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Baptism for a ration newbie

Posted: Wed Nov 09, 2016 11:16 am
by RockyRaab
I was invited to go fishing with a local man yesterday. In return for the invite, I offered him a TOTM for lunch. He said something like "I haven't had a ration in 60 years or so, so I'm curious." I gave him a choice of five menus, and he picked Chili with Macaroni from Wornick.

Once on the water, he said, "I remember rations coming in cans and eaten cold." And he was therefore amazed at the pouch and heater. I prepared his and mine (a veggie taco pasta) while he surveyed the other contents of his meal. When I served up his chili he said, "You know, this is the first hot meal I've ever had in a boat. I think I may be spoiled forever." And then he scarfed down the chili, the pretzels, the zapplesauce, the patriotic cookies - and the M&Ms.

And then he asked me "Where can I get more of these?"

I think we have a convert.

The veggie taco pasta, by the way, is better than the name suggests. It's more like a "meat substitute chill mac" than anything else. I almost wish I had picked something else to show my friend a larger view of the meals available, but I was eager to try the VTP. Mine was the skimpier of the two from SOPAKCO, containing only the entree, tortillas, PB, drink, M&MS, and sundries. Their more generous version has a side and a zapplesauce in addition to the above. I wish I had chosen that one, as I was still a little bit hungry after I finished mine. All that fresh air, ya know. Anyway, that makes this an official review, so I can close out this little tale.

Re: Baptism for a ration newbie

Posted: Wed Nov 09, 2016 11:27 am
by Name_not_found
Great story thanks for sharing!

Its tough to beat a hot meal on a boat for sure 8)

Re: Baptism for a ration newbie

Posted: Thu Nov 10, 2016 12:09 am
by parafireboy
Great story! Those of the kind of experiences that get people hooked, for sure!

I recently gave my neighbor a couple of MREs. He likes to mountain bike and hike, and had never seen an MRE before. I'm kind of excited to see how he liked them, he was pretty excited to get them. :)

Re: Baptism for a ration newbie

Posted: Thu Nov 10, 2016 1:09 pm
Such a heart (and food) warming story! :)

Re: Baptism for a ration newbie

Posted: Sun Nov 13, 2016 6:13 pm
by steve1989
Nicely done, Rocky!

Cool story & thank you for sharing! :)

Another one gets the MRE-bug - and now maybe a buddy to go out with ya on he boat to share an occasional MRE with. Nothing beats the simple stuff like that in life. A hot meal on a boat..! :)

Things like that are really cool - it reminds me of the first time I shared an MRE with my older brother.

He finally decided to go out exploring with me in the woods - I was always into getting out there in the Florida "jungle" and find neat things.
So we were going through a shortcut on some train tracks, I had a back pack with 2 MRE's and some water, and I decided to stop along side the tracks and have some lunch.
We each had some 2005's - he had Cajun Rice w Sausage, and I had that Pork Patty that looks like a Mcrib (those things are truly delicious despite being so unhealthy).
To my surprise, John (my bro) loved the dang Cajun Rice w Sausage - and I remember eating clam chowder in the FL heat and washing it down with some orange beverage base.. it was kindof rough!

Re: Baptism for a ration newbie

Posted: Sun Nov 13, 2016 9:17 pm
by BTemple
Great story! Certainly is nice to get some other people interested in rations. I'm usually looked at with a combination of disdain and pity and wonderment when I say I buy and review rations. Not much of a ration community here in my part of Canada, only 500,000 or so people living in Newfoundland.

Re: Baptism for a ration newbie

Posted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 8:10 am
by Conrad
That's a nice story. You'd better hook that old guy up with a little selection of rations and really brighten up his fishing trips

Re: Baptism for a ration newbie

Posted: Sat May 27, 2017 2:18 pm
by alohakid
Love the great story... have you shared an MRE with fishing buddy lately?... thanks for the share.