OMG....My dad was at your cookout!
I swear to you that when I first invited my husband (prior to him being my husband of course) over to meet my parents, my dad wanted to cookout. I
warned my husband to be for days prior to NOT USE any kind of sauce on his steak. He...like you...loves the ketchup on any kind of steak. If there is
no ketchup, he will use A-1. 57, soy?, worchester (how the hades is that spelled...I can't even say it right.
) Something has to be on it. He
did good and still goes without on occasion just for my father's sake.
Same way that I don't tell his mother that she overcooks her
macaroni...it keeps the peace.
My dad is one that believes if the steak is a good cut and grilled to perfection, to use sauce of any kind is ruining his master chef skills.
still eat my steak dry. It was/is serious business. So considering that, I did have to literally lol at the beginning of your post. I also had to
share because I know some will not believe that folks are really that serious about stuff like that. They are. Very.
Your whole OP nailed it I believe. I think some folks have what I like to call the "Martyr Complex". It doesn't matter what you do, or what you
say...they just search for a reason to put another nail in their cross. I don't understand folks like that, but I do know that they exist...in high
numbers. They seem to be happier while adding imaginary nail after imaginary nail to their own cross just hoping someone will see how heavy and
difficult it is to carry and feel pity for them. They need to be the constant victim. If they can't find a legitimate issue, they will create one.
This seems to be what happened to you. There is no reason for the use of a condiment to cause that much of a stir.
My dad would not have said anything to anybody if they used sauce. Never. He might not offer to cook you another steak, but he would not have blown it
up like that...unless it was me.
With all the stress of the economy amongst many other things...people are going over the edge a lot easier than normal (in my experience at least). It
sounds like some of the folks at your outing were already angry about something else and just used you as the punching bag. Who knows these days?? I
hope it can be mended either way as it is hard to get along with family when it is strained. It's kind of hard when it's not for that matter.
I didn't add much I don't guess. I just wanted to share so you didn't feel like it was all nutters just on your end!
Some people...you just can't please.