Saturday, July 05, 2008

those rats explode!

if you wake up and its humid its probably because your apartment is flooding. i wrote this post awhile back. and i liked it awhile back. but lets see how i like it now.

i have ocd like everyone else i know. i, specifically, dont like hands touching my food. unfortunately for me hands are constantly touching food. i can temper the effects of hands by a great deal of hand washing, occasionally breathing techniques and if i had it medication.* i dont have it.

but its fine. except that i am becoming increasingly concerned that i have an elitist disorder. i doubt most people (i am counting the entire population) have the luxury of indulging in any sort of food/hand phobia. it is my understanding that much of the world doesnt have running water or plumbing so it seems like me being grossed out about hands touching food seems pretty trivial and a tad snobbish. in the scheme of things. i feel like the concept applies to anyone with extreme food regulations or that takes most groups of food or types of food out of their diets.** as we all know lots of people dont have enough to eat. the kids in africa get mentioned quite a bit.*** im not sure if its wrong but it seems somehow superior to not eat something because its cooked or there is an animal product somewhere in it. food indicates class and status for every person on a more regular basis than most things (approximately three times a day) making it something i really think about. but what do i know. im not that nice. for example yesterday my mom bought a wrinkled flag to put in the front yard and i told her it was illegal to iron it.

* you were probably about to suggest anti bacterial. i dont like it. but i appreciate the suggestion.
**you know who you are.
***this is a very similar argument to the one made by american parents to get their kids to finish their meals and my mother believes it is the reason why many kids are obese.

10 comments:

B. said...

maybe you can save your chip corners and send them to ethiopia?

Cicada said...

I have really struggled thinking about what I'm going to tell my children about finishing their plates. First of all, I have a really really strong compulsion to always finish my plate. This doesn't make sense, especially in restaurants where I can either bring the extra food home, or let it go to waste rather than make myself sick. But too often I just make myself sick. I blame this on always being made to finish my plate.

But what if the kids get wise, so they eat what they want and leave the nutritious vegetables on their plates and claim that they're full? I don't know what to do about it.

natali said...

im no expert on parenting or food but my guess is to make sure your kids are eating appropriate serving sizes and then its not unreasonable to ask them to finish.

natali said...

but i have some ideas that the relationships between parents kids and food are the basis of many eating disorders so you have to take it pretty seriously.

Rip Colbert said...

White people have the silliest problems.

Colls said...

i once had a pot of stew in the fridge. it had spinach, chicken, broccoli, grains, and other items. i ate from it daily. it was in there for over 3 weeks. i lifted the lid and my roommate said "that is rotten." and i said "that's your opinion."

natali said...

we have differed in on what is edible in the past cc but i have always admired your sense of adventure.

brian said...

i think you're spot on about food habits, taboos, ect, having to do with status and group identity.

i also would like to point out that you create more waste getting a doggie bag for your food than if you just threw it away.

natali said...

i think the most sensible food life style you could have is to become a vegetarian who never eats out.

natali said...

oh and for anyone who is dying to know my daffodil update well its dead. or i assume it is because after about 9 days of getting dirt in my fridge i threw it away.