Last week, I made a big pot of Chile and it was quite successful except for being a bit too hot… Last night I developed a craving for more and made a single-meal-sized bowl of Chile. What could go wrong? I carefully used just half a pod, judging the heat about right. The meal was wonderful with a side dish of fresh tomatoes from the garden.
Well, an hour or so later, I was watching the soon-to-be-ended The Martian on Netflix, when my nose itched and I scratched it with my hand. To my surprise, my nose caught fire, no doubt infected by a residue of Chile. I carefully washed my hands and face again with soap and water. Done, for sure I thought… Nope. A while later, the same thing happened with an eyelid. This time I used sodium bicarbonate for washing. Again, the measure was temporary… Then it dawned on me. I must have contaminated my eye-glasses. Yep. Washing them carefully all over ended the emergency.
Yes, this was just another newbie mistake with the garden’s most potent product. I must have touched my glasses without thinking during the process of mincing that pod. I’ve not had much relevant experience except personal hygiene and dealing with radioactive chemicals in a lab back in the day. This is a reminder that one is never too old to learn new tricks or to make newbie mistakes. It’s all good that ends well, just like The Martian.
BTW, Gloria Gaynor updated her song, “I Will Survive” that was featured in The Martian to “Texas Will Survive”. I heard it on CNN this morning. Not bad. She’s a bit older than I. We oldies can still get the job done.