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Broadcaster Press 3 March 27, 2018 www.broadcasteronline.com A Difference in Culture By Daris Howard I was nineteen years old and living in New York when I first met Juan. His family had come to the United States from South America, and he was proud of his heritage. He was a pleasant young man and a jokester. But one thing he especially liked to do was to challenge the rest of us to see who could eat the hottest, spiciest foods. Juan would eat a hot pepper and say, “Where I live, we eat chili peppers like you eat M&M’S.” Of course, living in Buffalo, New York, the most famous spicy food was Buffalo Chicken Wings. Juan issued a challenge to the rest of us, claiming he could eat hotter chicken wings than anyone, and he dared us to prove otherwise. In our group of a dozen young men, four decided to take the challenge. There were a few places in Buffalo, all of which claimed to be the restaurant that first made chicken wings. Juan told the challengers to choose whichever one they wanted. One of the challengers, Donaldson, chose the restaurant based on the hotness factor. This restaurant claimed to have chicken wings from super-super mild to what they called “hot death.” On a day off from work, the twelve of us went there to eat and watch the challenge. Though most of us didn’t plan to be part of the competition we thought we would see how far up the hotness scale we could go. We started by ordering a platter of the supersuper mild. We each ate one. They were barely spicy, and I liked them. We ordered a super mild next. This burned slightly for me, and some of our group went no hotter. Next was the mild. When I tried that, tears rolled from my eyes, and I decided I was happy to end there. Most of us quit at that level, but the four challengers and Juan kept going. But as the temperature increased, one by one the challengers, eyes watering, dropped out. There were still three heat levels left when the last challenger conceded victory to Juan. As each person reached their hottest level, there would be lots of gulping of pop or anything to try to wash away the burn, and Juan would point at the person and say, “Gringo,” and laugh. After the last challenger dropped out, all pitched in and bought a platter of “hot death,” and Juan, to our great admiration, ate every wing on it. Juan’s victory was the talk of our meetings for about a week. Then, one day, Donaldson received a package from home. In it was a note from his mother to share it with all of us. It was full of cookies and something else that Donaldson said was his favorite treat. There were twelve small vials of sweetened cinnamon and a package of toothpicks. Donaldson showed us that he loved to dip the toothpick into the cinnamon and then lick it. We each took our cinnamon and followed his lead. It was really good, and soon we were all licking our cinnamon toothpicks. But that was when something interesting happened. Juan licked his the first time, and his eyes grew wide, and he started to scream. He rushed to the kitchen sink and started gulping water and trying to rinse his mouth. Finally, he turned to us. “You trick me!” “It’s just cinnamon oil,” Donaldson said, dipping a toothpick and licking it off. Juan walked over to Donaldson and jerked the bottle from his hand. He picked up a new toothpick, dipped it in the cinnamon, and licked it. Again, his eyes grew wide, and he screamed and ran to the kitchen sink. He still thought it was a trick, so after Donaldson showed him again, and licked off a toothpick, Juan grabbed the toothpick out of Donaldson’s mouth, and to our disgust, licked it, too. Once more we watched Juan scream and run to the sink. “It must just be a difference of spices that we are used to in our culture,” I said. When Juan finally pulled his mouth away from the water faucet, Donaldson pointed at him and said, “Non-Gringo,” and we all laughed. So Donaldson had an extra container of cinnamon for himself, and Juan never teased us again. Dave Says Two Extremes Dear Dave, I’m about to graduate from college, and while I’ve been in school my mom has been handling most of my finances. Recently, I discovered she’s been taking my student loan money and spending it on herself. So far, it looks like she’s taken around $12,000, and I have a total of $25,000 in student loan debt. Since I realized this was happening, I’ve been reading your books and learning how to manage my own money. I don’t know how to deal with this situation with her, though. She admits she did wrong, but says she can’t pay it back. Can you help? Alan One extreme is to press criminal charges. The other extreme is to just forget it, and pay it. In between is a promise from her to repay everything she has taken, but she’s already out of control. That’s a promise that wouldn’t be kept. The problem with prosecuting someone criminally for this type of action — other than the emotional toll, because she’s your mom — is the money’s already gone. It’s doesn’t make them magically have the money to repay you. On top of all this, you’d have a really hard time legally getting the student