Sunday 2007.03.04, 12:44 PM CST.
is interesting to observe the paths down which one's live takes
one, especially on a long-term basis.
have been feeling quite anxious to return to my DJing roots as of late. Yes,
I have a day job that does what it can to pay the bills, but I miss the
rather intensely sickening yet exhilirating love/hate relationship of
my younger days behind the tables.
have had lots of little bits of nostalgia in my head as of late...
and one such bit has been quite amusing. It has to do with
licorice. Black candy stuff. The "gothic" bits in
a candy assortment. (Ha!) See, way back when I was
a kid, I didn't like licorice. At
was one of the few types of candy I couldn't stand.
Saturday, the 14th of April
of 1990, about a half-hear after I had started my DJ service (EKG),
my best friend Kevin and I had a big party, called "Duohouse Pilgrimage." The
concept worked like this: A bunch of us got together at Kevin's
house, watched two or three movies (in this case, I know that Bad
Taste and Heathers were included), ate some pizza,
then went to my house and had a big party in the garage with
the DJ equipment. It was goofy and fun.
much in the way that some people pick up drugs or drinking, during
the "movie" half of the event, I tried licorice. My
girlfriend at the time was a big fan of licorice jelly beans, and
convinced me to try some. (Sorry, there's no sordid or explicit
story hiding behind-the-scenes there.)
I tried one of the black licorice jelly beans, and it wasn't as
bad as I figured it would be. Yeah, I was a victim of licorice
peer pressure, and I will admit that I enjoyed it more and more
over time. (Again, that's not an allusion to any sort of
bondage or twisted sex games - it was just licorice.)
never quite became something I was insanely crazy about, but it
was a nice diversion from other candy every once in a while. A
while later, the girlfriend left the state for a while and cheated
others, we broke up, and the storyline of my life progressed as
yesterday, my wife and I were out driving around after lunch, and
we decided to stop at Sweet Tooth, a local candy and gift merchant
on Harvard Avenue. What a remarkable place! It was
a much larger store than I had anticipated, and they had a wonderful
assortment of candy.
a wide range of licorice products.
for nostalgic reasons, I tend to look back to the past a lot during
this time of year. I started in the DJ industry in February
of 1988; Depeche Mode released "Enjoy the Silence" in February
of 1990 and Violator in March of 1990; my senior prom
was in April of 1990, I saw my first shrink (well, since the age
of 4/5) in January/February of
and got my heart broken that March. Lots of memories there
- good and bad. And, recently, I'd had a "hankering," as
they say, for some licorice jelly beans.
yesterday, I perused their licorice assortment. They didn't
have any batches of just licorice jelly beans, with the
exception of Jelly Bellys... and I wasn't in a Jelly Belly mood. I
was looking for the big, cheap licorice Jelly Beans - not for the
financial advantage, but for authenticity's sake.
as fate would have it,
Sweet Tooth (and this is not an insult) was too upscale for that. Since
I knew I wouldn't be able to get classic cheap jelly beans there,
I decided to forego jelly beans altogether and check out their
other licorice candy. They allowed me to try it... and I
chose to sample the "sweet Holland licorice" (short pieces of licorice
ribbon - shaped kind of like Tootsee Rolls) and the "double salt
licorice" (little nickel-sized discs).
"double salt licorice" was more of a learning experience than anything
else. I satiated my curiosity about how licorice would taste
if it were extra-salty, not that I had considered licorice to be
"salty" in the first place.
did extra-salty licorice taste? The answer was "bloody
further conversation with the owner, I learned that the "double
licorice" was mainly popular with
Europeans who were comforted to find the same type of licorice
they remembered from their homeland.
for the "sweet Holland licorice..." Wow. That
was quite probably the best licorice I'd ever had. Moist
and chewy, but not mushy. Fantastic taste, too - not too
blatant or rough. I bought a half-pound.
you are a licorice fan, I highly recommend this stuff; it's quite
amazing. On a related note, I have no need for the generic
black jelly beans at this point. :)
updates coming somewhat soon... Stay tuned.