COSTA MESA — The way Jim Volz sees it, it's either in the genes or it isn't. It's all one big roll of the familial dice.
High cholesterol runs in his family. Even though his mother ate well all her life, she has to take pills for it. So on Wednesday, in a damned if I do, damned if I don't fashion, Volz ate a few fried cinnamon crisps and dipped a few fried chips into some garlic sauce before handing over the orders to his grandchildren, who gathered like a pack of hungry wolves.
It was a purchase Volz made at The Heart Attack Café, a colorful stand at the Orange County Fair where hundreds of fairgoers have been gravitating toward, if not salivating before, since opening day.
"My doctor looked at me and laughed the last time he saw me," said Volz, his head tilted back as he dropped the chips into his mouth. "He was, like, 'What have you been eating?' I think my cholesterol was 300 and something."