Waaaay back in July when the rains weren’t pouring from the heavens and you could get a decent tan down at the beach, I heard a story about how one of our fellow hot dog bloggers, Rob Merlino (former hot dog truck owner and blogger) was giving God the middle finger and defying death by eating a hot dog a day. Only in New England, this bastion of encased meat goodness, would you have two guys who have taken blogging about hot dogs from hobby to day job. So what does one do when they find they’re faced with competition? Well, if you’re me then you join forces because, in the words of a very wise and dead man, I’m a lover, not a fighter.
Knowing that he was questing for a dog a day I figured he might be looking for a local place he hasn’t visited, so I shot Rob an email and invited him to my favorite local stand, Fred’s Franks in Wakefield. Minutes later, I received a reply–we had us a date.
Rob’s been filming hot dog stands for a while now, making little vignettes of the operations of HDJs and posting them at Hot Dog Stories. Rob described it best when we were discussing the differences between blogs; when we both found out we were English majors in college Rob said something to the tune of “must be that you’re more comfortable with the written word and me with the spoken.”
It was great to see the man at his job because Rob really took this all seriously. In all, he was there for about two hours, setting up different shots, shooting the shit with Carl (the owner/operator of Fred’s Franks) and catching reactions from happy customers.
And since it was National Hot Dog month, Rob also caught people who were waiting in line and asked them to wish his camera a “happy National Hot Dog month” and “shoot the thumbs.”
Since he introduced me to a new style of blogging I had to introduce him to something new as well–the schnurble, that most delicious wedding of meats being a link of chorizo and a Pearl all-beef hot dog.
This is the image of a man smitten with his past time–shoving links of sausage into his face.
Thanks for letting me tag along for the ride Rob and hope our paths cross again in the future!