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Some of my Competitive Eating Trophies
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2015 was my 13th year as "The Black Widow!"

2016-04-21: I was very, very sad to hear about the death of Prince.  He was one of my very favorite musicians of all time.  Prince was a musical genius, and neither he, nor his music, will ever be replaced in my heart.  

2016-03-07: One thing about me, I will never, ever, forget the great competitive eaters, on whose shoulders I stood, who made me successful through my 13 years as a competitive eater.  They include, but are not limited to (and are in no particular order), Mike, "The Scholar" Devito, Ed "The Animal" Krachie, Eric "Badlands" Booker, Ed "Cookie" Jarvis, "Hungry" Charles Hardy, Don "Moses" Lerman, "Crazy Legs" Conti, Rich and Carlene Levre, "Beautiful" Brian Seiken (for his outstanding, devoted coverage of my escapades), "Krazy" Kevin Lipsitz, David "Coondog" O'Karma, Dale "Mouth of the South" Boone--and the man who inspired me to begin my competitive eating career in 2003, Takeru Kobayashi.   

You don't know where you are, unless you know where you came from ... and I have so much and so many to be thankful for. 

I am absolutely not done eating competitively, I just want to show my appreciation.  

2015-12-12: ADDED: FAQ 79: AFTER  MORE THAN A DOZEN YEARS OF EATING COMPETITIVELY, HAVE YOU NOTICED ANY CHANGES IN YOUR HEALTH AND PHYSIOLOGY, AND IF SO, WHAT EFFECT DOES THAT HAVE ON YOUR EATING ABILITY?  Sure, there have been some changes, physiologically, but my health remains fine.  I have never had a need for any kind of medication, whatsoever.  My blood pressure, cholesterol, heart rate, etc. are all fine.  However, more related to competitive eating, over the past couple of years it has become more difficult to swallow quickly.  It's like my body saying, "Hey, give me a break!" After forcing things down my esophagus so quickly for so many contests, my body is fighting back.  It's watching out for me.  Also, as I've gotten older my metabolism has slowed a little bit, not a lot, but some.  One thing that hasn't changed is my stomach capacity.  It's still there, but in a timed contest of 10 minutes or less it doesn't come into play.  The last time I was close to being full after a contest was after oysters earlier this year, as I only had room for another 5 or 6 dozen, or so.   

2015-09-25: ADDED: FAQ 78: SONYA, WHAT PREPARATION ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE AN ASPIRING COMPETITIVE EATER?  I am not the best person to ask about preparation, since I do not practice at all.  Any talent I might have is only natural ability.  So, I can only say, be safe at all cost, and if you must practice, be sure to have an EMT standing by.