😕 Go Ask Daddy About Plant Eaters, Color Collections and What Happens if You Cross the Border for College

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The questions have begun to dwindle.

GAD GRAPHICThe girls just don’t ask as many questions. They have answers. Or, they don’t look to me for them as they once did. This is okay. Seasons change in fatherhood. If they change back, I’ll be ready for that, too.

The list that once pushed 400 is down to 213.

That’s still a lot of Go Ask Daddy. Want to know something? Every single question I’ve answered in this space has genuinely come from my children’s’ mouths. If they never ask another, I’ll have enough for 42 more Go Ask Daddy posts.

And we all know 42 is the answer to the universe.

Some of what they’ve asked, I’m sure they don’t remember. I’ll jot down questions to add to the master list every time they ask. Sometimes, I forget. I wonder how many questions never made it to the list.

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1. Is this what vegetarians do?

One of my kids asked this as she stacked up a sandwich with lettuce, tomato, pickles, honey mustard … and no meat.

I’m writing this post at 10:28 p.m. on a Tuesday night. The top three Charlotte vegetarian restaurants that popped up – Jyoti’s World Cuisine; Fern, Flavors from the Garden; and Ma Ma Wok – are all closed.

I can’t pop in with my taco meat breath and ask them how they do their sandwiches.

I’ve written on vegetarianism because to us, it’s a foreign concept. It’s just how it is. We eat bacon and turkey and beef and crab legs (every couple of years.) I pick at vegetarians like the delicious carcass of a lemon pepper rotisserie chicken, but good-natured. 

You know.

So, yes. They skip the meat, which works out for me. I can put a little extra ham on my sub. It all balances out. I love the universe that way. An extra chicken wing, one more link of sausage, yes to steak fajitas. 

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2. What do you call it when you get really stressed and puke up blood?

Maybe waking up in the morning and discovering the world is out of pork chops?

It’s an ulcer. Parents and coaches often feel like they’re getting one when things get tricky. It’s also pretty painful. If it isn’t an ulcer, it could be gastritis – when your stomach lining gets all irritated. Either one can make you puke blood as they get more severe.

You can have streaks of blood from your gums or a sore throat, but that’s nothing to the actual act of vomiting blood. 

Also, consider whether you’ve had red velvet cake or a bottle of Cheerwine that day. I know, that’s specific. But that’s what it takes to answer some questions. Medically, it’s called haematemesis. Cancer can cause it, too.

Eating spicy food, drinking too much alcohol and smoking can heat up existing gastritis – and I know some people call those three things last weekend

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3. Are there the same colors for markers as there are for crayons?

In the context of all crayons and markers made globally, by all manufacturers, I’m confident in asserting that there’s a marker color out there for every crayon color. Unlike many questions here on the CD’s GAD, this one didn’t have a definitive answer.

In those cases, I just try to drop enough knowledge on your noggin to baffle you.

Did you know Crayola crayons don’t always appear in the same order in every box? It depends on the manufacturing schedule. Probably different shifts start with different colors. Crayolas come in 120 colors, but only 18 hues of the wrapper.

The first pack of crayons had eight colors – black, blue, brown, green, orange, red, violet, yellow – in 1903 (back when I was in junior high.)

Color lovers voted blue the most popular crayon on Crayola’s website. Black crayons melt the fastest because of dark pigments. Yellow, the slowest (lightest pigments.) White might be the most useless crayon ever.

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4. What are those dark spots on Olympians’ skin?

You mean the burnt sienna ones or the brick red? Although Olympic athletes are notorious for becoming amorous in the Olympic village, those are not perfectly circular hickies you saw first at the Rio Olympics.

They’re the result of cupping – a therapy practice, not what preteen boys try to do to preteen girls. Geez.

Anyway, it’s like an artificial hickie. It’s an ancient medical practice, even older perhaps than my first box of Crayolas. This fake hickie is said to increase blood flow to muscles, helping them to heal faster. The Olympics don’t take that long, after all.

I remember swimmer Natalie Coughlin looking like she’d be on a date with a handsy octopus. It was my first official case of octopus envy.

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5. Would I be a Canadian if I went to a college in Canada?

You’d have to change your citizenship. I’d almost rather you go vegetarian. Although if you’re up at the University of Waterloo cursing under your breath for losing points for spelling errors like centre, offence and favourite, well, that’s more spare ribs for me.

The U.S. Federal student aid program could help you with tuition, but … I dunno.

I guess you could go there for soccer, but why leave the greatest (soccer and otherwise) nation in the world for that? I’ll make no apologies. I’m an American and a carnivore. Not to buck other lifestyles, but this one is pretty rad.

Canadians do better with their colleges than they do with their NHL teams in the playoffs lately. But you have to go where the opportunity is, you know? I get that. Long as you don’t get an ulcer because you miss fourth down in pro football or anything.

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  1. Eli my Alex is older than your girls and she has come back around with some questions lately that I stop and think before I rattle off an answer.
    I like the ones you gave about the crayons I’m a big fan colored pencils, markers and crayon nut. I still use them 😂 lol
    Love the action figure at the beginning and all the planning that goes into your posts. 💜🙋🏼‍♀️

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Maybe you should do a Go Ask Mommy post, Mick. I feel like coloring tonight.

