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Pictorial: Bookmeyer celebrates Blue Zone designation with sugary treats



This news story was published on June 21, 2014.
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MASON CITY – The usual suspects celebrated another “milestone” for Mason City Friday night after Wellmark came to town and helped the city unveil a plastic plaque that says the city is a Certified Blue Zone Community.

Minutes after accepting the plaque and posing for photos, Mayor Eric Bookmeyer quickly made his way to the sugary snacks for sale at the Friday Night Live event. The Blue Zone is all about healthy living and “choices” that lead to weight loss and a longer, more productive life. As part of that lifestyle here in Mason City, kids can’t bring cupcakes to school anymore to celebrate birthdays, and tikes who play t-ball can’t have sugary drinks or snacks after their games.

But Mr. Bookmeyer kicked those ideas to the curb Friday after his Blue Zone parade, and indulged in a bright green snow cone, an orange snow cone, and at least one soft drink.

Here are some shots of the mayor losing himself in the syrupy delights of a Blue Zone moment that lasted a little too long for his taste:

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Bookmeyer seemed a little nervous as he slipped into the snow cone line for the second time in just a few minutes. He’s got some cold hard cash in his hand and he means to do some business to satisfy his sugar addiction…

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Bookmeyer leans in for a closer look … at the menu, hopefully

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Did the $20 in the mayor’s hand come from the people of Mason City or his wife?  To his right, the addictive syrup bottles may have blue nozzles, but they ain’t blue zone certified.

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Bookmeyer: “In the spirit of the Blue Zone, I’d like to order a water with lem… nah, make that the large orange snow cone and don’t skimp on the syrup!”

Bookie wasted no time in plunging his spoon into the cold, orange goodness and making like a homeless man given a free McFlurry

Bookie wasted no time in plunging his spoon into the cold, orange goodness and making like a homeless man given a free McFlurry

Fearing for his well-being and overall state of purpose, Senator Amanda Ragan approached the mayor to make sure he didn't eat his luscious, tasty treat too quickly.

Fearing for his well-being and overall state of purpose, Senator Amanda Ragan approached the mayor to make sure he didn’t eat his luscious, tasty treat too quickly.

Ragan, in her best grandmotherly voice: “Eric, we noticed you just finished a lime green, now you’re digging into an orange.  Please slow down before you hurt yourself.”

Bookmeyer (speaking as quickly as an auctioneer): “No, Amanda, these snow cones are made with real fruit, seriously, I got lime and orange and they are even more delicious than a Moscow Mule, you have to try one. But you can’t have any of mine.  No no no this one’s mine.”

As Bookmeyer shoveled heap after heap of snow cone into his mouth, he suddenly stopped and thought to himself, "BRAIN FREEEEEEZE"

As Bookmeyer shoveled heap after heap of snow cone into his mouth, he suddenly stopped and thought to himself, “BRAIN FREEEEEEZE”

But, alas, the pain and discomfort for the sugar avalanche nearly become to much for poor Eric to handle.

But, alas, the pain and discomfort from the sugar avalanche nearly become too much for poor Eric to handle. “WTF did they put in this thing? My tummy tum tummy feels like it is full of electric eels. Maaaaahmeeee!”

Eric's pancreas took a beating Friday night.  Here he is, later, enjoying a soft drink.

Eric’s pancreas took a beating Friday night. Here he is, later, enjoying a soft drink.

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20 Responses to Pictorial: Bookmeyer celebrates Blue Zone designation with sugary treats

  1. Cheter Pildren Reply Report comment

    June 25, 2014 at 6:54 am

    Maybe we can “sop” Matty up with a biscut!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      June 25, 2014 at 7:58 am

      It sounds like you don’t care for this kind of “journalism”.

  2. sk Reply Report comment

    June 23, 2014 at 9:53 am

    For what it is worth, Matt apparently isn’t awake early in the morning when I pass Eric on his morning run. I know he goes at least 3-4 days a week.

    I know most on here don’t like the Blue Zone thing but Eric seriously can’t have a sno cone at a social event? Really? Come on! We’re all adults (or most at least) and can have a treat here and there.

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 23, 2014 at 9:52 am

    ~ stones and glass houses ~
    I’m new to the area, not in Mason…but this “Enquirer” is something I’ve never seen before…bullying by adults at it’s finest…not.
    Constructive discussion and challenges are one thing…however…oh. well. carry on.

  4. John Reply Report comment

    June 22, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Funny! Concerning the Blue Zone Project…What is with these bike markings on all the streets??? They are very confusing and a waste of time and money!!! Many go down the middle of the streets and send a bad message. WTH?

  5. road worker Reply Report comment

    June 22, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Matt.I nearly had a heart attak from laughing so.hard at this. Crookmayor exposed again.by NIT!

  6. Iowa Sucks Reply Report comment

    June 22, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Eating sugar while sporting a blue zones shirt. Reminds me of all the nurses standing outside of hospitals smoking during breaks. Eric’s world is all about hypocrisy and power. His wife is a corporate big pharma shill and dollars to donuts she sees medical cannabis as wrong.

  7. goosepoo Reply Report comment

    June 22, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Blue Zones is a F..ing joke!

  8. . Reply Report comment

    June 22, 2014 at 9:11 am

    really matt? your a joke. this is childish.

    • Matt's friend Reply Report comment

      June 22, 2014 at 6:01 pm

      Your … or you’re? Your spelling is at a 3rd grade level, and that’s not a joke.

  9. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 22, 2014 at 7:47 am

    you write this story like you have never seen an over weight health care worker before.

  10. The Truth McPree Reply Report comment

    June 21, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Boy, great news story! The investigative journalism is seeping out on this one. This kind of headline news is why I’ll never chip in $2 a month. haha

  11. Gypsy Reply Report comment

    June 21, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Another great MST 3000 episode!

  12. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 21, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Chief ten chins is looking his best.

  13. Mojo Reply Report comment

    June 21, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Cheap shots. This a story from a professional journalist?

  14. Mother Nature Reply Report comment

    June 21, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    I’m no Bookie fan, nor am I an apologist for his irresponsible behavior. But a snow cone is nothing more than shaved ice and sugar. One 2-oz. serving of snow cone syrup contains 170 calories with no fat and no cholesterol, says MyFitnessPal. Total carbohydrate content is 42 g with 41 g of sugar per snow cone. Still a cute pictorial, nice job!

    • holy water Reply Report comment

      June 21, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      Fat balances sugar you dipstick. Sugar is poison and fats are OK. At least know a thing or two about healthy eating before you open your trap.

  15. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 21, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Eric has the body of a 50 something year old man. Inside and out. He should at least consider a man bra, it’s OK for man such as Eric to wear a bra and carry a man purse.

  16. LVS Reply Report comment

    June 21, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Nothing but HEALTH FOOD for our mayor.

  17. clearlake35 Reply Report comment

    June 21, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    LOL. Matt, very funny.