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Live to eat or eat to live

March 5, 2011 - Burt Angeli
Might have been 14 or 40, not sure of the year. Digging into supper, my dad, Alfred (Bay) Angeli, gave me a menacing look. “Do you live to eat or eat to live?” My response, with a forkful of pasta in one hand and a chunk of bread in the other, was something of a mumble. Hard to talk when your mouth is full. This appreciation of a good meal, nothing too fancy, has been with me for years. Meat, potatoes and pasta, thank you! It didn’t stop with marriage. Mrs. Scuttle can back me up that my appetite hasn’t diminished. This job didn’t put a damper on dining. When I traveled to games with photographer Terry VanHaute, we were often accused of traveling with bibs and our own utensils. That was a bad rap, about the bib. And it only happened once after coming home three straight nights with gravy-stained shirts. I needed to wear something to avoid another shirt in the “Biz” bag. My basketball journeys can be pretty routine after 35 years — shoot pictures for a half, watch the game, get the stats, talk to the coaches and head back to the office. Not so for Goodman games. There’s a baked goods drawing at halftime. The players’ families bring a variety of sweets, with tickets sold before the game. I tried my luck earlier this season. Won an apple caramel pie. Just wish I brought some ice cream. Returned for another Goodman game two weeks later. This time my ticket resulted in a chocolate cake. Knew it was good when a chunk met with the satisfaction of Jake (Ballgame) Deuter. My good fortune continued with the Norway Invitational competitive cheerleading meet. Come now, you ask, what food could one find there? Renee (Queen of the Kitchen) Pollard, Norway’s home ec or life management instructor, hosts a hospitality room with a delicious spread. On this occasion, chicken Tortellini soup, ham sandwiches, cheesy potatoes and two kinds of desserts. I was going back up for seconds when a voice from the past struck. “Do you live to eat or eat to live?” Dad, do believe that will be “live to eat.” ...



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