Since it’s only the 3rd day of Christmas, I thought we’d continue the ‘holiday cheer’…
Dick Railsback is a living legend for many reasons: world record-holding pole vaulter, Swedish chef,story teller… some might say he’s the ‘master of the groaner’ – I say that in the MOST ENDEARING way.
The ‘Moose Turd Pie’ story is told annually, generally after we’ve finished our 3rd plate of food and before the Akvavit toast (“skol”) at Swedish Christmas dinner… and it’s always per the suggestion of our favorite, T-Wags.
Dick contributed his written version of this infamous story:
Hi Wagners……..Sure do miss you. We are expecting you all to join us for Christmas Dinner next year!!!! We miss you all so much.
Moose Turd Pie
The worst job I ever had was working for the Pacific Railroad, doing a thing called “gandy-dancing.” Now most of you know the railroad was built partially by Irish labour.
Well, back then the workers would use this long handled shovel, made by the Gandy Shovel Company of Great Neck New York. Well, they’d shove one end of the shovel under a railroad tie, and then run out to the other end of the shovel, when they could find it, and do a little jig on it, and they called it Gandy-dancin’. This would lift the tie up so they could shove gravel under it, which would level the roadbed, so when the train came along, it wouldn’t tip over, which would be a real drag for everyone.
Well, nowadays, they run three cars out on the rail: a bunk car, an equipment car, and a mess car. The only thing they don’t give you is a cook, that’s ‘cause their cheap. The bosses figure you’ll find out who the best cook is, and use him.
Well, they were wrong. Y’see, they just find out who complains the loudest about the cooking, and he gets to be the cook. Well, that was me, see. Ol’ alligator mouth. That was the worst food I’d ever had, and I complained about it. Things like “dog bottom pie” and “pheasent sweat.” I thought it was garbage. So I complained.
And everyone said, “Alright, you think you can do better? You’re the cook” Well, that made me mad, see? But I knew, that anyone who complained about my cooking, they were gonna have to cook.
Armed with that knowledge, I sallied forth, over the muddy river. I was walking along, and I saw just this hell of a big moose turd, I mean it was a real steamer!
So I said to myself, “Self, we’re going to make us some moose turd pie.” So I tipped that pasture pastry on it’s side,……… got my shit together, so to speak, and started rolling it down towards the cook car: flolump, flolump, flolump. I went in and made a big pie shell, and then I tipped that meadow muffin into it, laid strips of dough across it, and put a sprig of parsley on top.
It was beautiful, poetry on a plate, and I served it up for dessert just knowin’ that if anybody complained, well they would have to be the cook!
Well, this big guy come into the mess car, I mean, he’s about 6 foot forty, and he sets himself down like a fool on a stool, picked up a fork and took a big bite of that moose turd pie.
Well he threw down his fork and he let out a bellow, “My God, that’s moose turd pie!”
“It’s good, though.”