March 19th, 2009
There was an article sometime back from the Associated Press about a man who.......
FOND DU LAC, Wis. -- Talk about a Big Mac attack! Don Gorske says he has eaten 23,000 of the burgers in 36 years.
The Fond du Lac man said he hit the 23,000 milestone last month, continuing a culinary obsession that began May 17, 1972, and is fed by his obsessive-compulsive disorder [OCD].
"I enjoy them every day," said Gorske, 54. "I need two to fill me up."
Gorske has kept every burger receipt in a box. He says he was always fascinated with numbers, and watching McDonald's track its number of customers motivated him to track his own consumption.
Despite a diet some would call unhealthy, Gorske says he keeps himself in good shape. He says he's 6-foot-2 and weighs 185 pounds, and walks as many as 10 miles a day.
He used to order fries every day in the 1980s but began to cut back in the '90s, now eating them about once a month. He eats two Big Macs and two parfaits a day. Gorske has written a book about his experience.
"Sometimes people call me a freak but it doesn't bother me. I just say respect people as they are," he told The Associated Press. "I just want to make sure people understand I'm not going to change."
He can instantly recall the eight days in which he failed to satisfy his craving. One was in 1988, the day his mother died, to respect a request she made.
"I made a promise to her and I always keep my promises," he said. "I also promised her I wouldn't cut my hair and in 20 years I haven't."
He twice failed to attack a Big Mac because of his job. A correctional-institution employee, he said a number of work emergencies kept him on the clock past midnight so he recorded those days as missed days.
Three other times he was traveling and couldn't find a McDonald's. He also went Big Mac-less on Thanksgiving Day 2000, and during a 1982 snowstorm that prevented the local McDonald's franchise from opening.
"That's when I started a habit where I kept them in the freezer," he said. He keeps one or two burgers on hand but increases his inventory to four to five during the winter.
Now that's nuts yeah? 😯
I can only imagine what he must look like.
A tall, relatively skinny, man with hair touching the ground and special sauce all ovah. 😛
But wait, kinda no make sense if he works at a correctional facility because wouldn't you think they have some kind of rule regarding long hair? And if he always keeps his promises..... how come he just no promise to not be OCD? Hmmmm.......
Anyways..... I can relate to some extent.
*ahem* (as I stand up in front of the room)
"Hi. My name is Lance............ and I have OCD."
Well, it may not be OCD as much as it's anal rententive but there's certain things I "need" in order, certain "ways" I gotta do things and 99.9% of the time I cannot change cause going make me "feel weird". 🙄
For instance, every pau hana time, my pens are right back in their canister, my office supplies are returned to their "proper position" and my trinkets are reset in it's original place. And I KNOW if someone's been at my desk because I'll notice if even one thing is out of place.
My ex-coworkers used to move one item on my desk every so often to see if I noticed....... I usually did - unless I was uh, trying to "recover" from the night before.
Even my paper clips are separated from the little ones to the big ones AND heaven forbid to mix the metal ones with the vinyl coated ones. 😡
Oh yeah, my biggest OCD?
Reading EVERY SINGLE comment left on WWD!
😉 😀 😆
So c'mon, share yours......... GOT OCD?