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video See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers in her 11/5/16 show “New Beginning, Firsts and the Future” at Expressions 2016! New Beginnings: the Future of Poetry in Austin reading her poems “a New Life”, “Under the Sea”, “Saving Fingers and Scooping Ice Cream”, “New Beginnings: getting married to my knight in shining armor”, “My First Time”, “Falling From the Sky”, “Questioning Creativity through the Cosmos”, and her song “In Love I Abide” to live guitar and keyboard (this video filmed from a Sony camera).
video See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers in her 11/5/16 show “New Beginning, Firsts and the Future” at Expressions 2016! New Beginnings: the Future of Poetry in Austin reading her poems “a New Life”, “Under the Sea”, “Saving Fingers and Scooping Ice Cream”, “New Beginnings: getting married to my knight in shining armor”, “My First Time”, “Falling From the Sky”, “Questioning Creativity through the Cosmos”, and her song “In Love I Abide” to live guitar and keyboard (filmed from a Canon Power Shot camera).
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New Beginning, Firsts and the Future
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My First Time

Janet Kuypers
06/07/11

there are some towns known for their food...

New Orleans has it’s Po-Boy
Philadelphia has it’s Philly Cheese Steak

and if you’re in New York
and want to carry food out on a street
you better get a pizza slice
fold it in half
and eat it with one hand

And if you’re in Chicago
(and you can’t eat a deep-dish pizza
with one hand in the street)
you better get a Chicago-style Hot Dog
with yellow mustard, relish (the bright green kind),
hot peppers, tomatoes, onions, celery salt
and a pickle on top

I lived in Chicago all my life
frequented the tops of sky scrapers
visited legendary blues bars

but even when I was a meat eater
I never had a Chicago Hot Dog

just ketchup, please
I’ll take the pickle on the side
and I don’t even like hot peppers

but as we left the Planetarium today
I passed a Chicago-style hot dog vendor cart
and they listed Vegetarian Hot Dogs
as a choice for the Chicago Hot Dog

I passed it,
then I stopped.

walked back
and asked for a Vegetarian Hot Dog
with everything except the hot peppers

(and no,
ketchup is not included
when you say “everything”)

and when I got my paper-wrapped
Vegetarian Chicago Hot Dog
I was tempted to pull the pickle away
and they had to remind me
no,
that’s a part of the Chicago Hot Dog

so I put it all together
took a bite
then I took another
and another

and I thought,
I’ve been missing out
on this fantastic Chicago tradition
all my life

I heard the Chicago Hot Dogs
started during the Depression
because it was something cheap
you could sell it on the streets
and it was a full meal:
meat, bread, vegetables
all at a reasonable price

and I thought,
we Chicagoans had it all figured out
with a gooey, deep dish pizza
when you had the time to sit down
as well as a way
to make any hot dog taste awesome
when you wanted a treat on the street


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