Wednesday, May 12, 2010


I was pondering motivation recently and what had driven me to think about the topic. Yes I meant that purposely to be ironic but it does make a point. I, like most people are motivated based on curiosity, guilt, pride, others expectation, and anticipated results. I guess when I was younger I might have been motivated by fear too, but thankfully as I have gotten older, I try not to irritate people needlessly.

In my case, I recently wrote a post on hot dogs after I visited a random hot dog shop here in town. Amazingly that meager little post generated more email than almost any topic I have explored, save political commentary. People leave anonymous comments all the time, but to send me private notes with their memories and hot dog favs - well I thought that was special. Most of the time, I tend to write in a vacuum, not worried about what particularly connects with readers as long as my posts work for me. Well apparently people are passionate about their favorite dogs and HAD to tell somebody.

But now with so many hot dog opinions out there, I suddenly have become MOTIVATED to set out on a quest to try some of YOUR favorite hot dog places myself. Now it may take awhile depending on the city or STATE, but I think this is a goal my wallet and GUT can handle - with enough tasty toppings to spare. I will have to gather up a few stories of my dogged adventures and report back with delicious details and Matlock's passion for the best deals on the topic.

So I guess my wife will have the blogosphere to thank when I beg out of a fancy dinner in some new town that we visit. No, it is not the price of those steaks - you know I would eat 'em if I could. But I am dedicated and driven by expectation and principle. I have a loyal following of hot dog aficionados who need cold hard facts on top hot dogs - not stupid steaks! I'm truly moved by my readers to do more hot dog research. Unfortunately, if I eat too many of the really greasy ones,I may be moved a little bit more than I'd like to admit! I'll keep you informed on my progress ... uh - on the hot dog places and NOTHING else.


  1. Thank you for clarifying your intentions at the end! :)

  2. My favorite Hot Dog stop was a place outside
    Poplar Bluff, MO, called "Mini-Mart." It had
    an orange sign and a Model A Ford out front advertsing some kind of Pest Control. (Hope that had nothing to do with the food!) Big wrinkled beef weiners which had been overcooking for all the time it took to get there from the Ozarks. Something about that crackly, burnt-tasting outside with a great beef flavor inside made both me and my wife devoted fans. I'm sure that long trip with growing hunger had a lot to do with it. We had the hilly part of the trip to Paducah, KY. behind us and could relax in that comfortable little booth with the 'Dog' and a cold diet coke before going on.
    We will always wish there were again some reason to take Hsy 60 again on that trip -- and the Mini-Mart will be a big, tasty part of it!