Last week I thought I had a good post idea. I was tuned in to the usual early morning radio chatter, and the DJs were poking fun at Kelly Gissendaner’s, an inmate on Georgia’s death row, last meal request.
As the Georgia Department of Corrections reported, Ms. Gissendaner’s request went like this:
…cornbread, buttermilk, two Whoppers with cheese and all the trimmings, two large orders of French fries, cherry vanilla ice cream, popcorn and lemonade. She also wants a salad with boiled eggs, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, carrots and cheese to be topped with Paul Newman buttermilk dressing.
Not only were the DJs chuckling about Ms. Gissendaner’s request for Whoppers, they called out the “Paul Newman buttermilk dressing.” They were saying that while the Paul Newman dressing is good, is it really that good to make it on a last meal request?
Me being me, I rolled the idea around in my head a bit and thought this whole “last meal” topic could make for a funny blog post. But after I took to the internet to learn more about Kelly Gissendaner, what crime(s) she committed, when, etc, I realized it’s not funny. No, I’m not going to go off on some politically charged rant about the death penalty. I simply lost the desire to joke about a person’s last meal request. I suppose when I read the details about the case, things became a little more real. The instigator, the murderer, the victim, other family members. It just became sad.
So while I don’t find Ms. Gissendaner’s predicament funny in the least, I still think drafting up a list of foods I would want for my last meal would be kind of interesting, maybe even a little revealing (early morning DJs be damned).
A side note that I do believe I would still stick with foods that fall within my food tolerance zone so anything with gluten, lactose, and fructose is not eligible for my worthy foods list.
So here is what I’m thinking —
* BJ’s gluten free pizza with pretty much all the GF toppings
* BJ’s gluten free pizzookie dessert
* Omission Lager (are “alcohol” requests allowed, I wonder?)
No fancy steak for me, no fancy anything. But if the state wanted to throw in one of those cute drink umbrellas in my beer bottle, I wouldn’t object.
Now, if I was, for whatever reason, forced to choose from Mexican fare, I’m thinking —
* Gluten free beef fajitas with all the fixings (on corn tortillas of course)
* Chips and salsa (can’t forget the chips and salsa!)
* All natural margarita on the rocks with salt (fishbowl size)
I don’t think Kelly Gissendaner’s last meal request is strange at all. Surely her included foods are associated to better times and/or times of comfort. I made my two lists of different culinary fare, but I wonder what my list(s) would look like if I was literally scheduled to die. And I’m betting my favorite foods list will change as I grow older.
I’m curious what YOUR “last meal” worthy foods include. Do share in the comments.