      1. I like that you color too. I have those pen type crayons that roll up. I really love drawing with them. I’d like to see what you come up with 👏🏼🙋🏼‍♀️

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        Keep a lookout – it’ll be a picture of two cats in subdued colors!

      3. Oh I will you can be sure of that 😉

      4. Eli Pacheco says:

        I put the mouse on the page in an Instagram post yesterday!

      5. I’ll look for you

  2. Lyn says:

    I once had a nosebleed so bad that I started bleeding tears. Freakiest thing ever 😮

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      what in the what what ??

      1. Lyn says:

        LOL the paramedics who took me to hospital were completely unperturbed. they’d seen it many times before. The nasal and sinus passages become blocked and there is only one other place for the blood to leak out – the tear ducts.

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        That’d be cool for Halloween.

      3. Lyn says:

        LOL might freak the little kids out though 😀

      4. Eli Pacheco says:

        Even the grown folk.

  3. my30somethingadventures.wordpress.com/ says:

    Wow – I never knew that about crayons! I love stationery so thank you for sharing those facts!

    Giggling out loud at “some people call those three things last weekend” and “octopus envy”. Been a long week and I needed a laugh 🙂

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Cool, huh? I’m actually going to color tonight.

      So glad I was able to give you a laugh. Here’s to a better week this week!

  4. ksbeth says:

    great questions, all, and you blew my mind about the crayon order! I’m going to go look at mine right now. you are right, that things change in a family over time, and everyone’s roles shift to fit the age and circumstance of the other. that’s the way it should be in the scheme of things. if things stayed the same, no one would ever grow. all good.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I love learning stuff like this, Beth. Yours are probably all out of order due to frequency of use! We all need to grow. Even by coloring with the kids. Which is just what I’ll do tonight.

      1. ksbeth says:

        I love to color

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        me too, even though I don’t stay in the lines very well.

  5. Beth says:

    Great questions and answers again! I love the crayon facts because I have always loved coloring. I had a giant box of Crayolas on vacation with me, I didn’t even look at the order and now I’ve mixed them all up anyway, ha!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Beth! I just colored last night. I remember you had a Six Words entry about coloring a huge unicorn – remember that?

  6. Kathy G says:

    Being a three-quarters time vegetarian, I noticed that you forgot a couple of important ingredients for that hypothetical sandwich. It would be greatly improved with some mushrooms and onion slices. And don’t forget the cheese, (unless you’re vegan).

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I hadn’t even considered those upgrades, Kathy! With mushrooms 🍄 and onion slices, I might forget about the meat 🥩 (for a minute anyway!)

  7. Great questions! I couldn’t be vegetarian because I don’t like enough vegetables. Plus, in order to get complete protein, I’d have to eat beans with my rice, and I really struggle to like beans. They just weren’t programmed into my taste buds. I need some chicken and turkey every day. If you’ve never tried cupping, it’s great. A while back I was working with an acupuncturist and a few times she used cups on my back. I didn’t even realize they left marks, but they really helped my back.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks! Many fruits 🍎 and veggies make my throat hurt. I could probably use a little cupping action on my back.

  8. Most vegetarians would go for lots more veggies on that sandwich. In fact, i might even grill some zucchini or eggplant for it. Which reminds me, i have a couple of eggplants someone gave me i need to get to this evening.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I forget the ingenuity of the modern vegetarian, Mimi. Zucchini and eggplant would make a delicious sandwich 🥪 .

  9. Sara Strand says:

    I need to start making a list of the absurd questions my kids ask me. For being incredibly smart kids they are so stupid I often wonder where the hell I went wrong.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      You could do a Go Ask Mommy, Sara. Remember, there are no stupid questions … just stupid ways we parents go about answering!

  10. As a vegetarian, I found #1 to be very funny. I had no idea about the Crayola crayons. How interesting! I do love the feeling of opening a brand new box and seeing those crayons with the perfectly-never-used points. And the smell… Well, the smell of office supplies in general. Then there is the smell of new books and magazines. Don’t get me started… 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Glad you liked my attempt to understand veggie life, Lecy!

      I learned that about Crayola myself as I researched this post. I could have written a post on crayons. Nothing was worse to me as a coloring kid growing up than having crayons stepped on – or worse, lost.

      I wish you’d write a post about the smells like that that you love. Maybe even … a guest post?

  11. Lauren Becker says:

    Cupping just looks like it would hurt! I didn’t know what it was until maybe the last summer Olympics? LOL I know Michael Phelps always did it. And I’m not a vegetarian but a few of my friends are, so I’m used to it.


    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It does look painful, Lauren! If I did it, I’d want it in the shape of the Olympic rings. Someone should have sponsored the Michael Phelps cupping by adding advertising copy or a logo to the cup mark.

      Maybe even Subway. Club, footlong, on white.

  12. da-AL says:

    Funny — & a great reminder that there are so many ways to look at things 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Glad you liked it – this has been a fun thing to do for the past five-plus years!

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