Sunday, February 26, 2012

BC2012: Dog Days: A Year in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile by Dave Ihlenfeld

I wanted to read this book last weekend, but circumstances led me to reject any book with dog in the title. This weekend I felt stronger, and besides, I had a feeling this book would be a lot of fun. Actually, I don't care for Oscar Mayer hot dogs, but I love the Wienermobile. Dog Days turned out to be just what I needed: a lighthearted, funny book that only took four or five hours to read.

I bought this book for half price at Barnes & Noble after Christmas. Incredibly, the clearance table was the first place I had ever seen it even though it was published in 2011. I almost passed it up since I was with a friend who reads "serious" books. When he got married, he told me that altogether, he and his wife had four copies of Plato's The Republic. Needless to say, my wife and I own none. Anyway, I'm always a little self-conscious about what I buy when we're together (it doesn't help that he'll occasionally point out a book and ask, "Who would buy a book like that?" and I already have it on my shelf at home). I looked at this book and set it down, but I went back to retrieve it as we were getting ready to leave. Heck, just the cover photo made it hard to resist: the Wienermobile parked in the author's driveway. I mean, how cool would that be?!

Ihlenfeld's book serves as a humorous memoir and a brief history of the Wienermobile. He recounts the whole process of getting and holding the job of "Hotdogger" from his first interview to training at "Hot Dog High" to passing out Wiener Whistles all over California, at Mardi Gras, and even at U.S. military bases in Europe. If you've ever been curious about Wienermobiles, if you like to read about unusual jobs, or if you just want some good laughs, you'll enjoy Dog Days.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey, this is Dave and I wrote "Dog Days." Thanks much for reading. I'm really glad you enjoyed it.