A container of white rice from Hunan Dynasty restaurant has just passed a milestone in the Crawford family refrigerator. The container, which has remained in the fridge since Labor Day, has surpassed the old record of 5 months and 10 days held by a soft taco from Taco Bell back in the 90's.
The elusive container has survived several holidays, numerous parties, and one scary power outage six weeks ago.
"I thought I was a goner after that power outage. Luckily, it happened when everyone was at work and school. The electricity was off for about 4 hours, but since no one opened the door most of us survived.''
The container has remained undetected for various reasons: Its ability to blend in, its unremarkable contents, its fierce survival instincts, and maybe most importantly, the extreme laziness of the Crawford family.
The container was part of a take out order that consisted of tangerine beef, shrimp with lobster sauce, General Tso's chicken and boneless spareribs. The other items were eaten or thrown out within a week, but the container of white rice slipped behind a bottle of Fresca, where it remained until Thanksgiving.
"Once the holidays began, it's been fairly easy to hide. The leftover sides from Thanksgiving, the Christmas ham and pies, the New Year's cheeses and smoked meats, the leftover hero and potato salad from the Superbowl. I owe my record in part to all those holiday leftovers who've come and gone. I'm proud of my achievement, but I'm not done yet. The half empty jar of gerkin pickles just informed me that the Crawford's are having a party for the Academy Awards next weekend, so I should be good for at least three more weeks minimum."
While the milestone is quite an accomplishment for leftovers, the container still has quite a long way to go if it hopes to rival the longevity of the group known as "The Condiments".
"Listen, no offense to the white rice, it's a special achievement for a "leftover" and all, but he's not even in our class," said the jar of relish," I mean really, if he wants to compete with us, he needs to hang around for at least a year for us to recognize him into our club. I've been here 18 months and I'm the baby of the group. The maraschino cherries and that bottle of hot sauce have been here over 2 years, and that bottle of Worcestershire sauce expired 6 years ago. No one knows for sure how long he's been here. He's older than most of the Crawford kids." DD