One of the neatest things about podcasting and vblogging is that it brings out the quirkyest of stories -- what in less complicated times would have been folk tales. At PodcasterCon I spotted a bright yellow t-shirt admonishing one and all to "eat more pork roll." Now, if you are from Jersey or the immediate environs "pork roll" is very special. I'm from the Taylor ham, not pork roll Jerseyans and remember eating it happily as a special breakfast treat during most of my youth.
So, given my personal history with Taylor ham a.k.a. pork roll, I asked the wearer of the shirt about the significance of "eat more pork roll." Well, boy did I learn all about pork roll. The owner of the shirt was Gene Fitzpatrick of Hometown Tales who was at the conference along with Bryan Minogue. They have made one of the funniest, yet so true to Jersey, vblogs about pork roll. It is entitled -- Pork Roll: The Meat That Divides NJ. I very much enjoyed meeting these two guys and seeing all of the video. Gene showed me some of it from his cellphone, just enough like a movie trailer, to get me really interested in seeing the whole thing.
Now, I've been thinking, next time I go to Jersey, I'll have to get myself a Taylor Ham sandwich -- it just isn't pork roll to me.