Saturday, July 9, 2011
Is this Texas or Okra-Homa?
The state of Texas recently executed convicted killer Humberto Leal Garcia, who ordered a last meal of fried chicken, tacos, fried okra, pico de gallo, and two Cokes. While researching his case, I discovered that several other Texas inmates have also asked for okra in their final meals recently. What's the deal with this? Most inmates want food they haven't had in a long time (assuming their state allows it, which Texas doesn't---you can only ask for food that's available in the kitchen), or, at the very least, they throw caution to the wind and order every unhealthy, high-calorie, sugar-packed item on the menu. The last meal is a time to gorge on triple cheeseburgers, and doughnuts, and French fries, and ice cream, not healthy green vegetables. And okra isn't even one of those sexy vegetables like grilled eggplant, or butternut squash, or sleek stalks of asparagus drizzled with Hollandaise sauce. So do the death row inmates in Texas know something I don't? Do the local strains of okra contain pain-numbing properties? Can a sturdy okra pod be fashioned into a makeshift key that opens cell doors? Denizens of the fine state of Texas, I eagerly await your replies!
Posted by Last Suppers at 11:18 PM