Man Cannot Live on Bread Alone...But He Can Jam.
I recently saw the following Sara Lee commercial, starring Disney superstar Corbin Bleu. It's basically him and a bunch of other kids dancing and freaking out over bread, and, later, bread with peanut butter and jelly. See for yourself:
They're really trying to push their hip new image, those folks at Sara Lee. I mean, it's just bread. White bread, at that. (An aside: some jab comedian is going to do a bit about a multiracial kid whoring himself to promote WHITE bread, mark my words.) But it got me thinking: corporate grabs for targeted demographics aside, this speaks to me because I've been pretty psyched to eat some relatively paltry "meals." So these kids are dancing about bread; I've almost been too impatient with excitement to wait for the cheese, rice, and Frank's Red Hot to cool down enough for me to eat it without charring my tongue.
We have chronicled some pretty elaborate jams in the pages of this blog. Indeed, they are jams. But a jam doesn't need to be complicated. Going further, the leisure aspect of the jams that have been addressed previously doesn't always avail itself to the Jammer. Desperation, hunger, lack of ingredients, laziness: all of these play a role in what one could consider a jam.
This brings me to a question for all fellow Jammers: what's your bare minimum jam? When you get down to brass tacks, what do you consider a jam? Peanut butter and jelly? Spaghetti and sauce? Salted butter (...Adam)?
In my time, I have been known to dunk white bread into a small plate filled with A1. That was an after-school snack for quite some time. (I was a healthy kid.) Recently, I have reacquainted myself with the jam that is the spoonful of creamy peanut butter. A tomato is a jam. A few chocolate chips from a bag of Tollhouse Morsels or some barbecue sauce on Ritz Crackers? Both jams. Mini-Spooners? JAM.
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Be on the lookout for this entry's sister post, detailing the quite timely and relevant "Recession Jam." Until next time...