My Hot Dog World

By Steven A. Hitz, Founding Director
Author of Launching Leaders

December 28, 2016

For those who know me well, you know that I am a hot dog connoisseur, and a good hot dog is probably my favorite meal.  In my golf world, I judge the course by how good of a hot dog they serve.  Many vacation spots revolve around the best hot dog stand.  At one point in my life, I dreamed of having my own hot dog stand and writing a book from the stories told at my stand, “Weeny Man, Life’s Adventures from a Hot dog Stand”.  Who knows, it could still happen!

Recently, my son and I drove to Denver to visit a friend in the hospital.  Afterward, my son found on his phone a highly recommended dive on one of the worst streets in Denver—Colfax.  While I value safety, it ought not ever come at the expense of a good hot dog.  Off we went.

Who would have believed, that this haunt was named “Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs.”  My calling in life is not to sell hot dogs; but I have to say, this has now become my favorite hot dog in the greater Denver area.  Superb choices, excellent and unique atmosphere, and a great choice of dogs. My first indulgence was intoxicating (and I don’t even drink).  I had the “Dallas” dog, NY Coney style, with cheddar jack cheese and Steve’s chili con carne sauce.   The menu was a veritable mélange; feel free to visit it:

At first, I was reluctant to try a new favorite hot dog, since my usual favorite hot dog stand is also on Colfax and has been in our hot dog brotherhood for decades.  But my son convinced me that since this place was named after me, we needed to give it a try.  Boy am I glad we did.  Turns out they also have an airport location; so my flight times will now be timed for a little treat with my name on it!

Most of my writing has a life lesson associated with it; so here goes.   If I had settled on my status quo and not ventured out of my comfort zone, I would have missed out on one of life’s great experiences.  Additionally, I grew a relationship (with my son) because this was a shared adventure—-which makes every good experience so much better.

I hope you enjoyed this unusual foray into my hot dog world and appreciate the life lessons from “The Weeny Man”.  Watch for the book somewhere down the road.  Until then…..keep doggin it!

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