a plane taking off from an airport apparently…

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