I almost forgot, I have another Spam story to share!
Many years ago, on the Late Show with David Letterman, Letterman would sometimes give away hams as prizes to members of the audience.
Why hams? I have no idea. But it was funny.
Around that same time was our big day—the wedding date for Iwanski and Miss Healthypants. After the ceremony, wedding guests arrived in the reception hall carrying beautifully wrapped presents and cards.
Iwanski’s Mom came in carrying a box with at least a half a dozen cans of Spam and one big canned ham.
“Mom, what are we supposed to do with this?” Iwanski asked incredulously. I just laughed.
“Well, I thought you could hand them out or something,” my mother-in-law replied.
Later, after dinner, the box of Spam and ham was still sitting there.
We had to figure out some way to get rid of them—or else risk having to take home a big box full of Spam (and ham). God forbid!
So finally, we decided on a Spam plan.
Iwanski’s sister and I got on the microphone and started repeating over and over again, “Ham, ham, ham, ham, ham, ham, ham…”
As we did that, Iwanski ran around handing out Spams to friends and family, while the crowd laughed. After he handed out the last Spam, he reached for the big canned ham and held it up to the sky.
A collective gasp of “Ahhh” came up from the crowd.
He then proceeded to run around with it for few minutes, almost giving it to several people before finally handing it to my brother-in-law, Andy.
The crowd laughed and laughed.
I have to thank my fun-loving mother-in-law. Because of her, Spam--and Iwanski--had created a funny memory.