Man On Internet Almost Falls Into World Of DIY Mustard Enthusiasts

March 11, 2010

DES MOINES, IAˇXWhen Steve Gibson first became casually involved with an
online community of mustard makers, he had no idea his mild interest in the
condiment would, within a few short months, spiral dangerously out of

But Gibson, unlike so many others, managed to get out before the hobby
consumed his entire life.

"I don't know how I wound up at that point, but thank God I escaped when I
did," Gibson, 41, said Friday. "There I was, a grown man, planning a trip
to the Mustard Museum in Wisconsin, when suddenly I heard a voice deep
within me say, 'This is not what you want your life to be about.'"

"It was like waking up from a bad dream," Gibson added. "A bad yellow and
brown dream."

Gibson's descent into the depths of mustard obsession started innocently
enough, when he got involved in an Internet exchange about the best kind of
mustard to use on a grilled bratwurst. When someone posted a link
encouraging him to "click on this if you really want to spice things up,"
he took the stranger's advice and suddenly found himself on, a discussion group devoted to the cultivation,
preparation, and enjoyment of the table-side condiment.

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