This little exegesis was written in the interim, betwixt Peep offs one and two. I went into great detail in a response to someone's question (about Peeps in pop culture), and I reread it, and it just seemed so "literary." It sounds like I'm being interviewed and trying to stay really serious, like I wasn't talking about the stupidest thing in the world. Also, I just like the sound of my own voice, I sit there and read this out loud over and over again. They don't call me "Jack John Boutros Boutros 'Overweening Pride' Ulaf Ute Edward Elvis Telemachus Thomas Eidsness" for nothing.

Warning: I'm getting all analytical and serious about peeps and the peep-off, so you might want to get a cup of coffee so you don't fall asleep.

"Yea though I walk through the valley of sugar, I shall fear no peep"
--the peep off tshirt

The peep-off is just a really silly thing. My friend Shawn runs it. It started off for almost no reason, really. We just like to make something big out of nothing.
For a while we had been talking trash at each other (me, shawn, and a bunch of other friends), each of us claiming to have the mightiest stomach. So Shawn came up with the idea for the peep off, where it would be "official". As long as we're having a contest, there has to be some kind of big to-do, so we printed up shirts and stuff. We got a big kick out of it, so we're inviting strangers this year. We don't really know what to expect, we always get lots of questions from people who see the shirts. Many people want to go this year, I don't know how serious they are, but we're willing to accomodate them. Maybe take out a pavilion at the local park.
All this stuff is kind of vague, there isn't much to say about the first peep off, and the second one hasn't happened yet.

I am interested in peeps because they're really sillly looking, and really squishy, and kind of good tasting for the first few bites. If they sold peeps all year, I don't think they'd be nearly as attractive to me. The competitive interest showed up because we always feel compelled to eat more than we actually want. They come in packages of 15, therefore you are expected to eat all 15. Once you get into big numbers, we had to find the biggest. That much sugar is kind of like intoxication, so I guess you could compare the peep off to some kind of drinking game, like trying to bite the top off of a can.

I buy the peeps just whereever, the grocery store, walmart, just wherever.

Its about a dollar a pack for 15, so you get a lot of junk for a little money. Cheaper than cigarettes, less health damage, more fattening though.

So how does this relate to pop culture? I'd say that since the cold war is over, we are no longer worried about the bomb falling any second, so we have time to waste. This also explains the internet, and rave music. (each song lasts 15 minutes? no problem)

Well, I think I've gone on long enough, If any epiphanies spring upon me, I'll send them to you.

Jack Eidsness