We have a persistent cough in the household, so we went to the drug store for cough medicine. We picked up a bottle of DayQuil, and when I paid for it the cashier asked for my driver’s license, which then got scanned. So, in some government database somewhere, I’m now officially shown as a DayQuil purchaser.
Apparently this now happens because one of the components of DayQuil can be used by teenagers to do something called “robo-tripping,” and the government wants to try to shut down that channel. So, you need to prove you’re 18 to buy it, and because the information gets scanned, you must end up on a list. Presumably, you can’t walk in to the local CVS and buy 25 bottles of DayQuil without setting off alarms.
Having an identification requirement therefore seems prudent. Still, it’s kind of weird to think that purchasing a patent medicine that you could buy over the counter for decades now lands you on another government list. It makes me wonder — what do you need to show to pick up some Vick’s VapoRub?
I’ve been trying to eat healthier, and I’ve found the perfect food — wasabi peas.
Bear with me here. First of all, you start with the fact that you are eating peas. Peas! They are a green vegetable, last time I checked, so closely associated with good eating that mothers hectoring their children to “eat your peas” has become part of American lore. If your latest food addiction involves eating peas in somewhat modified form, you are off to a good start. The fact that the peas are dried and are there mainly to serve as the launching pad for wasabi doesn’t remove the checkmark from the healthy eating box.
And what about wasabi? It’s made from a plant, too, of the same family that includes horseradish and mustard. Plus, it’s Japanese in origin, which almost by definition means it’s healthy, right up there with sushi and sashimi. Wasabi’s fiery taste and burn clears sinuses better than Vicks Vaporub, and doesn’t leave you smelling like the filter of a menthol cigarette, either. The sinus-clearing effect, obviously, further enhances the healthy impact of the peas.
And finally, the combination of the crunch of the dried peas, and the sharp taste of the wasabi, makes wasabi peas the perfect food to accompany a cold beer. We know that beer has a crucial impact on the development of civilization and was a healthier beverage for our ancient ancestors than water from often fouled, disease-ridden waterways.
So there you have it — a healthy food trifecta that is so addicting I could eat my weight of the little volcanic nuggets and burn permanent holes in my stomach lining. O, happy coincidence!