She picked one heck of a hot pepper |

She picked one heck of a hot pepper

Steppin' Out with AprilApril E. ClarkGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

There they sat, three cooked jalapeños on a white plate.The Challenge: Pick one and eat it.I would either luck out by choosing a not-so-hot pepper. Or, I would pick a jalapeño fiery enough to make me sweat like a dancer in a C&C Factory video.At least that’s what Raul, Deja and the other raft guides warned. Apparently, there’s a 50/50 chance in this risky game. Sort of like roulette, without a gun. Or my untimely death.

The challenge was to put the entire jalapeño in my mouth, take at least 10 chews, then swallow.Easy enough, I thought.My dad and I are notorious for eating hot stuff. We always had banana peppers and hot sauce on the table at dinner. My stomach has been known to revolt, but I can’t resist the heat.So, I took The Challenge.I put the pepper in my mouth, took way more than 10 chews, then swallowed. I was fine until the pepper hit my esophagus. The tears flowed faster than ice cream melting from inside a Buster Bar’s hard-chocolate coating. And I believe my face turned at least five shades of red.That’s the last time I’ll take a dare from a raft guide.

It’s happening in Snowmass Village to boot: Chili Pepper & Brew Fest, music, chili and microbrew festival, Sweet Sunny South, Del McCoury Band and David Grisman Quintet, 4-9 p.m. today; The Spencer Durham Group, Papa Mali and Ziggy Marley, 3-9 p.m. Saturday; and Smokin’ Joe Kelly and The Gypsies, 1-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Fanny Hill, Snowmass Village. Information: (800) SNOWMASS and http://www.snowmasschiliandbrew.comThis is why I’d kick it up here: Spicy chili, cold microbrews and reggae by Ziggy Marley. How could anyone pass that up? Should be the most fun I’ve had on Fanny Hill since it was covered in snow. Let’s hope the white stuff doesn’t fall this weekend.

It’s happening in Carbondale to boot: Second Sundays Comedy with Beth Ann Brandon, Don Chaney, Alexa Fitzpatrick, Kevin “Karbon” Herzig, Michael James Robinson and special guest Steve Skinner, 8 p.m., Steve’s Guitars, 19 N. Fourth St., Carbondale. Information/reservations suggested: 963-1413This is why I’d kick it up here: There’s something funny going on in Carbondale every second Sunday. Steve’s offers live comedy with two of the funniest women I know – and the guys aren’t so bad, either. Kidding! Join the hijinks this month for what the comedy group calls “the cure for June gloom.” And be prepared for a special guest in the future …

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