Apparently I've been missing out on a couple of integral pieces of the big Puzzle, one of which is Wasabi. There are those in my life much wiser than I, and I am lucky to know them, otherwise my diet would consist of pasta and pbj's with a side of Swedish pancakes

So for those poor, uninformed, uneducated souls I share this recently acquired bit of information, in case you didn't know...

"The burning sensations it can induce are short-lived compared to the effects of chili peppers, especially when water is used to remove the spicy flavor. The sensation is felt primarily in the nasal passage and can be quite painful, though it generally only lasts a few seconds." 
Yeahhh baby! That was eeeeexcellent...  ;)

The question now is: did we get the real thing, or was it a horseradish imposter? Guess I'll have to find out...