loans removed from your name due to theft. Honestly, under the circumstances I think you’re probably going to end up eating this. But sit down, and try to have a calm, clear discussion about what has happened, and why it happened. Let her know first, without a doubt, that you will criminally prosecute her if she ever uses your name to put money into her own pocket again. Second, tell her you’re prepared to forgive her and forget Dave about it — and she pays you back at some point, if she can — if she agrees to get some financial and emotional counseling. Try to get her some help, and get her under control, Alan. If you don’t, I’m afraid things are only going downhill from here. Dear Alan, I hate hearing this. There’s no easy way to deal with these kinds — Dave of situations. The first thing you need to do is take over complete and total * Dave Ramsey is America’s trusted voice on money and busicontrol of all your finances. Shut down any accounts that have her ness, and CEO of Ramsey Solutions. He has authored seven bestname on them, and anything else financially-related that she can selling books, including The Total Money Makeover. The Dave access. I know this sounds harsh, but she has proven she’s just Ramsey Show is heard by more than 12 million listeners each not trustworthy. It’s a hard thing to hear about a parent, but at this week on 575 radio stations and multiple digital platforms. Follow point you’ve got to take steps to protect yourself. What she has Dave on Twitter at @DaveRamsey and on the web at daverambeen doing is theft, and financial child abuse. sey.com. RAMSEY SD Ag Foundation Accepts $4 Million Challenge From Gov. Daugaard And South Dakota Community Foundation PIERRE, S.D. – On National Ag Day, the South Dakota Agricultural Foundation accepted a fiveyear challenge to raise $4 million for future support of South Dakota’s agriculture industry. Funds raised by the SD Ag Foundation will be matched by an additional $1 million in funds from the State of South Dakota and South Dakota Community Foundation. Gov. Dennis Daugaard was at POET headquarters in Sioux Falls today to make the announcement. “We take pride in agriculture here in South Dakota, and to see the SD Ag Foundation’s commitment to invest in the future of agriculture is commendable. This challenge will ensure growth in the industry, while highlighting the need for philanthropy in agriculture,” said Gov. Daugaard. “We’ve seen a lot of excitement around the South Dakota Agricultural Foundation and its initiatives this last year,” said Stephanie Judson, president of South Dakota Community Foundation. “We hope our challenge grant encourages others to join us in supporting a very vital part of the state’s heritage and economy.” In support of the SD Ag Foundation, POET announced their commitment of $250,000 towards the 1:4 matching challenge. “Agriculture drives this state and every community in it,” POET CEO Jeff Broin said. “This effort to promote ag education, market development, research and more is crucial for the future of South Dakota. We are proud that biofuels have provided the avenue for growth in ag markets over the last decade, and they will play a pivotal role in helping farmers recover from the hardship they face today. We want to do whatever we can to help our farmers and their children succeed for years to come.” Other commitments toward the challenge goal include — First Interstate Bank: $25,000 SD Bankers Association: $5,000 State Historical Society Holding Preservation Essay Contest PIERRE, S.D. -- The State Historic Preservation Office of the South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre is holding an essay contest. Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month is celebrated in May, which is when prizes will be awarded to the top three essays. The competition is open to fourth grade students. South Dakota history is taught in the fourth grade. The essay contest will expose students to an appreciation of their historic places, the stories they tell and why they should be preserved for future generations, according to Jay D. Vogt, director of the State Historical Society. With the theme of “This Place Matters,” students are asked to write a 100-400 word essay about any South Dakota location that is at least 50 years old, why it is a favorite place for them, and why it should be preserved. It does not need to be a historic site, and writing a history of the location is not necessary. “We look forward to sponsoring this contest and seeing what places and stories students come up with,” said Vogt. “We think it will give students a better understanding of their history and culture.” The contest entry deadline is April 20. Entries will be judged on quality of writing, content and theme, and originality of thought. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places. The first-place winner will receive a $100 cash prize and a one-year family membership to the South Dakota State Historical Soci- If you don’t get the word out about your business, no one else will!!! WEEKLY MEAT SPECIALS Mt. 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