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In The Name Of Twinkie – An Explanation

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Posted by / August 18, 2014 / 6 Comments

twinkieSo you love our blog (Yay!) and you keep reading posts where I say “For the love of Twinkie”, or something to that effect. You’ve been left confused or possibly thinking that I have a Twinkie shrine here at home. One of our fabulous fans (that’s you too) finally worked up the guts to ask me what the hell I’m talking about. Congrats Richard, this is for you (and all the others who I’ve confused over the years).

As a disclaimer, this will get weird and jump around in time. The history behind my use of the word Twinkie is just as weird as using it in the first place. Yes, I use it as a replacement for the word “God” or “jesus” in everyday conversation. Now on to the reasoning and explanation.

I am an ordained minister by law, and so a lot of people get the idea that I’m in charge of a congregation and/or that I’m a Christian. Neither of those things are true. I might be a minister, but it’s for personal reasons. So I have to try very hard to not give people the wrong idea. With me so far? Using the word “Twinkie” is a nice little substitute that offends nobody.

No, I don’t worship Twinkies. I do think that Twinkie the Kid is a really cool mascot but I don’t have a shrine or altar built to worship Hostess’s creation. I do however want a plush Twinkie the Kid, that’d be neat.

A long time ago I ran a long term roleplaying game for a handful of friends. During the course of this game, I came up with a character who actually DID worship Twinkies. Well, he worshipped what he named “The Great Purple Twinkie”. His name was Aldazog the Abnormal. He was a devout Discordian and he had the fashion sense of a blind, gay, zombie, pirate pimp. Flashy and bold were an understatement for him. Yes, he came out of my very own subconscious. He was fun to play and has bounced around in my head for a couple decades now.

So fast forward to a lot of writing later. I discovered that my religious/spiritual leanings are difficult or damn near impossible to explain. Add in that I abhor using the word “god” … like EVER. Not that I hate Christians or anything like that, it’s just not MY path. Why would I use colloquialisms that were made for another religion that I don’t believe in?

So I scoured my mind and my memories for something I could use in the place of “god” when writing. Lo and behold, Aldazog reared his bizarre head. Add in the fact that Twinkies are an American icon, and I had my solution. All hail the mighty Twinkie!

I’ve never met anyone who finds twinkies offensive, or that doesn’t know what one is. That was also a requirement for what I needed. I had to use a word or name that anyone would recognize. Twinkie, the icon that it is fit the bill.

Twinkies are a fluffy, squishy reminder of childhood. They are a symbol of yummyness and sweet things. They are an American icon that survived bankruptcy of their creator. You can dye them or cover them in chocolate (mmm …. chocodiles) and they will remain the same delicious treat. They’ve been everywhere in the world and they’ve been through wars with soldiers. They change with the times and they stick with us. Once you think about it, Twinkies are pretty damned important in their own right. Nothing more than sponge cake filled with cream … or are they?

I’ll leave you to ponder the questions of the mighty Twinkie on your own. Just remember, They really DO have an expiration date. They’re a baked good, not a rock.

By the way, if YOU have any questions. ASK THEM. I might just answer you.

About dracoselene

I'm an artist, writer, ordained interfaith minister, veteran, spiritualist, androgyne, and piles of other labels that never seem to fit. I'm following my passion and attempting to make myself and the world a better place. I think that through compassion and understanding we can all become one unified race of human beings, and life is better when you remember to play.

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6 Comments

    Briana Blair

    Finally! I’ve known you for nearly a decade and even *I* didn’t know how this came about! Thank you. 🙂

      Eric Peacock

      You’re welcome.

      UserR

      Wow, Bri. YOU didn’t even know!?

        Briana Blair

        Nope. I just thought it was something odd he did. I kept meaning to ask about it but I never did.

    UserR

    How DARE you take the Twinkie’s name in vain, good sir! Just kidding, great story.

      Eric Peacock

      Thanks, you’re welcome.

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