As the newcomer to the newsroom, my co-workers and I are still learning about each other.


From time to time, we talk about our interests and tastes in the office and mine don’t always line up with those of my co-workers. I saw the movie “Armageddon” and hated every minute of it. And I am not a fan of “Dolly Parton.” These two admissions drew quite a bit of criticism from my co-workers, but I have my reasons.


The calling-card of every Michael Bay “film” is a series of unrealistic, unnecessary explosions and awful acting. I wished an asteroid had hit the movie theater and ended my suffering. And as for Ms. Parton, I was forever scarred by my father’s off-pitch, renditions of “Jolene” and “My Coat of Many Colors.” They served as the soundtrack of every family road trip we went on and they are now seared deep into my memory.


But the biggest bomb I dropped in the newsroom was the fact that in my almost 25 years of life, I had never tried a Twinkie. Queue the wide eyes and audible gasps.


I’ve eaten plenty of unhealthy snack cakes and candy bars in my life, but never before had I tasted the Twinkie. It simply never appealed to me and all the jokes about it having an infinite shelf-life certainly didn’t help.


This didn’t sit well with the folks in the newsroom and before long my editor was on his way to the grocery store. He returned with Twinkies for all and, of course, offered me one. I could have gone without, but my confession was met with such astonishment, I felt I should at least give it a try. So, I took a bite.


My co-workers eagerly awaited my appraisal, but I only had one word for how it tasted — processed.


My summation was followed by laughs and I was ultimately unimpressed. Nonetheless, it was a fun experience and I’m glad I tried the hallowed Twinkie.


You might say I’m missing out or I’m crazy, but I know what I like and what I don’t. I don’t like the Twinkie, but for all of you who do, there’s good news. There’s more for you and I’m sure they’ll still be good a long, long time from now.



Happy birthday Monday to Fred Pilkilton and William Brewer, both of Denison; Duane Heatley of Bells; and Wanda Salmon, Ron Yoast, and Judy Allen, all of Sherman.