May 20, 2009

Other People's Lunches

Other People's Lunches (OPLs) can be are a few I observed at lunchtime today ...

Chunks of dyed-red mystery meat with electric yellow rice in a take-out container: Where are the vegetables?? And is that dog meat? Horse meat? Who knows? Whatever it is, it was raised in a factory farm up to its knees in you-know-what.

Artificially flavored Quaker instant oatmeal: Ugh, I'd rather gnaw on the cardboard box it came in. Come on, is this really the best you can do? If your lunch can be stored for months in one of your desk drawers -- and the stench of its artificial maple brown sugar flavoring singes your nostrils while it's in the micro -- it's probably not a good idea to eat it.

Microwaveable soup in one of those containers where you pull off the metal lid and put on a vented plastic one and then nuke away. I was overcome by the smell of dog food when the can opened. They should just call it what it is: Thickened Salt Water with Powdered Vegetables, Battery Chicken Byproduct, and MSG.

The people associated with these "lunches" were eyeing my simple meal (curried red lentil soup, braised collards, brown basmati rice, and roasted acorn squash) like it came from outer space.

If I hear "did you make that? It looks so good" one more time...I'm going to corral them all in a conference room and not let them leave till they know how to make themselves a real meal! Which would be a lot of fun, actually. That's all for now.


  1. haha - i experience the same thing at my work. well said.

    co-worker's lunch:
    one sandwich made of wonderbread and nutella, one can diet coke, 2 individually packaged servings of of jello with weird fake fruit bits suspended within.


  2. Wow, that is a scary one!!! Gotta love the fruit-studded jello (so tasty washed down with diet coke, of course...)